The Country Living Christmas Fair is aimed at small businesses and takes place in Harrogate from November 30th to December 3rd. 15,000 visitors are expected.
With a focus on unique gifts, food and drink, home decor and the great outdoors, the event promises a wealth of independent businesses including an enticing food hall, lively craft workshops, tastings and cooking demonstrations.
Fay Rayner, event manager, said: “The Country Living Christmas Fair exhibition offers artisans and independent makers and producers the opportunity to showcase their products to thousands of wealthy visitors who want to experience a unique shopping experience. With entry-level plans starting from £500, this is an incredible opportunity for a small business to gain exposure to a new audience of customers and generate sales.
Fay said: “Country Living is all about the creators, designers and makers, from kitchen table-based lifestyle businesses to well-known brands. We are proud to support independent producers. Yorkshire is famous for its products and brands based on a strong sense of place, so we’re keen to showcase them in Harrogate this year.”
Country Living Fairs has been supporting small businesses since 1991 and has helped grow well-known brands such as Emma Bridgewater and Sophie Allport. Country Living also hosts Christmas markets in London and Glasgow, which between them attract over 40,000 shoppers.
The 2023 fair has already attracted dozens of artisans and independent businesses from across Yorkshire and beyond, including bespoke fashion from Harrogate’s luxury maternity brand, The mom collective, and modern country accessories from the Harrogate family business, Barkworth Reevewith its tweed and leather collections as well as jewelry from Knaresborough’s All the little things.
There is festive cheer Yorkshire Dales Distillery and the award-winning Yorkshire Beer and Gin from Isaac Poad Brewing. Returning brands include Yorkshire’s Charlie & Ivy’s and Isle of Barra Distillers.
This year the Country Living Fair also has a new charity partnership with the Dogs Trust and there is a new line of dog products on offer, including from Sheffield-based woofingdales, who brings their premium dog accessories to the trade fair.
Also new for 2023: The Country Living Fairs, in collaboration with The Great Brand Exchange (GBX), will welcome a new 12-brand pavilion and offer small businesses the opportunity to host a pop-up shop.
GBX creates a platform for small and emerging retail brands through proven business models, commercial and marketing opportunities.