The Wealden Midsummer Fair!



This Saturday was a glorious one! In the way that I kind of like to imagine that people who live in Spain have tapas for every meal and Australians spend all day every day on the beach and New Yorkers spend at least three hours each day eating brunch (thank you Sex and the City), I think that this Saturday was spent in the way that people from outside the UK imagine everyone in the UK spends their days. Fish and chips were eaten. Market stalls were browsed. Slices of cake were purchased and their varying degrees of moistness discussed. Flowers were sniffed, lemon curds tasted, and fruit cordials sipped. Oh, and many, many photographs were taken. So many that I’m splitting the day down into two posts, or else you’d be staring down a post containing over 45 photos right now. Not even kidding.

The lovely folk at the Wealden Times invited me along to their Midsummer Fair this year (after I’d gone to the Midwinter one back in November), and after a quick phone call with my Mum that went a little something like this ‘Want to go to the summer version of that lovely winter fair in Kent next month?’ ‘Uhhh…yeah!!’, off to Kent we went! We’d prepared ourselves for the day being kind of a wash out (I was woken up by a huge storm raging at about 6am), but by the time we arrived at the fair in Kent around midday I was so warm I had to make finding somewhere to discreetly strip off my tights number 1 priority! ;)

Potted-plants Fruit-cordials Wealden-Midsummer-Fair-Cider-with-Rosie

So, let me walk you through the day! We started off with a stop by Henrietta Donovan’s stand, to buy cups of the most delicious cordial I’ve ever tasted (though at £12.50 a bottle, I guess it kind of should be!). Mum had the wild elderflower, and I had rhubarb, orange & ginger. Both insanely delicious, but the rhubarb flavour had my heart.

It was light and refreshing and not too sweet, and I really truly was tempted to buy a whole bottle. I might actually have a go at making some cordial myself this summer…


After our cordial-pitstop, we headed into the first tent and let the ‘I’ll treat you to that/No I’m treating *you* this time!’ battle commence- standard Mum procedure, right? The tents were full of lots of the same beautiful vendors as were at the Midwinter fair (with different produce and items for sale, of course!), with plenty of lovely new ones mixed in. We spent ages in particular at the Kentish Soap Company stand, buying up soaps that smelled wonderfully nostalgic and cocoa butter-based bath bombs that looked good enough to eat. The floral scents (lavender, rose, and geranium) were my absolute favourites. The owner of the shop told us that she’d begun to make plain, natural soaps after struggling with her skin being so sensitive to commercial ingredients, and then found herself completely hooked on the process of combining ingredients and scents. And I’m so very glad she did! Don’t the soaps below look almost like slabs of fancy chocolate?

The-Kentish-Soap-co Bottle-Green-teatowels

^^ Hurray for spaniel tea towels (from Bottle Green Homes)! I’m not sure captivating is the word that springs most quickly to mind when I think of cocker spaniels, but you know… ;) ^^


^^ That blue/pink combination is my favourite right now. Kind of wanting to redecorate our whole house to the tune of this colour combo…^^

Wild-Planet-candles Silk-flowers

^^The Wild Planet stand was a favourite of mine from the day. It was beautifully styled, with so many metal milk urns (is that the term?) full of silk flowers and rows of scented candles. Kind of like walking into a Pinterest board! And that’s never a bad thing, right? ^^

Paper-pompoms-and-bunting Satchels

^^ How gorgeous are these bright satchels, from N’Damus? The yellow one especially! I just managed to track them down online too! Dangerous, very dangerous…^^

Elderflower-cordial Floral-bicycle

Next up we headed outside for a little wander around the outdoor displays, to browse the gardenware and horticulture. Even though I’ve not ridden a bike for at least a decade (if not more!) and am not *too* sure that I remember how, I did really want to take that gorgeous bicycle home with me. It’s just too perfect! We spent ages browsing a lovely stand full of knick knacks and vintage collections (cut crystal glasses, furniture) and beautiful linens. I picked up a striped linen table covering to go on our little dining table, and tried to think of reasons why buying a real vintage red Royal Mail postbox was a great way to spend my money. (Answer: There aren’t any.)

Lastly (for today anyway), let’s talk about Morgan Penn! He was displaying some of his incredible work at the fair, and Mum and I just fell in love with it. He’s an artist who specialises in capturing a person’s energy, spirit and personality through his brightly coloured, dynamic portraits. I’m usually far more drawn towards photographs than I am towards artwork and portraits, but both my Mum and I agreed that we could’ve stood forever marvelling at how incredible Morgan’s work was. He uses colour in the most beautiful way (flecks of bright blue to bring life to his subjects’ faces) and the portraits seemed more real and life-like and vibrant than even the sharpest photograph. Commissioning a piece from Morgan is now firmly on my bucket list!

And that’s it for part one! Part II (coming tomorrow!) will be far more food-centric, so don’t forget to stop back for a plateful of fish & chips, and a slice of the tastiest gluten-free apple cake around!

* Thanks again to the wonderful Esme (from the Wealden Times) who providing my Mum and I with tickets to the fair this summer. It was the loveliest day! *

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  • Rosie R

    Please please upload the milk churns to Pinterest, I have a wedding board with thier name written all over it…

  • Beccy

    This looks like the most gorgeous day! I adore the tea-towels with the dogs, so adorable.

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Anya

    Just glorious! Very jealous indeed, really want to take in some markets this summer. x

  • Kiki

    British summers are the best. :)

  • Mimmi

    Looks like you had an incredibly lovely day!

  • Rosie

    This honestly looks like my best day, ever. Wish I could have been there! The painting at the end is gorgeous, reminds me slightly of Laura Ferreira with the bright colours – x

  • Cathryn

    Looks like you had such a beautiful day Rosie. I wish there were things like this near me! Insanely jealous of the wild elderflower cordial sounds amazing!

  • Hannah

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like the perfect day :)

    Popcorn & Polka Dots

  • Sarah H

    I think Cockers are more cheeky than captivating!

  • Teffy Perk

    The English summer might not always be sunny, but when it is, it’s absolutely glorious! Festivals and parks and pimms galore!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • arielle

    this looks amazing! I’m pretty sure you’ve inspired me to learn how to make my own bath soap. and you’re right, this is how those of us outside the uk picture what people do who live in the uk. perfect!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Laura

    Australian’s spend all day on the beach! Love it! I very rarely go to the beach, even though, as a Perth gal, we arguably have the best beaches in the world! I completely relate though…your fair day completely fitted in to my English girl stereotype ;) x

  • Louise

    Everything looks so wonderfully lovely, oh it makes me proud to be a Brit! It sounds like you and your mama had the best of days x

  • Carrie

    What a wonderful day! Nothing beats a country fair. Those soaps look so pretty!
    Carrie xx

  • Scarlata

    What a lovely day !!!
    love all the pics.
    Enjoy the week

  • Jenny

    Well this looks all kinds of perfect!! That bike photographs looks straight out of a wedding magazine. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

  • Sarah Linda

    Oh my gosh this looks so up my street! I wish there were more fairs like this where I live!


  • Ailish Goes

    Ahh this looks so lovely, I’m eyeing up the ‘spirited springer’ tea towels and seen they also do aprons… so brilliant!! May I also ask where your dress is from? I really love the shape of it! Have a great week, Ailish

  • Hayley

    Great that the weather worked out for you in the end. Your photos are gorgeous!
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Everything about this is lovely! xx

  • Jess

    Fabulous photos! (I’ll definitely be checking out the soap company!) And you should absolutely have a go at making some cordial! My mamma taught me her recipe last week, and its so simple!:) Jx
    That Girl In The Attic

  • Rosie

    Oh my golly what a beautiful little fair. Simply love all of the flowers. Rosie xx

  • Polly

    This looks like such a perfect place to spend the day with your Mum! I love your dress/ wellie boot combo.

  • Katie Matthews

    Oh gosh, I always put so many photos in my blog posts! They are always 30 plus! These are beautiful and I have to agree with the Morgan Penn portraits. They are stunning!

    Katie <3

  • Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure

    Really beautiful photographs! I especially love the one of the bike surrounded by flowers. Hooray for stereotypically British days :)

  • She

    Looks amazing and so much fun!

  • Jayne

    Thank you for including us in you wonderful blog post. It really was a gorgeous event and was so nice to meet you.
    Jayne from The Kentish Soap Company

  • Hanna

    Such gorgeous photos!!! xo

  • Jo

    This looks wonderful! I hail from kent and was sad to have missed it. The cordial and soaps look and sound divine and I’m looking forward to catching up with your other posts too! (also, I think I know Esme from Wealden Times – I still marvel at what a small world it is!)

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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