CHRISTMAS shoppers from North Somerset hoping to buy handmade gifts and decorations are being invited to five festive markets in aid of charity at the end of the year (November and December, 2017).
Businesses from the area are having stalls* at the events at The White Hart in Weston In Gordano on Thursday, November 23 and then each Thursday until Thursday, December 21.
Event organiser Pilar Amores from Two Crowns Event Management in Portishead explained: “We’re delighted to be partnering with this popular pub and restaurant to host these fun, festive markets outdoors in its wonderful garden and tepee. We’ve secured lots of lovely stalls selling everything from locally-made and sourced food items, festive decorations to interesting gift ideas.
“Some of the stallholders attending include The City Garden Shop from Bristol, which will be bringing gorgeous flowers, plants, herbs, succulents and pots to enjoy at home and at your Christmas gatherings too!
“Also attending are Wild Grove, homemade producers of exquisite creams, artisan soaps and delicate oils, Oh Letti Handcrafts, makers of handmade one-off items, such as ladies’ skirts, cushions, animal door stops, door hangers, Christmas tree decorations and Planted, which provides vegan street food including delicious dishes, such as vegan fully-loaded hot dogs, colourful salads and risottos to eat in at The White Hart with a drink or to enjoy at home later!”
Each market will start at 4pm and run until 9pm. An entrance fee of 50p per person will be charged with all monies raised going to The White Hart’s charity of the year – Changes Bristol. There’s free entry for children.
Chris Yeatman, who co-owns the The White Hart, said: “Our Venga bus will be running on a free transport loop on these evenings to and from our sister restaurant and tapas bar Venga in the High Street at Portishead to us from 4pm. The last bus back to Portishead will be at 9pm.
“As well as all the other stallholders, we will do a ‘mulled’ drinks stall offering mulled wine, sangria, champagne and cider.
“We will have our patisserie open throughout each event offering tea and coffee to drink on-site, and cakes and artisan bread as well as Christmas chocolates, yule logs and panettone. People can order their Christmas goodies on the night and come and collect them nearer to Christmas if they wish too.
“Our chefs will also provide a chilli and rice for shoppers to purchase and eat on site throughout the evening. We’re hoping to ensure the markets are entertaining too with carol singers and choirs. We’re also going to have Father Christmas at the event and there will be a booking system with time slots, and we’ll be announcing more on that nearer the time.”
Changes Bristol gives people suffering from mental health issues a place to talk about their feelings and the platform to take steps towards improving their lives.
As one in six adults in England suffer from a common mental health disorder, and are more likely to use community services, Changes Bristol has become increasingly essential in the areas where it operates.
The White Hart’s Christmas markets run from 4pm until 9pm each Thursday from Thursday, November 23 until Thursday, December 21, 2017.
For further details, please call The White Hart, which is on Clevedon Road in Weston In Gordano, on 01275 818702 or visit www.whitehartwig.com.
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