Country Living Christmas Fair Extravaganza

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Country Living magazine hold their festive extravaganza at Glasgow’s SECC from 21 – 24 November 2013.

Christmas Tree

This Christmas almost 300 of the UK’s finest craftsmen and women will gather together under one roof to offer a superb range of hand-crafted, artisan produce guaranteed to delight and excite even the most demanding of Christmas shoppers.  Experience the magic of the festive season and enjoy a great day’s shopping and we will have 5 pairs of tickets to give-away shortly!

 Christmas Candle and Port Wine

Gifts Galore

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is the ideal opportunity to source beautiful and original gifts with a vast range waiting to be discovered all in one place.

An avalanche of seasonal decorating ideas awaits –  from gorgeous garlands and beautiful baubles, to glassware and scented candles – the difficult thing will be choosing what to buy.

The fashion-conscious visitor can indulge in evening and designer daywear not found on the high street, as well as unique accessories including bags, purses and jewellery.

Gift choices for children are abundant with handmade traditional wooden toys, beautifully-made soft toys, chunky knitwear, funky pyjamas, pretty party dresses, bright wellies and hundreds of other items ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree this Christmas.

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The Art of Craft

The many craft and art stalls offer a cornucopia of wondrous items including haberdashery, ribbons, fabrics, sewing kits and craft essentials; almost everything required to get seriously creative this Christmas.


There are temptations and treats galore on the food stands and in the Food Theatre where the sights and smells will delight and inspire.

Country Living’s exclusive collection of food exhibitors supplying authentic regional delicacies such as gourmet sausages and hams, local cheeses and pate, Christmas cakes, puddings and chocolates will create a delicious festive deli.

In this year’s AGA Rangemaster Food Theatre, pick up culinary tips to create the perfect festive feast with demonstrations from top Scottish chefs Mark Greenaway of Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honoré and Craig Sandle of The Pompadour by Galvin.  

Multi-award-winning chocolatier Fiona Sciolti of Sciolti Chocolates will enlighten audiences as to the mysterious ways of the artisan chocolate-maker.  Fiona creates extraordinary chocolates using real fruits, flowers, teas and herbs many of which are sourced from growers and suppliers local to her.

Lifestyle Theatre

New for 2013 is the DFS Lifestyle Theatre which offers expert advice on how to make the most of your home, garden and more over the Christmas period.

Author and home-maker Cherry Menlove will share a wealth of ideas for individual table settings for festive dining – from country chic to candles and glass – she’ll inspire every home, taste and budget.  Scotland’s festive front doors will never be the same again after Cherry demonstrates her magical techniques for creating the iconic Christmas wreath using unusual materials and methods and brand-new Christmas colour palettes.

Meanwhile, home-craft expert and writer Karon Grieve will demonstrate how to make all-natural simmer pots and pot pourri to keep your home smelling fabulous throughout Christmas and beyond without breaking the bank.  The BBC Radio Scotland regular will also show how to create home-made goodies for that perfect Christmas hamper.  

No Christmas gift-giver should miss the gift-wrapping demonstrations from expert Jane Means.  Packed with tips on how to tackle awkward shapes and make your gifts look stunning on a tight budget, her classes are a festive essential.

Workshop Theatre

Over in the Workshop Theatre visitors can get hands-on with classes to inspire and teach everyone from the enthusiastic amateur to the more experienced crafter.  This is the perfect place to pick up a new skill or hobby.

To find out more, visit

Opening Times

Thurs 21 Nov      10am-5pm

Fri 22 Nov             10am-5pm

Sat 23 Nov            10am-5pm

Sun 24 Nov           10am-5pm


Day and VIP tickets are available in advance and on the door, starting at £10 for a regular adult advance ticket (concessions and subscriber discounts also available).

Details of all tickets can be found here:


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WIN Christmas Giveaway Day 1 – Antipasti Platter for Two at Billington’s of Lenzie

Find out about Billingtons of Lenzie and WIN

We love Billington’s.  Its a foodie tardis, with a cosy seating area at the front of the shop serving everything from brunch to cocktails (menu here) and they have cold meats, baking, chocolates, ice cream and a tempting selection of craft beers (even Mr Foodie finds beers here he hasn’t tried!)  speciality spirits and fine wines. In fact, it has everything you need.  Hence our love (and the staff are all lovely as well).

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They have just launched a new website where you can buy all sorts of goodies from beer to wine to macarons.  A handy section for Christmas is their Hampers & Gifts page.  Billington’s staff will make bespoke hampers or you can order them online.  As the wee meerkat says, simples!


It’s located a mere 2 min walk from Lenzie Railway Station, so it’s a short skip really by train, or car, from Glasgow.  Since opening in 2012 they been named the winner of the BBC Good Food ShowGlasgow’s Best Deli’ twice, in 2013 and 2014 – as well as being voted ‘Best Independent Retailer 2015’ at the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards.

Billington’s of Lenzie, 114 Kirkintilloch Road, Glasgow, G66 4LQ,

Fancy winning an Antipasti Platter for two? Get together with the girls, have a late lunch… Then get entering below!

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Click here to enter the draw

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Love mac and cheese? Then you’ll love  this book from Marshall’s.

Its filled with recipes and ideas to give your mac and cheese some oomph!

Mac and cheese with Haggis and cracked black pepper crisps? Or do you want to know what cheese goes best? It’s all in this new book.

You can buy the book from Amazon and Waterstones for £12.99 or enter below to win one!





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Today\’s prize is a meal for two at Bella Napoli

Located in the heart of Shawlands, Bella Napoli has been around forever, but it\’s not one of those jaded Italian restaurants. Owner Domenico obviously loves his bling and style. Have you seen their 24K Gold covered pizza oven?

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The restaurant is in two parts with the front area containing cosy booths, bar area as well as take-away area. (try stopping yourself buying some of the cakes to take home!)

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Its the kind of place that is comfortable to pop into for a coffee, a quick lunch or a full blown family celebration (Italian restaurants are good for that aren\’t they?)

Have a look at some of their dishes:

Chicken Milanese, mmm

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and look at this cheesecake!

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Bella Napoli, 85 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands, Glasgow, G41 3YR
Bella Napoli


0141 632 4222


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