The Christmas Fair at Larmer Tree was a wonderful weekend of festive fun. On 1st– 3rd December we hosted our 7th annual Christmas Fair.
It was a busy week with preparations from all the staff at Larmer Tree and Christmas trees delivered from our local Myncen Farm, fairy lights hung around the gardens and the Coffee Grove Café stocking its shelves with yummy festive goodies.
It was a crisp, chilly day to start on Friday as all our eager stallholders from local talented companies arrived to set up their various products. The fires, fairy lights and Christmas tunes were on in our beautiful old colonial-style Jubilee Hall & in our light, modern Pavilion.
The rooms were filled with beautiful displays and a vast array of products on offer to visitors looking for that unique Christmas gift or a fashion accessory for the imminent Christmas parties.
The staff from Forkingout Ltd, our fantastic in-house caterers, were busy heating up the mulled wine, cider & apple juice ready for the first visitors to arrive at the gate. They had delicious festive fare on offer all weekend with their infamous Christmas stollen and sausage rolls proving to be as popular as ever.
The adorable Abbey Primary School Choir opened the fair, entertaining visitors with charming renditions of modern and classic festive songs and carols. On Saturday Shaftesbury Ukulele Group, Permanent Vacation and Kevin Jackson & Nina Garcia dropped in to spread some festive cheer.
On Sunday The Royal T’s started the party and Jubilate Choir from Blandford entertained the crowds singing traditional Christmas carols in Victorian costume. We even saw some winter sunshine & visitors enjoyed exploring the beautiful 11 acres of gardens in their welly boots.
As a tradition, we always like to support a charity at Christmas and this year it was the turn of SERV Wessex, the volunteer blood bikers for Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. They provide an amazing service delivering urgently needed blood and medical essentials to hospitals. They were busy selling raffle tickets all weekend and giving out stickers to children that wanted to sit on their motorbikes. They raised over £800 in total and managed to spread the word about the invaluable work their volunteers do all year round.
It was an exceptionally jolly way to start December at Larmer Tree & fun was had by all. Plenty of our visitors left with hands full of shopping bags, pleased with their buys and with lots of festive spirit. It certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Many thanks to everyone that attended and showed their support over the weekend. We hope to see you back at the gardens next year as we have an exciting selection of events already planned for 2018.
Events & Wedding Co-Ordinator
Larmer Tree Gardens