Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Country Living Christmas Fair {Harrogate}

  Last weekend was a different one for me as I had a rare Saturday to myself,
the reason being that I was invited to visit the Country Living Fair in Harrogate at the International centre.
Anyone who knows me will tell you how much of a big deal this was for me as I am such a fan of Country Living Magazine. I've been flicking through the pages of Country Living for as long as I can remember; My mum has always collected the magazine and there's always been a seasonally appropriate edition on the coffee table at home.
What I love about the styling and photography is that it is so timeless; although each one is different the themes are always similar with classical, rustic styles which are woven into the country lifestyle. My favourite part has to be Kitchen Table Talent though as I love reading how people have turned their passions into their own business.
I've always found it so inspiring that people can earn a living through creativity. I think that's another reason I was so excited to visit the fair, to get to see all those beautiful crafts up close and meet the makers behind them. It was such a treat to be invited and as I have never been to a Country Living fair I couldn't wait!
 The setting was perfect with the snow just starting to fall in Harrogate and the twinkling lights covering the International Centre. I was surprised at just how big the fair stretched, over four large halls. A giant Christmas tree was at the centre of the main hall and festive music playing to get everyone in the spirit! There were just so many things to see; crafts, pottery, clothing, decorations, home furnishings and a large food hall. There are separate areas for craft workshops which run all weekend and a food demonstrations area. The champagne bar looked gorgeous but it was a bit early for me, although I did sample some lovely Slingsby Gin! I had a wonderful time wandering around the beautiful stalls; it's the perfect place for inspiration and to pick up some really different gifts. I was quite excited to see some of my favourites too who had larger stalls by the front entrance, Suzie Watson, Sophie Allport and Jane Hogben pottery. Its no secret that I love my mugs but I manged to resist the temptation!
One thing I really enjoyed was being able to chat to so many business owners about what they do and the inspiration behind their products. It's something that I love about shopping independently that there is such a personal touch and often a story behind what you're buying.
I had a wonderful time visiting the fair in Harrogate, it really was a little dream come true to be invited as a blogger and experience Country Living close up. I can't wait to go again, hopefully to the spring fair, but I'm sure I'll be making the Christmas one a yearly tradition!

I'd like to say a Big thank you to Country Living Fairs for inviting me to visit, it means so much to have these wonderful experiences through this little blog.

I've linked below to some of the wonderful stalls that were there this year - I'm sure you'll find some perfect gifting inspiration amongst them!

Heirloom Faeries |  Pollyfields |  Suzanne Lake |  Mosney Mill | Rosie Phillips Gifts The Harrogate Candle Company | Wears of London Tarte & Berry Letterbox Gifts | Hogben Pottery Em&Lu | Slingsby Social |

(I may have Geeked out a bit at seeing a giant CL magazine and actually asked someone to take my picture for me!)


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