We have very reluctantly concluded that we cannot run the Frost Fair in 2020. We are aware that this will be a huge disappointment to the thousands of people who look forward to the event each year. We have held back on taking this decision until as late as reasonably possible, in order to see how the Covid-19 situation might develop. However, at this late stage we reluctantly have to conclude that progressing the running of the Frost Fair this year is too risky. A summary of the main reasons behind this decision are as follows:
• We would have to ensure that significantly fewer people attended the event as the site lacks capacity. This would be difficult to enforce and detrimental to stall holders income and donations to us to help cover the cost of the event.
• The financial viability of the event is reliant on having enough stallholders. We would not be able to fit even half the stall numbers in with space for 2m distanced queuing.
• A number of key volunteers are likely to be reluctant to help out
• Given the narrow nature of the site, we think it would be difficult to ensure 2m distanced queues. Music generates a crowd which there just is not space to socially distance. Some people have suggested moving to a larger site. But the work involved in redesigning the whole event for a new venue is too much to consider doing, especially for something that we don’t know will be able to go ahead anyway.
• The local authority feel that regarding public events, there is still a significant and ongoing concern regarding Covid-19 at this time. The government has released guidelines on events and these themselves are subject to change at very short notice should there be a spike or second wave.
So in conclusion, we have decided not to run the Frost Fair this year. We look forward to being back in 2021 !!
When it is possible to run, the Frost Fair is sited in the beautiful setting of Carshalton Ponds, a traditional winter event with activities for all of the family. The Carshalton Frost Fair is always held on the first Saturday in December. The event is run by local charity EcoLocal with the Friends of Honeywood Museum.
As it gets darker, the area is lit with twinkling fairy lights which all helps create a magical atmosphere. Outside Honeywood Museum and in the nearby Memorial Gardens and Festival Walk, stalls from the Wallington Farmers Market join us. They offer a varied range of tasty treats as well as a variety of local craft stalls selling wonderful gift ideas such as glassware, pottery, woodcraft and more. There is a tasty hog roast & seasonal food with bar & warming drinks. See 2019 stalls listing below.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the event on the day. If you'd like to help, please e-mail here.
ENTERTAINMENTS IN 2019
Inside Honeywood Museum:
The Friends of Honeywood ticket booth opens at 12 noon for booking Father Christmas and Magic Shows, these will be limited tickets, with cash only. For more info on this and the programme of activities inside Honeywood Museum on the day click here Please leave your prams, buggies and scooters outside in their fully-staffed Buggy Park.
- Father Christmas' Grotto - Santa will be in his grotto 1pm-3.30pm and 4pm-6pm. Please purchase tickets from the ticket kiosk early, outside Honeywood Museum. £3 for each child (accompanying adult free)
- Children's Crafts - Make a foam Christmas Wreath £1 and Make a Reindeer Bauble £1.50. Available throughout the event (supplies permitting!). Pay at the event, please.
- Magic Shows with Steve Day - 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5pm. Please purchase your tickets from the ticket kiosk outside Honeywood Museum. £2 for each child (accompanying adult free).
Entertainments outdoors at the event in 2019
Memorial Gardens Amplified Stage
Contraband - Performing their own songs plus some covers - electro acoustic style. Band is made up of Lluis on the lead guitar and Dev on vocals and guitar.
Emily Clair - Singer, songwriter, pianist, teacher & bee enthusiast mixing heartfelt harmonies and melodies with a dash of craziness
Zero Carbon Band - ‘Original’ dadaist eco toons, some family friendly covers, may contain audience participation
The CC's - CC's have been playing since March 2018 with a string of local appearences already under their belt. An entertaining array of catchy originals mixed with a range of covers that will really get audiences going, in a hybrid genre of funky-folk-rock
B R E A T H E - Acoustic duo plus cellist
The Jazz Hustlers - with a jazz guitarist, percussion and bass
Dick Philpot - local Americana/folk singer songwriter
Fingers Malone - Songs inspired by the 1960’s and lost in the 21st century
Pennyroyal Clog Dancers - Foot tapping fun with Carshalton's very own clog dancers.
The Brook Choir - The Brook Choir, living and singing in harmony. Join them every Wednesday 7:30pm-9:30pm (term time) at the Rose and Crown, Wallington. First session is free!
Wandle Ceilidh Band - This is your home-grown ceilidh (or barn dance) band. They run a monthly ceilidh dance right here in Carshalton. Their band includes fiddles, banjos, bodhran and more!
Black Swan - Black Swan are a mixed gender team based in Carshalton, dancing their interpretation of border morris. Their name refers to the historic black swan breeding in Hackbridge.
Sutton Ecology Centre's Winter Wonderland Trail: 1pm-4pm, suitable for families with young children: "Someone's stolen Santa's sack … how are we going to get it back? Follow the animal clues and explore the delights of Sutton Ecology Centre to find Santa’s missing sack of toys". Cost: £4 per child, includes small gift per child. Drop in, no booking required, CASH ONLY. No dogs please.. And why not join The Friends of Sutton Ecology Centre...
Additional Entertainments in Carshalton on the day
Visit Carshalton High Street for a children's Christmas trail around the shops and support our local traders.
At 5pm, the Mayor will switch on the lights of the Greyhound Hotel's 35ft Christmas 'Wishing' Tree, in aid of the Royal Marsden.
Stalls at the event in 2019:
SS Patisserie - Pastries, eclairs and fruit flans
Emma's Art - Painted tin, pottery and wood
Carshalton Ceramics – ceramic functional ware - bowls, dishes, jugs and tealight holders
Giggly Pig - Hog roast, sausages, burgers and bacon
Hallsgate Wood - Rustic wooden artefacts, from wood found in an ancient woodland in Kent.
Amber Glass Design - Creative glass designs
Antares Concepts Ltd - Handmade wooden items, Christmas cards, stuffed toys and resin Christmas decorations
Cocoa Jones - Luxury chocolate bars, truffles and gifts
Jolie Patisserie - Handmade macarons
Julian's Artisan Bread - Christmas panettone, stollen and biscuits.
Selsdon Ceramics - Pottery from local clay
Connie's Cakes - Cakes including a free from range
Friends of Honeywood Museum - find out about the museum and local history
Just Be Natural - Handmade skincare products
Nut Knowle Farm - Hand made goat's cheese
Sutton Community Farm - Promotion of the Farm and veg bag scheme
Fi's Fudge - Handmade fudge
Jacket and Stack It - filled jacket potatoes including vegan and vegetarian options
Upsickles - Upcycled homeware and gifts
Phat Waffles, Truly Wafflicious - Waffles and pancakes with the finest ingredients
Jam Packed Preserves - Artisan, homemade extra jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys and curds
Knitty Nora - knitted toys, hats, scarves and jumpers
Bar - Mulled wine and cider plus hot chocolate
Abel Kesteven - Cards, prints and sculptures
Beautiful Vintage by L - Vintage china (tea cup sets, cake stands)
Carshalton Lavender - Oils made from lavender grown in Carshalton
Shop With Love – handmade soap, cards, tags, lavender bags and decoration
Wood and Oil Group - Handmade and woodturning objects
Saraswati Society - hand made books about Eastern philosophy
Epsom Beekeepers - Honey and related products
EcoLocal –Christmas table decorations and wreaths handmade with fresh greenery
J Sharpe Artist - Paintings, prints and cushions, inspired by Nature
STALLS INSIDE HONEYWOOD MUSEUM
A Whole Load of Wonderful - tooth fairy pillows, sock toys, frilly socks and hair bows and more
Sutton Fairtrade - Information about Fairtrade and products
Anne Cady Art - Framed orginal acrylic/paper collage art and hand cut paper butterfly art in frames
Louise Whalley - Fused Glass (jewellery, bowls and Christmas decorations)
Nickel Support - Home made jams and chutneys plus cushions made from recycled fabrics saved from landfill by adults with learning disabilities
Shoreline Design - hand crafted seaglass jewellery set in sterling silver or silver plate
Sweet Needle Designs - Fabric bags, ornaments, purses
Victor Frank Eve – local artist’s paintings, prints and cards of local scenes
SITE SERVICES AT THE EVENT
First Aid and Lost Children: Honeywood Museum
Information Point: Honeywood Walk
Buggy Parks: for visitors to the museum and to the Winter Wonderland Trail