Christmas market's not family-friendly

AT Salisbury Christmas market we were pushed into a tiny corner (could have been spread round Queen Street) with no room to view the stalls.

And as for enjoying the food sold, people are huddled on the Guildhall steps.

Could we not have had some benches and tables so it was a social experience where we could meet and chat with friends?

The children singing were pushed into a tiny space with no microphone so that we could enjoy seeing and hearing their beautiful voices.

There was nothing for children - my grandson had £3 to spend and there was nothing for him to buy, not even some little sweets. The stalls were full of expensive items. Families this year do not have a lot of pennies to spare.

MARJORIE FINLAY, Salisbury

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4:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

AuraTodd says...

I have to agree that some of the things on sale seemd to be aimed at the rich. and nothing ment for people who don't have a lot to spend in this ression we are experiencing. I know some of the retailers have to make a profit, but in Winchester it#s a lot better with things not being so expensive.
I have to agree that some of the things on sale seemd to be aimed at the rich. and nothing ment for people who don't have a lot to spend in this ression we are experiencing. I know some of the retailers have to make a profit, but in Winchester it#s a lot better with things not being so expensive. AuraTodd

4:51pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sustainer says...

I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them.
I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them. I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Sustainer

8:56pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Colmanskid says...

I too enjoyed the Christmas Market and bought somelovely cheese from the same gentleman who was there last year. I went the other Sunday and everybody seemed to be happy.
I too enjoyed the Christmas Market and bought somelovely cheese from the same gentleman who was there last year. I went the other Sunday and everybody seemed to be happy. Colmanskid

9:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

Sustainer wrote:
I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them.
I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show.
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them. I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.[/p][/quote]Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show. karlmarx

10:27am Thu 19 Dec 13

gingin says...

karlmarx wrote:
Sustainer wrote:
I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them.
I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show.
I have not visited the Christmas market but on passing through it looks jolly and lots of people wandering round.

Merry Christmas to all and please if you can donate to the food bank as there are many who will not have such as merry time!
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them. I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.[/p][/quote]Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show.[/p][/quote]I have not visited the Christmas market but on passing through it looks jolly and lots of people wandering round. Merry Christmas to all and please if you can donate to the food bank as there are many who will not have such as merry time! gingin

11:24am Thu 19 Dec 13

reasonedhuman says...

I think its fantastic - bought some presents again there this year and I am certainly not rich!

People complain its busy, but would also complain if it were empty - no win.

Surely a busy, vibrant and profitable market is what we should all want for the betterment of our city!

Merry Xmas to all the contributors and readers on here too :)
I think its fantastic - bought some presents again there this year and I am certainly not rich! People complain its busy, but would also complain if it were empty - no win. Surely a busy, vibrant and profitable market is what we should all want for the betterment of our city! Merry Xmas to all the contributors and readers on here too :) reasonedhuman

11:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

Carol Johnson says...

It's Christmas and a Market!! Whichever Christmas market you choose to go to will always be busy (part of the Christmas spirit). I think Salisbury's Christmas market is excellent and a welcome addition at this time of year and long may it continue. Yes, some of the stalls are a bit expensive but it's still nice to have a look around and get that Christmas feeling going isn't it?
It's Christmas and a Market!! Whichever Christmas market you choose to go to will always be busy (part of the Christmas spirit). I think Salisbury's Christmas market is excellent and a welcome addition at this time of year and long may it continue. Yes, some of the stalls are a bit expensive but it's still nice to have a look around and get that Christmas feeling going isn't it? Carol Johnson

5:40pm Thu 19 Dec 13

sarumwilts says...

Good grief Marjorie Finlay! Do you not have anything better to do than write to the Journal telling us all that it's so unfortunate that your lovely grandson was not able to spend his (unearned) pocket money at the bright and festive Christmas Market which adorns the wonderfully refurbished central square in a city dripping with ungratefulness. There are people starving, dying, being abused, victims of crime ... all in spiting distance of the same square. Those to whom Christmas is a horrendous time of year. Rather than expend your efforts in satisfying your middle class letter writing exercises, perhaps next time you would consider it better for the soul to put your effort in a less comfortable way and provide some help to those rather less fortunate than yourself. £3 could provide a huge difference to those who are ill, homeless, poor or suffering through no fault of their own.
Good grief Marjorie Finlay! Do you not have anything better to do than write to the Journal telling us all that it's so unfortunate that your lovely grandson was not able to spend his (unearned) pocket money at the bright and festive Christmas Market which adorns the wonderfully refurbished central square in a city dripping with ungratefulness. There are people starving, dying, being abused, victims of crime ... all in spiting distance of the same square. Those to whom Christmas is a horrendous time of year. Rather than expend your efforts in satisfying your middle class letter writing exercises, perhaps next time you would consider it better for the soul to put your effort in a less comfortable way and provide some help to those rather less fortunate than yourself. £3 could provide a huge difference to those who are ill, homeless, poor or suffering through no fault of their own. sarumwilts

10:12am Fri 20 Dec 13

AuraTodd says...

karlmarx wrote:
Sustainer wrote:
I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them.
I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show.
Hi Karl and a merry Christmas to you.

I wish i could do something for the homeless and the starving in Salisbury, I always feel guilty at Christmas because I know there are less fortunet people out there. I would like to volunteer with the selvation army (who do a brillient job) and help cook Christmas dinner for elderly and homeless people who are on their own with nothing to look forward to. I will be giving to the foodbank.

Merry Chrsitmas to you all, and love and light :)
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: I sometimes wonder whether anyone who reads this paper is ever happy or positive because we certainly don't seem to hear from them. I'll start.....I really enjoyed the Christmas market which i found crowded, noisy, bright and cheerful. Finally, I wish everyone who reads the paper a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.[/p][/quote]Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sustainer. I'm working full time +++ over Christmas and the new year with the homeless and starving in Salisbury but, have seen the Market in passing through and it looks nice and busy. Fisherton street lights look better this year as well, good show.[/p][/quote]Hi Karl and a merry Christmas to you. I wish i could do something for the homeless and the starving in Salisbury, I always feel guilty at Christmas because I know there are less fortunet people out there. I would like to volunteer with the selvation army (who do a brillient job) and help cook Christmas dinner for elderly and homeless people who are on their own with nothing to look forward to. I will be giving to the foodbank. Merry Chrsitmas to you all, and love and light :) AuraTodd

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