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Published Monday 28 October 2013

With locally produced seasonal gifts, tasty hot food and Santa’s grotto, the New Forest Christmas Fair is perfect for getting into the festive spirit this winter.

After last year’s successful inaugural event, which attracted over 4,500 visitors, the Fair is returning to New Park, Brockenhurst from Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 December.

The gates are open from 10am until 4pm, with an expanded number of stalls, food outlets and activities. Visitors can purchase their Forestry Commission Christmas tree, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, browse for interesting or unusual locally sourced presents, or sample delicious festive food.

Many of the traders are members of the New Forest Marque, a quality assurance scheme supported by the National Park Authority. The Marque promotes authentic New Forest fare of the highest quality, and encourages people to shop locally.

If you are a local trader we would like to hear from you, as there are still some stalls available. Make sure you join the many businesses that make the most of this prime opportunity to sell their goods during the build-up to Christmas.

Marque member Hollyhock Flock, a flock of Gotland sheep based in the New Forest, attended the fair last year to sell their woolly goods. The flock’s founder Sue Cole said: ‘The Fair gets everything right - there are lots of great stalls to buy exciting presents and seasonal goodies, and many of the traders are local.

‘The whole event has such a friendly and festive atmosphere, so much so that there are quite a few people who come both days because they have such a good time. It was everything a Christmas fair should be and this year’s event promises to be even better.’

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager and Fair co-ordinator, said: ‘Last year the event was a huge success, and the 2013 fair will have even more attractions and stalls for visitors to enjoy.

‘Take advantage of the fantastic range of local products on offer and remove the hassle from Christmas by doing all your shopping in one place.’

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said: 'We can’t promise a white Christmas but we can help you make it green!

‘Nothing beats the experience and smell of a real tree, which use about 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees - and they smell divine. You can be sure that our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you choose the shape and size that suits you best, and wrap it up ready for you to take home.'

For more information on the Fair, or to reserve a trading stall at the event, email sarah.hunt@newforestnpa.gov.uk or phone 01590 622400.

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Stall holders get into the festive spirit at last year’s New Forest Christmas Fair.

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About the New Forest Marque® – a sign of quality

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority the award scheme was created by New Forest Produce Limited to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

For more information on the New Forest Marque and its members visit www.newforestproduce.co.uk.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:
Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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