After a long and busy 6 day work week, I was more than looking forward to a day off.. and a lie in! After waking up to no alarm, which is a rarity for me and a leisurely breakfast and chilled morning we headed off to the The Fairy Tale Fair at the Open Market on London Road.
It was essentially a Christmas market with local makers and independent designers and performances. The market was really buzzing and I could sense a real family vibe. After spotting them on Instagram, I just had to check out the vegan company- Miss Muffin Top who specialise in delicious baked treats. We went for a salted caramel brownie, a hazelnut praline brownie, a fudge bite and a Biscoff cup. They were all so so delicious but the fudge bite and Biscoff cup (which we had later on our walk) were our favourites. Writing this post now, I actually remember trying something from their stall at a vegan festival, so I’m really glad to have found them again!
There were some really lovely print and jewellery stalls, which had some really nice items, but unfortunately weren’t quite right for the people who I wanted to buy Christmas gifts for (such a shame!) After the fair, we then caught a quick bus up to Stamner Park.
Now if you haven’t been before or heard of it, Stamner Park is a pretty huge park (I’m not completely sure how many acres) with a Grade 1 Country House within the park. The park itself sits in acres of Sussex woodland and countryside. It’s really so beautiful. We took a picnic, along with our Miss Muffin Top treats and our cameras and had such a lovely afternoon walking around. It was super cold but the sun was shining and that’s what a Sunday in Winter is all about, right?
I just love how you’re walking through roots and leaves in the woodland one minute and then suddenly you’re in a big open field with sheep and cows the next! There’s also Stamner Village within the park, with listed flint cottages and a local church. If you can make it, it’s a really great day out.