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Your favourite parts of the magazine come to life in the Country Living Lifestyle Theatre sponsored by Sofa Workshop. Stop by and our team of professionals will show you how to entertain in style. Listen to advice and tips from the professionals with our themed talks throughout the day. Come away knowing how to pick the perfect Christmas wine, gift wrap awkward shapes and create a Christmas wreath.

2016 Timetable

Meet the Team

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Natalia Raquel Leiker


Give the Gift of Health with Essential Oils

01 DEC - 11:00 - 11:3002 DEC - 11:00 - 11:3003 DEC - 11:00 - 11:3004 DEC - 11:00 - 11:30
Pure essential oils are revolutionising the way families manage their health.  Doterra harnesses nature’s most powerful elements and we share these gifts by educating others. Visitors will experience essential oils on a deeper level by showing them the 3 ways to use them (topically, aromatically, and internally) in their homes and for their families.   There are thousands of ways to use essential oils, not just for aromatherapy, but also to clean our home, boost our mood, support our bodies, and more!  Essential oils present a powerful opportunity to support our well-being in the amazing healing it does to stay healthy and happy.  
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Clementene Coates

Candlestick Holders for the Christmas Table

01 DEC - 12:00 - 12:3002 DEC - 12:00 - 12:3003 DEC - 12:00 - 12:3004 DEC - 12:00 - 12:30
Using various techniques I’ll show the audience how to transform plain wooden candlestick holders using different coloured paints, waxes and gold and silver gilding to create a number of different and unique effects for a beautiful, chic and festive look.
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Fiona Sciolti

Sciolti Chocolates

Lebkuchen & Spiced Hot Chocolate

01 DEC - 13:00 - 13:3002 DEC - 13:00 - 13:3003 DEC - 14:00 - 14:30
Join International Chocolatier, Fiona Sciolti and learn how to make these delicious, traditional festive bakes. Brimming full of warm seasonal spices, Fiona will pass on hints and tips to make and decorate these stunning cookies, together with showing you how to make her now famed Spiced Hot Chocolate.  She'll also let you in on the secrets to a perfect chocolate finish - used to decorate these delightful Continental biscuits.  Lebkuchen are an indulgent treat for a chill Winter's eve or fabulous and personal, handmade Seasonal gifts.
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Sue Lee

Festive Flowers

03 DEC - 13:00 - 13:3004 DEC - 13:00 - 13:3003 DEC - 15:00 - 15:3004 DEC - 15:00 - 15:30
Visitors will learn how to prepare and condition flowers, botanical names and varieties. Techniques will include spiralling stems, grouping flowers, wiring and gluing materials. Preparation and construction of a hand tie design and gift packaging, the assembly of arrangements from start to finish.
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Angela Daymond

Fenland Textile Studio

Dyeing from a Natural World

01 DEC - 14:00 - 14:30
In this light hearted talk Angela will demonstrate many of the ways that she dyes fabrics with plants and flowers. She will share some of her experiences, often humorous of being a natural dyer. Come and find out about the truly unique colours that you can achieve from nature.
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Angela Daymond

Fenland Textile Studio

Kantha: The Art of Slow Stitching

02 DEC - 14:00 - 14:30
Kantha stitching is an ancient technique, thousands of years old and originated in India. This age old technique uses a running stitch and is finding a place in today's modern world as a relaxing way of slow hand stitching. Watch Angela demonstrate this absorbing technique and learn of its rich history.
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Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

Archie and the Rug

Thrifty Christmas Decorations

04 DEC - 14:00 - 14:3001 DEC - 15:00 - 15:30
Join Nicolette as she shows you quick and affordable ways to create decorations from items that you find around your home, in a charity shop or foraged from the garden to create stunning decorations and style your home like the magazine professionals.
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Cluny Chapman

Highfield Textiles

From Sheep to Show

02 DEC - 15:00 - 15:30
Join Cluny as she showcases her flock of Rare Breed sheep, who provide the wool for all of Highfield Textiles' products, and explains how they are sheared. She will then demonstrate handspinning with a spindle to show how the process of turning fleece into yarn has been done for thousands of years. Cluny will show some of the Highfield textiles products and explain how they are made.