From today until 23rd November the Living Crafts for Christmas event is taking place at Blenheim Palace. This event offers a unique shopping experience with over 150 contemporary crafters, jewellers, ceramicists, milliners, artists and toymakers displaying their works. The four day extravaganza is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.
There will also be Christmas entertainment, roasted hot chestnuts, mulled cider, steaming hot chocolate. It will be a perfect place to be inspired by handcrafted decorations, wreaths, candles and garlands. There will also be plenty of specialist food and drink producers on hand to tempt you with traditional treats and foodie gifts.
Of course Blenheim Palace itself will be looking amazing dressed in gold and glitter with the Great Court decorated with twinkling Christmas Trees.
A visit to Living Crafts is a perfect way to begin the Christmas season and as an extra treat, tomorrow (Friday 21st November) the queen of all things handmade, Kirstie Allsopp will be filming at the event.
One of the world's premier three day events takes place in the magnificent ground of Blenheim Palace from 11th – 14th September 2014. The trials offer a great opportunity to see some of the world's finest riders and their horses compete in a beautiful environment – the Palace is the back drop for all the action in the main arena. The event is made up of the three phases dressage, cross country and show jumping.
The cross country phase is held by many to be the most exciting part of thc competition, with riders and horses taking on the challenge of big fences and water obstacles, all set in the beautiful Blenheim Parkland. Four of the Team GB riders who have just finished competing at the World Equestrian Games will be riding including William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson.
The weekend offers a great opportunity to see some of the world's top riders performing in a fabulous location.
Blenheim Palace, one of England's largest houses was built at the start of the 18th Century and is a World Heritage Site. The Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture and visitors are inspired by the imposing Great Hall, the beautifully intricate State rooms, the stunning portraits, tapestries and furniture collections. It is set in over 2000 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and formal gardens.
Children are well catered for too with miniature train rides to the Pleasure Gardens, where they can enjoy the Marlborough Maze (the world's second largest symbolic hedge maze) as well as the Tropical Butterfly House and adventure play area. It's certainly worth spending the whole day at Blenheim Palace with all the family…and then going back for more!