Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Country Living Theatre

Your favourite parts of the magazine

Lifestyle Theatre

Your favourite parts of the magazine come to life in the Country Living Theatre. Stop by to hear panel discussions and lifestyle tips from prominent figures and contributors to the magazine.

Country Living Theatre Timetable

Country Living Theatre Wed 16 Mar Thu 17 Mar Fri 18 Mar Sat 19 Mar Sun 20 Mar
 
11:00 - 11:30

Kitchen Table Talent session, click here for timetable.

 

Talk: From Seed To Celebration: Growing and arranging flowers for special occasions

Georgie Newberry

Common Farm Flowers

Talk: Living off the Land

Anthony Steel

Real Farm Holidays

Talk: Wood-Worker

Dan Horling

Talk: Capturing the Good Life 

Nick & Bella Ivins 

Walnuts Farm 

12:00 - 12:45

Kitchen Table Talent session, click here for timetable.

 

Q&A Panel: How to get your product into Country Living

Host:  Susy Smith, Editor-in-Chief Panel:   Fiona Davies (WiRE), Anna Jury (acting Features Editor),  Darren Holdway (CL Creative Director)  

Q&A Panel: Town or Country:  How to be Self-sufficient wherever you live

Host:     Catherine Gee (Country Living Magazine)
Panel: Nick & Bella Ivins  and Sara Ward

Walnuts Farm & Hen Corner

Q&A Panel: Town or Country:  How to be Self-sufficient wherever you live

Host:     Catherine Gee (Country Living Magazine)
?Panel: Nick & Bella Ivins  and Sara Ward

Walnuts Farm & Hen Corner

 

 Talk: Spring Giftwrapping & Decorations

Jane Means

Jane Means Ribbons

13:15 - 13:45 

Kitchen Table Talent session, click here for timetable.

Talk: Starting out your small holding

Nick & Bella Ivins

Walnuts Farm

Talk: How to set up and manage a small flock of sheep

Fiona Sloan

Real Farm Holidays

Talk: Wood-Worker

Dan Horling

Talk: Turning a Hobby into a Business

Sara Ward

Hen Corner

14:15 - 15:00

Kitchen Table Talent session, click here for timetable.

Q&A Panel: Undercover secrets of women in business

Fiona Davies

WiRE

Q&A Panel: How to Design and Decorate a Country Home   

Ben Kendrick (Home Design Editor) and Alaina Binks (Dep Home D Ed) 

Country Living Magazine


 

 

Talk: Capturing the Good Life 

Nick & Bella Ivins

Walnuts Farm

The Fair Closes at 3pm

15:30 - 16:00

Kitchen Table Talent session, click here for timetable.

Talk: How to set up and manage a small flock of sheep 

Fiona Sloan

Real Farm Holidays

Talk: Prosecco Tasting Masterclass with Scavi & Ray

 

Talk: Prosecco Tasting Masterclass with Scavi & Ray

 

 

 

The Fair Closes at 3pm

 

How to Design and Decorate a Country Home

Ben Kendrick

Ben Kendrick and Alaina Binks are Country Living Magazine's Home Design team. They produce the beautiful and inspiring interiors pages in the magazine every month, along with the houses, craft and shopping sections.

Using their long-standing experience on the magazine and expertise in the interiors industry they will show you how to start from scratch to create an individual and characterful country home. With advice and practical pointers on how to develop a decorating scheme - by collating samples and inspiration on a moodboard. 

 Their talk will cover most of the elements you will need to consider. Including lighting, storage, flooring, furniture, fabrics, walls and soft furnishings.

Capturing the "Good Life"

Nick and BellaBella and Nick will describe how they set about creating a beautiful photographic record of all aspects of life at Walnuts Farm throughout the smallholding year. Whether you simply wish to create a visual diary to record your own achievements, or generate material to publish on social media, or perhaps even print photographic images for marketing purpose to help build your smallholding enterprise, Nick and Bella will show that fabulous images of your own smallholding are more powerful than words at conveying your message. They'll describe tried-and-tested methods for photographing the land, and homegrown produce in different lighting and weather conditions, and how to use the natural ambient light to your advantage. They will also discuss the benefits of getting up close and really focusing on the details that make your smallholding special. They'll also cover how best to photograph your livestock, from chickens and geese, to pigs, sheep and even bees.

Town or Country - How to be Self-Sufficient wherever you live

Sara WardSara Ward, of Hen Corner, discusses her bid to be self-sufficient on her relatively small urban patch in West London, proving the point you don’t need acres to keep hens, bees and to grow veg for the family – her successful blog charts her daily routine and here she shares top tips on how to achieve the perfect urban plot.  Nick and Bella established a productive small-holding from scratch on several acres in Sussex at Walnuts Farm - featured in CL.  They can give advice for those with the luxury of larger spaces to work with along with the challenges of living rurally.  The panel is guided by Sue Gilkes from CL – herself an expert urban gardener.

Undercover secrets of women in business

Fiona DavisJoin Fiona Davies from WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) chairing the Undercover Secrets of Women in Business panel session. Featuring three entrepreneurs; a garden designer, a jewellery maker and a holiday lets and yurt business to help guide you through the highs and lows, share their top tips and short cuts and with real life examples and humour helping you make the right decisions.

Turning a Hobby into a Business

Sara Ward of Hen Corner has just completed her first year full time in her exciting business that encourages urban self sufficiency from her West London Smallholding, which includes training courses, working with schools and a micro bakery. Today Sara will discuss how to: Define the dream, Develop the business plan, Determine your Unique Selling Point, Depend on promotion & partnership and Discover a new work life balance.

How to Set up a small Flock of Sheep

Come and discover how to set up a small flock of sheep for beginners and learn all about the benefits of having a small flock, the pitfalls to avoid and how to get the most out of your sheep. Fiona Sloan has been working within the sheep industry for 50 years and has been involved with many of the UK sheep breeds and the National Sheep Association in that time.  

Starting out on your small Holding

Bella and Nick will describe how 11 years ago they bought Walnuts Farm and set about turning a derelict bare field site and rundown farmhouse into a productive five acres. They will describe planning and planting a kitchen garden from scratch and choosing livestock to suit your needs, together with their own philosophy of 'fairweather farming' whereby they have tried to create a simple and manageable way of raising ‘just enough’ livestock and fruit and vegetables to feed a family of four throughout the year.  Nick and Bella’s aim is to show just how achievable it is live this type of lifestyle and appeal to families who don’t have the time or resources to work the land full time.

Get your products into Country Living

Editorial mentions are like solid gold to any small companies and experience shows getting a mention in CL can lead to increased orders, more customers/clients and further interest.  The CL editorial team receive information about products, photos & visuals for inclusion on a daily basis and here they will give advice on how best to present your company, the formats and images that are needed for inclusion and generally give essential advice on increasing your chances of being noticed.  Fiona Davies, our business expert will give an overview of how best to win the battle for column inches.

Wood-working Demonstration

Danny runs wood working work shops for beginners and also makes hand-crafted chairs using wood from his workshop based in a small wood that he maintains just outside Brighton.   He will demonstrate simple techniques in wood-working and answer questions on getting started with wood

Living off the Land

We are all keen to know more and more about where our food comes from and how it is produced. At Anthony’s farm in South West Scotland, from where he offers RealFarmHolidays, it is nearly possible to spend a whole week living solely on produce from the farm. From meat to mushrooms, foraged vegetation and berries or catching fish, gathering eggs or shooting game; there are benefits and limitations to all, which Anthony will discuss with you.

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Opening Times

  • Wed 16th: 10am–5pm
  • Thu 17th: 10am–8pm
  • Thu Gala Eve: 5.30pm–8pm
  • Fri 18th: 10am–6pm
  • Sat 19th: 9.30am–6pm
  • Sun 20th: 10am–3pm