Further Success For The Really Wild Christmas Market

12 Dec

Saturday saw me back into Pembrokeshire once again, this time driving over to St David’s to check out the Christmas Fair. A new event held at Oriel Y Parc, it was a wonderful success, very busy when I was there and my congratulations to all those invlved in the organisation, you should be pleased and proud of what they achieved.

The weather was on their side and that was a bonus for them, without a doubt after the last few harsh winters, and the venue worked well. It was a long time since I visited Oriel Y Parc and I pleased to report that with Paula Ellis now in charge there, she’s really got settled in and made lots of changes which all look very positive for the future. The food in the café was an obvious one and really was an improvement – the last time I went into the café, I left cross because there was a distinct lack of Welsh food. I think it’s Kate that now has the café franchise, so my suggestion is that when you are next in that area, do pay them a visit. We stayed for lunch and it was delicious – do try their homemade soup.

But now back to the market, which was held both outside in the forecourt and inside the gallery area. The exhibitors were offering good local produce from jams, chutneys cider, beer to delicious cheese and honey. I was also impressed with the quality of craft there and it was a really good opportunity to buy some beautiful and unusual gifts. There was a real festive spirit with reindeer, carriage rides into the city, Father Christmas and some appropriate festive performances from the St David’s Cathedral Boys Choir.

Well done guys, it was a great event managed brilliantly by Julia & Brian Powdrill and helpers along with the team of Oriel Y Parc. I hope you can find the time to make this a regular event.


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  1. weekend break

    December 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    My husband and I had a lovely surprise on our weekend break. After seeing the magnificent Cathedral walked up to the fair and it was lovely. Very festive and good quality produce in both craft and food.
    We too ate in the cafe and were very pleased with what we had. We had the soup and beautiful mini mince pies
    what a great time we had
    It really got us in the Christmas mood

  2. local ladies

    December 13, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My friend and I called in on Saturday afternoon and it really was worth it.
    The people organising this fair had created a lovely Chrismassy festive air and it was wonderful to see so many people there. We got a few presents there and I nagree that the quality was great.
    The good weather was a bonus, thankfully no snow but maybe the reindeer would have liked that!
    I agree with the improved cafe area, we stopped for tea and scrummy cake, not good for the waistline but very enjoyable all the same.
    hope this runs again next year.

  3. Pembs proud

    December 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My partner and I spent a couple of hours there on Saturday lunchtime ish and what a great start to our Christmas season
    it was super it really was and must go on again next year. The venue was perfect and the Catherdral choir singing was perfect.
    congrats to all those that put this event on and ordered fabulous weather. This type of event is just the sort of thing St Davids needs more of