Sat, November 19th, 2016
Victorian Christmas Fair
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November 2016
Come along and soak up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere at our Victorian Christmas Fair
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.
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, 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. There will be more outside in the Courtyard and Gallery areas – so whatever the weather, you can browse at your leisure!
Visit this Page Regularly for Updates on Some of the Arts, Crafts and Produce Stalls You Can Expect To See at This Year’s ChristmasFair
Keep checking back as we will add more information both here and on our Facebook pages regularly…
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
Some of the Stalls You Can Expect To See This Year Include:
(We will update these and add links regularly)
Cwtch Body and Soul (salt scrubs)
Fuse ‘n Beads Handmade glassware, homewares and jewellery inspired by nature
Alison Todd Ceramics Colourful, hand thrown earthenware ceramics, including cups/mugs, bowls & dishes plus ceramic buttons and brooches
Pixiejools Recycled Jewellery Made from Forks and Other Items
Annette Gardener – Kittiwake Enamels
Ananuca – Pashminas etc from Chile
Carol Viccars Crafts
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)
David Wilson – Black and White Photography
Martin Griffin Photography
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)
Jan-Jo Stunning and Intricate Hand Beaded Jewellery
Joan Edwards Glass
Lucy Locket wire jewellery
Jon Cox Ceramics
Joan Gravell Fine silver jewellery inspired by nature
Magic Garden Ceramics
Bolgoed Wool When making the decision to keep sheep John and Maggie Harris chose the Lleyn breed which originates from North Wales. Maggie discovered that they also have lovely soft wool and went on a spinning and dyeing course. She now processes all the fleeces by hand. This involves washing, dyeing, carding and spinning, making a yarn ready for knitting or weaving. Most popular are wool and knitted items in the natural colour but new ideas have produced yarns of mixed colours, some incorporating silver and gold thread and even beads. Home knitted items include hats, scarves, mitts, bags, cushions and waistcoats. Some wool is woven into rugs and table settings.
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
Martinsell Bird Boxes
Flutterbys Hand made especially for you! Cushions, doorstops, lavender bags etc from beautiful designer fabrics
Mopsy Doodles Crafts
Rustic Charm – Christmas Decorations
Woblyn Pengwyn Hand crafted soaps made in the Preseli Hills using natural ingredients and perfumed with essential oils.
Spirals Christmas Decorations
Country Markets Jams, cakes etc from the WI
Lollies Traditional Sweet Shop
Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Co
Pembrokeshire Sea Salt
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
Cusan Welsh Liquer
Cwm Deri Vineyard Beautiful tasting Welsh Wines produced from vines grown in North Pembrokeshire
Farmers Food at Home – Chutneys
Entry Prices include free glass of ‘something seasonal and spicy’!
Music will be provided by the Penfro Minstrels in the Great Hall and the
Salvation Army Brass Band in the Courtyard (2pm – 4pm)
Adults £7.00, Seniors £6.00
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