Shugborough Christmas Fair, Stafford

Christmas is heading our way soon and to get into the mood I decided to visit Shugborough Christmas Fair in Stafford this weekend. The last time I was in Shugborough, it was for their Summer Food Festival in July this year. Personally I felt, the Summer Festival felt more vibrant with lots more stalls and vendors selling a variety of food, drinks, local art crafts compared to their Christmas Fair.  There was also a huge area dedicated for kids activities at their Summer Fair which was non  existent here.  I also felt some of the items sold at the Christmas Fair was more expensive, but this did not stop me from doing a some shopping myself.  Nevertheless it was a nice break to get away for a few hours by myself tasting new foods and discovering new craft gift ideas.  Here are some images which I have captured to share with you.

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Below is a photo of the entrance to the fair, visitors were charged quite reasonable entry rates, especially if you wanted to view both the Fair and the Candlelit Mansion House.
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There were stalls offering food samples such as olives, cheese, pickled items such as eggs / onions, chutneys, jams etc to visitors.

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Some handmade jewellery items

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Here’s another vendor offering free coconut macaroons samples to visitors, there were chocolate chip, cherry and plain flavoured ones.  I find this a great marketing tactic, as once the visitors have tasted it, they want more of it and tend to purchase some to bring back home.

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The Christmas Show at Shugborough had a wide range of arts, craft and gift stalls such as jewellery, handicrafts, bags, hand made products, woodworkds, photography, candles, confectionary and ceramics amongst others. I loved some of the items sold and even bought these candles below, the green thyme scented candles were my favourite.

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There were a lot of talented local artists showcasing their work. It was great to see the support from the visitors in general.

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Loved the sign below, it is so important to support local vendors

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Some cakes and confectionary sold at the fair

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The vendor below was selling pictures and mirrors made using tiles as well as pearls

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There were just a handful of food stalls compared to the Summer Fair, the stalls which were there were mostly selling pancakes,roast pork sandwiches, cakes and drinks. There was a dedicated area  for everyone to sit down while some lovely music was sung by the old boy’s choir.

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