The coronavirus pandemic has already led to many events and celebrations being cancelled this year. The latest government announcement suggests that Christmas 2020 is going to be unusual for all of us.
Every year we love going out and meeting customers by taking part in Christmas fairs, charity events, and wine festivals. Many of these won’t be going ahead this year. Christmas shopping might be more challenging this year but it is still going to happen. Events are going online and we are getting involved. There should be plenty of opportunities to get some really original presents this Christmas to cheer up the whole family. I love shopping with small businesses and these events will be a great chance to discover some new ones and to give them much-needed support.
We’ve put together a guide to what is happening with links to websites wherever possible. Christmas events of all types are going online in 2020. Many are supporting charities and you can use the codes given for each event to make your donation while you shop and to access some great discounts and offers.
The Early Early Fair has been such a success that it is going to keep on running throughout November and December. Over 140 shops brimming with goodies and access to lots of great discounts. 10% of all taking are donated to The Soldiers’ Charity. Use the code EECVF at checkout.
The renowned Spirit of Christmas Fair is delighted to welcome you to the first edition of the Spirit of Christmas Shop. Discover, support and buy directly from an expertly curated collection of over 200 small independent brands and designer makers all in one place. To find out more and start shopping visit the Spirit of Christmas website. The shop will be open until Christmas.
Originally created to help small businesses during lockdown this virtual pop up has proved so popular that it will be running for the third time in November. Lots of fabulous and original small brands and some fantastic Christmas offers. Use this link to sign up and receive more details.
Watoto is running a virtual event dedicated to raising money to help children in Kenya. It kicks off on 7 November and will be running until 30 November. Use the code WAT20 when checking out and 10% of everything you spend will be donated to Watoto’s charities.
Norfolk Christmas Fair
When you shop at the Norfolk Christmas Fair 10% of everything you spend will be donated to Thornage Hall. We’re offering free shipping on all your orders as well.
Royal Trinity Hospice Virtual Christmas Fair : 14 – 22 November
Trinity Hospice is running a Christmas fair this year in support of this wonderful charity which is very dear to me. There will some fantastic Christmas shopping opportunities and stallholders are donating 10% of everything you spend to Trinity Hospice. Use the code TRINITY at checkout and you will also get free delivery on our website. Start shopping now at http://royaltrinityhospicechristmasfair.org
Belleville Virtual Christmas Shopping Event : 11 – 15 November
This virtual event is an opportunity to support Beleville School in Clapham. We will be offering a 10% discount on all orders using the code BELLEXMAS
Daisy Trust Fair
The Daisy Trust Fair usually takes place at The Hurlingham Club in early October. This year they had been hoping to run a socially distanced fair later in the season, however, we are excited to announce that there will now be a virtual fair running from Monday 30th November to midnight Tuesday 1st December. Use the code DT2020 when shopping with any of the businesses involved and 10% will go to The Daisy Trust. We will be offering free shipping as well.
Present Galore, Newmarket Racecourse : 20 – 22 November
The fact that the event is held at the Rowley Mile Racecourse gives Presents Galore the unique ability to spread into other areas There will be plenty of room between individual stands as well as wider aisles and allowing full adherence to the social distancing guidelines. There are plans to operate a one way system and timed visiting slots. Tickets can be pre-purchased online and are due to go on sale shortly.
This virtual in support of a wonderful charity will be running from now until 15 December. Use the code NSPCC at checkout, you will get free delivery and we will donate 10% of everything you spend to the NSPCC.
Friends of Sussex Hospice Fair
This another great fair that is going virtual this year. You will find some carefully chosen stallholders all supporting a great cause.
Use the code HENLEYNSPCC when you pay on the Henley NSPCC website and 10% of everything you spend will go to the NSPCC. Like many charities the NSPCC relies upon sales at Christmas fairs to help with fundraising. They are hoping this online fair which runs throughout November will make a sigfificant contribution to a wonderful cause.
Winchester Wine Festival is going live this year. Join Peter Richards and Susie Barrie for a full day of fun including masterclass wine tastings (you can taste along) and interviews.
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair
Promises to be another great online fair in support of a wonderful cause. We did this fair ‘in real life’ last year and they had some absolutely amazing stands. So take a look for some really original gifts and some fabulous offers.
Christmas Cocktail in support of Save the Children
Lots of great brands at this virtual in aid of a wonderful cause. Visit www.christmascocktail.co.uk and use the code SCF20 at checkout. 10% of everything you spend will be donated to Save the Children and we are also giving free postage on all orders.
We’re really looking forward to taking part in all these fantastic events. I’ll keep updating this list with all the latest. Join us and let’s all celebrate Christmas 2020 in style.
We are also taking part in fairs in support of Lady Eleanor Holles School, Cardiff Branch of the NSPCC and Broomwood Hall/Northcote Lodge School. Details coming soon.