If you sometimes find Christmas shopping a bit of a chore - especially if you are struggling for ideas – why not try a festive market?
There are loads of lovely Christmas craft fairs taking place over the next couple of months, offering you a chance to buy some unique and beautifully made items from local craftspeople. These events also turn shopping into a lovely day out, often with festive food, drink and music to keep you going.
We’ve listed all the ones we could find here but please let us know of any we have missed and don’t forget to check with the organiser to make sure the event is going ahead…
South of England Crafts for Christmas
Date: October 24-27
Venue: South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
Description: A well-established and highly successful stand-alone show run by Eden Crafts. The fair includes 100 high quality craft and gift stands plus catering and demonstrations.
Cranleigh Christmas Fair
Date: November 9
Venue: Wyatt Hall at Cranleigh Prep School, Cranleigh
Description: Over 80 stallholders offering a huge variety of tempting Christmas present ideas for the whole family – including pets – in a warm and friendly atmosphere. There will also be a food court with a range of refreshments to suit all palates.
Loseley House Christmas Fair
Date: November 14-17
Venue: Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS
Times: 9am-5pm (4pm on Sunday)
Description: The Rural Crafts Association presents up to 80 craftsmen and women showing their natural creative talents and enthusiasm in a vast range of inspirational gifts. The specialist food piazza will delight the taste buds with cheeses, chutneys, pies, coffee and confectionary. The event is floored and carpeted with easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The Crafter’s Market
Date: November 16
Venue: Nutfield Lodge and Conference Centre, Nutfield Road, RH1 4ED Redhill
Description: A craft market celebrating all things handmade with love and for local crafters to sell their beautiful items.
Rural Life Centre Christmas craft fair
Date: November 16
Venue: Rural Life Centre, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2DL
Description: Looking for something different to give your loved ones for Christmas? Pay a visit to this fair, where there will be plenty of unique and handmade gifts on offer to suit all tastes.
Guildford Cathedral Winter Market and Fair
Date: November 22-23
Venue: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
Description: A unique shopping experience with nearly 50 exhibitors selling an eclectic mix of bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, cakes, confectionery, liqueurs, wines, food and pamper hampers, jewellery, accessories, and more!
Ashstead Park Garden Centre Christmas Fair
Date: November 22
Venue: Ashstead Park Garden Centre,
Description: Let the Christmas celebrations really begin! Mulled wine, mince pies, jolly Christmas songs by Natural Voices and 20% off your shopping!*
Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies
Weald and Downland Christmas Market
Date: November 22-24
Venue: Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU
Description: Find that perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the museum at the same time. Stalls will offer arts, crafts, food, unusual gifts and more. There will also be festive music and seasonal treats to sample and buy.
Priory Farm Christmas food festival
Date: November 23-24
Venue: Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ
Times: Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm
Description: Food and beverage products for the festive season, plus complimentary tasting, a chance to chat to local producers and unusual present ideas from gourmet gift sets to professional cookware.
The Medicine Garden Christmas Market
Date: November 23, 24
Venue: The Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham, KT11 3LU
Description: A selection of festive stalls in a heated marquee and outdoors in the main garden to find something special. There will be food and drink to purchase on site.
Dorking Christmas Festival
Date: November 24
Venue: Dorking town centre
Description: Christmas market, entertainment, music, games, face painting and Santa’s grotto.
Princess Alice Hospice Christmas Shopping Event
Date: November 26
Venue: Princess Alice Hospice, West End Lane, Esher, KT10 8NA
Description: Plenty of gift ideas from local crafters and businesses, plus refreshments.
Christmas Fair at Farnham Maltings
Date: November 27-28
Venue: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR
Times: check with venue
Description: A bustling marketplace with over 150 stands specializing in handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage, food and drink.
Royal Grammar School Christmas Fair
Date: November 28
Venue: Royal Grammar School, High Street, Guildford
Description: The ultimate Christmas shopping experience with unusual, local and bespoke gifts. Funds to Shooting Star Chase, Cancer Research and Water Aid. Free entry.
Godalming Christmas Festival Market
Date: November 30
Venue: Godalming town centre
Times: check website
Description: This Christmas market is held as part of the Godalming Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-On. The High Street, Church Street and Crown Court will be lined with a huge array of festive stalls; crafts, decorations, festival food and drink, along with many unusual and individual gifts.
Reigate Business Guild Christmas fair
Date: November 30
Venue: Church Street, Reigate
Description: Market stalls, donkey rides, street food, live music and a tombola.
Shooting Star Chase Christmas and Craft Fair
Date: November 30
Venue: Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
Times: 10.30am – 3pm
Description: Stalls for Christmas presents and stocking fillers. There will also be a Santa’s grotto, raffles, face painting, gifts, cakes, crafts and a tombola, all in aid of the children’s charity.
Haslemere Christmas Market
Date: December 1
Venue: Haslemere town centre
Description: Gift stalls, food and drink stalls, live nativity, grotto, children’s entertainment, street entertainment and more.
Ripley Christmas Fair
Date: December 1
Venue: Ripley High Street
Opening times: 12noon – 4.30pm
Description: Stalls selling everything from hot food to jewellery to Christmas decorations and wreaths. Children can visit Father Christmas and there will be lots of entertainment, fairground rides on the green and a procession towards the end of the day.
Celtic Christmas Weekend
Date: Nov 30-Dec 1
Venue: Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ
Description: Set against the wintry backdrop of the Watts woodland, start your festive celebrations with Celtic-themed crafts, activities and shopping.
Thames Ditton Christmas Gift Fair
Date: December 7
Venue: Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT70LQ
Description: A contemporary event from local designers, makers and entrepreneurs with a focus on fashion, beauty, kids and gifts. There will be a retro champagne and cake bar on site with zero plastic use!
Farnham Christmas Market
Date: December 8
Venue: Castle Street, Farnham
Description: Celebrate the run up to Christmas with an array of stalls selling Christmas gifts, a variety of food and drink stalls and live music.
We hope you enjoy your shopping and find some lovely gifts.