The Fairy Tale Fair Brighton, East Sussex

A few months ago my friend Natasha (who owns a gorgeous little craft business called Jelly Roos) tagged me in a Facebook post which ultimately led to me offering my services on Saturday at The Fairy Tale Fair in Patcham, Brighton.

Claire Montgomery from Cat-a-Cake Creations runs The Fairy Tale Fairs, a successful string of craft fairs around the Brighton area which have grown in reputation and popularity. I was in attendance at this fun Spring Fair to photograph the festivities, capture the stall holders and their products and document the day for Claire and her team.

In addition I was given a small table to display my own work, so Ash came along with me and manned the desk which showed a selection of my photography work, including some prints ready to be sold and sent off to new homes.

I haven’t been to lots of craft fairs, but what struck me about this one was the lovely atmosphere, Claire worked really hard to create a relaxed vibe, which included getting to the Patcham Methodist Church at 3:30am in order to decorate and set up the hall to show it off to its best.

Adorned with fairly lights and bunting from Bunting Boutique, this vintage inspired event was spread over 4 rooms including a pop up tea room from Rosehip Sussex and a craft room where stall holders were offering interactive workshops with children and adults which wished to take part.

I worked my way around every stall and chatted with each business owner, it was so nice to connect with such a great bunch of people and everyone was really co-operative with having their pictures snapped (thank you!). I saw some super unique products and handmade crafts, something for everyone. It was ideal timing being the day before Mother’s Day as many customers were able to take advantage and purchase a gift that you just wouldn’t find on the high street.

The Patcham Youth Silver Band performed outside the church at lunchtime providing a lovely interlude to the day, what a talented young bunch they are!

In the afternoon I worked my way back around some of the stalls, in a bid to capture some of the smaller items (such as jewellery) with our nifty macro lens, it worked really well and it was nice to be able to photograph a few bits for the ‘makers’ that had struggled to take good quality images of the smaller items themselves (their words, not mine!).

The Tea Room was bustling all day, and what started out as an amazing selection of cakes and savouries were demolished by the end of the day, it was also great to have a place for people to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake rather than being ushered in and out with no time to just stop and enjoy the atmosphere.

In addition to creating a really enjoyable event, it was evident Claire had worked hard to advertise and generate publicity, the Fair even made it into The Times list of suggested things to do. Footfall was good and fairly consistent throughout the day which is what we, as exhibitors want to see, so well done Miss Montgomery on all your hard work!

There are so many retailers that I won’t attempt to mention them all, if you like anything in particular in the below photos and it’s not clear who it’s made by, drop me a line to lucy@candyflossandbowties.com and I’ll be glad to pass on the crafter’s details.

I will be attending The Fairy Tale Fair on Sunday 29th March at the Brighton Open Market, I look forward to meeting more new friends then and capturing lots more images too. If you’re in the area, why not pop along?!

The Fairy Tale Fair

Rosehip Sussex

The Fairy Tale Fair

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The Fairy Tale Fair

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The Fairy Tale Fair

Rosehip Sussex

The Fairy Tale Fair

Rosehip Sussex

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Rosehip Sussex

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The Fairy Tale Fair

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Rosehip Sussex

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Rosehip Sussex

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Miss Muffin Top

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Miss Muffin Top

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The Fairy Tale Fair

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The Fairy Tale Fair

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Cat-a-Cake Creations

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Cat-a-Cake Creations

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Sam's Real Fudge

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Troy Ohlson

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Brighton Beautiful

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The Bath Basket

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Donald's Den

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Pomelo Crafts

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Patcham Youth Silver Band

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Patcham Youth Silver Band

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Antoinette Hoogstrate

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Me! Candy Floss & Bow Ties Photography

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Candy Floss & Bow Ties Photography

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Jelly Roos

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Jelly Roos

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Jelly Roos

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Jelly Roos

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Jelly Roos

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Ilona's Kitschen

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Mini Patisserie

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Mini Patisserie

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Mini Patisserie

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Mini Patisserie

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Mini Patisserie

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Cat-a-Cake Creations

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Cat-a-Cake Creations

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Cat-a-Cake Creations

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Show Me Shiny Things

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Show Me Shiny Things

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Sparkles Face Painting

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Sparkles Face Painting

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Sparkles Face Painting

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I Drew This

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The Fairy Tale Fair in The Times