It’s one of Cork’s most unique Christmas markets
The annual Ballymaloe Craft Fair makes its return to the beautiful East Cork location over the weekends of November 17th and 24th, with hundreds of makers showcasing in what promises to be a magical Christmas market experience.
The Ballymaloe Craft Fair’s mission is to provide a platform for local artisans to showcase and sell their creations, champion Irish-made products, promote sustainability, and offer a safe and enjoyable family-friendly event for all attendees.
With over 150 exhibitors offering different shopping experiences each weekend, thousands are expected to visit the grounds at Ballymaloe Farm, and savour the unique talent of both new and returning producers who will be showcasing their talents for textiles, glassware, sculptures, art, woodwork, jewellery and leather goods.
The Ballymaloe Craft Fair offers a rounded experience, with an array of hot food and drinks from local producers available on the grounds of Ballymaloe Farm. There will also be a Lego workshop for children, who can be kept busy while grown ups enjoy Christmas shopping, mulled wine and treats.
Operations Manager at Ballymaloe Grainstore Bree Allen said the Craft Fair is a must for those who want to shop locally this Christmas:
“This is a really exciting time of year for us as we prepare to welcome thousands of visitors to Ballymaloe Farm for the Craft Fair. The sheer scale of products available and the breadth of talent among the makers is phenomenal and it’s wonderful to know that by doing your Christmas shopping here, you’re supporting your friends and neighbours.“
The Ballymaloe Craft Fair provides free all day parking and this year will see a shuttle bus running daily from Midleton train station, via Cloyne to Ballymaloe and then onto Ballycotton and back again. Entry to the Craft Fair is €8.00 per day with children under 12 free. There’s also the option of a three day weekend pass for €16.00. For more see www.ballymaloegrainstore.com