Christmas Market Fun 2014

Woohoo, yippee! It’s that time of year again, my favourite time, Christmas time!! This year our Christmas Market is set to be bigger and better than ever! I am very excited! We have such a super market planned, fabulous crafts stalls, delicious foodie stalls, yummy hot food, magical Santa Claus…. Let me outline it for you!

Santa Claus

We are expecting the main man Mr. Claus himself to be flying in and ready to chat to all the children from 11am to 2pm. Before he arrives there will be storytelling from one of his elves and more storytelling after he leaves.

Sheep Herding & Duck Herding

The wonderful Dublin shepherd Donie Anderson is back again this year and not only will his talented dogs be herding sheep but they will also be herding ducks. Yes, you read right, ducks! What talented collies they are. Demonstrations will be given throughout the day.

The perfect gift?

We have the most fantastic food and craft stalls in attendance such as ingenious metalwork gifts made from horseshoes, hand-made pottery and hand-turned wooden bowls. You can pick up Christmas decorations, delicious home made cakes, skin care gifts, Wicklow honey, handmade jewellery, Irish owned Olive oil, artisan chutneys and relishes. There are educational toys for the kids as well as lovely children’s clothing and beautiful textiles!

For the  kids?

Apart from meeting Santa Claus, watching the sheep & duck herding demonstrations and listening to storytelling children can also visit the farm animals, get their faces painted and enjoy hours of pleasure in the Children’s Art Corner!

There will also be hot food available and tea and coffee.

What to wear?

The Christmas Market is indoors in our cosy Market Barn and our Combine Shed and even in last year’s atrocious weather we had a lovely day but we do advise to dress for the weather and bring the wellies!

What time?

The Christmas Market runs from 10am to 4pm. Entry and Parking are free. Visit Santa Claus from 11am to 2pm.

 

Christmas Market 2014

Harvest Party Fun

IMG_1080[1]The Harvest Party this year was fantastic fun and there was a huge attendance. We were very busy in the lead up to the big day, a lot of advertising was done, helpers were enlisted and organised, the lamb sausage recipe was perfected, several times!

We had great fun decorating the Market Barn, Eleanor helped me making lovely harvest decorations from purple corn which we hung everywhere.

 

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We had a corpse, well he was a dead looking manikin, who greeted everyone at the door. He looked more alive when he was touched up by a mystery face-painter.

 

 

 

 

I, personally, was very pleased and surprised at how well the pony painting went and how much the kids enjoyed meeting the pony! 

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She went from snow white to rainbow spider pony in a few hours, and looked bit a perplexed about the whole situation.

 

 

 

All the children seemed to have great fun in the arts corner and the pumpkin carving did get a little bit competitive! The fancy dress costumes were only brilliant, from both kids and adults and lots of prizes were handed out for that and various different things like art work and winning games. Unfortunately the weather was slightly against us so the welly boot throwing competition was cancelled, but then it turned out to be a lovely day.

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The traditional Halloween games that I would have grown up with went down a storm although I’m not too sure if anybody was successful, without cheating that is!!

 

We received great compliments for our lamb sausages and the barbequed sweetcorn was really delicious and a nice way to round off the harvest season.

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Probably the hit of the afternoon was the seven Jack Russell puppies that arrived to play with the kids and look for the forever homes! Nobody could resist their sweet faces!!

A very sincere thanks to everyone that helped and to everyone that turned up to enjoy the day. I hope we have just as much fun next year, next stop is the Christmas Market on Saturday 13th of December, see you there!!