Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas at Erddig

I'm busy preparing for another weekend at Erddig, a National trust property near Wrexham in north east Wales. I spent last weeknd there in a little cabin selling my wares at their Christmas market. The event was really well supported with lots of folk there both days, which was fantastic particularly as Sunday was very wet and cold. There was a lovely festive atmosphere, the staff were in victorian dress and there was lots of entertainment including Father Christmas.

This was my first visit to Erddig and I really enjoyed it. It was great having the space in the cabin, space is always a premium at an event and the cabin gave me lots of room to set up the stall. So I got to work with bunting, using the wall space to display products and decorations. Setting up was slightly different than usual, carrying the bits and pieces for the stall through the stable yard avoiding the horse having his breakfast while his stable was being mucked out- just loved it! The market was laid out in the yards and outbuildings of the Hall- it's a fabulous setting and the atmosphere was just great! There was a mixture of cabins, market stalls and some of the stall holders were set up in some of the outbuildings. I think there were about 60 stalls. with a mixture of crafts and lots of foods- cakes, cheese, preserves, beers... , and similar is planned for this weekend

It was a busy weekend for me and fortunately sales were quite good, so this week has been spent replenishing stock- lots of fish and pincushions, and of course Christmas decorations. I've also been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast- looks as though the thermals will be out again with lots of woolly layers, and plenty of hot drinks & soup.

Here's looking forward to another busy, festive weekend...

The gardens at Erddig
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