Macmillan has Christmas all wrapped up at the Eden Project
PUBLISHED: 13:25 23 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 05 February 2014
Get your gifts and give the perfect present at this year’s Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair. Now in its new home in its new home in the Eden Project Bakery (between the two biomes), the fair features the best in local crafts and gifts and festive food and treats.
Now in its 22nd year, the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair will feature an extensive and varied selection of stalls offering original and exciting Christmas gift ideas.
The fair also gets the season of goodwill off to a cracking start, with15% of all stallholder takings given to help Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall. 29,000 was raised in 2012 and with the move to Eden, the organisers are hoping to break new records in funds raised.
With the increased space that the move to Eden enables, all tastes are certainly well catered for. Newcomers for this year include recycled sailcloth bags from Canbags, luxury fragrances from Cath Collins, gorgeous locally produced handmade home accessories from Cream Cornwall and stunning silk scarves from Agapanthus. In addition, favourite stalls making a return include Cornish potter Paul Jackson, suede and shearling jackets from Rawhide and country clothing and sporting accessories from Tamar Field & Stream.
The Ginsters Food Hall will feature produce such as the famous Carved Angel Christmas Puddings, delicious home made brownies from The Brownie Baker and
smoked fish and meats from the Cornish Smokehouse.
For the last five years, a popular feature of the Macmillan Christmas Fair has been the limited edition jute shopping bag, designed exclusively for the fair by Erica Pritchard. The design for the 2014 Cornwall Macmillan bag has now been revealed. Sponsored by Lillicrap Chilcott, the theme for this year is Drama Queen, with the design featuring the lettering DRAMA alongside an image of a chessboard Queen set against a chessboard back drop. The bag will be available at the fair in return for a donation of 4 (6 for two) to Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall.
Tickets (12 each) include a light lunch and a glass of wine so visitors can make a day of it and also take the opportunity to explore the Eden Project biomes and gardens. The Hodgsons Land Train will be available at the ticket office to transport visitors to and from the Eden Bakery, with buses running between the ticket office and car park.
The Eden Project is very generously offering free entry for all visitors on the day, meaning that tickets only need to be purchased for the fair itself. Eden is also offering all Cornwall and Devon locals the chance to buy the special rate Eden Local Pass on the day - much earlier than usual.
A silent auction, sponsored by First Great Western, runs to 6 November, features money-cant-buy lots, such as VIP weekend tickets to the 2014 Cornbury Festival, a skippered day for four aboard the 47ft Swan yacht Sarabande and a glamorous Hollywood style dress from the Fowey-based Upton House.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, explains Caroline Tetley, Chairman of the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair Committee. We are delighted to welcome on board our new sponsors, Ginsters, Midas, First Great Western, Hodgsons and Karen Jackson Design, whilst also being incredibly grateful to Lillicrap Chilcott, Charles Stanley, Celtic & Co, Headland Printers, St Austell Brewery and Wild Card for their continued support.
The Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair takes place 10am-4pm on Thursday 7 November at the Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell PL24 2SG.
Tickets are 12 each, to include a light lunch. Group tickets for five are 10 each.
Visit cornwallmacmillanchristmasfair.co.uk to place bids, buy tickets or for further information.