Sheffield Landscape Trust - Xmas Fair

Sunday 12 December

The Sheffield Landscape Trust held its first Christmas Fair at the Wood Lane Countryside Centre on Sunday 12th December. With an entry fee of £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for Children we were sceptical about how well it would be supported but were pleased to be proved wrong as over a thousand people passed through the doors during the five hours it was open.

There were a number of outdoor attractions, including Santa and his reindeer, a theatre company giving fifteen minute comedy performances of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, a stall selling ‘Our Cow Molly’ ice cream, a mobile bar selling real ales and carol singing in the open air in the evening, to name just a few.

The Grain Loft become an indoor craft market for the afternoon with stalls selling a whole array of things from homemade cakes and biscuits to jewellery, handmade clothes, original paintings etc. Sheffield Woodturning Club also had a stall in this market, with ten of our members selling their wares. Shortly after the doors opened there was a queue of people walking round the ‘market’ and from then on we had a steady stream with just a few lulls when performances were going on elsewhere. Sales were not as brisk as at our own Christmas Fair or Art in the Gardens, but nevertheless everyone sold something.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon with a lovely, Christmassy atmosphere and here are a few photos taken on the day.