Christmas Fair is a success at new location

new forest marque, jane overall, beth beales

Published Monday 15 December 2014

Over 7,000 people kicked off the festive season by supporting local businesses at the New Forest Christmas Fair.

This year’s fair took place on 6 and 7 December at Hoburne Bashley holiday park in New Milton, and the new location received a resounding thumbs up from visitors and traders alike. The park offered several benefits, including all-weather parking, marshmallow toasting in the woods and a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The two day event saw shoppers and their families enjoy over 90 stalls of local crafts and produce, a visit from Santa, carols from a brass band and winter storytelling. 

Stallholders at the event, including many New Forest Marque members, reported excellent trading with some having to go back to base to re-stock. The New Forest Marque is a quality assurance scheme supported by the New Forest National Park Authority. The Marque promotes authentic New Forest fare of the highest quality, and encourages people to shop locally.

New Forest Marque chairman Jane Overall said: 'We’re delighted that the fair was popular once again, and that it proved a profitable weekend for our members and other small, local businesses in the run up to Christmas.

‘It was a difficult decision to move the fair’s location only a couple of weeks before the event, but thanks to the wonderful staff at Hoburne Bashley it proved to be the right choice. Visitors benefited from all-weather parking as well as enjoying lots of additional activities and entertainment for all ages.

‘We’d like to thank Hoburne Bashley for hosting the event, and everybody else who worked so hard to make the fair a success for the third year running.’

The New Forest Christmas Fair is organised by the New Forest Marque, New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Show Society.

To find out more about the New Forest Marque visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk.

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Notes to Photo Editors:

Left to right: Sammy Seahorse; Hoburne Bashley Assistant Admin Manager Frankie Dennis; New Forest Marque Chairman Jane Overall; Beth Beales, New Forest Show Society; Hoburne Bashley General Manager Bob Lawrence; Tommy Turtle.

Notes to Editors:

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.newforestmarque.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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