Christmas Comes Early!!

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The annual London Country Living Christmas Fair took place in Islington over the weekend, allowing people to soak up some early festive cheer and purchase a variety of unique gifts.

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Thousands of shoppers attended the Country Living Christmas Fair over the weekend which showcased an extensive assortment of crafts, food, drink, jewellery, clothes and home furnishings.

The Business Design Centre in Islington was transformed into the ultimate winter grotto where people could browse for gifts away from the ordinary high street stores.

After speaking to several visitors and vendors, it is clear the popularity of the event came down to the sheer variety of distinctive and high quality goods on offer.

Trainee doctor Carrie Blackburn has been coming to the Fair for six years and is continually impressed by the range of unusual merchandise.

“I love coming each year because I can buy gifts for my friends and family which are fantastic quality, individual and special, rather than giving them something hundreds of other people have too.”

UCL History student Rachael McCluskey was visiting the Fair for the first time. She enjoyed the carols and being able to do her Christmas shopping in one place.

“The event has completely exceeded my expectations.”

“I usually do my Christmas shopping on Oxford Street, but this makes everything far less stressful as there are multiple choices under one roof. With music and the smell of cinnamon incense everywhere you go, what more could you ask for in a festive shopping experience?”

Dipika Shah was running a stall for her company Globe enterprise. She was inspired to bring traditional Indian prints to England when she moved here from Mumbai. Her stall sold recycled cloth wrapping paper, handmade colourful cards and unusual home accessories.

“I am drawn to beautiful Indian fabric patterns and wanted to bring their magic to life. The intricate Bindi and Chandelier print wrapping paper and notecards have been very popular today.”

Mrs Shah’s stall had a constant stream of customers because, according to one visitor named Sarah Edwards, “the products are extraordinarily pretty and eco-friendly which appeals to so many people.”

The Food Hall offered a myriad of Christmas inspired goods such as chutneys, oils, chocolates and cheese. Talks also took place in the Lifestyle Theatre on gift-wrapping and making your own decorations.

Tickets are now on sale for the Glasgow Country Living Christmas Fair (21st-24th November) and the Harrogate Country Living Christmas Fair (28th November – 1st December).

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