A WEEKEND of festive cheer was enjoyed by nearly 1,500 visitors who attended the inaugural Coxbridge Farm charity Christmas market, which raised £1,000 for charity.

As well as having around 25 stallholders, this family-friendly event had a Santa’s grotto, face painting, sand-art activities for children, an under-fives indoor play area, raffle, lucky dip and a live Christmas carol performance.

Held on November 17 and 18, it was described as a “huge success” by event organiser Ellie Lyver, who wanted to bring people together and provide crafters and producers with a chance to show off their wares.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which she went on to make a full recovery from, Ellie has been focused on charitable giving.

Ellie, who is also the founder and director of local cake business Bakehouse, said: “I’m delighted to say that Coxbridge Christmas market was a huge success!

“We had nearly 1,500 visitors join us over the two days, and are very pleased to announce that we will be donating £1,000 to our local charities; Challengers and Frimley Health Charity.

“A small portion of the money is also going to go to Macmillan Cancer Care, as this is a charity very close to both myself, and the partners at Coxbridge Farm.

“We had such lovely feedback from visitors over the weekend, with many people commenting on what a relaxed, festive, family-friendly and enjoyable day they had!”