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.
There were stalls offering food samples such as olives, cheese, pickled items such as eggs / onions, chutneys, jams etc to visitors.
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.
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.
There were a lot of talented local artists showcasing their work. It was great to see the support from the visitors in general.
Loved the sign below, it is so important to support local vendors
Some cakes and confectionary sold at the fair
The vendor below was selling pictures and mirrors made using tiles as well as pearls
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.