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As soon as December arrives lots of Christmas markets and fairs start popping up all over the country. In fact this can be something of a tradition for many people, as it provides an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and also get into the mood for some Christmas shopping.

If you happen to be anywhere near the Forest of Dean in the run up to Christmas, make sure you head along to the Christmas Fair at the Harts Barn Craft Centre. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to check out a local fair; get into the right frame of mind for Christmas, and explore one of the most beautiful parts of the countryside as well. In fact if you want to get away from the thought of crowded and stressful shopping centres in December, this kind of day out would be the ideal antidote, bringing the fun back to Christmas shopping.

But what can you expect from the fair itself? It’s a wonderful opportunity to check out the Harts Barn Christmas Shop, but you can also look for homemade items and local crafts to buy for people for Christmas. It certainly makes a change from all the usual High Street gifts, and if you like to add a personal thoughtful touch this could be the way to do it.

It is also the best time to get a real Christmas tree for home if you haven’t already got one. You can browse round the selection and see which ones look best. If you want some holly and mistletoe you can get these as well, completing the perfect look for your home this festive season.

If you have the time you could even turn your trip to the Forest of Dean into a pre-Christmas weekend away from home. There are plenty of Wye Valley cottages available to book into in the run up to Christmas, and while the competition for these cottages will be steep, it is worth getting one. Look into the various country cottages for hire that are in the area and see whether you can book into one that is close to the Harts Barn Craft Centre. You’ll find the centre on the A4136 part way between Monmouth and Gloucester so it is fairly easy to find.

Remember too that you can probably solve some of your Christmas shopping problems quite easily by visiting the fair. Homemade craft items are always well received at Christmas simply because they are different. You will see lots of items that could just solve those troubling gift problems you’re having!

The fair is on now and it lasts right through until 16th January too, well into the New Year. So if you have birthdays to consider early in 2012 or you want to go shopping for next Christmas to help spread the cost, what better way to do it than to combine it with a short trip to the Forest of Dean to recharge your batteries?