Christmas is Nailsea and nearby

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 13:28

The next Nailsea farmers and craft market is on Saturday, November 17.

The stalls open for business from 9am- 1.30pm at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

On offer will be an array of locally produced treats for Christmas shoppers including a selection of meats, specialty sausages, game, dairy, fish, organic vegetables, cakes, chocolates, bread, plants, apple juice, award-winning pies, preserves, cup cakes with new local producers selling hot soup, quiches, Greek and hot Thai food dishes.

But if you're still looking for Christmas gifts, just a stone throw away in Somerset Square you will find lots of crafty items.

Many items are one-offs making your gift or present extra special.

From beautiful jewellery, decorative glass, fabric handbags, children's clothes, woven wool products, soaps, wood products, paper crafts, locally photographed framed images, organic wheatbags, fabric memo boards and much more.

There's something for everyone.

The Battleaxes at Wraxall is the new sponsors for the 2013 market bookmarks.

Shoppers with one of these bookmarks can get a 10 per cent discount when enjoying a scrumptious Sunday lunch at the refurbished pub and restaurant.

For full details of its recent makeover click HERE.

Pre booking and presentation of the bookmark is essential.

Mike Vicary, the chef from The Battleaxes, will be delighting shoppers on Saturday with Christmas canapés and mulled wine plus a chance to win a Christmas meal for two.

Other guest stalls will be the Nailsea Lions Club selling draw tickets for a Christmas hamper in aid of local charities and the Great Western Air Ambulance trying to raise funds for its new helicopter appeal which covers Nailsea.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre has lined-up a series of festive events which start with the Christmas tree lights switch-on on Friday November 16.

Local BBC weather presenter Jemma Cooper will turn on the lights on the 30ft Christmas tree at Somerset Square at 6.30pm. 

With the Salvation Army band playing seasonal favourites and the promise of free festive food sampling, visitors are sure of a happy Christmas evening.

Centre manager James Lucas said: "We also have face painters and street performers in action from 4pm so it will pay to get here early.

"Watch out for our roller-skating robin and the stilt-walking fairy."

On Friday, December 7, from 6.30pm the Salvation Army band will lead choir singing around the tree and again entertainment will start at 4pm, with a strolling Santa handing out free gifts and craft stalls along Colliers Walk.

And another important diary date is the Christmas farmers and craft market on Saturday, December 15.

This bumper market will be brimming with produce, craft stalls and extra festive community stalls throughout the whole shopping centre.

At Somerset Square Father Christmas will be on his sleigh with his merry helpers from Nailsea Lions and the sweet tones of carol singing will be heard at Crown Glass Place.

And as an addition there will be lots of community stalls providing festive gifts, stall games, tombolas and raffles including Nailsea Churches with the Ugandan water project and Fair Trade; Nailsea Air Cadets; Nailsea & Backwell RFC U17s; Nailsea Ladies Hockey Club; Nailsea Disability Initiative; Friends of Trendlewood Park; Nailsea fundraising team for Marie Curie and Nailsea fundraisers for the Children's Wallace & Gromet Appeal.

During the week local schools will sing carols at Somerset Square between 2-3pm. 

Full details will be announced closer to the time.

Mr Lucas added: "Our Christmas tree switch-on and carol evenings were both extremely popular last year – and this year we are aiming to be even bigger and better, with lots for everyone."

The National Trust also have another bumper festive programme planned at Tyntesfield during December.

On Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the run up to December 25  it is hosting Christmas concerts in the chapel.

This very special programme of music of string quartets, gospel and male voice harmony choirs and costs £10 per person includes a hot drink and mince pie.

The family Christmas concert in the chapel with the Great Western Chorus of Bristol is on Sunday, December 16, from 1-2pm.

This costs £10 for adults, £5 children with family concessions and everyone gets a hot drink and a mince pie.

Be ready to sing along and bring something to jingle.

On Sunday, December 2, from 10am-3pm the upper courtyard at Home Farm turns into a hive of festive activity and colour as local food and craft producers set up their stalls and showcase their wares.

Normal admission applies for entry into house and gardens.

The Bristol Astronomical Society is going winter star gazing on the first cloud free night from Tuesday to Saturday, December 4-15.

People are asked to wrap up warm for this seasonal event from 8-10pm which costs £5 per person.

And on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4-5, at 10am-12.30pm, 2-4.30pm and again at 6.30-9pm there are Christmas wreath making workshops with florist Sarah Pepper.

Using fabulous foliage gathered from the estate the cost is £20 per person.

Feel Good Friday is a wrap on December 7 from 10am-noon with a stylish present wrapping session.

This is £10 per person.

And finally Father Christmas comes to Tyntesfield every weekend in December.

It costs £6 per child to see Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Tickets to see Father Christmas must be pre-booked.

For more details of activities at Tyntesfield click HERE



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