Victorian Christmas Fair
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2017
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 60 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 and Maria’s Cooking Demonstrations where this year she will be demonstrating how to cook Paella.
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!
Picton’s own celebrity chef, Maria will also be in the Courtyard (weather permitting) on both days at 11.00am and 2.00pm. This year, Maria will be demonstrating how to cook a real Spanish Paella.
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
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Visit The Food Hall, bursting with local produce. In the Courtyard, Castle Main Entrance and Gardens you will also find loads more goodies. Picton’s own celebrity chef, Maria will also be in the Courtyard (weather permitting) on both days at 11.00am and 2.00pm ! Live Music will be provided by Penfro Minstrels and The Salvation Army Brass Band – see below for days and times.
Cusan Welsh Liquer
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
Pembrokeshire Sea Salt
Farmers Food at Home
Wickedly Welsh Chocolate
Cwrtau Bach preserves/salads
ART & CRAFT
Martin Chambers Photography Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Images of Pembrokeshire
Jan-Jo Stunning and Intricate Hand Beaded Jewellery
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)
Fuse ‘n Beads Handmade glassware, homewares and jewellery inspired by nature
Annette Gardener – Kittiwake Enamels
Alison Todd Ceramics Colourful, hand thrown earthenware ceramics, including cups/mugs, bowls & dishes plus ceramic buttons and brooches
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)
Rustic Charm Christmas Wreaths
Fused Glass by Joan Edwards Handcrafted, fused glass in a variety of forms: mirrors, bowls, coasters, jewellery, leaded pieces
Gower Coast Crafts Surf inspired beaded bracelets, wristbands, anklets and solid silver rings and bangles to bring the feel of the beach to everyday life!
Gwenllian’s Miniatures Handmade crafts – the highlight of which will be Gwenllian’s unique crochet flowers in pots and hanging baskets
Andrew Bailey Art
Carol Viccars Crafts Handknits, Pincushions and Tidy-Trays
Original Ladybird prints
Elegant Chaos Upcycled Clothes – Funky and unique clothes and accessories
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.
Joan Gravell Fine silver jewellery inspired by nature
Steve Spreadbury birdboxes
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
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)
Flutterbys Hand made especially for you! Cushions, doorstops, lavender bags etc from beautiful designer fabrics
See Green Ceramics, Art, Quirky Christmas Gifts and Delightful Children’swear in Unusual Fabrics
Susie’s Sheepskin Boots Narberth based company who have been making unique sheepskin Uggs since 1979
What Katie Did Next toys
Country Market cakes and jams
Mabli Jack Welsh themed craft and felting
West Wales Willows Willow cuttings and rods for basket weaving and living structures – and also willow pet toys!
Just Bee – natural products and honey
Welsh Heart Company Handmade tartan hearts, gifts and wedding accessories
White Tree Crafts Contemporary hand made jewellery
Karen Cole Craft Stained and fused glass lamps, mirrors, light catchers and jewellery
Spirals Christmas Decorations
Nomads Ethnic and Fairtrade clothing
Live Music will be provided by The Salvation Army Brass Band on Saturday 18 November only from 10.30 am – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30 pm
The Penfro Minstrels will be playing inside The Great Hall on both days
Entry Prices include free glass of ‘something seasonal and spicy’ and entrance into the Castle!
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 may not have card facilities available on site
This is a Fundraising Event for The Picton Castle Trust Charity