My next adventure was to the Worcester Victorian markets. I was very excited as I have only heard good things about them. I had my 2 youngest again and decided it would be another new experience which would only be benefited if we truly embraced the theme and thus, I got dressed up. It was a wonderful day and I am considering having a stall there next year.
I will write later in the week of some of the stalls I saw as I have links to pages and photos of individual stalls but it was hands down the best fair I have been to. The prices are reasonable and I don’t mean expensive but understandable, I actually mean fair, competitive prices and nearly all the stalls (perhaps 200 odd) were crafters not traders (which is all I saw at the Birmingham and Manchester ones). There were many people dressed in Victorian regalia and entertainment on the street for children making the atmosphere very friendly. Again I cannot share pictures of my purchases as they are for presents.
The last fair visited was the Malvern Christmas Fair and switching on of the lights. My eldest daughter was involved in the lantern parade as part of her school but there were activities on throughout the day including a crafters market, face painting, a Grotto and choirs, brass bands and the local radio station were hosts. Another lovely day with a family friendly environment and food and fair rides were quite affordable.
The craft stalls however, were very expensive. The sellers are definitely more artists rather than hobby crafters but I didn't buy a single item even though I was very tempted by a baby bib (but I felt £8 was too much for one). The fair was beautifully laid out and the stall owners were warm and chatty but this was more of a high end gift fair.