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Festive weekend at Green Wood Centre (2nd December 2011)

The Green Wood Centre in Coalbrookdale, will be hosting two festive events next Sunday (11 December 2011). In the Woodland Hall there will be a craft and gift fair all day, and the Small Woods Association will be holding a Festive Woodlands session for families too.

The gift fair, which is in aid of Leukaemia Research, will be open from 11am - 4pm and have stalls from local crafts people, selling candles, jewellery, Christmas wreaths, canvasses and wood items. There will also be a tombola, a log fire and mulled wine.

Green wood-working skills will also be on show, with the foot operated pole lathe being used to make wooden bowls, spoons, cricket bats and spindles.

"This is the third year we have put on a Christmas craft fair in the Woodland Hall," says Polly Cherry of Cherry’s Real Food Café who manages the venue. "As well as being a great way of finding interesting presents, we also raise money for Leukaemia Research - and have given the charity over £500 already."

The festive woodland event is for parents and children to enjoy together, making Christmas decorations from willow, toasting marshmallows and hearing a woodland themed festive story.

Luke Neal, who is organising the woodland event, explains: "This is a follow up to the successful outdoor bush craft and environmental sessions we held over the summer holidays. This Christmas event will be held in the log cabin, with a wood burning stove to keep everyone warm and encourage them to feel festive."

A qualified forest schools leader will be taking the session, which will run from 11am - 1pm and cost £5 per child - adults are free. There are limited spaces available so anyone who is interested should book by calling the Green Wood Centre on 01952 432769.

There is no charge to visit the craft fair, or watch the practical demonstrations and the Green Wood Centre has free on-site parking. Cherry's Cafe will be open all day for light meals, drinks, and Sunday lunch.