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High Street shopping at its best

High Street shopping at its best

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Christmas Shopping in Tunbridge Wells

Visitors shopping for Christmas in Tunbridge Wells are in for a festive treat with dazzling shop windows, twinkly lights and entertainment making Tunbridge Wells the perfect place for Christmas shopping.

Whisk yourselves away on a day trip or a long weekend to Tunbridge Wells and you will be more than delighted with your festive stay.

Take advantage of the late night shopping opportunities with free parking in all borough cars parks in December.

Make a night of it - have dinner, maybe see a show or go ice skating - with free parking available after 4pm from 18th – 23rd December you can relax in to the magical festivities with ease.

Chapel Place, Royal Tunbridge Wells by D Hodgkinson
Photo: Chapel Place by David Hodgkinson

Shop ‘til you drop, late night shopping

Santa Claus arrives at Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre on 19th November when the Christmas lights go on and he snuggles up in his Grotto with his entourage of elves and presents! Free parking is offered so you have plenty of time to show your list to Father Christmas.

In December the shops in the High Street look extremely merry and traditional brightening up the dark Christmas afternoons.

Come along for a sparkling Christmas experience, with special offers, discounts, refreshments and festive activities.

Christmas Lights in the High Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells by D Hodgkinson
Photo: Christmas in the High Street by David Hodgkinson

It’s the handy destination for hungry shoppers as some of the best cafés and bars are on hand to revitalise your shopping spirit!

Amongst them, there are delectable Italian and traditional British fayre to try, all for the sake of refuelling of course.

As a Finalist in the Great British High Street Awards 2016, the historic Pantiles is but a few steps away, an absolute must when you visit Tunbridge Wells.

Be sure to take the opportunity to visit the traditional wooden chalets overlooking the ice rink where craftspeople exhibit and sell their exquisite products and gifts. Our Twin Town friends from Wiesbaden have a stall selling delicious bratwurst and gluhwein (German mulled wine) which is not to be missed either!

For a shopping trip with a difference, head to the gift shop at Pashley Manor near Hawkhurst.  Open in the last week of November and the first few days of December, there will be a large selection of quality cards, decorations and luxurious presents.  

You’ll find plenty of inspiration as you work your way through your Christmas shopping list to find that special gift for family and friends. Entry and parking is free although the gardens and café will not be open at this time. 

The Christmas Shop at Penshurst Place will be open to welcome you for gift shopping too from 3rd November to 24th December. Enjoy the country air after shopping, and go for a wander or pub lunch.

The Spa Hotel overlooking the Tunbridge Wells Common will hold the Christmas Collective II Shopping Event – another chance to stock up with gifts from local businesses and designer-makers on 29th November.

A 2017 nominee for the Kent Tourism Awards, Hotel Du Vin, is holding its own Christmas Gift Fair on 30th November – 1st December. Mooch around the elegant style of this boutique hotel and perhaps enjoy a glass of vino!

Local Christmas produce

The Festive Farmers’ Markets outside the Town Hall take place on the last Saturday of November and second Saturday of December.

There is also a special Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday 23rd December for your fresh, locally sourced seasonal food and gifts. Stock up on all the essential ingredients for all your Christmas meals.  Orders are taken and very welcome – just don’t forget to pick them up!

Royal Tunbridge Wells Christmas Farmers Market by David Hodgkinson
Photo: Royal Tunbridge Wells Christmas Farmers Market by David Hodgkinson

There are markets on the Pantiles, featuring local farmers and artisans, every weekend in December.  The Christmas Market is the place to take home delicious foodie treats.

In the quaint market town of Cranbrook, on 25th November and 16th December, Christmas markets will be on from 10am – 4pm.  If you can’t make these dates, the Hartley Dyke farm shop just down the round will have fresh local Christmas produce and hampers.

Near Hawkhurst, the Weald Smokery will be open Sundays in December especially for the Christmas shop. This is an award winning smoked fish and meat producer with a newly refurbished brasserie to try out!

Indulge in a long weekend in Tunbridge Wells

Ease the pressure, stay a while longer and relax. With so many shops, things to see and do, there is some fabulous accommodation for seasonal Tunbridge Wells warmth.

Smart reasonably priced boutique hotels and homely B&Bs will help you settle in and enjoy the best of what is on offer.

All high quality, you could try the Russell Hotel, The Spa Hotel, Salomons, Hotel du Vin, One Warwick Park, Brick House B&B or Burrswood Guest Rooms amongst the many others on our site.

The wider country area has much to tempt you. Explore quaint Cranbrook further with its ancient white wooden cottages, the dainty villages and country pubs, warming you up with open log fires to an abundance of Christmas spirit and bracing country walks!

For further information on things to see and do in the Tunbridge Wells area over the Christmas period, please see the What’s On page or contact the Royal Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre.

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Tunbridge Wells At Christmas

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