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The first Wealden Times Midsummer Fair was held in 2009 at Brick House Farm in High Halden. With the TV programme ‘Darling Buds of May’ as their inspiration, the Wealden Times events’ team hand-picked stand holders selling vintage and contemporary items for homes and garden plus fashion, food and gifts with the intention of taking Wealden Times ‘off the page’ and creating a community event with a nostalgic feel. The fair was a huge success and a Midwinter Fair followed at Sissinghurst Castle.
Wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter Fairs have now become hugely popular, attracting large numbers of local shoppers as well as a growing following from London, the home counties and Europe. The fairs are oversubscribed with exhibitors, and the events committee continues to exert a strict entrance policy, only selecting companies with high-quality, original and unique products to attend the fair.
Wealden Times magazine was conceived by, Julie Simpson, as a fanzine for the Weald – something to remind the thousands of commuters who travel up to London each day why they left the capital to pursue their rural dream.
In November 2002, Julie and her team distributed their first issue of Wealden Times, handing out copies to early morning commuters at railway stations and building relationships with local shops and town centres where the ‘priceless’ magazine was made available free-of-charge in wire baskets.
Ten years later, the magazine has grown from strength to strength. Wealden Times is still priceless and the 70,000 readers of the paper version each month extend well beyond the commuters that Julie originally imagined. As well as being picked up at railway stations, Wealden Times is available at Waitrose stores in the Weald as well as in key outlets in towns and villages around Kent and East Sussex.
In October 2012 wealdenfairs.com was launched to sell products that are available at the Wealden Times Midsummer and Midwinter Fairs online so that shoppers can enjoy the experience of visiting the fairs 365 days a year. They can search for products on the site under category headings or by visiting the ‘shop fronts’ of their favourite exhibitors.