Date: 
Friday, September 13, 2013 - 10:50

Tickets are now available for the popular Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair. In its new home in the Eden Project Bakery (between the two biomes), the 22nd Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair will feature an extensive and varied selection of stalls offering original and exciting Christmas gift ideas.

The fair also gets the season of goodwill off to a cracking start, with 15% of all stall holder takings given to help Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall. £29,000 was raised in 2012 and with the move to Eden, the organisers are hoping to break new records in funds raised.

The organisers purposefully rotate stallholders to guarantee there is always something new every year. And with the increased space that the move to Eden enables, all tastes are certainly well catered for. Newcomers for this year include recycled sailcloth bags from Canbags, luxury fragrances from Cath Collins, gorgeous locally produced handmade home accessories from Cream Cornwall and stunning silk scarves from Agapanthus. In addition, favourite stalls making a return include Cornish potter Paul Jackson, suede and shearling jackets from Rawhide and country clothing and sporting accessories from Tamar Field & Stream.

The Ginsters Food Hall will feature produce such as the famous Carved Angel Christmas Puddings, delicious home made brownies from The Brownie Baker and smoked fish and meats from the Cornish Smokehouse.

For the last five years, a popular feature of the Macmillan Christmas Fair has been the limited edition jute shopping bag, designed exclusively for the fair by Erica Pritchard. The design for the 2014 Cornwall Macmillan bag has now been revealed. Sponsored by Lillicrap Chilcott, the theme for this year is Drama Queen, with the design featuring the lettering DRAMA alongside an image of a chessboard Queen set against a chessboard back drop. The bag will be
available at the fair in return for a donation of £4 (£6 for two) to Macmillan Cancer Support in Cornwall.

Tickets (£12 each) include a light lunch and a glass of wine so visitors can make a day of it and also take the opportunity to explore the Eden Project biomes and gardens. The Hodgsons Land Train will be available at the ticket office to transport visitors to and from the Eden Bakery, with buses running between the ticket office and car park.

The Eden Project is very generously offering free entry for all visitors on the day, meaning that tickets only need to be purchased for the fair itself. Eden is also offering all Cornwall and Devon locals the chance to buy the special rate Eden Local Pass on the day - much earlier than usual.

Raising additional funds for Macmillan Cancer Care in Cornwall, a Silent Auction, sponsored by First Great Western, is running from September 18th to the Preview Evening (Wednesday 6th November). The auction includes ‘money-can’t-buy’ lots, such as VIP weekend tickets to the 2014 Cornbury Festival, a skippered day for four aboard the 47ft Swan yacht Sarabande and a glamorous Hollywood style dress from the Fowey-based Upton House. Visit www.cornwallmacmillanchristmasfair.co.uk to place bids.

“None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” explains Caroline Tetley, Chairman of the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair Committee. “We are delighted to welcome on board our new sponsors, Ginsters, Midas, First Great Western, Hodgsons and Karen Jackson Design, whilst also being incredibly grateful to Lillicrap Chilcott, Charles Stanley, Celtic & Co, Headland Printers, St Austell Brewery and Wild Card for their continued support.”

To obtain tickets to the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair please visit www.cornwallmacmillanchristmasfair.co.uk.