The build-up to Christmas is quite simply one of my favourite times of the year – the shorter days of winter see the start of well-loved routines:  making lists, picking out special gifts for friends and family, devising menus, writing cards, choosing wrapping paper and ribbons, and finding lovely new decorations to dress the house and Christmas tree. And our wonderful Christmas Fairs in London, Glasgow and Harrogate are the perfect place to start. We bring together an enticing array of beautiful, original gifts, handmade decorations and cards, plus delicious artisan-produced food and drinks to help you get your festive planning sorted in one place.

Along with shopping, you can also get creative tips in our entertaining workshops, be inspired with recipe ideas in the Food Theatre and then relax with a glass of fizz in the Champagne bar. So, invite your friends and join us for a wonderful day out – what better way to kick off the festive season?

Susy Smith, Editor-in-chief, Country Living Magazine