The 7th Ballymaloe Craft Fair takes place on 19th and 20th November from 10am to 6pm both days at Ballymaloe Grainstore, Carrigaun room, Drink's Theatre and Big Shed on the grounds at Ballymaloe House.
Entry on both days is FREE thanks to the kind sponsorship of The Village Greengrocer Castlemartyr, parking is FREE too. The Village Greengrocer & Foodhall will be welcoming you at arrival at their festive foodhall and offering visitors a 10% gift voucher for their store in Castlemartyr.
The Ballymaloe Craft Fair will showcase over 160 talented crafty gift ideas and artistic talents and promises to be a weekend packed full of festive and enjoyable Christmas shopping and family fun. Browse the vast selection of fine textiles, pottery, jewellery, wood and glass work, paper crafts, fine art, children's toys and dolls, cosmetics, confectionery, knit wear and more and enjoy live music in the Big Shed and delicious food from many of our local market food heroes.
A visit to the Ballymaloe Craft Fair takes all the stress out of Christmas shopping combining a beautiful location with a huge variety of extraordinary goods and talents. We have brought everything you need for your friends and family to our Ballymaloe House venues allowing you to find that something unique and special for your loved ones whilst enjoying a great day out.
Soak up the Christmas market atmosphere and pause for refreshments at your leisure. Pick up your Christmas pudding, mince meat or Christmas decorations and gifts and plenty of inspiration along the way. If the weather is fine, take the opportunity to enjoy a stroll through the woodlands and the walled gardens.
Throughout the weekend there will also be numerous interactive stands and tastings to delight visitors as they watch and enjoy these masters of food, drink and craft doing what they do best - creating something of beauty by hand.
One such artist is Michel Mouroz, a self taught Medieval Blacksmith. In real life (as he put it himself) Michel is an 'Art & Design' and a French secondary school teacher and practicing artist. His interest is mostly with the end of the Viking era, the beginning of the Norman era to the end of the 100 years’ war. 10th/11th century to mid-15th century. Most of the implements and weapons he crafts are made from recycled tool steel. Michel will be located outside the Big Shed all weekend demonstrating and selling his art and it is quite a spectacle to witness.
Craft Taster Workshops
NEW for 2016... a series of 'Craft Taster Workshop' events will be taking place on the stage in the Drinks Theatre between 11am to 5pm on Sat 19.
Each craft expert will demonstrate their craft on stage at the time allocated and when not on stage you will still have the opportunity to meet with them and experience their craft in action in the Drinks Theatre and purchase their unique creations. See on this event for a timetable of these workshops.
Possibly Santa's first appearance in East Cork?...
Santa will be in the Big Shed at the Ballymaloe Craft Fair both Sat 19th and Sun 20th from 11am to 6pm - he will be available in the Ballymaloe Gypsy Caravan in the #BigShed
For €5.00 each child that visits Santa for a chat will receive a small scroll (something to do with the naughty or nice lists!) And small food Item.
Families are invited to take as many pictures/videos as they want and Santa's Head Elf will assist you in the taking of those with your own cameras and phones.
There will be music both afternoons in the Ballymaloe Big Shed from 2pm. On Saturday local musician Paul Casey will take to the Big Shed stage and on Sunday Jazz quartet The Darktown Strutters will Jazz up the Big Shed accompanied by dancing from the Cat's Pyjama's - a Swing Dance Cork dance club. The Darktown Strutters are a quartet that enjoy sharing with the audience the taste and sound of a jazz tradition that was truly by the people, for the people - you will find it hard to resist dancing!
Over the past seven years the Ballymaloe Craft Fair has built a national reputation as the pre-eminent crafts show south of Dublin for the winter season and every year it gets bigger and better. Be sure to visit Ballymaloe Grainstore (upstairs and down!), The Carrigaun Room, Drinks Theatre and Big Shed for an impressive array of textiles, glassware, sculptures, art, woodwork, jewellery, leather goods and unique local and national crafty gifts.
FREE Admission kindly sponsored by The Village Greengrocer & Foodhall for 2016. Ample parking at Ballymaloe House is also FREE
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