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Everything you need to know about the 2023 Derwen College Christmas Fayre

Our FREE annual Christmas Fayre takes place at Derwen Marketplace in Gobowen, near Oswestry, this weekend

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Start your Christmas shopping with our stalls and traders

We are welcoming over 30 stalls and traders over the weekend to help you start your Christmas shopping, and get you in the mood for Christmas. We have stalls selling local crafts, food, drinks, jewellery, art as well as tombolas.

Scroll down the page for more information about all our traders.

By visiting the Derwen College Christmas Fayre you will be supporting Derwen Charity.

Meet Santa and Mrs Christmas

Our Audience with Santa is back for 2023!

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This year step into Mrs Christmas’s kitchen and listen to Santa tell a magical Christmas story.

This is a fully inclusive and accessible event, with a maximum of ten children per sitting to reduce noise and distractions.

Tickets cost £10 each and include a story with Santa, gift bag and photo with Santa & Mrs Christmas.

Online sales have now ended. There are a few spaces left – please contact Mrs Christmas on 01691 661234 or enquire at the Garden Centre during the Christmas Fayre.

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Buy your Christmas tree

Locally grown Christmas trees will be available to buy from the Garden Centre throughout the weekend.

Potted or cut soft needled Nordmann non-drop Christmas trees will be available in a variety of different sizes.


Over the weekend we will have some musical entertainment.

Derwen Dance Crew performing

On Friday night Derwen On Tour, our signed song and dance team, will be doing a performance at 4.30pm. We also welcome Tommy Mills who will be singing and playing his guitar throughout the evening.

Saturday the Porthywaen Silver Band will be entertaining us with festive music between 12pm and 3pm.

On Sunday we welcome back Tommy Mills for the final day of the Christmas Fayre.

Opening times

With late night opening on Friday night, the Fayre is open:

  • 4pm–8pm, Friday 24 November
  • 10am–4pm, Saturday 25 November
  • 10am–4pm, Sunday 26 November

Cash or Card?

Whilst many of traders do accept cards, some smaller stalls will be cash-only, so please bring cash with you.

There is no cash point on site at Derwen College, so if you need to pick up cash before the event there is an ATM at the Co-op in Gobowen.

The Christmas Fayre is FREE to enter, but we do appreciate any donations towards Derwen Charity – collection tubs will be available throughout the weekend for any spare change.

We look forward to welcoming you to Derwen College’s Christmas Fayre.

Food and Drink

Savour some festive food and drink while you enjoy the Derwen College Christmas Fayre.

Christmas Fayre Stalls and Traders

We have a range of stalls and traders visiting the Christmas Fayre over the weekend. Some will be here all weekend, while others for a day or two. Find out more in their listings below.

Amber's Arts and Crafts

Knitted arts & craft items.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Beside the Wood

Handmade wax melts and candles.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Bird boxes & feeders

Sam & Tibs Evans

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Border Crafts

Glass paintings, petal crafts and cards, cushion covers.

Saturday only.

The British Chamomile Company

The UK's first producer of British-grown organic chamomile herbal tea.

Saturday & Sunday.

Chrystal Crafts

Chrystal Crafts made by Derwen College students.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crafts by Angela

Hand-knitted owls, hedgehogs & sheep.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Derwen College

Derwen College-made goods: Jams, chutneys and cakes

Glass Jewellery

Handmade fine art glass and jewellery by Philippa Hughes

Saturday & Sunday

Glitzy Resin

By Sue Hodgetts

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Hats & assorted craft items

By Margaret Griffiths

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Homemade Knits

By Pat Hughes

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Ivor's Turnings

Unique turned wooden items including bowls, pots, lamps from wood collected around Oswestry.

Saturday and Sunday.

Knitted Animals

By Angela Turner

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Knitted, sewn and wooden gifts.

By Diane Kaatz.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Rosemary Mills

Painted stones, ceramic wall plaques and needle felting.

Saturday & Sunday

Sam Menzies Designs

Variety of unique handmade products, including bags, ponchos and scarves, using quality fabrics

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Valerie Carpenter

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Windmill Flowers

Dried flowers and decoupage.

Sunday only.

Location and Parking

Find the Christmas Fayre at Derwen College’s Entrance B on on Twmpath Lane in Gobowen, near Oswestry.

Limited parking is available on-site at the Garden Centre (Entrance B) and at the Orangery Restaurant (Entrance C). There is also a small car park at Entrance A, however the path from the car park to the garden centre is very dark at night, so do take care if parking there on Friday.

Gobowen railway station is a 10/15 minute walk, and there are also bus stops near to the College.