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Victorian Christmas Fair

Christmas stalls in the medieval undercroft

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November 2015 

Come along and soak up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere at our Annual Christmas Market

 

As the days grow shorter and scarves grow longer, Christmas shoppers begin to count the hours until the big day, ticking off and adding to their lists alternately and wondering where best to go to make some headway. It isn’t necessary to travel to Prague or Munich to find a great Christmas market, and high street hassles can be totally avoided by checking out one of Pembrokeshire’s best and most extensive Christmas markets offering a truly fantastic festive shopping experience.

Each year Picton Castle is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 50 stalls packed full of gorgeous gifts line the corridors and staterooms of its 13th Century Castle and surrounding buildings within its Courtyard, not to mention the Food Hall on the north lawn.

With its wealth of history, Picton Castle provides the perfect setting for the traditional Victorian Christmas decorations adorning its wonderful staterooms, providing a warm atmosphere and the perfect backdrop for the visitor to soak up the sights and sounds as they wander around the market. With the aroma of warming spices and freshly baked mince pies infusing the air, enjoyed with a generous sprinkling of festive music provided by the Penfro Minstrels and the Salvation Army Brass Band, this event gets even the biggest of humbugs into the Christmas spirit.

Picton is proud not just to be a distinctively British Christmas market, but a very local one, as most of its stallholders are businesses, food producers and craft makers from Pembrokeshire with each one carefully selected to give the best shopping choices possible. From beautifully handmade wooden toys and crafted candles, to tasty cheeses, funky jewellery and ceramics you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your Christmas gift list. They are very much a part of what makes the Picton Christmas Fair so special.

Stalls will be both inside the Castle, so you can enjoy the magnificent staterooms, and outside in the Courtyard and Gallery areas – so whatever the weather, you can browse at your leisure!

Some of the Arts, Crafts and Produce Stalls You Can Expect To See at This Year’s Christmas Market

Keep checking back as we will add more information both here and on our Facebook pages regularly…

Alison Todd Ceramics

Alison Todd Ceramics

Pink Peppermint Handmade Soy and Beeswax Candles
Carol’s Crafts Handknits, Pincushions and Tidy-Trays
John Dooner A pastel artist specialising in country subjects and in particular, horses, dogs, farm and domestic animals and wildlife – original paintings, prints and cards (Commissions undertaken)

Alison Todd Ceramics Colourful, hand thrown earthenware ceramics, including cups/mugs, bowls & dishes plus ceramic buttons and brooches
Fuse ‘n Beads  Handmade glassware, homewares and jewellery inspired by nature
Hendra Vean Cotswolds knits and wool
Lyn Roberts Design A unique range of jewellery inspired by the natural environment in Pembrokeshire
Jackie Barber Ceramics A colourful,unique and contemporary collection with a new range of tableware, tapas plates, cheese dishes, olive oil drizzlers and a selection of ceramic handcrafted jewellery
Joan Gravell fine silver jewellery inspired by nature
Cwrtau Bach Deli Foods  Award winning home-made artisan chutneys and savoury sauces
Chantler Teas  A small family business recently moved to Pembrokeshire, Chantler Teas will be selling a wide range of premium, ethically sourced loose leaf tea and tea accessories including their own unique Welsh blends
Pebble Stories A local artist from Carmarthenshire, Simon uses finds from the seashore and woodlands to produce work that represents memories  and stories that relate to him and his family (pets included!). (Commissions undertaken)
Martin Chambers  Landscapes of Pembrokeshire. A wide selection of limited edition, framed, mounted and canvas prints of your favourite Pembrokeshire Landscapes at very affordable prices

Wholegrain Woodness  Taking local timber from tree to treasure, Emyr makes delightful bespoke and rustic items from boxes to furniture – very stroke-able! (Commissions undertaken)

Tatanne Bazaar  Vintage items and hand-painted furniture in Shabby Chic and Folk Art styles, in fact anything vintage from cake stands to linen; collectables to the odd tweed jacket. Jen also undertakes commissions for furniture upcycling

Flutterbys  Hand made especially for you! Cushions, doorstops, lavender bags etc from beautiful designer fabrics

Jan Lewin-Cadogan Porcelain

The Food Hall, bursting with local produce, can be found on the North Lawn. In the Courtyard, Castle Main Entrance and Gardens you will also find loads more goodies:

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Food to Go includes:
Peter Sargent – Wood Fired Pizzas;  Handmade Cakes & Marmalades; Café Tuk Tuk;  Home-made Welshcakes; Burgers,Hot Dogs, Chips and Sausages and hot Roasted Chestnuts & Belgian Waffles.

Other Stalls in this area include:
Ryan Head – Chainsaw Carvings; Candycat Creations (Papercrafted Gifts);  Hand-made Gifts by Debbie Montgomery; Pashmina Natural Dyed Scarves, Fairy Dresses & Butterfly Wands.

Charity Stalls include
Paul Sartori & Help for Heroes

Other Stalls amd Food Hall Include

Pebble Art by Janette Miles
Cassandra Lishman – Willow and Felt Creations
Elegant Chaos Funky and Unique Clothes and Accessories
Pembrokeshire Creations  A carefully curated collection of the best crafts and art from Pembrokeshire
What Katy did Next  Toys, Gifts and Crafts
Joan Edwards glass Beads, Glass Art and Jewellery
Pixiejools  Recycled Jewellery Made from Forks and Other Items
Ben Creamer  Slateware and {hotography
Magic Garden  Ceramics
Locketmaid  Wire Jewellery
Barbara Rose Vintage China
Martinsell  Bird Tables, Insect Houses and Wreaths
Kittiwake Enamels  Hand-made Enamel Jewellery and Pictures
Jan Lewin-Cadogan  Stunning Contemporary Ceramics

Sea Cottage Crafts  Vintage Inspired Homewares and Gifts
Joglo  Pots and Stands, including Christmas items
Spirals Florist – Christmas Decorations
Haverfordwest Country Markets  Scrummy home-made Cakes, Preserves and Savories
Oh Sugarplum!  Hand-made Confectionery
Huckleberry  Festive Spirits
Farmers Finest Foods  Locally Grown Vegetables and Produce

Farmers Food at Home – Home-made Chutneys and Preserves
Couture Cakes Elegant Cupcakes, Meringues and Sweet Treats

Lollies  Traditional Sweets

Music will be provided by the Penfro Minstrels in the Great Hall and the

Salvation Army Brass Band in the Courtyard (2pm – 4pm)

  Entry  Prices (includes free glass of ‘something seasonal and spicy’!)

Adults £6.60 

Senior Citizens £6.00

           Children Aged 5 – 15 years  £4.00

            Under 5’s Free

       Open 10.00am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Shoppers Note: We are all used to using our credit and debit cards so much these days, that it may be useful to note that our stallholders will not have card facilities available on site 

This is a Fundraising Event for The Picton Castle Trust Charity

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Lyn Roberts Design

Lyn Roberts Design

Alison Todd Ceramics

Alison Todd Ceramics

Tatanne Bazaar

Tatanne Bazaar

Pebble Art

Pebble Art

Pink Peppermint

Pink Peppermint

Chantler Teas

Chantler Teas

 

 

Jackie Barber Ceramics

Jackie Barber Ceramics

Wholegrain Woodness