What’s happening during the Christmas Fair at Duckett’s Grove?
You may have gotten the flavor of Duckett’s Grove & Christmas in Carlow over on my last post, but now I’ve been sent more details on what’s on. So have a read, and be sure to head over to this magical place on 7 December!
On Sunday December 7th 12-5pm, the historic surroundings of Duckett’s Grove House and Estate will be transformed into Carlow’s own Winter Wonderland when it hosts its annual and very popular Christmas Fair. A magical grotto of traditional Christmas activities incorporating a large craft and food market featuring over 50 stands awaits all visitors in the courtyard area adjacent to the main house. Featuring ceramics and knitwear, art, jewellery, embroidery, Christmas cards and decorations, this fair is guaranteed to appeal to anybody seeking a special gift or those who just want to browse and soak in the Christmas atmosphere in this beautiful setting.
On the food front there are a range of seasonal treats including Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, seasonal fruit tarts, jams, chutneys, apple juice and hampers. Tempting mulled apple juice, a range of hot drinks including cappuccinos and lattes and hot mince pies will keep hunger and thirst at bay throughout the day. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste the tempting array of Christmas goodies in the tea room at Duckett’s Grove or enjoy organic burgers from Paul Stock Barbeques.
The smaller folk will also be thrilled with a number of the new new attractions included…Santa Claus is coming to town….there will be a Santa Grotto with a free present for every child, free festive face painting and performances by Carlow based musical and entertainment groups. At 2 and 4 p.m. Christmas storytelling workshops will take place in the courtyard, which are always a big hit with the children. Additionally both adults and children can enjoy the inflatable game experience of Rodeo Reindeer while a giant snow globe is available as a special backdrop for family and individual photos.
Adding to the atmosphere on the day will be a range of traditional craft demonstrations including weaving and horse shoeing while Woodlands Falconry will be showing their range of beautiful birds of prey including hawks, falcons and owls. The start and finish of the Carlow Farmers Hunt, in period dress will add a special ambience to this year’s fair. Celebrating their bi-centenary in 2014 the hunt is returning to historic premises where they would have hunted in the past.
The magic and fun of Christmas can be enjoyed in this unique setting, just 10 minutes from Carlow and Tullow off the R418 Castledermot/Tullow Road, the R726 Carlow/Hacketstown Road and the R448 Castledermot/Carlow Road. Visitors travelling from Dublin and the south should exit the M9 motorway at junction 4 and follow signs for Castledermot and the R418 Castledermot/Tullow Road.
NOTE: you can also see Duckett’s Grove located on the Google map over here. You can also access the full Christmas in Carlow county-wide program there.
For more information phone 059-9130411 Admission is €7 per car with free car parking. 12 noon – 5 p.m.