Full of fes­tive cheer

This month, the won­der­ful Christ­mas Fair in the Cotswolds is re­turn­ing to Dayles­ford to pro­vide a truly unique fes­tive shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, while rais­ing vi­tal funds for Wellchild

Cotswold Life - - CHRISTMAS FAIR IN THE COTSWOLDS - Prue Leith, CBE will be sign­ing copies of her lat­est cook­ery book on the pre­view evening of Novem­ber 5. Tick­ets for the fair are avail­able at: www.cotswold­fair.com

The Christ­mas Fair in the Cotswolds at Dayles­ford in sup­port of Wellchild is now in its eighth year. Vis­i­tors from both the lo­cal area and fur­ther afield, have come to rely on this ex­quis­ite fes­tive event to source in­spired, unique Christ­mas gifts happy in the knowl­edge that the price of all tick­ets sales plus 10% of all pur­chases are do­nated to Wellchild, the char­ity to sup­port the se­ri­ously ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

The on­go­ing suc­cess of this pop­u­lar fes­tive shop­ping event is largely due to the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the di­rec­tor Lucy Greaves and her ded­i­cated com­mit­tee, who con­tin­u­ally pur­sue new op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­sur­ing that the ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fer­ing of the fair is unique each year.

“We are so lucky that the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous fairs has meant that we have a loyal fol­low­ing of en­thu­si­as­tic vis­i­tors who re­turn each year,” says Lucy. “How­ever, we are al­ways on the look out for new op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure that each fair of­fers some­thing new and that each event is dif­fer­ent from the last.”

As well as a di­verse range of 200 stall hold­ers, new ini­tia­tives for 2018 range from Jeri­cho Cof­fee Traders pro­vid­ing tea and cof­fee at the en­trance in a fes­tive LPM Bohemia Yurt, an art gallery ex­hibit­ing the artists Natasha Ku­mar and Paul Vanstone, plus a (free!) range of cooking demon­stra­tions in the Heaven & Stubbs kitchen, which in­cludes James Hearfield, head of the Dayles­ford Cook­ery School, and Mark St­inch­combe, win­ner of Masterchef: The Pro­fes­sion­als and co-head chef at Eck­ing­ton Manor with his wife Sue St­inch­combe. Tesla, one of the lead­ing elec­tric car brands, will also be on site with demon­stra­tion ve­hi­cles.

Art by Natasha Ku­mar

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