Catch Hopping Hare on the road in 2018

Finally.. the Hopping Hare travelling roadshow schedule for 2018 is slowly coming together and we will be adding new events to this page over the next couple of months, so check back nearer the time to see which events have been added.

Also if you know of any event that would be good for us, please drop us a line, we love attending new events and meeting new candle lovers all over the UK


We will also have some new products to show you too and not just candles….

Here’s a few dates for your diary and if you happen to be nearby we’d love to see you to say hello!


March 2018


Brampton Halt Spring Fair

When:    Saturday 24th March 2018

Time:      10am – 4pm

Where:   Brampton Halt Country Pub and Restaurant,

About:    Held in the gardens of the Brampton Halt Country Pub & Restaurant jsut outside Chapel Brampton

There will be a marquee and other smaller outdoor stalls; craft and food stalls and a speciality gin bar.

Also on site will be a bouncy castle.

Raising funds for the Daisy Chain Club. For more information call the venue 01604 842676

Hopping Hare Candles will be in our little black gazebo near the big marquee.


Ealing Artisan Market 

– event cancelled til 2019


April 2018


Thame Country Show 

When:    Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April 2018

Time:      10am – 6pm

Where:   Thame Showground,  Kingsey Road, Thame, Oxon  OX9 3JL .   View Map

About:    The Thame Country Show is taking places on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday at the Thame Showground, so if you want to walk off those Easter indulgences, what better way to enjoy the bank holiday out in the fresh air!

It is Oxfordshire’s leading Country Show – back for the eighteenth year.

With THREE main arenas, supported by a host of smaller country sports arenas and workshops, and the very best in countryside activities and entertainment, we can offer you an unbeatable family day out.

The Craft Village is the place to buy unique gifts and watch demonstrations such as glass blowing and the blacksmiths at work.

Food Glorious Food Show with all new chefs demonstrating in the Country Kitchen and not forgetting the seafood experts from Crabstock all set to entertain, accompanied by a wide selection of Food Stalls.

With such a diversity of entertainment and attractions, there really is something for everyone, so come and enjoy!

For more information please visit

Hopping Hare Candles will be in the Craft Village

Tickets:  various options from £4


Delapré Craft Fair

When:      Saturday 7th April 2018

Time:       10am – 3pm

Where:     Delapré Abbey, Northampton

Stand:      Hopping Hare Candles will be near the entrance to the fair, look out for our black gazebo

About:      Delapré Abbey runs specialist markets throughout the year, each has a different specialism, April is all about handmade Craft products and we are happy to be joining our fellow local crafts people in our home town.



Springtime Creation, Milton Keynes Shopping centre

When:        Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April 2018

Time:         Shopping centre opening times, closing times vary each day

Where:      Middleton Hall, Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

Stand No: Hopping Hare Candles are on stand no. E62 (outside John Lewis Main Entrance entrance)

About:       The Crafts, Art & Gift Exhibition that fills Middleton Hall twice a year. Find expert crafts people and fantastic artists showing their wares for home, garden and hobby.

Free entry

Ealing Artisan Market 

– event cancelled til 2019


May 2018

Delapré Spring Fair

When:      Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th & Monday 7th May 2018

Where:     Delapré Abbey, Northampton

Stand:      location tbc



Crafts at Castle Ashby 

When:      Sunday 27th & Monday 28th May 2018

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire

Stand:      location tbc


The Crafts at Castle Ashby shows were established  11 years ago to promote handmade work made by the actual person standing behind the table.

All the exhibitors at the events are vetted to keep standards high and duplication to a minimum.

 Over the last few years ‘craft’ shows had become filled with bought in products, franchises, and offered an opportunity for the retailing of food products.

We decided that our shows were to be for the crafts person who handmade their work and free from retailed gifts.

Visitors are also cared for, with free parking at every venue. Disabled area for blue badge holders and as near to the venue as possible.

Always professional catering with NO burger vans.  An elegant setting in which to sit and enjoy the show usually with music and other entertainment.

Good quality toilets, NOT the blue plastic ones !


Adults –£7, Concession-£6.50, Child (aged 5-16) – £1

Under 5 years  free, Family (2+up to 3 children) – £15

Demonstrations:  Pottery, basketry, chain saw carving, wood turning

Quality Refreshments from Glen an his team at The Granary


May/June 2018

Royal Bath & West County Show

When:      Wednesday 30th May through to Saturday 2nd JuneSunday 27th & Monday 28th May 2018

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Royal bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

Stand:     Hopping Hare will be in the craft section of the gift and lifestyle area

About:     The historic show is one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in England and is the only one to take place over four days. Agriculture is at the heart of this show with over 4500 livestock, sheep shearing, machinery from the past 100 years and the very latest farming technology.

Entertainment is on tap with attractions in the main ring ranging from top class Show-Jumping to the grand parade of prize winning animals.  While the Living Countryside arena showcases the Great British Countryside.

Come and Meet the producers of the finest food and drink in Britain! The Show is in the heart of the West Country which is home to cider and cheddar cheese; and the Show hosts the British Cider Championships and The British Cheese Awards.

The show features over 125 food producers, ranging from funky street food to ‘sit, eat and enjoy’, to the finest produce you can take home to cook and share with all the family. With over 130,000 people there’s too much going on to fit it all in here so visit their site for more info:


June 2018

We are still nibbling the grass over our June events so bear with us!


July 2018

Northampton Town Festival

When:      Saturday 7th July, Sunday 8th July

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     The Racecourse, Northampton

Stand:     Crafts area

About:   This event has taken the best from the iconic Old Northampton Town Show and The Balloon Festival to bring entertainment, food stalls and bars, live music, giant funfair, fireworks, and of course balloons, all in one place for an action packed weekend that’s ideal for the whole family.

FREE to attend, the Northampton Town Festival will take place across two arenas on the Northampton Racecourse.

For more info


Delapré Beauty Market

When:      Saturday 14th July 2018

Time:       10am – 3pm

Where:     Delapré Abbey, Northampton

Stand:      Hopping Hare Aromatics will be near the entrance to the fair, look out for our black gazebo

About:      Delapré Abbey runs specialist markets throughout the year, each has a different specialism, July is all about handmade beauty products and we will be launching Hopping Hare Aromatics & Botanicals, our essential oil based based hand, bath and shower range. We are happy to be joining our fellow local crafts people in our home town.


Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

When:      Saturday 21st July, Sunday 22nd July

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Funkirk Farm, Carleton, Skipton, West Yorkshire BD23 3AB 

Stand:     Hopping Hare candles will be our black gazebo, space 129, located between the Makers Marquee and the craft village

About:     Time to dust off the passports so that we ‘southerners’ can get into Yorkshire! We are really delighted to be exhibiting at this fantastic event, that showcases great culinary talent and great UK and international produce with a host of local and specialist chefs and national treasures James Martin and Gino D’Campo. There’s tons going on over the two days, sure to be great fun for all the family in a wonderful Yorkshire Dales setting.


August 2018

Leamington Art in the Park

When:      Saturday 4th August, SUnday 5th August 2018

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire  for more info see here

Stand:     Hopping Hare Candles wil be found in the Artists Gazebo area, look out for our little black tent.

About:     This is the fifth art in the Park festival, this years theme is about ‘Trees’ to celebrate Leamington’s historic Jephson Gardens, a hidden tree gem and host to a magnificent 4 day ‘Festival of Oaks’ in Victorian times. Trees are a constant source of inspiration and creativity for to artists in the town’s rich arboretum.  

​There are artists and crafts people with a wide cross section of skills and talents, housed in Gazebo, artist villages and pagodas, there are even people selling from pop up spaces, ‘suitcases’,  so you are bound to find something thought provoking, awe inspiring or just plain beautiful, all in the fabulous setting of Jephson Gardens.


The Burnham Market Craft Fair

When:      Saturday 18th August 2018

Times:      from 10am

Where:     Burnham Market, Norfolk

Stand:     Hopping Hare Candles will be found in our little black gazebo.

About:   The Craft Fair consists of over 100 carefully selected crafters stalls which are set out over the Burnham Market Village Greens in the centre of the Village.

Craft Fair Car Parking is available on The Playing Field just off Creake Road Past The Nelson Pub.


Delapre Summer Fete

When:      Monday 27th August

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Stand:     Not know precise location yet, but this is an outdoor event on the lawns of the Abbey, look out for our black gazebo

About:     Delapré are hosting their first summer fete on August Bank Holiday Monday and we will be there to enjoy the last Bank holiday of the year and hopefully not the last of the summer sunshine


August/September 2018

Burghley Horse Trials

When:      Thursday 30th August through to Sunday 2nd September 2018

Times:     Open from 10 daily

Where:    Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY, England

Stand:     Hopping Hare Candles will be in the Craft village

About:     The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is the premier equestrian and social event in the international sporting calendar and a focus for the best horses and riders in the world.

The parkland of Burghley provides a perfect setting for the 4-Day Event competition and a stunning location for the popular shopping village of more than 600 exhibitors – tempting all ages and tastes.


September 2018


Hop back soon for news about our September events


October 2018

…and the same goes for our October events!


November 2018

Christmas Crafts at Sandringham

When:      Friday 16th November through to Sunday 18th November 2018

Times:     Open from 10 daily

Where:    Sandringham Park on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk.  Satellite navigation: please use postcode PE35 6EN and then follow the Craft Show signs to the entrance to Sandringham Park.

Stand:     Hopping Hare Candles will be in the Craft village


Scores of crafts specialists will be offering a range of unique handmade gifts that’s bound to include something just right for someone you know.


Tickets:     Adults £8, Seniors £7.50, Children £2.  Advance tickets and further information from

The Christmas Craft Fair takes place in Sandringham Park, so please be aware that it is not at the Visitor Centre.


The Frost Fair at Ragley Hall

When:      Friday 23rd November through to Sunday 25th November 2018

Times:     Open from 10 daily til 5pm

Where:    Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens, Ragley Mill Lane, Alcester, B49, England

Stand:     Hopping Hare Candles will be in the Food and Crafts marquee


The event contains a carefully selected array of crafts, gifts, unique and original presents and fine foods from 75 stallholders, making The Frost Fair a great opportunity to find special presents.

Car parking is free of charge and located on the Ragley parkland at the front of Ragley Hall. We advise you to wear appropriate footwear.

The Frost Fair will be located within the lower ground floor of the House, with heated marquees on the west terraces and in and around The Stables and Coach House. Entertainment will include choirs, roving musicians, a magician and there may even be a visit from Father Christmas.

The Ragley state rooms and adventure playground will not be open during the event. However the Terrace Cafe at Ragley will be open serving a selection of festive lunches, cakes and refreshments.


Tickets:     Adult Tickets – £5.50 .  Accompanied children under 16 – Free . There is an extra charge to see Santa so please refer to the Ragley Hall website for more information


December 2018


Delapré Xmas fair

When:      Saturday 15th and Sunday 17th December 2018

Times:      Open from 10 daily

Where:     Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Stand:     Hopping Hare candles will be in our usual black Hares on tour gazebo probably near to the event entrance on the right hand side opposite the Abbey entrance

About:     Delapré Xmas fair returns, but this time for two days!. With lots of great, hand made and craft ideas for unusual and thoughtful Christmas gifts and decorations, and lots of lovely food, to eat there or take home.





The Festive Gift Fair at the NEC, yes Christmas started here…

NEC Festive Gift Fair  16-19 November 2017

The Festive Gift Fair was our first ever four day show and our first experience of the massive crowds who attend this event every year. With live music, gift ideas for all tastes and pockets and entertainment at every turn, the Festive Gift Fair was an experience and a half.

We received some amazing feedback about our candles, the stand and our packaging. We were also showcasing a selection of candlesticks by Pedal to the Metal, Ross is a young, innovative and talented blacksmith and our customers just loved his excellent, hand-forged work, especially his traditional spiral candlesticks (which we now call the Wee Willie Winkie candlesticks! (sorry Ross but the name is catching on).

We wanted to pass on a few Thank You’s…

– to all the people who visited our stand and talked to us about candles (and hares)

– to everyone who purchased our candles, we hope you enjoy them (it didn’t sound as if many candles were actually going to be passed on as gifts. We saythats OK as it’s always good to treat yourself when you are supposed to be buying presents for others!)

– to Nicky, Sharla and the lovely Viv from Orchard Events for all their help and assistance with the show

– to our fellow exhibitors, especially fellow candlemaker Warren and his lovely wife at Candlebury, Naeem and his team from The Oud Shop and Vicky & Fran from Crafty Little Prints.

Also thank you to our stand neighbours; Gill at Diamondsareforever, the team at The Sunflower Shop (thanks for the turbans) and of course, the legend that is Norbert from Carneol Glass who we thank wholeheartedly for keeping us thoroughly entertained for four days.

It was great to meet you all and we welcome all the great event recommendations and all the help you gave to a couple of Festive Fair rookies.

We are already planning for the next show…

We will be at the inaugural Frost Fair at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire this weekend, the show opens on Friday 24th and runs through til Sunday 26th, opening times are 10am til 5pm daily.

Events List

We will be exhibiting at many shows through the year – some are planned in advance some are more short-term, please look at our facebook page and twitter account for our very latest events but we will update this page regularly to let you know where you can find us.

Our Next Event:

Huntington Xmas Fair, Town Hall, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Dates: Friday 1st December, Saturday 2nd December, Sunday 3rd December 2017

Open times: Friday 12pm – 9pm, Saturday: 9am-7pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm

Huntingdon Christmas Market is sure to get you in the festive spirit.  The market will feature festive food and drink including mulled wine and spiced cider, carol singing and live music as well as children’s fairground rides and a variety of stalls selling seasonal crafts, gifts (including Hopping Hare Candles) and groceries – perfect for those Christmas gifts, hamper ideas and stocking fillers.


Forthcoming Events

Woodlands View School, Grange Park, Northampton

Date: Friday 8th December 2017

Open times: 3.15pm – 5pm

Woodland View’s Christmas Fayre. Please come along for some festive cheer for the whole family.


Quinton House School, Upton, Northampton

Date: Saturday 9th December 2017

Open times: 3pm til 5pm

This wonderfully festive event with ice-skating, live reindeer, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas gift stalls, music from the School choir, mince pies and other refreshments as well as a chance to enter a competition to win a fabulous Winter hamper.

Entry is free and open to all.

To book please visit


Victorian Xmas on the Green, Harrold, Bedfordshire

Date: Sunday 10th December 2017

Open times: 11am – 5pm

A one day Christmas Market. Mulled wine, mulled cider, mince pies, carols, loads of gift stalls (including Hopping Hare Candles) and the opportunity to meet the man himself.

Christmas Fair, Delapré Abbey, Northampton

Date: Saturday 16th December 2017

Open times: 11am til 4pm

A festive fair at Delapré Abbey with craft stalls, a food fair, Santa’s Grotto, an ice rink, raffle, reindeer and carols sung by a local childrens’ choir.

Free entry.


For our 2018 dates please hop back to this page in the new year or email us: but remember our online shopping cart is open 24/7.