Shop local this Christmas at New Forest and Hampshire County Show fair

Support local craftsmen and small businesses by buying home-grown gifts this Christmas. Combine a family fun day out with a Christmas fair and you can get your gifts all in one day! The New Forest and Hampshire County Show opens its gates to its first free Christmas Fair this weekend, December 8-9, with New Forest Marque members Rosie Lea tearooms and Setley Ridge Farm Shop selling hot local food and soup, as well as tasty hot chocolate and mulled wine.

You can’t beat a real Christmas tree and the Fair will have the very best locally grown firs for your living room.

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said: “The Forestry Commission will be selling a large range of home grown spruce and fir trees, including the non-drop variety.

“Our trees are sustainably grown in the UK, with at least one tree being planted to replace each one that is harvested. We have Christmas trees of every shape and size and our expert staff are available to help you pick, wrap and carry the perfect Christmas tree to your car.”

Family fun includes making reindeer with National Park Authority Rangers, face painting, Santa’s post box, a pony driven sleigh from 2pm each day, Christmas carols, a brass band and even Santa will be making a brief appearance over the weekend.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager and Fair Co-ordinator, said: “The New Forest is full of artisan food producers and craft makers and what better way to promote what they do than at a Christmas Fair. Here you can do all your Christmas shopping in one place.”

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