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Planning an alcohol-free Christmas? No?
Well if you’re keen to stock up on some high quality wine in the build up to the festive period, supporting local producers while doing so, then you’re given the perfect opportunity at the New Hall Christmas Wine Sale and Fun Weekend.
Nestled in the picturesque rural Essex village of Purleigh, the New Hall Vineyard is one of the oldest and largest vineyards in the UK. Spread over 100 acres of south-facing vines, the family-run business attracts visitors all year round, and for a whole weekend in early December it is transformed into a veritable Winter Wonderland.
The annual free-to-enter event combines amazing discount offers with a huge array of festive entertainment. There’s a Santa’s Grotto with a resident Father Christmas on hand to greet your kids with warm words and a special present (if they’ve been good) plus a children’s craft and fun area. Complimentary mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls are also in ample supply.
Another Christmas tradition at this fun-packed weekend is for the vineyard’s Railway Barn to be converted into a festive jamboree, and this year’s is expected to be more extravagantly decorated than ever. Be sure to wrap up warm, as the barn can get pretty chilly, however much wine you’ve sunk!
If you can drag yourself away from the fun and games and seasonal treats, you can even get to sample some of the vineyard’s in-house wines in the cellar shop under the main house, or enjoy a brisk walk along the designated Vineyard Trail.
This is a fabulous festival weekend that provides fun for all the family as well as a great chance to lend your patronage to a local business. You could say it’s a corker!
Admission is free. All donations received go to charity.
3 – 4 December