Country Living Christmas Fair

Just a quick post from me today, as I am off to the rugby with my flatmate today to watch England v South Africa (I’ve never been to a rugby match that wasn’t a pissed up uni varsity game – I’m excited!)

Country Living Xmas Fair CoverWhile browsing Time Out Offers a few weeks back, I came across tickets for the Country Living’s annual Christmas Fair. It sounds like the most middle-aged thing ever, but the tickets were a good price and it put me in mind of my old school Christmas craft fairs. So I roped Ben in, and we took ourselves over to the Business Design Centre in Angel, an area of London I’d never been to before. I quite liked the look of it: it reminded me of a country town, with a good range of shops along a main street.

086On our arrival at the centre, we were greeted by a group of carol singers, and our senses were overwhelmed by the scent of orange and cloves wafting through the air. We wandered, snapped a handful of photos, sipped some complimentary cava and soaked up the festive atmosphere!

006020022033030There were dozens of stalls, a lot of them exclusively promoting Christmas decorations, but in-keeping with the Country Living theme there were also other stalls dedicated to crafts and gift ideas.

031050099Ben and I got chatting to one of the stallholders, a lovely guy called Dylan. He is a Master Craftsman in leaded glass, based in Leicestershire, and had created the following beautiful mirrors.


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We spent ages talking to Dylan (he introduced us to the concept of light painting with a camera), and he enthralled us with his delicate, intricate mirror designs. So much so that I walked away with this beauty at the end of our time with him:

080You can find Dylan’s site here

The one criticism I did have was how precious some people were about taking photos. I got at least three or four people on the stalls ask me why I was taking photos, and it was only when I explained that it was for a blog that they seemed to relent. I get that no one wants their ideas stolen by a competitor, but in the modern age surely it would be easy enough to nick someone’s designs online?

042Anyway, it was an enjoyable couple of hours getting in the Christmas mood, and we rounded off the evening with a trip across the road to Byron. We sampled their Holy Cheesemas burger, a seasonal special which was like heaven in a burger, but had us rolling out of the door at the end, and genuinely left me in some kind of food coma!

Holy CheesemasHave you been getting into the Christmas spirit yet? What are you doing to gear up for the festive season?

128The Country Living Christmas Fair is open today and tomorrow in London if you still want to drop by, or in Glasgow 20th-23rd and Harrogate 27th-30th November. You can buy tickets on site or online

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