Bigger, better, bolder – this year’s Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse
Save the date for this year’s splendid Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse, Tuesday 12th November – with over 50 stands of distinctive, high quality and crafted gift ideas you can get your Christmas shopping for friends and family all wrapped up in one day! Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Mayor of Islington, will be doing the honours to formally open the Fair.
Open from 11.00pm to 8.00pm the Fair will offer a cornucopia of wonderful gift ideas from ceramics to toys, to artisan foods, books and fashion accessories, in the glorious atmospheric candle-lit surrounds of this former monastery and grand Tudor mansion.
This year’s stalls will be a mix of the most successful from last year and some great new companies like social enterprise Fine Cell Work who teach high-quality needlework to prisoners, and our local beer business Beer Hawk. The Charterhouse are also going out of their way to find local and ethical businesses, and some really diverse top-notch producers and vintage collectables.
They will also be offering a lovely selection of potted plants from the Charterhouse Gardens, and honey from their our Charterhouse bees! And check out the Charterhouse Christmas Café for home-made mince pies and mulled wine.
Today the Charterhouse is not only a site of enormous historic interest, it is still an almshouse where elderly people live in a thriving community, continuing a legacy that was left by Thomas Sutton in 1611. The Charterhouse threw its doors open to the public launching a new museum and learning centre, and revealing the extraordinary estate within which dates back to 1348. Their Christmas Fair is just one of a programme of events, tours and workshops which are giving the public the opportunity to experience and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this living piece of history, and helping them raise the money needed to preserve it for the current and future generations.
Entry: £3.00 (+ concs)