Continuing with the festive theme, Mr PP and I spent a couple of hours visiting another Christmas Tree Festival, this time at the impressively named church of St Peter Ad Vincula in Wisborough Green, West Sussex. This church has been holding this event for a couple of years now and it seems to go from strength to strength. This year the church was crammed with beautifully lit trees each dressed to a theme chosen by it’s sponsor. The creativity and imagination which goes into dressing some of these trees is marvellous. Two trees in particular stood out, one by the local hairdresser who had used hair care products to make inventive ‘baubles’ and the other from the local playgroup, Climbing Bears who had covered their tree in delightful angel bear shapes decorated by the children. It was the last day of the festival today and the trees looked as fresh as they probably did when they were first installed a week ago. I am looking forward to seeing next years offering – it’s fast becoming a tradition to visit!
Hairdresser Tree (note wall painting in background)
Close up of hairdresser tree baubles made from hair rollers
Climbing Bears Angel Tree
View across church of some of the many trees
After the church we decided to continue on up to Petworth House to have a look at their Christmas decorations. The theme this year is a focus on Christmas below stairs with the servants quarters dressed as if for Christmas around the turn of the century. To accompany this there were live demonstrations in the kitchen where traditional Christmas fayre was available for tasting.
While the decor was festive, it didn’t have quite the same impact as some of the previous events for Christmas which have been almost theatrical in presentation. There were a couple of ‘wow’ items, first in the shape of a stunning tiered cake depicting hunting scenes and the house by Sublime Cakes (http://www.sublimecakes.co.uk/) and an amazing chocolate cake with roses and cherubs hand made by the fabulous Choccywoccydoodah of Brighton (https://www.choccywoccydoodah.com). It is nice to see houses like Petworth making the effort and drawing out a different focus to that usually promoted at other times of the year.
Demonstrating the making of Christmas goodies
Dairy Still Room (with Festive Cow Parade Cow)
Sublime Cakes amazing handbuilt and decorated cake showing hunting scenes at Petworth
This is made entirely from chocolate! Handbuilt by the chocolatiers at Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton – awesome!