Towns gear up for Christmas shopping events

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With Christmas just around the corner, places across the region are getting ready to put on their festive shopping events.

First out of the starting gates is Stowe House with its Christmas craft fayre which is being held tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

It runs from 9am to 5pm, with last admission at 4pm, and features 90 stalls including Little Trees, Park Lace & Linen, Diana Ingram Jewellery, Stella & Dot, Monkey & Bob, Vineworks, Globee, The Book People, Love Bubbles, African Butterfly, Casa di Scala, Diana Ingram, Flibberty, Simply Slate, Glover & Smith, Zahara London, The Men’s Shirt Company, Pink Links and Traveller’s Finds.

The food hall has a variety of exhibitors including The Giggly Pig Company, Boycott Farm Shop and Jaccs Gourmet Coffee.

Entertainment will include face painting, arts and crafts, mobile farm provided by KidsRome and a chance to see the recently restored State Rooms.

Entry is £6 for adults, £4 for children, and includes entry to the State Rooms of Stowe House, free parking and minibus transfer to the event.

For enquiries and group bookings, telephone 01280 818282.

Brackley is holding its Christmas market on December 1, from midday through to the evening, allowing people to do late night shopping and enjoy some entertainment.

The first Christmas market was held last year and was such a success the traders are looking to repeat it this year.

People will be able to purchase Christmas gifts, dance along to live bands, take part in craft, zumba and other demos, while the children can also be entertained by street performers, crafts and Santa’s grotto.

Half the profit from the market with go to charity. It will take place at the town hall, on the piazza and on the Market Place car park.

Then the following day, Sunday, December 2, traders in Buckingham will be holding their Christmas Shopping Spectacular.

Shops around the town will be opening their doors on a Sunday to give local people an extra chance to do their festive shopping.

There will entertainment throughout the day by the Christmas tree outside the Old Gaol and outside Waitrose, in Cornwall’s Meadow with performances by Buckingham Rainbows, the Buckingham Academy for Performing Arts, Leckhampstead Bellringers, the Giocoso Swanbourne Brass Band as well as zumba and ceroc dancing demonstrations.

The event will be officially opened by the town crier and the mayor outside the Old Gaol at 10.15am.

More attractions will be unveiled in future editions of the Advertiser and Review.