Hay Farm to rekindle the magic of Christmas market

Merlin and Santa Claus.
Merlin and Santa Claus.

The magic of the festive season is being brought back this year by an Old-Fashioned Christmas Market at Hay Farm, near Etal.

Children will be particularly thrilled to see Merlin the Clydesdale horse and a special Christmas elf bring Santa to the market.

Visitors will also be able to see the other horses in the indoor Christmas stables and can view the historical farming machinery and learning of its importance.

There will also be roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, handmade crafts and delicious, locally-produced food products.

“The idea behind the market is to promote our local producers, especially food, as in the era of the heavy horse people didn’t have the ease of ready-produced produce and also made their own gifts,” said organiser Viv Cockburn, of Milfield Heavy Horse Association.

“Turkeys are now the popular meat for the festive period, however, in years gone by many celebrated by preparing different forms of game.”

The market is being held on Sunday, December 13, from 11am until 4pm with Santa arriving at noon. Admission is free and dogs are welcome.