Christ­mas De­lights

Braxted Park hosts its in­au­gu­ral Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket as a cel­e­bra­tion of fes­tive food and fun for all the fam­ily, and its all free! Es­sex Life shares a taste of what to ex­pect

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The in­au­gu­ral Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket

The in­au­gu­ral Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket is be­ing held on De­cem­ber 1 and 2, and is the ideal des­ti­na­tion for those look­ing for a Christ­mas shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence with a bit of added lux­ury. This free to at­tend, two-day event is be­ing or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with Mal­don Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Sense of Place Cam­paign and will cham­pion amaz­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers from across the re­gion, all from within the grand sur­round­ings of this beau­ti­ful Queen Anne house.

Braxted Park, lo­cated near to Witham and Mal­don, is usu­ally closed to the pub­lic, so this event is a fan­tas­tic and rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the stun­ning park­lands, wood­land, lakes and gar­dens that hide be­hind the four-and-a-half mile long Braxted Wall.

The Christ­mas Mar­ket has been care­fully cu­rated over the past 12 months and will host some of the county’s very best small busi­nesses and pro­duc­ers. Items on sale through­out the two-day event in­clude hand-crafted jewellery, toys and soaps, lo­cally pro­duced cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, plus food to take away and en­joy at home, in­clud­ing breads, choco­lates and sausages.

Jen­nifer English who pro­duces beau­ti­ful wa­ter­colour art­works un­der the name Pud­dle Paints is one of these stall­hold­ers. Speak­ing of her in­volve­ment with the Christ­mas Mar­ket, Jen­nifer says: ‘I’m de­lighted to be part of this Christ­mas event at Braxted Park. It’s set to be a great event for lo­cal busi­nesses like mine, and the at­mos­phere is go­ing to be amaz­ing! I’ve been busy for weeks paint­ing new de­signs and mak­ing up new prod­ucts, in­clud­ing some fine art prints, bowls and all sorts of gor­geous gifts all fea­tur­ing my wa­ter­colour de­signs.’

An­other ar­ti­san pro­ducer at­tend­ing the mar­ket is Laura Brown from home furnishing brand LaudyMcB De­signs.

Laura says: ‘Braxted Park is a beau­ti­ful set­ting and a per­fect venue for a Christ­mas shop­ping event. We are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing lots of new peo­ple and show­cas­ing our prod­ucts to a lo­cal au­di­ence, en­joy­ing the en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer over the week­end.’

And it’s not just gifts up for grabs as the Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket is a great op­por­tu­nity to taste some of the de­li­cious food and drink we have avail­able here in Es­sex. For those who en­joy a tip­ple, the team be­hind Mal­don Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Grape & Grain Trail will be on hand with wine and spirit tast­ings, while The Tipsy Grey will be there with their con­verted horse box, sell­ing gin, fizz and craft beer.

The Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket has plenty for chil­dren too. Younger guests are be­ing in­vited to visit Mrs Christ­mas’s Kitchen to dec­o­rate an edi­ble treat to take home. While this is free to par­tic­i­pate in, just make sure you pop along to her kitchen on ar­rival to the mar­ket and put your child’s name down, as it is sure to be very pop­u­lar.

In keep­ing with the fes­tiv­i­ties, Fa­ther Christ­mas’s rein­deer will be stay­ing at Braxted Park for the du­ra­tion of the mar­ket, and there will even be horse and cart rides around the es­tate. If that wasn’t enough, the week­end will be filled with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing per­for­mances from some of the best lo­cal singers such as The Rock­a­bel­las, the Big Sing, the Funky Voices Choir and a num­ber of lo­cal school choirs.

Braxted Park’s res­i­dent florist will also be there, help­ing vis­i­tors cre­ate their own fes­tive ta­ble cen­tre­pieces to take home.

Sit­u­ated within the grounds of Braxted Park, The Cook­ery at Braxted Park will also be open­ing its doors over the week­end for ex­clu­sive hands on work­shops with a fo­cus on cook­ing with game. On Satur­day vis­i­tors will be able to join cel­e­brated River Cot­tage chef Tim Mad­dams in the kitchen, while on Sun­day chef Steve Walpole will be shar­ing his ex­per­tise. Tick­ets for these work­shops are £10 and must be pur­chased in ad­vance from christ­masat­braxted­

Alex Rayner, CEO of Braxted Park, added: ‘We are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be host­ing our first Christ­mas Mar­ket here at Braxted Park and to join forces with the team at Mal­don Dis­trict Coun­cil to cham­pion lo­cal busi­nesses and ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers from across the area. There will be some­thing for ev­ery­one, so whether you are look­ing to buy some hand­made Christ­mas presents from lo­cal busi­nesses, en­joy some lo­cally pro­duced food and drink or even just want to meet some of Santa’s rein­deer, come along and visit this bril­liant fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion.’


The Braxted Park Christ­mas Mar­ket is free to at­tend but dis­cre­tionary col­lec­tion buck­ets will be sit­u­ated around the event for do­na­tions to The Coun­try Food Trust. This char­ity was set up to pro­duce and dis­trib­ute de­li­cious, nu­tri­tious and bal­anced meals from coun­try­side pro­duce, and these are given out free of charge to those peo­ple liv­ing in poverty or sold to those peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate coun­try food, with the pro­ceeds go­ing back into the char­ity to help it feed more peo­ple in need.

NGet your ticket! Al­though this event is com­pletely free, tick­ets must be re­served be­fore the event by vis­it­ing christ­masat­braxted­ Chil­dren don’t need to reg­is­ter for a ticket. The mar­ket has al­ready proved to be very pop­u­lar, sell­ing out within just a few days. How­ever, ex­tra tick­ets have been added by the or­gan­is­ers to en­sure that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble can en­joy the event. All guests will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary glass of mulled wine on ar­rival to Braxted Park on pro­duc­tion of a valid ticket. Free park­ing is avail­able on-site, al­though park­ing will be on grass, so vis­i­tors are ad­vised to wear ap­pro­pri­ate footwear.

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