The festive season is upon us

October 31, 2016

This time of year is our absolute favourite, the leaves are changing, mornings are crisp but bright and still beautifully sunny. The shops are buzzing with the joy of Christmas and we get to spend hours perusing the Selfridges Christmas section, lusting after extravagant gifts Father Christmas with undoubtedly not bring. On that note, an Hermes watch has been on my Christmas list for about 5 years now … still no luck with that. What was your favourite present last year? What are you hoping for this year? At Illumens we can get particularly excited in November because the start of the Christmas fairs is imminent. There truly is no better way to get into the festive spirit than a Christmas fair in my opinion. I hold out to eat my first mince pie on the first day of the first fair and thereafter shamelessly eat one a day (minimum) right up until Christmas. Mary Howard’s Christmas fair is my favourite, without question. I won’t ever forget the first year I worked it with mummy and totally fell in love with everything about it – Mary and Paddy, the stallholders, the atmosphere, the gift selection, the cakes (mince pies)… everything! We are sad to not be in Hullavington this year but excited to see what Newbury Racecourse has to offer and to meet some new faces! I can’t imagine we will be disappointed…

This year we will be showing at the following fairs and would love to see you:

8th – 11th Nov Mary Howard Christmas Fair at Newbury Race Course (entry by pre booked ticket only to Mary’s event)
17th November St Elizabeth Hospice Fair at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex
17th-19th Nov Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair in Ely Cambridgeshire
22nd November NSPCC Christmas Fair at Olde Bell Hotel Barnby Moor DN22 8QS
25th -27th Nov Macmillan Cancer Relief Presents Galore at Newmarket
Racecourse, Cambridgeshire
2nd-4th Dec Angel Fair at Thorpe Hall Peterborough (2nd Dec evening only)
5th December Well Being of Women Christmas Fair at Drapers Hall Throgmorton Street in the City of London

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Merry Christmas (too soon?) from Team Illumens x