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    Santa is coming to Harper!

    Posted 16 November 2010

    Sarah-Jane Guy and Augusta Sneddon are busy preparing the Santa's Grotto

    Harper Adams University College is preparing for a festive Farmers Market on December 5, complete with Santa’s Grotto, mulled wine and Christmas gifts.

    The event, held at the West Midlands Regional Food Academy on campus, will run from 10-2pm with around 45 stallholders booked ready in both the indoor and outdoor exhibitor space.

    This event has been organised following the success of first ever Harper Adams Farmers Market in September, where around 1000 people took the time to visit the University College, known primarily for its quality teaching and plough to plate ethos.

    As part of the day’s festivities, a group of three students are arranging tractor trailer tours around the campus concluding with a visit to Santa in his grotto and this will be assessed as part of their course.

    Co-ordinator for the event, Sue Henderson, said: “With an emphasis on the festive theme, stallholders will be selling food and craft products suitable for gifts. These can then be wrapped at the gift wrapping stall.

    “We’re also having a raffle in aid of ‘Farms for City Children’ with items from each stall being kindly donated, and we’re launching our meat boxes where shoppers will be able to purchase or pre-order half a Harper lamb or pig.”

    Refreshments, including mulled wine and mince pies, will be available, as well as entertainment from local school choirs and bands.

    There will also be demonstrations from stallholders including butter making by the Victorian Farm Food Company, cupcake creating and wood turning.

    Sue added: “The winner of the Christmas cake competition will be announced and they’ll be presented with a fruit cake with their design re-created onto it. We’re also creating two smaller cakes for the runners up and all entries will receive a certificate.

    “We’re hoping that we can attract even more people than last time and make this event really special.”

    For more information, contact the Conference Office on 01952 815 324 or visit

    Harper Adams Farmers Market, Dec 5, 10-2pm.
    Harper Adams University College
    TF10 8NB

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