Get hands-on with Christmas crafts at the South of England Showground’s Winter Fair

Those looking to create the ultimate handmade Christmas this year need look no further than The South of England Agricultural Society’s Winter Fair.
2019’s programme now features two new workshops, so visitors can wow their friends with their creative skills over the festive period.
Running on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, the Winter Fair’s new workshops include a wreath making masterclass and chocolate workshops in conjunction with local companies Sussex Florals and Chocolate Genie.
Participants in the wreath making sessions will learn the traditional moss-based method to create a festive Christmas wreath complete with evergreen foliage, berries, dried fruits, pine cones, and gorgeous festive accessories.
The chocolate workshops allow youngsters the chance to decorate their own Christmas shapes, and adults can try their hand at truffle making – both taking their creations home to enjoy (additional charges apply) Visitors can simply drop in at the chocolate workshops, however booking is advised for the wreath making masterclass at
Also new this year at the Winter Fair are sugar craft demonstrations where local business Cake Matters will show you all the tips and tricks you need to create a magical Christmas cake.
Continuing the crafty theme, the Winter Fair also features a variety of stalls from independent artisan traders from across the South. Visitors can peruse a selection of handmade, quality gifts to kick off their Christmas shopping. including mouth-watering gin liqueurs, homemade jams, gourmet chutneys, cheeses and chocolate wine, as well as handmade wooden toys, artwork, jewellery, lovingly produced leather and cashmere fashion, natural soap stunning home accessories, Christmas decorations and much more.
Iain Nicol, CEO of the South of England Agricultural Society, said: “As a Society we pride ourselves on supporting independent traders and traditional local craft workers , so we are delighted to be offering these two new workshops, and the cake decorating demonstrations, at this year’s Winter Fair – I hope everyone that takes part is thrilled with their creations. “Going back to basics and appreciating homemade crafts as opposed to mass-produced high-street items has become of real importance to so many people now and it is wonderful to see. After all, the Society is a charity that also supports traditional craft skills, such as our Young Artisan of the Year competition, so every ticket sold really does make a difference.”
The Winter Fair takes place from 9am – 5pm on Saturday 23rd and 9am – 4pm on Sunday 24th November at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex. Tickets cost £5.85 for adults and £4.95 for seniors/students (inclusive of a 10% online discount which ends midnight 22.11.19). *Under 16s go free with a paying adult / additional fees for workshops apply. Tickets available from