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Rural Living Show returns to Taunton in aid of children’s hospice

25 October 2022 chsw Fundraising

A much-loved Christmas market is returning to Taunton next month in support of Children’s Hospice South West.

The Rural Living Show takes place at the prestigious King’s Hall School on November 26 and 27, with more than 100 stands showcasing the best the region has to offer in high quality and unique artisan craft, homeware, fashion, textiles, art, design, fragrance and beauty.

There will also be live demonstrations, a food hall, and a Christmas craft stop, as well as activities for the children, including a reindeer treasure trail. There will also be opportunities for older visitors to get creative themselves by taking part in drop in workshops run by Bridgwater and Taunton College. 

The Rural Living Show at the King’s Hall School in Taunton

Organisers Millie Taylor and Becci McErlain, both from Burnham-on-Sea, said they wanted to build on a hugely successful show year, after taking the reins from founder Louise Walker, who started the event in 1993.

They said: “We had a great experience working with Louise and got some fantastic feedback from exhibitors and customers across the weekend. 

We are keen to continue to support our community and celebrate the diverse areas of creativity across the region through showcasing the best artisans and producers in the South West.

“This year we have really focused on the variety of stands as well as increasing the festive feel and visitor experience, through the launch of some brand new workshops, courses and activities.”

Visitors can now book their place on an Early Winter Foraging course, being run by UK Wild Adventures with Simon Birbeck, to learn all about how to safely find and use locally found food and plants. What’s more, purchasing a ticket for the winter foraging course includes entry to the show. 

For more information, visit the Rural Living Show website to book courses and tickets, plus enter a competition to be in with a chance of winning free entry for two people and £50 to spend at the show.