Whip out the Christmas list and get your pressies ticked off early! Forget mindlessly scrolling through the Amazon app for socks, and instead treat your nearest and dearest to a gift from one of the best indies the country has to offer, be it fashion, homeware, bespoke art or delicious food or drink (psst – keep an eye out for Mr Hobbs Gin, a Muddy favourite). The tricky part? Not blowing the budget on goodies for yourself.
2) FOOD AND DRINK
Speaking of sustenance, it’s not a Christmas fair unless you can totter round the stalls with something hot and boozy clutched in your mittened hand – and the Henley Christmas Fair certainly delivers on this front. The event is decked out with caterers providing excellent grub and plenty of seasonal tipples to keep you merry and bright. Cheers to that!
Packed out shopping centre of nightmares, this is not. Set on the extensive lawns of Stonor Park Manor House, the fair is made up of postcard-pretty wooden chalets and heated indoor marquees, so you can fully soak up the festive atmosphere. Still feeling a bit ‘bah humbug’? Local choir Occasions Singers will be there in full voice with a range of carols and Christmas bangers, which is pretty much guaranteed to fill you with cheer and goodwill to all men.
4) LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Is there any prettier spot for a Christmas fair than the grounds of Stonor Park? This stately home in Henley was listed as number seven on Visit Britain’s list of the Top 25 Most Magnificent Stately Homes, so if you haven’t found the time to pop for a visit, there couldn’t be a better reason. Not only will you have access to the picturesque parkland grounds (hello, Instagram), for an extra fiver you can upgrade your ticket and visit the House in all its Yuletide glory.
The Henley Christmas Fair takes place from Thursday 25 November to Sunday 28 November, 10am – 4pm. Adult tickets cost £12 (or £10 if bought with an Early Bird Discount before Sunday 21 November), under 16s go free. Parking is free. Book your tickets here.
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