Building on the success of their Christmas events last year the Little Gloster on the seafront at Gurnard Marsh is having two days of festive fun, with charity contests, Father Christmas and lots of local food and gifts to buy in their Christmas Markets.
Firstly on Sunday November 27th they will be repeating their popular ’Dare It To Brave It’ charity swim, and then on Sunday December 11th there will be a fun dog show, with money from both going to the Ellen Macarthur Trust. Not only this but both occasions will be accompanied by Christmas Markets where you can buy all of your festive needs: local food and beautifully made local gifts.
The charity swim was very well attended last year and had plenty of safety measures in place, including a safety boat, and hot toddies for the swimmers as they emerged freezing from the water. The course is not too long and follows the small piece of coastline at this end of Gurnard Beach down to a marker and back. The Christmas Market on Sunday November 27th begins at noon and runs until 5pm, with the swim at 2pm.
On Sunday December 11th the new dog show has a festive theme and you are invited to dress your dog for the occasion as is the fashion. Again the Christmas market will run from noon till 5pm with the dog contest at around 2pm.
The Christmas Markets will feature produce from the Little Gloster’s suppliers such as the Isle of Wight Cheese Company, Island Bakers, Hamiltons Butchers, Phillips Fine Foods, Farmhouse Fayre, Island Ales, Eurovines, The Cowes Fish Company, Isle of Wight Biltong and the Best Dressed Crab. These will be joined by cake makers, jewellery artists, craftspeople and painters to name but a few. Last year there were lovely homemade cupcakes, unique jewellery and yummy handmade chocolates.
It’s only the second season for this superb little venue run by Ben Cooke and Holly Siddons, yet despite the newness of the Scandinavian decor and equally simplistic seasonal recipes – designed by Ben’s Danish grandmother Lillian Bateman, known as ‘Mormor’ – it feels remarkably established, and the perfect place for Christmas with a difference.
Make sure you catch one of these Christmas shindigs as they are lots of fun and have loads of lovely food for Christmas along with fab gift ideas.