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Out of town festive shopping with a distinct difference at Dartington |

Out of town festive shopping with a distinct difference at Dartington

The Shops at Dartington are bursting with festive activities, with their Christmas Fair this weekend shaping up to be the greatest one yet.

Expect food and wine tastings, locally grown Christmas trees and live music to swing into the holiday season. With home decoration ideas, unique gifts for all the family and seasonal food and drink in abundance, shopping village The Shops at Dartington makes a real change from the High Street on Saturday and Sunday December 16 and 17.


The run-down:

– Food Marquee with cooking demonstrations.

– Street Food area

– Gin distilling in the courtyard

– Tastings in the Food Shop, alongside a Christmas hamper prize draw

– Birds of prey

– 20-strong barbershop choir

– Gin bar in the Devon Drinks shop

– Live jazz throughout the two days

– Dartington Dairy goats

– Craft demos in the craft centre

– Have a go pottery throwing with Crazy about Clay

– Free Dartington Crystal glass engraving on Sat 16th

– Two children’s shows each day

– Children’s treasure hunt

– Live music both days

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 macrons 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 the newly launched Devon Cookbook in the food tent.

Dartington Shops hamper

Dartington Shops hamper
(Image: Shops at Dartington)

You’ll have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations, from the intricate art of glass engraving, to pottery making. You can purchase their handmade creations for your loved ones and be sure you’ll have a truly unique gift with a story. There are gift experiences available to buy, including have a go 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, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, you are sure to find the perfect Christmas present for everyone on your list or perhaps some treats for yourself. Why not create your own Christmas hamper either in store or online at www.shopsatdartington.co.uk. The Shops at Dartington have made it hassle free with delivery options or ‘click and collect’ available.

The Shops at Dartington also offers fashion and accessories from hats to handbags. For the budding Mary Berry, the kitchen shop is a treasure trove, while there’s an extensive collection of beauty products available in ‘My Time’. With two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Bayards Kitchen, you can relax with a coffee and a slice of handmade cake.

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

For further information about the Christmas Fair or The Shops at Dartington please visit www.shopsatdartington.co.uk.

TOP FESTIVE TIP 1: 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 Cockcicle 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.

TOP TIP 2: 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 approx. 20 minutes when it will be golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and smugly present to the family.

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