Wiltshire Living

The Antiques Roadshow comes to the Early, Early Christmas Fair!

Words: Ally Cardozo

There are fixtures on the social calendar that we all look forward to – events that we always enjoy and try our best not to miss. One of these events is the Early, Early Christmas Fair, held every September in the glorious surroundings of Tedworth House, in Tidworth, to raise money for ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity. Key to this regular, annual event are fresh concepts and renewed inspiration which is exactly what this year’s EEC Fair is offering to its vast audience.

The fair has a strong reputation for gift ideas with established and new stallholders bringing innovative products and goodies to a discerning clientele looking for range and originality. This dynamic is fundamental to the fair organiser, Caroline Cary, who said: “I have a dual purpose, firstly, to raise vital funds for The Soldiers’Charity, which provides critical support for our soldiers and their families, and secondly, to support small businesses which work incredibly hard to bring their products to the market.” Since the first event was held 28 years ago in a military quarter in Tidworth, the EEC Fair has grown into one of ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity’s largest, national fundraisers.

In addition to the product variety and creative range of shopping, a sensational new opportunity has been introduced this year. The Antiques Roadshow is coming to the EEC Fair! Antiques Roadshow’sMarc Allum and Lisa Lloyd have offered their time and remarkable expertise to carry out free valuations at the fair on Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday,September 27 – so here is your chance to find out if those pieces gathering dust on your shelves or forgotten in your loft are worth a fortune.

And there is more… If you are a fan of Indian cuisine, the EEC Fair has another surprise. Anjula Devi, author of the celebrated cookery book, Spice for Life, launched in May, will be giving live demonstrations of her cooking skills. Anjula is an Indian food specialist, recipe developer and consultant and delights in teaching the art of how to combine spices to create exquisite, healthy Indian food in your own home.

This EECFair has secured strong and vital support over the year’s from its sponsors.Again this year, the defence companies General Dynamics and Aspire Defence are main sponsors and for a second time, Knight Frank, has joined as marketing sponsors. This year, Sodexo, who have playeda part in the fair for many years, will be supporting the event with a champagne reception on the evening of Tuesday September 26.

Tuesday, September 26: 2pm– 6pm Evening reception 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday, September 27: 9.30am– 4pm Champagne reception with supper £20 Champagne reception no supper £10

Tuesday or Wednesday day ticket £5

Tedworth Park, Tidworth Wiltshire, SP9 7AH

W: eecfair.org.uk E: info@eecfair.org.uk T: 01980 611211