Donkeys bring festive spirit busy market

Mike Parker takes Rod Lincoln's donkeys Bizzy bee and Bobby for a walk at the Open Air Museum's Christams fair.'''C121570-1 Chi Christmas Market  Photo Louise Adams
Mike Parker takes Rod Lincoln's donkeys Bizzy bee and Bobby for a walk at the Open Air Museum's Christams fair.'''C121570-1 Chi Christmas Market Photo Louise Adams
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A RECORD-breaking number of visitors flocked to the Weald and Downland’s Christmas market to soak up festive fare and enjoy the idyllic surroundings.

A beautiful, cold, crisp and sunny Sunday attracted 8,000 people to the market in Singleton, and numbers were still high for Saturday’s intake.

Felt maker Liz Cook shows off her colourful creations at the fair.''C121570-2 Chi Christmas Maket

Felt maker Liz Cook shows off her colourful creations at the fair.''C121570-2 Chi Christmas Maket

With craft and trade stands, seasonal tasty treats, unusual gift ideas and animals to see, the bustling market 
didn’t disappoint.

Richard Pailthorpe, museum director, said: “In what has been a difficult season due to the exceptionally wet weather, we were delighted that so many visitors were able to take advantage of a beautiful sunny day on Sunday and enjoy the many stalls and activities taking place.”

One of the highlights of the weekend were the magnificent on-site shire horses and donkeys which paraded 
the site.

The old buildings of the open air museum were put to good use, with some stall holders setting up 
inside them.

A Weald and Downland spokesman posted on the museum’s Facebook page: “The Christmas Market was a resounding success, thanks to all the brilliant stall-holders who helped create such a great atmosphere.”

Children had their faces painted while adults shopped for Christmas presents.

Lisa Wallis-Adams, commenting on Facebook, said: “Visited the Christmas market with children today had such a lovely time. Thank you!”