Christmas Shopping off the Beaten Track
27 October 2015
A craft show can be a great experience and lots of fun; introducing such a wide variety of handmade, traditional or contemporary crafts, jewellery, textiles or design. They can be an exciting outing to walk around and gather inspiration for interiors and decors, or to collect unique items for yourself or as gifts. The owners of the stalls go to a lot of effort to display their creations with a vision, to help you picture how they could work for you.
A particularly nice time to attend a craft fair is the upcoming festive season! You’ll find special products for family and friends that can’t be seen on the High Street. You can discover themes and trends that you didn’t realise before and are instantly drawn to.
Walking around you should remember how everything is made with a love and passion for crafting, and so much more care than mass-made items. It’s wonderful to build connections with small businesses and learn about their trade.
Everyone always enjoys the stories of how a little lady like Tiffany Jayne tackles her local reclaim yards in Norfolk, to salvage old Oak wood beams for her Table Lamps.
Suddenly you realise how unique the piece is, when you hear how she finds, cleans and shapes each wood block individually to build a magnificent lamp.
This Winter Tiffany Jayne will be attending three of the upcoming Craft Fairs in the UK, leaving December free to get busy in the workshop for the Christmas orders!
The Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair holds 130 carefully selected boutique companies selling products you won’t find on the High Street. Start your Christmas shopping and choose your gifts from festive food, fashion and jewellery, fine furniture and homewares, art and charming children’s collections. Delight in a variety of delicious food products from the food hall, held at The Centaur of Cheltenham Racecourse. This event is held at the end of October – and is set to be a true display of craftsmanship.
One of our favourite shows that we are returning to this year is held in the magnificent medieval building of Ely Cathedral. The building itself is a sight to come and see, the exhibitions of over 150 stalls makes it even better! This is the best fair to take home festive food delights, with a selection of delicious foods available to eat there – we’re looking most forward to the Hog Roast, followed by a ride on a vintage carousel. This event is held between the 13th and 14th November, and welcomes the whole family with a reindeer ‘meet and greet’ and working elves on the Saturday.
Our final fair of the year will be at RHS Wisley amongst some beautiful gardens, and hosts a massive 160+ stalls of the finest craftsmen from across the country. This Craft and Design fair could be a last stop to finishing your Christmas shopping… if you started in good time!
We’re looking forward to a very busy season, finding a lot of Christmas gifts from others attending these shows!
Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair
The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse
29th October to 31st October
Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair
13th and 14th November
RHS Wisley Christmas Craft Fair
RHS Wisley Gardens
25th to 30th November