Summer has finally arrived at Hopping Hare Candles

Like our Spring Collection, the candles are presented in white glass containers with ribbon and wax seal presentation details.


Introducing Tropical Oud, a fruity summer treat, nothing smells more like summer holidays than this candle. Florals meet exotic summer fruit with a powerful punch of mango and other magical summer aromas to create this surprising yet wonderfully rounded blend.

This is smooth blend, not overly sweet, just wonderfully reminiscent of sunshine, relaxation and journeys of discovery, where fruit and floral oils are mixed with coconut to compliment decadent oud

A true feast for the senses.


Also for our Summer 2018 collection is Twilight, it took a while to get the right floral balance for this candle, not too sweet, not too pungent, it’s mellow and soothing with a middle notes mix of jasmine, gardenia and neroli amongst others with base notes of rosewood and amber

Imagine walking through a midsummer garden as the sun is setting and inhale the aromas of the flowers as they release their last perfume of the day before night falls..

A wonderful aroma that brings the opulent scent of gorgeously scented garden flowers into your home.

The perfect gentle English summer blend.


The collection is available as 9cl and 30cl candles as standard and as 50cl 3 wick white glass, 100cl 4 wick clear glass and 200cl clear glass 4 wick to order.

Tealight samples are now available to test the new fragrances too, just £1 with free P&P plus if you like it, get your £1 off a full sized version, Removes the worry about buying candles online – a little taster (but obviously not literally!)

and summer keeps rolling on…..


Recycle your Candles

Over several cups of coffee, we were discussing all the new recycling developments, and thought of an idea.

What if you could recycle your candles?

We are currently trialling these metal containers with rapeseed wax and our Warming essential oil blend and in Oriental Oud, Rose and Oud and Persian Oud fragrance oil blends. The idea is that when they have finished burning, you send or give us back the container and we refill for a cheaper price than buying a new candle.

We think these lovely metal containers would do the job nicely, as metal is better than glass for this recycling purpose. There’s two sizes available and two colourways, silver and the very ‘of the moment’ copper.

A few customers are trying them out as well as us, so we will post updates of our progress, we will have them on our show stands if you come along and have a look and tell us your thoughts.


Good idea or do you prefer having a ‘box fresh’ candle every time?

Candle Ideas for Mothers Day

Mother’s Day (also known as Mothering Sunday) in the UK is the 10th March, yes, that soon.

Traditional Mothers Day gifts include chocolates and flowers, but at Hopping Hare we like to think that Mum’s deserve something a bit longer lasting and with perfumes getting increasingly more expensive, then a candle could be the solution for you.

We have spoken to a few of our customers about the types of candle fragrances they would like to receive as gifts, something they usually have to buy for themselves.

The top fragrances were a quite traditional, like Rose and Vanilla, but interestingly, a new favourite appears to be Pomegranate,  which is fast becoming one of our most popular candle blends. We also found that our Vintage Fizz candle is a firm favourite for any occasion.

We have suggested these 4 candles as ideal gift options for Mother’s Day. Also our Soft Vanilla candles are on offer at the moment, they still come in our lovely packaging, with ribbon and wax seal so need need to even wrap them up! To get 20% off both sizes of Soft Vanilla, simply enter van20 at the checkout in our web

Still can’t decide, then why not choose a 3 x votive gift box, you can choose three different small candles that come packaged in a special black gift box, decorated in our usual way with ribbon and wax seal.






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.





New Rose and Oud Candle Fragrance launched

We are delighted to launch our new home fragrance candle today – Rose & Oud.

We are very excited about our new candle fragrance. The basis of these two oils is already a popular blend, but we have put our own recipe together for this emerging classic.

By adding a little patchouli oil it gives a rounded warmth to the soft velvet rose floral and smoky wood combination of the Rose and Oud, we have also added a light touch of jasmine and a few other oils that will for now remain between the Hares team.

The overall effect is a highly fragrant, decadent, luxurious and heady but not overpowering fragrance. It strikes a perfect balance between floral and wood and lingers subtly for a time after the flame is extinguished. It is so lovely to walk back into a room hours later where the candle has been burning and still catch the fragrance.

This candle is made from 100% rapeseed wax, which we use for all our essential oil and limited edition candles. This natural wax may be tricky to work with but it gives a such great scent throw and really clean and long burn times that it is still our wax of choice. In testing our 20cl candle burned for just over 30 hours.

If you like our Oriental Oud, Oud Noir and Moroccan Rose candles you will love this blend, all the best features of each of those candles rolled into one.

The Rose and Oud candle is one of our limited editions. The candle is in black glass and to show it off, we have wrapped the candle in red rose tissue, boxed it in a sturdy 2-part presentation gift box and added our signature ribbon and wax seal in red too. It looks very striking and makes a perfect present to give or keep for yourself.


A fabulous gift for Valentines Day, after all a candle lasts much longer than flowers and is far more fragrant!

Rose & Oud Fragrance Oil Candle

Gift Ideas for Christmas

“I’ve got far too many candles already”

says no-one ever!

A candle is always an appreciated and welcome gift.

It’s time to start searching for secret santa presents and stocking fillers. Our handmade small 9cl candles are the perfect size and are beautifully packaged to save you some time and effort.  Just add your own tag to our pre-ribboned and wax sealed boxes and you are good to go.

Not sure which to choose? Here’s a quick guide through our range to find the perfect gift…

Safety first – if you are really not sure what someone likes then opt for Soft Vanilla, it’s a safe bet, not a sweet, sickly vanilla, instead it is soft and woody vanilla and impossible to dislike.

Looking for the perfect small gift for the stressed/tired person in your life, then look at our essential oil range.  These are all unique blends of pure therapeutic essential oils and to give you a hint, their names describe what they offer when they burn.

For those who are stressed? choose Relaxing, Someone feeling out of sorts? choose Balancing

Lost your va-va boom, then Restoring could be the perfect antidote.

Need a boost, then Uplifting is your best bet,

Seasonal blues a problem, then Warming will boost your mood and spirit or Calming will help you chill out and relax.

For something more seasonal, and an ideal small gift for a host over the holiday season, then Winter Spice, Spiced Amber and Vintage Fizz could be ideal choices.

Something more exotic, then try our Seasonal Oud collection, all have the fabulous oud as their base but are mixed with many other fragrance combinations including woody, floral, and spicy to dark souk-inspired blends.

Perennial favourites for any candle lovers in your life you need to buy gifts for include: Cassis & Fig, Pomegranate RougeMoroccan Rose and Citrus Twist, these are all classic candle aromas and never fail to delight

Finally which candle to buy the most difficult person, try Rare Pear and Tonka, it’s very unusual and evolves as it burns making it both intriguing and inviting.

Happy (s)Hopping! Continue reading

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.

Hare raising stuff at the Hensmans “Big Hair Do”

What a great evening, put together by Hensmans of Northampton, our fabulous hairdressers!

Over 160 people attended the evening, where hair and fashion shows, demos, taster beauty treatments, make up demos where enjoyed by all.

We were there to conduct some research on our new blends and to road test some of our new presentation pieces. We received some excellent feedback, although the aim of the research was to reduce the new range, we have ended up adding to it as a result of the excellent, very detailed and thorough feedback we received on the night.

Thanks to everyone to spent time with us and bought candles, we really appreciate your time and special thanks to Gemma and Julie Hensman for letting us take over their training room.