With under a week to go until Soraya, Ali and myself take up weekend residence at beautiful Claremont Farm it is all systems go with every member of team FFF.
Our exhibitors are busy creating, Andrew, Barney and the team at Claremont have been busy finishing off the event space and the car park and we are busy putting together the Friday night goody bags and generally doing everything in our power to make sure that the event runs smoothly and leaves everyone feeling fuzzy, festive and the absolute opposite of frazzled; in short, feeling like you’ve had the perfect start to your festive season!
Just a couple of pointers for you to take into consideration when planning your visit (I know we sound dreadfully school Ma’am but…fail to prepare and all that!!)
The Friday night coach which was kindly funded by the Delightful team at The Devon Doorway is now FULL. There are still limited tickets left for the launch event and it is going to be a wonderful evening with canapes, prosecco, goody bags, a brilliant raffle for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, entertainment from Vox Pop choir and a few surprises in the mix too.
Last year was a sell out and this year looks set to be the same so please don’t wait- get a group together, book a taxi and come along to join the fun and be the first to see what our excellent exhibitors have got on offer plus the brand new event space at Claremont.
As with the whole weekend, the stalls and activities are both in doors and out so come dressed for the weather (but if you don’t we know several gorgeous stalls that could sort you out with something…nothing says Christmas like cashmere!)
There will be a FREE park and ride operating all day from Clatterbridge Hospital to Claremont so please make use of this. Parking at the farm will only be available for blue badge holders or patrons of the shop. We would advise that you walk down if you can or take advantage of the park and ride or public transport- I know a few people have already decided on this as both Whitmore and White Wine Tastings are SOLD OUT and the Hunters Gin in association with Gusto Heswall are heading that way fast too so make sure you book your slot now to avoid disappointment!
Don’t fret about being fed- there is a brilliant variety of food stalls selling hot and cold food to eat there or take home from crepes to wood fired pizza’s, tea and cake to turkey batches we can guarantee you won’t go hungry and there’s mulled wine, Britmans beers and more to whet your whistle!
There are a few spaces left on our workshops but they are limited– I would dearly love to be able to while away a few hours decorating cupcakes, building my dream gingerbread house or knocking up a gorgeous Christmas wreath for the door but alas it is not to be but don’t you miss out- you’ll get to feel smug for a month looking at your creations (only if it’s the wreath, the cakes won’t last beyond that evenings Strictly!)
As mentioned above, please think park and ride- we really don’t want people to be frustrated by a lack of parking at Claremont so are doing all we can to minimise that potential disruption so we would appreciate your cooperation with that.
Father Christmas looks set to have a busy day- he is with us between 10-4 and will be meeting and greeting groups of children with their parents throughout the day- you can select your own time slots so queueing shouldn’t be an issue but there are only 12 slots in each session and several are now fully booked so we would strongly recommend you reserve your slot now.
You could easily spend a day at the fair on Sunday with the family- there is so much going on; Jude Lennon will be bringing her own brand of Lamby magic, telling super stories throughout the day and Jackie and Lisa from Creation Station will be helping kids to unleash the glitter with their drop in activities too.
The childrens workshops are proving popular (there seems to be a theme here) so if you’re little ones are green fingered make sure you book them on to the Christmas table decoration class with Rebecca and Rose. The cup cake class is a real must too- they’ll take home 4 of their own cupcakes and you get 90 minutes to yourselves…what a bonus!
Hopefully all of the details you need can be found on our website, Facebook page or Twitter account but feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions and we will do our best to help.
One last important thing to remember is to bring cash with you on the day– though a great many of our exhibitors use mobile apps to take payments that is not a given and, when large numbers of people attempt to use wifi it can not be relied upon for card machine payments- We’ve all been frustrated when shops wave around those machines in our faces haven’t we?! . There are no cash machines on site and though several exhibitors accept cheques or deposits for larger items we wouldn’t want you to leave disappointed or not be aware.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Claremont for this years Fabulous Frost Fair, tell your friends, tell your family and get together at FFF15, we’re all you need for the Perfect Christmas.
Soraya, Tanya and Ali.