• WELCOME TO THE EARLY, EARLY CHRISTMAS FAIR

“We are The Soldiers’ Charity. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job”

Early, Early Christmas Fair 2017

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Day : 2pm – 6pm

Evening Reception: 

6.30pm – 9.30pm (by ticket only)

Wednesday 27th September 2017

9.30am – 4.00pm

Admission only £5

Discounted to £3.50 after 2pm on Wednesday only

Tickets sales: Tickets for the 2017 EEC Fair will be available later this year and a purchasing link will be published in due course

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS: (1st JANUARY  – 10th FEBRUARY  2017) CLICK HERE: CLOSED FOR 2017.

2018 APPLICATIONS PLEASE SUBMIT FROM 1ST JANUARY 2018.

We are delighted to invite you and your friends to enjoy a day’s shopping at the Early, Early Christmas Fair 2017, in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which will take place in the stunning grounds of Tedworth Park, Tidworth.

Once again, we have so much to offer from returning old favorites, to new stall holders showing their collections for the first time. We hope you enjoy this unique shopping experience – have lunch, meet friends and leave contented, with bags of truly fabulous gifts and treats. This year we will have over 100 carefully selected stalls holders offering a fantastic variety of well priced gift ideas, often not found on the High Street. There will be presents and indulgences; festive decorations; home accessories; luxury clothing for men, women and children; gourmet delicacies and drink, all available from a selection of retailers.

All proceeds go directly to ABF the Soldiers’ Charity and we are so grateful to our stallholders, sponsors, advertisers, soldiers, guests and volunteers, as none of this would be possible without their help.

We look forward to seeing you all on the day, so don’t forget to come and say hello!

Caroline Cary – Fair Organiser/Fundraiser
Lt Col Richard Miller – Regional Director Fundraising West.

Wiltshire Life article 2016 – High sheriff Lady Gooch has a (festive) claim to fame writes Ally Cardozo.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2017 EEC Fair will be available later this year and a purchasing link will be published in due course

Announcements

2016 EEC Fair Programme

You can view / download the 2017 EEC Fair Programme using the link below:
ABF 20017 Brochure PDF 9.8 Mb)

2017 EEC Fair Flier

You can download the 2016 Early Early Christmas Fair Flyer ABF_EECF_2017_Flyer

BUY ALL YOUR TICKETS ONLINE FOR BOTH THE CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AND DAY

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

The Fair will be again be open from 2pm – 6pm on Tuesday 26th September, prior to the evening Reception.

Evening Reception: Tuesday 26th September from 6.30pm – 9.30pm:

Tickets:

£20.00 a head (to include a complimentary glass of champagne sponsored by Sodexo, supper and a glass of wine).

£10.00 a head (to include a complimentary glass of champagne sponsored by Sodexo and a glass of wine and a shop).

*All tickets that are booked online will be entered into our prize draw

The winners will be drawn at 3.30pm on 27th September at the 2017 EEC Fair.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list for this event, or find out more, please contact Caroline Cary  on: 01980 611211 or send us an email to info@eecfair.org.uk.

NEW THIS YEAR

Free valuation by Antiques Roadshow Experts
 What an opportunity – and it is local!

Open those dusty drawers, find those forgotten little pieces and bring them along to the Early, Early Christmas Fair this year – you may be sitting on a small fortune or just want to know a little more about its history! Here is your chance – and it is on your doorstep!

We are delighted to welcome Antiques Roadshow’s Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd who have offered their time and amazing expertise at this event to do some free valuations at the Fair this year on both Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September to help raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster and has been on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998.  He has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and regularly writes for mainstream magazines and is an author, antiques consultant and lecturer.

Lisa Lloyd has worked in antiques for over 25 years, including 16 years as an auctioneer and director of Rosebery’s in South London. Both Marc and Lisa are based in Wiltshire.

What a chance to get your treasures valued!  Have a coffee & cake, lunch or shop while you are waiting! We will make it seamless…..(Max 3 pieces per person).

BOOK SIGNING & LIVE DEMONSTRATION

Crispin Black MBE MPhil: is an independent intelligence consultant and well-known media commentator on terrorism and intelligence. He is the author of 7-7 The London Bombs – What Went Wrong? Crispin is now writing thrillers full time with new book out in June 2017 called The Paris Trap a sequel to The Falklands Intercept. The third in the series, The Venice Archive, will be  published in 2018.

Anjula Devi: there’s no better place to start than with Anjula’s Devi’s fantastic new recipe book, designed to show that everyone can make healthy Indian food in their own home.  Anjula is an Indian food specialist, recipe developer and consultant. Her cookery book Spice for Life, consisting of 100 unique recipes, launched in May 2017. Come and see live demonstrations and have a go….

and a few more yet to be announced …….watch out on social media or on our website: www.eecfair.org.uk

Some great feedback from 2016 . . .

  • Definitely among the top Christmas Fairs in the South West.
  • A fantastic variety of quality foods and gifts all under one roof – not to be missed.
  • First of the Fairs in this area and always so good if not the best.
  • One of the best run events I have exhibited at in 5 years – thank you for having me.

Stallholder Applications

We would like to thank all those of you that applied in 2016 for the Early Early Christmas Fair. 2017 applications are open now – CLICK HERE:

Advertising in the 2017 ABF EEC Fair Programme

Our distribution for the Early Early Christmas Fair programme is 12,000 copies. If you are interested in advertising please download the 2017 Programme Advertising Enquiry form

Further information about advertising is available in the 2017 EEC Fair Advertising Information document, which can be downloaded here.

ABF EEC Fair Promotional Video

SOME OF THE FABULOUS STALLS FROM LAST YEAR

OUR FANTASTIC SPONSORS

General Dynamics UK

General Dynamics UK is once again delighted to be sponsoring the Early, Early Christmas Fair. The event has become an important date in the calendar for successfully raising funds for the Soldiers’ Charity, and we are proud to be a part of it. Hopefully, 2016 we will continue to see the event grow and even more money will be raised to support the work of this vital charity.

View Website: General Dynamics

 

Aspire Defence

Ever since Aspire Defence became involved in providing Support to the Salisbury Plain Garrisons we have supported the Early Early Christmas Fair. Indeed it has become an iconic event and part of the Wiltshire social calendar. Aspire Defence identifies with the aims of the Soldiers Charity as they align with our own aim of – “Making Soldiers’ Lives Better”. As such will continue to support the Fair and The Soldiers Charity so that soldiers can be helped during their time of need.

Allan Thomson, Chief Executive, Aspire Defence Limited

View Website: Aspire Defence

Knight Frank

Knight Frank Estate Agents are delighted to be sponsoring the Early, Early Christmas Fair, this important Wiltshire event for raising both awareness and funding for the continued support of the Soldiers Charity. This charity is vitally important to the soldiers and we are extremely proud to be part of it. The event has grown year on year and we have come on board to help make 2016 even better.

View Website: Knight Frank

Sodexo

We are delighted to sponsor the Early Early Christmas Fair. Sodexo has a strong history of supporting the British Armed Forces Community, but we believe our role is much more than simply the provision of support services. Our corporate responsibility approach centres on our commitment to the wellbeing of the entire Armed Forces Community and supports service welfare and families’ organisations such as the ABF Soldiers’ Charity.

View Website: Sodexo UK

Wiltshire Life

County magazine Wiltshire Life is pleased and proud to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which fulfils such a vital role throughout the country. The Early Early Christmas Fair is a simply brilliant showcase for us and provides fun shopping for all, whether military or civilian.

Claire Waring, Managing Editor, Wiltshire Life

View Website: Wiltshire Life

HOW TO FIND US

Early, Early Christmas Fair, Polo Ground, Tedworth Park, Tidworth, Wiltshire SP9 7AH

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WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO

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The Early Early Christmas Fair is a member of the CFA.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales (1146420)
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