Sussex Christmas markets
If you're enjoying a Sussex break (click here to view our accommodation) in November or December the chances are you'll think about visiting a craft fair or two. Even if you didn't come on holiday specially to buy Christmas presents they're a pleasant interlude when you're exploring new towns and villages, sometimes making a handy break from the weather with the added bonus of some Christmas shopping and maybe some delicious tea and cake!
The Winter Fair at Ardingly (South of England Showground) on 3-4 December will be massive and choc-full of sparkle and festive fun. Even the Snow Queen's going, so you can't afford to miss it. But all over the county you'll find lovely stalls and good cheer, from village halls to stadiums, so whether you're on holiday for a week or just on a weekend break, there'll be something to suit.
I've picked out two in Brighton on the same weekend for you - one at the Amex Stadium on 12-13 November, and the lovely-looking Vintage Fair at the Corn Exchange on 13th. The following weekend (19th) Patcham is holding its Fairy Tale Fair - so a lovely excuse to visit a South Downs village with a little added whimsy and some shopping.
Up to the top end now for a Luxury Craft Fair at Little Horsted, Uckfield, on 24-25 November - this one promises boutique and artisan stalls from all over the country, from gifts to fashion, food and homeware. That's going to be seriously Christmassy, I feel.
My favourite title goes to the Christmas Crafty Pint Markets at The Waverley in Bognor Regis - at first I thought it was a misprint for 'print', but now I'm hoping that while the family goes Christmas shopping among the stalls run by local crafts and businesses - billed as not on the high street - I might indeed find a crafty pint. One way to find out, and those are on 6th and 27th November. Happy holidays and happy shopping!