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Christmas Fair Returns to The Shops at Dartington

16 & 17 December 2017    

Christmas DartingtonOnce again, The Shops at Dartington has a calendar bursting with Christmas activities, with their Christmas Fair on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December shaping up to be the greatest one yet. Expect food and wine tastings, locally grown Christmas trees and live music to help you swing merrily into the holiday season. With home decoration ideas, unique gifts for all the family, and seasonal food and drink in abundance, the award-winning shopping village, The Shops at Dartington, is your one-stop destination this Christmas.  

What’s On  

  • Food marquee with cooking demonstrations  
  • Street food area  
  • Tastings in the Food Shop  
  • Christmas hamper prize draw  
  • Gin distilling & gin bar in the Devon Drinks shop   
  • Craft demos in the craft centre   
  • Pottery throwing with Crazy about Clay  
  • Free Dartington crystal glass engraving on Saturday 16 Dec   
  • Children’s shows twice each day  
  • Children’s treasure hunt  
  • Live music  

As well as being able to taste some of the finest food and drink the South West has to offer, Sharpham Wine will be there to introduce some fabulous wines and cheeses to complement the Christmas meal. Get into the Christmas spirit with Salcombe Gin and Luscombe tonic samples, taste some handmade macarons from Frandie Macaron and be the first to try The Shops at Dartington’s very own Elmhirst Gin truffles. To top that off, TV chef, Mal Harradine, will be demonstrating recipes from his newly launched Devon cookbook in the food tent.   

Watch live demonstrations, from the intricate art of glass engraving to pottery making. Snap up handmade, unique creations for your loved ones and take the opportunity to purchase gift experiences, such as pottery throwing with Crazy about Clay.   

In addition to the festive activities spilling out onto the courtyard, you’ll also be able to explore the unique selection of shops throughout the magical weekend. ‘The Food Shop’ is a food and drink lover’s paradise, selling everything you could need for your Christmas feast. Packed with homemade cakes, artisan breads, locally sourced meats, cheeses and tempting treats, there is all you require for your festive feasting. Or why not create your own Christmas hamper? You can do this in store or order online using their ‘click and collect’ service. For the budding Mary Berry, the Kitchen Shop is a treasure trove for all things cookery. 

With two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Bayards Kitchen, you can relax with a great coffee and a slice of handmade cake.    

The Shops at Dartington’s Top Tips for Festive Hosting  

  • Need to chill wine down quickly? Wrap the bottles in a damp tea-towel before popping in the freezer. It’ll be ice-cold in less than half an hour. Alternatively, pick up a Corkcicle from our kitchen shop. This nifty gadget chills down wine from inside the bottle, taking no time at all. Simply leave it in the freezer in between use.  
  • For a tasty Boxing Day dessert, whip up a quick Christmas pudding roll. Simply take a sheet of pre-rolled, shop-bought puff pastry, and cover it with broken-up leftover Christmas pudding. Roll it up and egg wash. Bake at 200C for approximately 20 mins when it will be golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and smugly present to the family.  

For further information about the Christmas Fair or The Shops at Dartington please visit 

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