After having such a brilliant time at afternoon tea at Auckland castle I was really excited to attend their first ever Christmas fair held in the castle grounds. Although it only had 14 stalls all the stallholders were local artisans, craftspeople and traders and there was quite a range of products on sale. There were stalls selling jars of make your own cookie mix, locally brewed ales, flavoured liqueurs, chutneys and jams, handmade chocolates, tea-cosies, aprons, Christmas decorations and handmade Christmas cards. I snapped up some beautiful and fun little cards as well as a bottle of locally brewed IPA from the Black Paw Brewery. My mum picked up some homemade cherry jam as well as some delicate handmade pottery pieces. Everything was very reasonably priced especially for the quality of the the items we bought. There was also hot mulled wine on offer and for only £2.50 for a MASSIVE cup-full how could you go wrong?