[Laura Slingo | News Editor]
Marking the start of the Christmas season, Hatfield House’s annual Frost Fair took place from 26th to 29th November. Fine foods, festive arts and crafts, street entertainers and more took over the Old Palace, the Riding School, Stable Yard and heated marquees on Palace Green of the Jacobean estate.
Despite the dark grey skies and the drizzle, the Fair was buzzing with children, families, students, locals and those from afar to scout out creative treasures.
Amongst the busyness of the toasty marquee, a crowd gravitated towards a table decorated with a selection of patterned mugs, tea towels and candles. Designer, Karen Barnes, revealed that she had only launched her business Wren Barnes six weeks ago. This was her first time displaying her collection at the Frost Fair, a relatively new experience for her in general, but her elegant home accessories certainly gained a lot of interest from Hatfield locals.
Standing up to tradition, the Frost Fair had plenty of delicious treats to try and buy. Tonia and Carlo Nigrelli, with their moreish products from The Gorgeous Jam Collection, handed spoons to the intrigued crowd who lapped up dollops of sticky jam. Combining traditional seasonal flavours with a twist of the peculiar, the Nigrelli’s jam is knock-out, especially the strawberry espresso!
Mouth-watering pastries, roast chestnuts, mulled wine and hearty pork sausages stuffed in a bun fuelled shoppers throughout the day as they muddled through stalls of jewellery, chocolate, wood carvings, beauty products, handcrafted home accessories and even a trip to see Father Christmas! It certainly was a warming start to the festive season.
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