Deck the halls with craft, food and holly at Shankill

Paulstown’s Shankill Castle will be decking its magnificent halls with craft, food and holly when it throws open its doors for a Christmas Fair this Friday and Saturday.

Paulstown’s Shankill Castle will be decking its magnificent halls with craft, food and holly when it throws open its doors for a Christmas Fair this Friday and Saturday.

The castle’s reception areas will be taken over by stall holders selling local seasonal food produce, gift items, crafts, books, tweed fabrics, stocking fillers, gift vouchers and hampers. Visitors will be able to shop in the comfort of grand rooms, with hearty open log fires inflaming the Christmas spirits.

Shoppers can also sip mulled apple juice while wandering the wintery castle gardens and visiting the donkeys with Santa. The castle will open its doors on Friday to the shoppers, and on Saturday TV3 Ireland AM’s chef Edward Hayden will demonstrate Christmas baking. There will also with a 30-piece St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band conducted by Norman Cree to provide festive entertainment.

Visitors to the fair will also have the opportunity to invest in art this Christmas and buy paintings by Elizabeth Cope, who will have a series of animal etchings exhibited throughout the house ranging in price from €150 upwards. The artist is also having a solo show at the Spitalfield’s Gallery in London opening on January 11 and running for six weeks.

The two day Shankill Christmas Fair will feature luxury gift items for various budgets.

With unique Irish gifts such as Christmas hampers by Ireland’s artisan gift specialist Made to Savour packed with locally made food and craft, handmade soaps and alpaca wool blankets from Peru by Simple Things, etchings by Elizabeth Cope and more. The first of the Christmas trees will also be on sale.

There will be mulled apple juice, mince pies and food stalls to keep shoppers warm as they roam the stalls or explore the wintery gardens, plus a winter barbecue with a hog roast outside.

The fair will be open from 9.30am to 6pm on Friday and from noon to 6pm on Saturday.