Westonbirt Virtual Shopping Fair

Open to you from Saturday 24th October until Tuesday 15th December. The Westonbirt Shopping Fair is one of the largest charity fairs in the West Country. It is a not-for-profit annual event and last year raised £37,000, all of which was donated to local charities. We know a virtual Fair doesn’t beat the real thing but you will still be able to browse our stalls, find the perfect Christmas present and support local charities. We don’t want anyone to miss out this year.

Donate a 'virtual' ticket

Please join us in supporting our Charities by paying a Virtual Entrance fee of £8.00 or any amount will be very gratefully received.

Exhibitors

The exciting 2020 Virtual Fair Exhibitor list, complete with Exhibitor details, special events and links, will be published on Saturday 24th October. Make a diary date now to visit our website from 24th October!

About the Fair

The 2020 Virtual Shopping Fair will be open from Saturday 24th October to Tuesday 15th December

This year you will be able to browse our stalls, find the perfect Christmas present and support local charities all from the comfort of your own home. Next year’s shopping Fair will be back at Westonbirt School House and grounds in October 2021, as normal.

In the meantime you’ll find the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family all in our virtual fair.

The Westonbirt Shopping Fair is a great annual event. There will be around 70 Exhibitors taking part in our Virtual Shopping Fair this year, exhibiting gifts, clothing and homewares.

We have brought together a collection of stall holders that will sell a fabulous range of eclectic and classic products to tempt every taste – you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your Christmas list.

The Westonbirt Shopping Fair is one of the largest charity fairs in the West Country. It is a not-for-profit annual event organised by the Westonbirt Fair committee supporting both Home-Start and other local charities. 2019 raised £37,000 – all this money went to these charities.

Westonbirt Shopping Fair is one of the largest charity fairs in the West Country.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this years fair will be online only. Any help you can give allow us to continue to support our charities, and would be gratefully received.

 

Stall holders

The Fair organisers have sifted through hundreds of applications from stallholders. They have only chosen the very best. They have tried to find things that you cannot find on the high street or on-line.

Charities

2019 Fair raised £37,000

The Fair is almost entirely run by volunteers. In 2019 over £37,000 was raised for local charities, with the Stallholders donating a generous 10% of all their sales made at the Fair.

Sponsors

Colburn is an established residential development company based in Cirencester, which for the past 30 years has specialised in numerous challenging and highly original developments located throughout the south west including the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Book a no-obligation Financial Healthcheck!
Price Financial Planning is offering a personal wealth management service to meet your individual financial needs. With their expert help, you can plan for the unexpected and prepare for the future. Just be sure to quote Westonbirt Shopping Fair because for every new client, Price Financial Planning will donate £50 to our vital charity funds! Contact Price Financial Planning for more details.

We are grateful to Alpha Hire of Frampton-on-Severn who have kindly supplied the Marquees for the Westonbirt Shopping Fair in normal years at a special rate.

2020 Charities

Please click on the charity logos above for more information.

Dorothy House

Dorothy House Hospice Care was set up in 1976, based at the Bath home of its founder Prue Dufour.  Prue was inspired by the example of St Christopher’s Hospice – which had been set up in London nine years earlier by Dame Cicely Saunders.  She chose the name Dorothy as it means ‘gift of God’.

Today, Dorothy House Is located in a beautiful position in Winsley, near Bradford on Avon and provides services to a population of 550,000 over 700sq miles.  The purpose has remained the same - to provide compassionate care to its community to enable those with life-limiting illness to live well and die well.

Dorothy House has continued its amazing work throughout the pandemic at Winsley, including providing a Covid-19 recovery ward in a separate building for patients from the RUH in Bath. The North Wiltshire Friends of Dorothy House are most grateful for all the support of the 2020 Westonbirt Fair.

To find out more visit: www.dorothyhouse.org.uk

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. We fund life-changing projects that support children and young people with disabilities or living in disadvantage. Since 1983, we’ve funded more than 1,000 projects, across the UK and Ireland, totalling over £28 million.

Our focus is to help children and young people through projects such as sensory rooms, playground and outdoor activities, health and wellbeing and specialist equipment.

Please take a look at our About Us leaflet.

OUR VISION
Through the power of rugby, every child and young person no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities.

OUR MISSION
To positively transform the lives of children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland, through the power of rugby.

OUR VALUES
Our rugby heritage drives our core values of Passion, Integrity,  Teamwork and Fun.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity supports Westonbirt, the National Arboretum with its 18,000 trees and 600 acres of woodland. Our vision is of a long and sustainable future of the site, for the good of the environment and people, with the mission to raise funds to support the arboretum, working alongside the Forestry Commission. Our membership scheme and fundraising projects fund ongoing maintenance and new developments, helping the arboretum to thrive.

Westonbirt Arboretum not only benefits local residents environmentally and as an educational resource, but also performs both national and international benefits such as training expert arborists and dendrologists who will help care for forests and woodlands across the UK, as we embark in climate change research for a broader environmental understanding.

To find out more visit: www.fowa.org.uk

Home-Start Stroud District

Home-Start Stroud and Gloucester providing friendship and support to local families with young children.

Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.

Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.

To find out more visit: www.homestartsd.org

To donate to Home-Start Stroud District (Charity no. 1107019) please click here

Samaritans

Samaritans is a 24/7 listening service, manned by fully trained volunteers, who provide emotional support to those in need. If you have had a bad day, you are feeling distressed, in despair or even contemplating suicide we are here to listen and explore your feelings, in confidence and in the hope that we can make a difference to peoples lives. We are here to support you, not judge you, by listening over the phone or communicating by email, SMS or face to face. Talk to us - It may help.

To find out more visit: www.samaritans.org

Marah

Marah runs regular Drop-ins at lunch times on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Stroud. We serve about 40 to 50 two course meals on Mondays and Wednesdays and give out hot toasties on Saturdays. All this is much appreciated by the clients who often ask for take-aways to cover the rest of the week.

The clients are vulnerable men and women (mostly men) who often have alcohol or drug addictions and some have mental health issues.We provide a welcome to anyone who comes to our door and offer a smile, a welcome ,a hot meal and support where necessary.

We are very grateful to Tescos and Waitrose for the surplus food they donate for the clients. We are also very grateful to Stroud Food Bank for the food parcels they provide. The need never diminishes. We work in conjunction with agencies such as P3, CAB and others. There is always an underlying need for emotional and spiritual support.


Finance wise we run at a deficit around £2,500 per month which we manage to cover with grants and support from Stroud District Council and from street collections. Recently we reached a milestone of 100 regular donors for whom we are extremely grateful.


To find out more visit: www.marah.org.uk

The Churn Project

The Churn Project works across the community in Cirencester and nearby villages. Our aims are to reduce isolation, create opportunities and offer practical solutions to the issues people face. We believe every person should enjoy a sense of purpose, belonging and hope. Over 1900 local people used our services in the last year.

People turn to us at all the major times of transition: becoming a parent, being made redundant, becoming a carer, taking retirement, bereavement, moving to the area, onset of mental and physical health problems. So we concentrate on supporting young families, people looking to improve skills and job prospects, and older people.

We offer around 25 different activities and groups every week, including antenatal & parenting support, friendship groups, English, Maths, craft groups and a work club. We also run two volunteer visiting services, an allotment and a Men’s Shed off-site.

To find out more visit: www.churnproject.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan are here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. We'll be there for everyone, either through one of our services, or by pointing them in the right direction. So whatever cancer throws their way, we'll be right there with them.