Kew Horticultural Fair


Kew Horticultural Fair

The Kew Horticultural Society will be holding their 72nd Annual Summer Show on Kew Green, today, Saturday 27th August.

It is one of the few shows in a marquee, with a traditional village atmosphere. Although vegetables, fruit and flowers play the major part, there is something for everyone – photography, arts and crafts, cookery, and special classes for children. There are many stalls, a lively jazz band, a barbecue and a tea tent. Any profits from the show will go to local and horticultural charities. (As quoted by the Kew Horticultural Society)

Kew Horticultural Society

Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015, 9.30 – 5.30pm


Barnes Village Fair ~ Saturday 11th July 2015, 9.30 – 5.30pm





This year the Barnes Fair will be being held on Saturday 11th July.  If you have never been it is a complete must for your diary,  you can also see my write-up fro the 2014 Barnes Fair here:  Barnes Fair 2014

Click here to go directly to the Barnes Fair Website:  Barnes Fair Website

This year Barnes Fair is having a Medieval theme whilst celebrating it’s 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and it’s links with Barnes.

We have been promised a bright pink castle, photo booth (make sure to dress up historically!), traditional Bandstand, themed floats in the Grand Parade.

Where it is?  It is being held on Barnes Green.

There are around 300+ stalls selling a huge variety of items from food, crafts & art, handmade, vintage, new, accessories, gardening, plants, books and designer items.  A host of other attractions, catering for every age and taste will also be there on the day.

The lightning speed merry go round

The lightning speed merry go round

I will be exhibiting there myself this year with products from my Artisan Online Store called Eclectic Odds n Sods, which you can find online here:  Eclectic Odds n Sods  (

I was very lucky to get a spot in the Old Sorting Office near the pond on Barnes Green, so I will be inside come rain or shine and none of my items will get blown away.

If you love handmade, eclectic, vintage, new and items made from near and far then please come and see me.  There is a huge variety from vintage jewellery, handmade jewellery and accessories from all over the world, modern fun items, accessories, homeware, children’s toys, textiles, crockery, handmade silk wraps from Sri Lanka, handmade knotted crystal beaded necklaces from Bali, crafted wooden & palm baskets from Africa and so much more.

Below you will see an example of some of the wares, there will be special Fair prices on the day.

Being a SW14 resident, I am also very happy to show items from my  home should you wish to see before buying, you can contact me on

Shipping:- I also ship outside of the UK upon request.

An example of some really Summer Fresh items for sale at Eclectic Odds n Sods….

Eclectic Summer Fresh Blog post


If you miss me at the Fair, you can always click my Shop Logo at the side of this blog, which looks like this:

Eclectic Odds n Sods Timeless Gifts & Accessories from Near and Far

Eclectic Odds n Sods
Timeless Gifts & Accessories from Near and Far

The Old Sorting Office Art Centre

(if you head to the Old Sorting Office, you will not only find me, but be in the hub of activity for the Fair)

Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~ 12 – 4pm


Mortlake Summer Fair ~ Saturday 27th June 2015 ~  12 – 4pm

Don’t forget our local fair is on this Saturday!

Mortlake Summer Fair

Mortlake Summer Fair

You can read up on the 2014 Mortlake Summer Fair here:  Mortlake Summer Fair 2014

Where – Stag Brewery Playing Fields, Lower Richmond Road, SW14 7TH


This year’s fair will feature a crafts and produce market, family sports, children’s attractions including inflatables, live music, dance and a karate display, plus a mouth-watering array of food and drink to satisfy all tastes.

Mortlake train station is just four minutes from the fair’s site and the 419 bus stops right opposite the entrance.

How much – £2 for adults, £1 OAPs and U16s free.

Event contact details:

Owen Hughes
Phone: 07768 880 478

For further more detailed information click here

Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

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Shabbytique Vintage Fair being held at the OSO Barnes, Sunday 17th May 10am – 4pm, live singer, shopping & banter!

I will be down at the Eclectic Odds n Sods stall on Sunday as Shabbytique come to Barnes for the first time.  Let’s give them all our support and wander down on a relaxed Sunday morning to see what shabby chic, vintage or retro pieces that might catch our eye.  There will be entertainment in the form of a singer and he sounds great, you can hear him here:  Shabbytique.  The cafe will be having refreshments, the rest is up to you!

Eclectic Odds n Sods Poster for Oh Darling

Ham Fair Saturday 14th June 2014 – 11am – 4.30pm

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Ham Fair at Ham Common

Saturday 14th June

11am – 4.30pm

It is the 30th Anniversary for Ham Fair which is organise by the Ham Amenities Group.

Ham Amenities Group was formed to preserve as far as possible our natural heritage and services.  This is done by providing the opportunity for social contract through arranging various activities, Ham Fair being one of them.

Some of the activities to be included at the Fair:








dog show

It sounds like a fun place to be, let’s hope the weather stays as good as it has been the last few days!

Thank you for reading/viewing and this post I know a little late but not too late to go and enjoy this activity!

Justine @



Free entry

A grand time was had at the Richmond May Fair ~ make sure to diarize it next year!

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The weekend before last we all went to the Richmond May Fair.  It was the first time for me and I was pleasantly surprised.

Mother and daughter selling their wares with a smile! Oh and a fan...

Mother and daughter selling their wares with a smile! Oh and a fan…

What appealed to me was the fact that there was a huge eclectic mix of stall holders.  The ambiance was jolly even in the blustery winds as you can see with the balloon lady, I half expected her to take off at any moment.

There I found the lovely old fashioned ‘traditional rides’ as you will see below, this always keeps especially the younger children happy…the sweet bubble as I call it was doing a thriving business too!

As well as this however, there was a large variety of different charities present with their stalls, activity and socially leg organizations, private stalls and a large amount of schools had tables too.

This is not to forget the craft tent which much to my dismay I only discovered at the end of our allotted time there when energy levels had plummeted but being a ‘shopper’ I had to make a visit through and out swiftly, keeping my purse tightly tucked in my pocket as I could hear my children wailing for me to come out…

The  buzz of activity as you can see was thriving around the school barbeques, the cake stalls and the children all seemed to enjoy doing their part to raise funds.

One of the charities that tugged at my heart amongst all the other well deserving ones was the Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare Organization which relies on donations to look after anything between 80-90 greyhounds at any one time.  With this responsibility comes also other than feeding and veterinary bills the general time spent walking them, socializing etc.

The average career duration for a greyhound normally goes no further than 4 years which is fairly young in doggie years.  As you can imagine there is a lot of time left for them to lead happy lives elsewhere, but often do not.  Having been at the tent I can say that they are simply adorable, very gentle in nature, I had to peel my children and dogs away from them.

I shall be intending to make a visit to them and do a fuller article however in the meantime so you might know, they offer people who do not have dogs the ability once vetted to come down and borrow one for a weekend, the same goes for coming down and dog walking, taking them on holiday and of course they look to re-home them as well.

With the large number they house, it is a good opportunity for people who do not have dogs due to living constraints or otherwise to be able to enjoy a slice of doggie heaven.

If you are interested in making a visit the number to ring is 01932 224918 and they are based in Hersham.  Or you can look up further details on their website here.

Until then, some pics of the beautiful hounds

They had a wonderful band playing when I arrived which later turned in to some funky dance music and various little shows.  I did of course get distracted by the vintage police car which looks rather like the policeman might be giving himself a ticket!!!

It was very doggy friendly and Teddy as usual had to say ‘hello’ to everyone, I wonder where he gets that habit from?

Then there was a fair amount of commotion at one corner of the Green, being nosy we wandered over only to find a large group of Morris Dancers.  Now I think these guys deserve a huge round of applause they were fantastic.  I know they get a bit of a rough time in the ‘trendy’ stakes but heck, they were fun to watch and my children were riveted, what child would not want to bang sticks against each other?

Personally I think they should introduce it in to the school syllabus 🙂

It was of course thirsty fun, so we popped in to ‘The Cricketers’ next door for a pint to sup whilst we enjoyed!

Before we discovered the ‘craft tent’ we bustled around saying hello and nosying generally in a few other tents and stalls, below of which you will see some.  We passed an enthusiastic human re-cycling advertisement, she was lucky not to be swept off her feet in the wind.

I got a grand smile from the Air Cadets and also the Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

My son had a huge smile as he won a glass blown ornament in the shape of a dragon.  Do you remember those fragile glass animals that one used to collect as a child?  Now I am showing my age here.

I finished off as mentioned before in the craft tent, some simply stunning pieces of craftmanship, imported items, local products, I simply could not get around it all, luckily for my piece of plastic stuffed in my pocket.

I would like to say I drove this home but that would be a barefaced lie, yes another vintage car in the car park and I had to take a pic of it.105

As always thank you for reading.

You can see some more Fair dates on an earlier post, click here.

© Justine @

Fair Dates coming up:

Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 26th 2014 ~ 10am – 3pm

Where – Twickenham Green

What – The Fair will be visited by the Major of Richmond who will peruse the 75 charity stalls at 11am.  As well as there will be home-made cakes, refreshments, another yummy BBQ a Summer must and amusements for children.

How much – free entry

Event contact details:

For further details see

retro chair

Let’s keep in touch!

A Great Day Out ~ Morden Hall Country Show ~ Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014

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Once marshland owned by Westminster Abbey, the Morden estate began its transformation to 'country seat' during the reign of Henry VIII. Discover its early owners.

Once marshland owned by Westminster Abbey, the Morden estate began its transformation to ‘country seat’ during the reign of Henry VIII. Discover its early owners.

This will be being held on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014

Open 10am – 5pm

Have you ever been to the stunning ground of Morden Hall which is a National Trust Property.  If not, this weekend is your chance.
This is a Family Country Show including events such as:
  • Terrier Racing
  • The Goat Show
  • Birds of Prey
  • The Sheep Show
  • Kondini the Human Toolbox Devilstick Peat Children’s Entertainment
  • Circus Workshop
  • Historical Re-enactment
  • 1415 Regiment


  • Crafts
  • Gifts
  • Food
On Monday they will be holding the Companion Dog Show, all proceeds go to the MarieCurie Cancer Care.  For details click the link for the Companion Dog Show.

How to get there: Road: off A24 and A297 South of Wimbledona and North of Sutton Foot: Wandle Trail from Croydon or Carshalton to Wandsworth Bus: 020, 7222, 1234 Underground: Morden (Northern Line) then 500 yards walk along Aberconway Road Tram: Phipps Bridge stop on park boundary then 1/2 mile

Admission on the gate: £7, concessions £6, Children age 5-16 £3,
Family Ticket: £18 (2 adults and 2 children)
Accompanied children under 5 – absolutely FREE

£2 per car for the car park


Click below for further details on how to get there:

The Morden Hall Country Show
Morden Hall Park, south west London, between Wimbledon and Sutton, SM4 5JD

Let’s have a great weekend.

Justine x

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Richmond May Fair Ball & Fair ~ Friday May 9th & Saturday 10th


champagneWe have two dates for your dairy coming up soon!

Starting off with:

Richmond May Ball

There is the yearly glamorous May Ball, comprising of a Champagne Reception, dinner, dancing.

Tickets sell out fast so if you want to be one of those dressed to kill for the ball you had best get your skates or heels on fast.

Proceeds are shared between The Victoria Foundation and The Orange Tree Theatres Community and Education Programme.

Call 0208 940 0141


The Green,

Starting 7pm

Tickets £125


helter skelter

Next we have:

Richmond May Fair


The Green,

Telephone: 02086079600

There is a helter skelter, maypole dancing, over 100 charity stalls, a carousel and much much more. There will also be the crowning of the Richmond May Queen.

Quality Craft & delicatessen.

Full programme of events here.

10am – 6pm

Thank you for reading/viewing.

Justine xx

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