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. Some clever organisers have put together virtual events. Some events assure us that they will be Covid -safe and will be going ahead, albeit in a slightly different format. There should be plenty of opportunities to get some really original presents this Christmas to cheer up the whole family.
To help you get a head start on your Christmas shopping and to make the most of the festivities in what promises to be a very different Christmas we’ve put together a guide to what is happening and how you can access it.
The Early Early Fair is going virtual this year with over 140 shops brimming over with all those goodies. Get your lists ready. Amazing shopping for 10 days, all delivered to your door with great discounts, raising funds for The Soldiers’ Charity. Use the code EECVF to access discounts & trigger a 10% donation to the charity.
Daisy Trust Hurlingham : 30 November
The Daisy Trust Fair usually takes place at The Hurlingham Club in early October. This year the fair will be postponed until Monday, 30th November when they are hoping they will be able go ahead. The plan is to run the event from 9am – 9pm allowing for better management of the flow of shoppers.
Spirit of Christmas have worked to create a fun, festive and safe shopping environment so that a live shopping event can go ahead at Olympia from 2 – 8 November. To find out more or to book tickets visit the Spirit of Christmas website. All being well we are hoping to be there along with 500+ small, independent retailers. If you want to get all your Christmas shopping done in good time under one roof this is the show to visit. We’ll keep you up to date on developments.
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 Christmas Fair
Watoto has taken the sad decision not to hold a fair this year but their is a possibility that they might be running a virtual event dedicated to raising money to help children in Kenya. We’ll keep you up to date with all the details.
Trinity Hospice Fair, Wandsworth
This fair to support Trinity Hospice is due to take place on 17th and 18th November. We still haven’t had any official cancellation so fingers crossed it goes ahead. It is always fantastic event with some great shopping opportunities.
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.
Henley NSPCC Christmas Fair
Henley NSPCC have sadly had to cancel the Christmas Fair which was due to take place on 26 November however, they are hoping to run a virtual event with over 70 small brands.
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.
Christmas Cocktail – 1 December
One of the final fairs of the Christmas season to support Save the Children. The Christmas Cocktail is hoping to go ahead at Chelsea Town Hall with social distancing measures in place
We’re really looking forward to taking part in all these fantastic events. Join us and let’s all celebrate Christmas 2020 in style.