With the warmer weather making an appearance, we decided to head for the wide open spaces of Alexandra Palace and visit the Country Living Magazine London Spring Fair. It is the 28th edition of the Spring Fair, although it has been at a number of venues in that time.
Country Living magazine offers an escape for many urban dwellers who can be transported into the British countryside with its beautiful landscapes, nature and wildlife with a healthy respect for creative businesses, skilled craftspeople and artisan producers.
The Country Living Spring Fair follows these themes and offers inspiration for your home, garden and wardrobe. Visitors can try their hand at new crafts, learn from experts and enjoy delicious food and drink treats.
Every village fair would have a bandstand and show follows suit where you can enjoy some food and listen to live music. There is a little bit of the countryside with a smallholding area where you can see lambs and Hen Corner with some chickens from an urban farm.
For those who do not want to get their hands dirty, pay a visit to the Viking Cruises Champagne Bar and watch the world go by.
If a cup of tea is more to your taste, take a break at Tea Rooms with products from the award-winning Thompson’s Tea.
Crafting is available in a number of areas with the Country Living Crafting Workshops and the Queen of Paint, Annie Sloan is joined by one of her in-house paint experts to teach you all things colour, style and technique.
There are tips from the experts on gardening know-how in Country Living Good Life theatre and cooking tips in the Country Living Kitchen theatre.
Shopping is catered for with plenty of ideas for home interiors with fabrics and throws, or hand painted china and rustic earthenware.
For the craft minded, you can pick up supplies from the craft exhibitors or explore some of the delicious offerings from the food artisans and farmers in the producer’s village.
Country Living Magazine practices what it preaches by hosting a Pop-Up Market at the Spring Fair, featuring a selected collection of crafters, makers, designers and artists who create their wares in their own homes. The market allows these small producers to try selling their products to the public.
It is quite ironic that what was considered niche and slightly old fashioned twenty-eight years ago is now mainstream with design, crafts, baking and artisan food all enjoying a boom in interest and popular with all types of people and all age groups. The ‘Ally Pally’ is fascinating in its own right, however a trip to The Country Living Spring Fair offers a considerable amount of interest with plenty of attractions.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
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