Santa’s Coming to The Sidings!

Come along to The Sidings on Saturday 3rd December for some Festive cheer.  This year will see our first Christmas market take place and it’s definitely worth putting into your diaries.  We will have a fabulous selection of Seasonal foods, including Christmas Cakes, hampers, gift sets and so much more……..  For those of you still shopping around for that perfect gift, check out the many fabulous gift ideas available.  And whilst you’re with us you can pick up your Christmas Tree and some amazing Christmas table decorations.

The Fair will open at 10am and there will be canapé mince pies available for all our customers (whilst stocks last).  These will be provided by our very own ‘Maria’s Tea Cakes and full size ones will be available on the day to purchase.

Father Christmas will be coming along at 12pm with a sack full of gifts for all children visiting him.  Tickets are on sale before the day from Prime Asset Lettings where you will be able to book a specific time slot or you can just purchase them on the day.  Tickets cost £2 and will allow your child to receive a gift and have their picture taken.  All proceeds raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.  If you would like to pre-book a ticket, please call Kayleigh on:- 07940 198990

From 2pm we will be visited by Disney Princesses courtesy of Iconic Stage Arts where children are invited to come along and meet them and parents will be able to take pictures if they wish.

Shelly’s Faces will be available on the day providing special Christmas glitter tattoos to children and adults alike (charges will apply), there will also be the option to purchase your own glitter tattoo kits which make fantastic stocking fillers!

Here’s just some of the fantastic traders that will be at the market:-

Maria’s Tea Cakes


Maria creates delicious cakes, biscuits and sweet treats for every occasion.  For the Festive Season she will be producing some homemade, decorated gingerbread houses, Christmas cakes, amazingly good mince pies and more!  Make sure you pay her a visit and take in all the mouthwatering goodies she will have on sale.



Local Florist Panache will be onsite selling a fantastic display of fresh table decorations.  Anna has owned Panache for nearly 10 years and they make everything in store by hand.  they are all trained florists and use their creativity to come up with and produce unique goods and products. They use a mixture of dried fruits, pine, holly and fresh flower in our Christmas arrangements. Most products would be perfect as a centre piece for a Christmas dinner table, fireplace or any spot in the home to add a christmassy, festive feel as well as making the perfect hand made gift for someone.

Freyja’s Wines


Love wine, but don’t know about all that terroir and chateaux stuff? Freyja’s Wines is YOUR one stop shop whilst at The Sidings.  Her mission is to remove the mystery and leave you with the magic – great wine at great prices.  Pictured above is a fabulous Mulled Wine, this has been photographed by Freyja surrounded by its most prominent flavours to help you imagine what it will taste like.

Have a chat with me as I’ve written my own tasting notes, with suggestions on what food to pair it with, why I think it’s a cracking wine, and a bit of history too – Freyja

Hill Street


Born in Essex. Trained in Paris. Sourced locally. Crafted with love. Executed with flair. Brilliantly British. Hill St.

The Smith brothers grew up in a little village in Essex. As kids they fought like brothers do. Chris took himself off to Paris to train as a chocolatier. Greg tried his hand at design back home.  Now both grown up and back in Britain, they realised they have more in common than they thought: A desire to be the best, big respect for our local community, an appetite for experimentation and uncontrollable love of chocolate.

And so, Hill St. was born. A unique experience for chocolate lovers with a taste for authenticity. Crafted by local boys with big ambition!



Sultanesque presents an infusion of the rich motifs and spectacular stones used during the Ottoman era. The timeless 22k gold plated pieces are handcrafted by Turkish artisans using semi precious stones from countries all over the world. The combination of rough and raw textured stones form a compelling contrast to the delicate fabrics used in today’s fashion, making Sultanesque jewellery a desired accessory to compliment any outfit. Sultanesque jewellery combines flavour from the Ottoman past and is relished with contemporary edge.

Simply Silk Floral Designs


Simply Silk Floral Designs brings you Festive table arrangements which can be used within your own home or given as beautiful gifts and as they are made with a great quality silk material they will last.  Perfect for the table on Christmas Day these displays are created and handmade by Brigitte.  They are unique designs that can only be found direct from Simply Silk Floral Designs so make sure you pick yours up on the 3rd December!



That little bit of loveliness to brighten the day – Geegaw

After struggling to find interesting, different and special gifts for friends and family Siobhan and Dominic decided to go out and find some exciting people to work with and to build a gift service.  Siobhan’s many years of shopping have come to the fore when hunting out just what’s needed and Dominic’s humour, keen eye and questioning approach makes them the perfect partnership when looking for something special.

They are not looking to be the next big global or indeed UK online shopping site but they want their customers to come back time and again to see what’s hot right now. The products will be updated regularly as they find ideas out there – come along and see what quirky and unusual gifts you could pick up at our Christmas Market.  You could also sign up to their mailing list to receive discounts and news of when their website launches in February 2017.

Bea’s Christmas Boutique


A true Artisan skill handed down for generations of skilled craftsmen, each piece individually hand blown from pure soda glass over a gas flame before the decorations are hand applied and painted with many special editions signed by the artist themselves.

Made in the old Polish town of Gnizno where Bea was born, she personally picks each item herself and has them carefully transported to the UK.  They are delightful and a beautiful addition to the Christmas family tree or as a table decoration hanging from their special stand. She only brings a few in for Christmas and when they are gone they are gone!  If looked after well these decorations  will last a lifetime and are quite unique to my knowledge not available anywhere outside of Poland.

I hope you will enjoy this little piece of Polish Christmas art – Bea

Bea Also creates some beautiful Italian inspired scarves too so come along and see which one takes your fancy!

Trevor’s Trees


Make sure you pick up your fresh Christmas tree at The Sidings this Sunday. Trevor has a wide selection which include the following:-

Traditional Nordmann Fir

Nordmann Fir Christmas trees possess a unique appearance from other Christmas trees with their thick symmetrical branches. It has dark green needles that are short and smooth, and are covered in a waxy cuticle which prevents water loss. The coating on this particular Fir gives it minimal fragrance, and is a great choice for individuals with allergies. Even in warmer climates Nordmann Fir Christmas trees have little or no needle loss throughout the holiday season.

Noble Fir

Noble Fir Christmas trees boast lush blue-green needles on evenly spaced strong branches. The heavy defined branches of Noble Fir coupled with a rich green hue give them a lovely full and layered appearance. The rigid branches of Noble Fir hold up heavy ornaments such as traditional glass and heirloom ornaments beautifully. Noble Fir trees emit a distinctive yet mild fir scent that lights up a room.

Fraser Fir

Our premium quality Fraser Fir is a pyramid shaped tree with flat, shiny deep green needles. The foliage is dense and soft which makes it an ideal tree for all members of the family to decorate. The Fraser Fir is generally a narrow tree making it ideal where space is at a premium, and often has a wonderful Christmassy perfume.

Shelly’s Faces


Shelly creates top quality glitter tattoos for children and adults alike.  Come along and get in the Christmas spirit with a little bit of sparkle on the 3rd December.  Choose from Christmas Trees, Holly, Presents and many more in a rainbow of glittery colours and the good thing is, if looked after they can last for at least a week!  Also available from Shelly’s Faces on the day will be special glitter tattoo giftsets that contain a mixture of 6 different themed tattoos and a selection of glitter…..a fantastic little stocking filler!

Why not grab your family and head to The Sidings for lots of merriment and Seasonal fun for all the family…..you’ll be sure to have a jolly old time!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Shelly Searles

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