What they are all saying about us…
Just a selection of the lovely feedback we have had from visitors, stall holders and press alike…
Also read our Best of Brighton & Hove reviews here, and leave your own!
Also read our Best of Brighton & Hove reviews here, and leave your own!
“It was just the kind of display of originality we expect from Brighton – handmade, hand designed and vintage gifts and seriously good homemade cakes and chocolate. And it was wonderful to see skills and tips being shared through workshops so people could learn something new.”
Caroline Lucas, Brighton MP. Read more here.
“Blown away by the high quality!”
Customer, Mama Bear Brighton.
“LOVE being part of your beautiful fair as usual, thanks for a wonderful day! And thanks to all those who took part in my felt making workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair. It really was magical“
Stall holder, Karen Rao, felt artist.
“It’s a community event with workshops, kids activities, tea and cake. At the first summer fair in August, stalls were filled with crafty folk selling their wares and visitors from as far away as Kent. A real buzz that leads to a well-attended and successful community event.“
Press visitor, Ashleigh, Printed.com.
“I very much like the ethos of the Fairy Tale Fair, the fact that its all about craft and vintage things, and there is always something for the kids to do there. Its very imaginative. I think your festive fairs will be a great place to pick up some unusual treasures for Christmas presents!”
Shoshanna, Owner, Child Friendly Brighton.
“Had the most amazing day at the fairy tale fair today sharing with the lovely Claudia made this! Had some wonderful comments from customers and previous customers returned to buy more too! Plus loved catching up with fellow stall holders too. Thank you to everyone who visited”
Stall Holder, Natasha, Jelly Roos.
“The Christmas Fairy Tale Fair was my first ever fair as a seller, and I don’t think I could have picked a better way to start! With a diverse and exciting array of local sellers there was plenty for the visitors to look at and buy, and with the workshops and tearoom going on all day, everyone was kept busy and entertained! With such great promotion throughout the city and online I wasn’t surprised to see so many people flooding in to visit, and I am sure every one of them had a great day – I know I did! I can’t wait to return!”
stall holder, Toby, I like CATS.
“You did a fab job! Lots of lovely goodies to tempt you to buy. Hope all the stalls did well. Great atmosphere, lovely decs.”
“Thank you so much Claire and team! Your obvious hard work and efforts in the organising and setting up of the fair are greatly appreciated and make a massive difference to the outcome of the successfulness of the fair. We had a great day and would love to be involved again. I’d never been to the Open Market before and it’s a wonderful hub of activity.”
Stall holder, Cat’s Ceramics.
“I thought that the last fair was brilliant! The decor was fantastic with beautiful pompoms, fairy lights and some lovely stalls all selling gorgeous items. The cakes in tea shop were some of the best cakes I’ve ever seen, they were pieces of art on their own. There was a lovely vibe in the room from customers and stall holders!”
Stall Holder, Chloe, The Silver Hut.
“Lovely to have my little helper/favourite model with me at The Fairy Tale Fair today! She came home with a bracelet, felt ‘eggs’ a beautiful secret note card and a wonderful knitted cactus called Lucy! Oh, and a tummy full of cake. A very fun day!”
Photographer, Jenny, Jenny Rutterford Photography.
“Thank you for yesterday. As always it was beautifully organised. I had a good time and was next to 2 fabulous sellers who helped make the day more fun. A real pleasure to work with you….It always feels like joining a group of friends even though the stalls change. It is brilliant to come in and find your table labelled with a little sweetie – no hassle – just unpack and set up. Claire always comes around too to see all is okay – I appreciate that.”
Stall Holder, Trish Palmer, Patcham.
“What a lovely fair, many thanks for a lovely day so many talented people”
Customer, Sofia Abalos.
“It was our first fair with Claire and we were so impressed! The stalls were spacious and well spaced out, the venue was brilliant and it was a very successful fair overall. Thank you!”
My Cotton House, Stall Holder, Brighton Open Market.
“I don’t generally like craft fairs but I go to this as the quality of the fair, the goods, and the presentation is very professional.”
Customer, Patcham fair.
“If you are going to the Fairy Tale Fair Brighton on Saturday, check out my work. You may even be able to bag yourself a bargain!”
Neil Buchanan, ITV’s (BAFTA award winning) Art Attack creator, presenter & Artist.
“Thanks for having me. I really enjoyed today. Well done for all your hard work! I had a great time selling my jewellery. There were lots of other lovely things for sale too.”
Stall holder, Natalie, Crowns from Ashes.
“Loved meeting everyone at the Fairy Tale Fair today, thanks for all being so welcoming and supportive of my first fair.”
Stall holder, Becky, Bex Illustration.
“Thank you so much for making it so perfect, this is the only craft fair I am going to do from now on.”
Stall holder, Ilona, Ilona’s Kitschen.
“Craft Fans make sure you visit The Fairy Tale Fair. Lots of lovely pieces, great for gift shopping.”
Press, Love Brighton, LoveBrighton.com.
“The stall holders were all very nice…We loved taking part in the felting workshop…My daughter had an amazing facepaint – she received comments on it for the rest of the day and even insisted on sleeping with it on!”
Visitor at Patcham fair.
“Really great, thanks for organising a lovely event. Loved the dancing and Jungle Book music!”
Gemma, Lovely Deer, stall holder.
“We have now been involved with three of The Fairy Tale Fair events, both of which were an outstanding success attracting extremely high quality crafters and a large volume of visitors. I would not hesitate to reccomend Claire to anyone that wishes to work with her – she is diligent, organised, creative and responsible. We are very much looking forward to working with her again in the future”
Vintage Tearoom events, Mayflower Events.
“The last Fairy tale Fair was great! I got wonderful feedback about my work found the visitors supportive and really enthusiastic about everyones products and the atmosphere”
Stall holder, Ilona,Ilona Drew This.
“We love The Fairy Tale Fair in Brighton. Are you going to the next fair? If you like crafts, you’ll love it! We visited the summer fair and it was fantastic.”
Press Visitor,Ultimate Wedding Magazine.
“I loved the last fair! Such a lovely atmosphere and lots of talented people.”
Stall holder, Lynn,Pomelo Crafts.
“Anyone on the South Coast check out these guys, they do the most amazing fairs!“
“Beautiful & lovely fair very friendly lots of gorgeous cakes and beautiful handcrafted items. Love the workshop ideas such a great idea to get the kids involved in making their own things and learning a new craft”
Visitor, Lucy Wedge.
“Amazing fair yet again so much variety great atmosphere. Loved the extras like queen elsa keeping the kids happy as well as a chance for parents to look around. Very well organised. Cant wait to see you in 2015 the fairs keep going strength to strength.”
Clare Kingan, Visitor at Brighton Racecourse.
“Totally loved all your special touches with decorations, atmosphere through the band and dancers, thanks and well done Claire for an enormous amount of work that shows through high quality attention to detail, lovely! Of course rain was not good, but lovely to see a surprising amount of people who braved it with children, delightful! Very well organised and promoted.”
Helen, Mosaic Mad, stall holder, Brighton Open Market.
“I loved being a part of it. The organisation was brilliant, plenty of information and emails. Very festive and lively fair. Would definitely do it again.”
Karen Norfolk, stall holder, Patcham
“Excellent! Very professional and well organised. It is a joy to be part of your fair!”
Lynn Watt, Ribbonreal, stall holder, Patcham
“Very well run, thank you! Free parking is a big plus for a venue not easily reached from town on foot – services, room etc all very good, laying on entertainments was a great touch, lots of folk had a lovely time! Hoorah for the fairy tale team! please let me know details for the next great show day”
Quin, Steedcraft, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse
“It seemed to be a very popular fair with people coming from all around Sussex. Very good variety of stalls with beautiful homemade goods! he whole event was very good and met my all expectations. I’m looking forward for future events with The Fairy tale Fair.”
Teresa, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse
“Really enjoyed it, very good organisation all the other stall holders were friendly, & the customers seemed very impressed with the range of goods. I can’t wait to do another one”
Michelle, Simple Sussex Pleasures, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse
“One of our favourite fairs The Fairy Tale Fair has some fab local sellers and Brighton Etsy members selling with them, make sure you pay them a visit!”
“I love it here! There are so many gorgeous stalls and friendly people, and the cakes and wonderful!”
Customer, Hannah Jackson.
“It was my best fair of the season in terms of sales! Nice atmosphere and other friendly sellers. All fairs should be advertised like this one! It was fab.”
Stall holder, Isabel Roffe Jewellery.
“Lovely atmosphere and certainly plenty of customers. Claire and her team really put the word out. The children all seemed happy coming down the steps clutching their goodie bags.”
Sweet Dreams Candy Cart, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse.
“Thanks so much for all your hard work organising and promoting the event. I think you did a phenomenal job and I really enjoyed taking part.”
Stall Holder, Zoe Edwards, Hey Baby Yeah.
“This is a great community event, not to be missed.”
press visitor, The Argus, Brighton’s biggest newspaper (featured in the top 10 events to visit).
“The market stalls were very attractive and the atmosphere was really good. The stall holders around me were very friendly. I had an extremely good day and enjoyed every minute.”
Maureen, the Hat Maker, stall holder at Brighton Open Market fair
“Forget virtual queues at Currys or in-store supermarket chaos, the 6 December looks to entice shoppers away from the melee of big business offerings. The UK’s dedicated day for SMEs falls on Saturday 6 December 2014. Entrepreneurs across the country will hold events, offer discounts, and team up to open their doors to as many shoppers as possible. We spoke to The Fairy Tale Fair to find out their plans for Small Business Saturday….”
Kitty Dann, The Guardian.
“Well done to the organisers!!!! It was a lovely event with beautiful handmade craft!!! My girls loved the craft room.”
Customer, Claudia Biscegli.
“What a truly lovely fair! Brilliant organisation and atmosphere through the whole day. Enjoyed the day very much, thank you! Lovely sized venue, plenty of space to fit everyone in.”
Anna, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse.
“As a local magazine we love to include all of the best events the city has to offer, and The Fairy Tale Fair certainly falls into this category! When visiting the Christmas fair we were amazed at the variety of stalls selling such wonderful handmade gifts; from jewellery and accessories, to prints and home wares, the city was well represented in all of its creative glory. With more than just stalls, the Fairy Tale Fair is a great day out; with crafty workshops, performers and a vintage style tearoom it is easy to spend the whole day keeping the family happy in the friendly and imaginative atmosphere of the fair.”
“Over 100 whimsically festive stalls to see at the wonderful Fairy Tale Fair…”
Mollie Makes, via Twitter.
“Amazing fair! Lovely things, I purchased lots and I wish I had more money to spend. Perfect venue…”
Julie, visitor Brighton Racecourse.
“When illustrator and designer Claire Montgomery decided to launch her own craft fair she knew she wanted to do things differently…So, with an army of face painting fairies and performers, vintage makeovers and even a Santa Claus photo booth, she set about changing that and created the aptly named Fairy Tale Fair….”
ETC Mag Sussex. Read more here.
“So much more than a craft fair! As a stall holder and as a visitor previously I absolutely love The Fairy Tale fair, I have done two so far and I hope to be back again and again, I had a fab day both times.”
Stall Holder, Claire, Yellow Bear Wares.
“I love your brand image and it’s apparent you’ve very good at marketing with the number of followers you have on social networks. You’re well known in Brighton and Hove and we love that you represent small, local businesses like we do.”
Helen, Owner Doily Days Wedding Magazine.
“Claire Montgomery can be proud of her Brighton based craft venture, The Fairy Tale Fair. Being based on outskirts of the city is a definite bonus as it offers free parking! The venue is just off the A27 by-pass so easy to find for those coming from out of town. There’s no hassle about watching the clock, worrying if you have enough time to browse before the meter runs out. And browsing you will certainly want to do, and that’s before you’ve stopped for tea and cake, a face-paint session or a craft workshop, before the serious business of buying… (read more)”
Press Visitor, Christiane Berridge, Editor, The Crafts Institute.
“The Fairy Tale fair is such a great event and this years fairs look even bigger and better than before. We really value supporting local businesses as we are one ourselves and it’s really important to us to promote local events too. Also we’re looking forward to buying all our Christmas presents nice and early!”
Kelly, We Love Brighton.com.
“Lovely day at The Fairy Tale Fair, lots of great people, would love to do it again! “
Stall Holder, Jen Moules, Jen Moules Textile Design.
“My Brighton Foxy Friends & I had the best time at the last Fairy Tale Fair!!! We chomped on cake, drank gallons of tea and had our faces painted! Looking forward to even more magical crafty fun at future fairs…”
Stall Holder, Lucy, Little Things I Make.
“Beautiful handmade treasures in a magical surrounding !!!!”
Visitor, Helen Kerr.
“I enjoyed the fair, the music specially the young man singing vintage music I loved it. The stall holders close to me and around the fair were lovely & I met lovely people. Variety was amazing…I think Claire does a great job, what I love about her is how relaxed she is even during the crazy time , and she is helpful and very organised.”
Stall holder at Brighton Racecourse, Tamara Salas, Handbags by Tamara.
“Magical as ever – thanks Claire and co”
Stall holder, Tina, Georgie Arts.
“The Fairy Tale Fair is the best craft event to come to Brighton in ages! We’re soooo excited to be a part of it!… It’s the most incredible event perfect for kids and big kids!“
Stall holder, Ali & Jam, Hello DODO.
“It was a fantastic day! Such a brilliant event , full of lovely people!”
Stall holder, Lynn, Ribbon Real.
“The fair was very enjoyable with lots of fantastic hand made items of which I purchased a couple, would definitely recommend it to friends enjoyable for all ages my son enjoyed the felt making 🙂 look forward to coming again”
Visitor, Patcham fair.
“Perfect day at the Fairy Tale Fair today, so important that these type of events happen. Friendly stall holders & lovely handmade wonders.“
“I had a great day at the market, it was really well organised and the footfall was high considering it was so wet outside. The dancers and band really kept people entertained. A great day out, not just a lovely market!”
Claudia Made This, stall holder, Brighton Open Market fair.
“I thought the children’s activities were great, so often children are not catered for. The way your organize the events is so good, I hope you go onward and up wards with your events. Your events are the only ones I attend of this type I have such fun at them. Thank you”
Face painter, Carol, Sparkles Face Painting.
“Amazing! Great range of beautiful crafts and gifts. Including unusual creations that makes me wish the fair was held more often! Love the tea room and how its laid out/atmosphere , great range of yummy food.”
Visitor, Rose, Patcham fair.
“The Fairy Tale Fair has a great image & is well organised, a real pleasure to be part of, with fab tea & cake!”
Visitor and stall holder, Rachel, owner, Powder Beauty.
“A great reason to visit Brighton. Don’t miss The Fairy Tale Fair”
Press, The Design Trust.
“Fantastically organised- you did an amazing job! Will only do The Fairy Tale Fair from now on! Had an amazing day and such a good time.”
Stall holder, Siobhan,The Cotton Elephant.
“A big thank you as I have to say this is the best craft I have taken part in especially your marketing etc. Well done!”
Stall holder, Linda,Lindy Wells.
“Brilliant fair, always a joy to visit packed full of wonderful whimsical delights and beautiful homemade crafts. Highly recommend for a great day out for all the family.”
Visitor & stall holder, Hayley Pinker,Brighton Make Up School.
“The fair was lovely, very good mixture of stalls. The last few other fairs I went to looked more like a car boot sale with 80% jewellery, so this was great. Best variety for Xmas stalls this year.”
Visitor, Brighton Racecourse
“Lots of customers, especially considering the bad weather. I was chuffed with how much I sold and had a great day!”
LottieLeo, Stall holder, Brighton Open Market
“You do such a great job right down to the last detail and are always on hand to make sure everything and everyone is happy and you are a pleasure to work with! It was nice to be part of the fair once again and I really enjoyed the day, the atmosphere was lovely with the stallholders and customers.”
Lynne Coomber, stall holder, Patcham
“Advertising was great, footfall was brilliant and continuous throughout the day and the quality of stall holders products was great!”
Laura, Harvey Smith Designs, stall holder, Patcham & Racecourse
“Thought the size was excellent (definitely the bigger the better to attract numbers in), the additional competitions, entertainment and freebies were fantastic to draw people in too and give them something back for coming. Thought was perfect start to building the brand and getting the fairs really well known so people will automatically come year on year.”
Big Booth Boutique, stall holder, Brighton Racecourse