The Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle :: Family Time

My family and I have been trying to spend more time together. Now that my brother and I have both flown the nest, my mum has been finding fun ways for us to spend quality time with each other. We all lead such busy lives that it can be so easy for us to become absorbed in our daily tasks, I know that I am certainly guilty of that. Between each of our work schedules, it was difficult to find a day when we were all free. Luckily, today was the day that we all found time to visit The Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle.
 
Situated 3 miles from Harrogate, Ripley Castle is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Over two hours in the car led us through the scenic counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire to our final destination, the Ripley Castle Estate. Sandstone cottages with antique doors and a quaint church set the scene. We couldn’t wait to enter through the gated courtyard to see what was in store.

Full of ‘oh so pretty’ Christmas stalls and gourmet food, it was the perfect place to spend an Advent Sunday. Despite the fair being incredibly busy, I managed to find a few quirky decorations to take home. My first purchases were a carved, wooden tree and a star adorned tea light holder. Very rustic. Within minutes, I’d spied these beautiful ribbon shoes laces. As I couldn’t decide whether to customize my brogues with pink or red ribbons, the store holder kindly offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse. Two pairs for £5.  

We managed to spend a couple of hours browsing the 140 stalls, sampling food offered as we passed. Unfortunately, the fair became too busy to move around comfortably and we decided to call it a day. As soon as I stepped through the door, I cleared my mantle and put out my wares…including my ribbon shoelaces. I can’t wait to thread them into my brogues, look out for them in an outfit post soon!

How’s your Sunday been? 
Have you been to a Christmas Fair this year?
 
As always, much love,
Donna x