There is nothing more festive and fulfilling at this time of year than a Christmas Craft Fair, and we are extremely lucky to have one so close to home every year at Bradgate Country Park. Our visit today was made, not only by the stunning weather, but the wide variety of amazing stalls; with local artists, bakers, writers and entrepreneurs proudly displaying their collections for Christmas.
If you have never been to Bradgate Park, I can highly recommend a visit if you are ever in and around Leicestershire. The childhood home of Lady Jane Grey – Queen of England in 1553 for nine days – the landscape is rugged, atmospheric and full of history. The ruins of the grey family home sit in the middle of the park, surrounded by herds of deer, bracken and clusters of ancient rocks that were once volcanoes. I worked there myself for about 8 years so I may be a little bias but it really is a beautiful place and before heading to the fair, Jeff and I spent an hour walking through the park and making the most of the winter sunshine…
After our walk and some lunch, we started to browse the fair! Camera in hand, I was able to capture some of the stunning products available to share with you – I hope they inspire your Christmas wish list!
The first stall we came across belonged to Jason & Caroline Pegg of “Serenity Aromas” – I was drawn in by the delicate, floral smells of their handmade products and pretty display. Serenity Aromas create bath and beauty products including bath bombs, bath salts and soaps. Their products are made from natural ingredients and each sold in delicate, pretty bags and boxes proudly carrying the company logo. The bath salts in particular took my interest as they not only smell amazing, they include natural mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium which are great for cleansing and hydration. Having bought some myself, I can’t wait to try them later!
Their products would make perfect stocking fillers at Christmas, and also a great treat for yourself! Who doesn’t love a steaming hot bath on a cold winter evening?! You can find out more about Jason and Caroline and their carefully crafted products at http://www.serenityaromas.co.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/serenityaromasbathandbodyproducts.
One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the food, and the Bradgate Christmas Fair certainly had an abundance of it! There were pastries, pies, cakes, chocolate and fudge! Among all of this food, two stalls in particular really stood out! The first was Harkers Handmade Fudge and Continental Liquorice.
Who could resist their colourful array of fudge in 21 different flavours; all lovingly made by hand. Christmas is certainly a time to indulge, and with fudge being one of the most indulgent treats around, it really makes the perfect gift. Browsing their website, they also do wedding favours and gift boxes! If you would like to see for yourself, you can find them here: http://www.harkersfudge.com.
The second foodie find was “The Cherry Tree” –https://www.facebook.com/CherryTreePreservesLeicestershire. This company make a variety of curds, chutneys and pickles that would make the perfect companion for your Christmas cheese board. Their stall was so busy it was hard to get a photo, but I could see why after sampling their lovely recipes!
If you have a foodie member of the family, you could create a gift hamper for them with boxes of crackers, speciality cheeses and a couple of jars from The Cherry Tree. They are available at a variety of small outlets and you can find out more about them here http://www.cherrytreepreserves.co.uk/
Before I leave you for Blogmas Day Four, I shall just share with you two final Christmassey finds! If you or a loved one like creative home decor, then the stall belonging to my friend Caroline would be a perfect place to go. A fellow Bradgate Park veteran, Caroline has since branched out into her own craft business and creates gorgeous products – creating stunning lanterns from jars, and designing inspiring and motivational quotes onto pieces of wood.
A recent partnership has seen the range expand into handmade bunting, cuddly toys and cushions. You can tell how much they love what they do, and their creations really are beautiful.
Last, but certainly not least, Crooks Lane Herbs. The aromatic smell coming from that stall was incredible! The range of herbal products is amazing, and all home grown – literally in their own back yard! You can tell that Sian and Richard are passionate about what they do and have created an impressive range of hand creams, lip balms, soap and bath salts. They also offer gift sets which would be a perfect gift for Christmas. Please do visit their website and explore what they have on offer, http://cookslaneherbs.co.uk/.
Out of all the days of Blogmas so far, this post has definitely been the most fun to put together, Meeting all of the stall holders and chatting to them about their products was great and I wish them all a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!