New Forest’s popular Christmas fair returns

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Published Monday 23 November 2015

Start the festive season in style with a weekend of seasonal shopping, local food and family fun at the New Forest Christmas Fair.

Now in its fourth year, the annual fair will take place at New Park, Brockenhurst on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December, 2015. Gates are open between 10am and 4pm, with free entry and parking.

With locally produced seasonal gifts, hot tasty food, mulled wine, a brass band, and an appearance from Father Christmas, the fair is perfect for getting into the festive spirit. Visitors can also buy their real Christmas tree from the Forestry Commission on site.

Many of the traders are members of the New Forest Marque - a scheme set up to support local farmers and producer, which is the true sign of authentic New Forest Produce. The Marque is supported by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Jane Overall, Chairman of the New Forest Marque, said: ‘This event has attracted over 10,000 people in the past, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. We have over 100 trade stalls booked, as well as plenty of attractions for people to enjoy while they shop.

‘There will be crafty activities for the children to get creative, Longdown Farm will visit us on Sunday, youngsters can win prizes for their mince pies and tree decorations, and there will be a dog show on both days.’

The New Forest Christmas Fair is supported by the New Forest Show Society, New Forest National Park Authority and Wave 105.

For more details about the fair please visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk or email beth@newforestshow.co.uk.

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Children enjoy a wagon ride with Father Christmas at the 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.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 Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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