Words by Adela Ryle
Middle Farm is holding a Vintage Christmas Fair this weekend to kick off the festive season in style.
The popular family venue will play host to a variety of antique and vintage stalls, while the infamous vintage bar provides a break from shopping with a winter theme of warming cider and mulled wine.
The two-day event also features children’s entertainment, including a puppet show and the ‘hay and play barn’, while Christmas choirs and stylish jazz music set the scene.
Middle Farm, which is situated in the picturesque village of Firle at the foot of the South Downs, has been a working family run farm for six generations.
Visitors can pet the rabbits and guinea pigs, see rare-breed chickens, pigs and llamas and watch the prize-winning pedigree Jersey cows being milked each day.
Timed events will continue throughout the day while the fair is in swing, and the National Collection of Cider and Perry will also remain open, providing a range of over 100 draught ciders and perries.
Katrina Palsager, who is helping to run the event, commented: “After the success of our summer Vintage fair we are excited to present a Vintage Christmas at the massively popular Middle Farm.”
“With music, shopping, kids’ activities and great bar, as well as all the usual great attractions at the farm, the fair should offer something for everyone.”
There’s ample free parking and good access for the elderly and disabled. Tickets are £4 and children under three are admitted free of charge.
The Vintage Christmas Fair takes place on the 23rd and 24th of November and is open from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.