It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
On Sunday December 2nd, the beautiful surroundings of Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens will be transformed, as if by fairy dust, into Carlow’s very own winter wonderland when it hosts its ever-popular Christmas Food and Craft Fair. A feast of festive activities await all the family, each to be enjoyed by all Christmas elves, young and old!
The centre of this once-extensive, grandiose estate will be magically transformed into a Christmas wonderland, showcasing the best of Carlow’s food, craft and musical entertainment – and that’s just for starters. Featuring ceramics and knitwear, art, jewellery, embroidery, Christmas cards and decorations, this fair is guaranteed to appeal to those seeking the beauty of a hand-crafted gift while browsing through the mistletoe, Christmas wreaths and plants (all locally produced) and giving in to temptation at the stalls choc-full of cakes, puddings, pies, seasonal fruit tarts, jams, chutneys, pestos, Carlow cheese, chocolate and hampers! To fascinate the senses, we also have weaving, woodturning and bee-keeping demonstrations to show you how it’s done!
In keeping with the history of this fascinating estate, traditional weaving, bee-keeping and woodturning demonstrations, are on offer together with a falconry display of owls, hawks and birds of prey, which are sure to delight young and old.
What would Christmas be without children? Santa’s little helpers can enjoy a wealth of activities and fun in this winter wonderland as Santa Claus is coming to town, bringing a surprise for each child – there’s also face painting, a giant Santa snow globe to capture those special family memories and Christmas craft making! Kids can choose from lots of craft materials; glue and glitter, match sticks and markers, coloured lolly sticks, googly eyes, pomp poms and paint, and all things crafty! Simple, easy crafts for very small kids are available while older children can explore their creative flair – and this workshop will be supervised by Helper Elves. All decorations made on the day can be brought home to hang on the Christmas tree.
Snuggle up for story time – Christmas Storytelling takes place at 2 and 4 p.m. and a live nativity scene features lambs, goats and rabbits together with a large petting area full of friendly animals and birds. Guaranteed to make the whole day even more special and to bring a smile to every face! both young and old.