What to book: the Newburgh Priory Christmas Fair

The historic house in North Yorkshire hosts a festive shopping event

The Newburgh Priory Christmas Fair will bring together more than 20 creative exhibitors from across the UK, as well as hosting a seasonal selection of talks and workshops to inspire and delight.

The Newburgh Priory is one of Yorkshire’s oldest but seldom-seen houses – founded in 1145, the Augustinian house is nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Howardian Hills, near Coxwold in North Yorkshire. The fair will open with carols sung by the Ampleforth Schola Cantorum in front of the Priory’s impressive 17th-century chimneypiece, sculpted by the early-Baroque architect Nicholas Stone.

Throughout the three-day event, visitors can browse the stalls to pick up colourful notebooks with open concertina-stitched spines from Nant Books, Emma Stothard’s intricate sculptures of pastoral creatures fashioned from woven metal wires, and sparkling hand-made trinkets from Renne jewellery. The London-based Covelli Tennant will also display its charmingly characterful furnishings, which are upholstered with antique textiles from around the world.

A series of workshops and talks will also take place in the Black Gallery and the Justice Room (these rooms are in the oldest part of the house). Here, guests can try their hand at wreath-making with Manor Garden Flowers using its British-grown blooms, as well as gingerbread-house building with local bakery The Gingerbread House. 

On Friday, pick up a freshly ground coffee or a mulled wine from Kirks Coffee House and settle in to hear the illustrator and printmaker Ed Kluz host a talk and Q&A session on his recent book, The Lost House Revisited. The volume depicts the artist’s haunting paper-and-ink collages of crumbling stately houses that were once celebrated for their grandeur.

A range of locally grown Christmas-trees will also be on sale throughout, making this an opportune time to pick up a fragrant non-drop Nordmann Fir or a luscious Norway Spruce to adorn your home.

The Newburgh Priory Christmas Fair opens on 29 November and runs until 1 December. For more information and to book, visit www.priddenprandevents.com. Proceeds from the fair will support juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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