Monday, 21 November 2011

All the fun of the Midwinter Fair

We’re going to let you in on one of Jo’s little secrets.
      For the past few years, she’s done much of her gift-shopping at a Christmas fair organized by a local Kent-and-Sussex glossy called The Wealden Times.
     Why?  Because in several (heated) marquees, erected in a walled garden at Bedgebury Pinetum (just off the A21), you’ll find all manner of covetable goodies:  antique, vintage, hand-made – but all super-stylish.  Basically, it’s like the Country Living Fair used to be, in its early days, before so many well-known names muscled in.
     The only challenge, in fact, is not buying one gift for yourself for every present you snap up for someone on your list.  (Ahem.  This is a challenge Jo has so far failed to rise to…)
     There are some delectable beauty stands, including a ‘pop-up’ of beauty editor Karena Callen’s Violetta boutique, which is worth a visit in itself.  
     Of course, on our own site right now you’ll find a run-down of all the beauty goodies we’re coveting ourselves.  (Find it here.)  But we do know that (strange as it seems) not everyone thrills to a bath oil, or a body cream, or a lipgloss trio – and would instead prefer a worthy-of-Mr. McGregor garden trowel, a ‘pre’-loved’ book, a crisp white nightie, a gourmet indulgence or a cuddlesome cushion.  (Plus:  there’s always something very heart-warming about supporting local producers and ‘makers’.)
     So if the Weald’s local to you, make a date:  from the 24th-26th November.
     Just be prepared to wrangle Jo for the silver dessert spoons she’s got her eye on.

The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair - admission £7.50 on the gate or £6.50 via advanced booking (see website below or call 0800-294 9011 to book)

Thursday 24th November – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 25th November – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 26th November – 9.30 – 4.30 p.m.