Fairtrade Christmas Fair 2018

Find out who and what will be at the latest instalment of the bi-annual craft fair at the University of Leeds

Fairtrade Christmas Fair 2018

Where: Parkinson Courtclick here for map

When: Tuesday 4th December 2018, 11:00 – 15:00

Everyone is welcome to join us for the annual Fairtrade Christmas Fair. This year 35 stalls will be offering Fairtrade goods, jewellery, art & crafts and much more… It’s perfect for Christmas gift shopping!

The University of Leeds has held Fairtrade University status since 2005.  Awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, this reflects the Universities commitment to promoting and supporting Fairtrade.

As part of this commitment The University of Leeds hold a bi-annual Fairtrade Fair, with stalls operated by Fairtrade approved groups, staff, and local companies. The stallholders attending the Fair will be offering a wide spectrum of Fairtrade and Homemade Crafts, perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself!

Great Food at Leeds will be there with competitions, refreshments and cakes made from the finest ingredients by our expert chefs, as well as information on how the University contributes to Fairtrade and our commitment to ethically sourced ingredients.

Below are just a few of the people and companies that will be attending this year, but there are many more, so come and join us at Parkinson Court on Tuesday 4th December 2018. 


Candlelighters logo


Every year the Facilities Directorate at the University of Leeds, which includes MEETinLEEDS and many other teams, choose a local charity to support. This year the team chose Candlelighters, a children’s cancer charity based in Leeds and supporting families throughout Yorkshire.

They support families financially, emotionally and practically whether on treatment, post treatment or sadly bereaved. At the fair they will be selling grand raffle tickets, of which the first prize is a holiday!  There will also be Christmas cards and wrapping for sale.

So far the teams have raised over £3500 for Candlelighters. This amount can be put to use in a number of amazing ways by the charity, including:

  • It could run the Candlelighters bus for 10 days. The bus travels across Yorkshire ensuring all families have access to the same support they offer at the Support Centre, which provides counselling, massages and wellbeing therapies, and a tea and a chat when they need it most.
  • It could pay for 3 families to go on a much needed break in the UK, such as to a holiday village or a caravan by the sea.
  • It could fund 1166 ‘favourite snacks’ that the Candlelighters provide for the children after an operation, or to encourage appetite through their treatment.
  • It could pay for 116 days of outside entertainment for the oncology ward, ensuring children in hospital are able to play music, or make balloons, or have their faces painted.
  • It could pay for 3 children to spend a day making memories with their family, when they are receiving end of life care.

Candlelighters needs to raise £1.6 million a year to operate, so all donations are hugely valued.

Brown & Blond

Brown and Blond


Creating new and exciting flavours to tickle the taste-buds of brownie and blondie lovers all over the UK is at the heart of Brown & Blond’s success.

Using only the finest ingredients coupled with an uncompromising attitude to quality drives young artisan baker, George Welton, and his team forward to deliver over fifty mouth-watering flavour combinations – from Banoffee to Black Forest, Peanut Butter to Praline and Salted Caramel to Stem Ginger!

This small bakery, which started out on a small holding in North Yorkshire in 2010, is now firmly embedded in the heart of Leeds and supplies cafes, restaurants and delicatessens throughout the region and beyond. You can now order the delectable online to be delivered right to your door!

Shea Alchemy

Shea Alchemy


Shea Alchemy is a tiny, handmade company set up by two best friends, Emma and Sally, based in York and London.

“In our kitchens we make over 35 different products selling online and at markets and festivals. This way we can keep our prices down and our batches small and genuinely hand made. We’ve been going now for over ten years – our customers just keep coming back!

We use organic, fair-trade shea butter from Ghana which we mix with organic apricot, olive, thistle, argan, olive and avocado oils, spring water and aloe vera, organic cocoa butter and all sorts of other organic goodies. Naturally no nasty stuff and no animal testing. We package our creams in funky colourful tins with prices ranging from £4.50 to £30.”

So whether you want a luxury face oil in a little glass bottle with a dropper, a cream for your ‘cyclists’ sore bits (!), a seriously nourishing natural hand cream or an organic lip balm, the Shea Alchemy stall is the place to go!

Calverley Beekeepers

Calverley Beekeepers


Calverley Beekeepers are dedicated to providing quality products and service. Their honey is is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it’s a natural sweetener and can be used as it is to spread on bread or toast, or added to sweet and savoury dishes.

“Honey produced by our own bees undoubtedly tastes far superior to almost any that can be found in the supermarket. With over 35 years experience and friendships grown from the Calverley allotments, four Beekeepers have bonded in both life and business and are the heart of the Calverley Beekeepers.

The queen of our famous four is Anne Taylor who ensures the recipes are tried and tested before they arrive on the many market stalls in and around the Calverley area.

Our most experienced beekeeper and one of the founder members is Peter Hoskins who brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Before moving up to Yorkshire in 1999 Peter was a policeman for the Metropolitan police mainly in Westminster and the Greater London area.

We also have a former Naval service man and chef in the civil service, Paul Lawrence (Chicken Paul) who not only provides valuable assistance to the team but is the chicken whisperer which is another  outlet the team are specialising in.

Our final member and the youngest member of the group is Michael Taylor. Michael has study the bees now for some time and is a calm and gentle beekeeper. Michael’s knowledge is already vast and continues to grow. His dedication to the cause is commendable as he is also undergoing a course of bee sting injections; this is to alleviate his allergic reaction to the bee stings.”

Shuttles and Bobbins

Shuttles and Bobbins


Pure New Wool throws and blankets, cosy and soft in a great choice of colours, all made in Yorkshire the old fashioned way!

Shuttles and Bobbins came from an idea of Laurie Briggs, who’s Grandma worked On the Shuttles and Bobbins section in an old wool mill in Farsley, Leeds in the 1840’s.  “Nana Alice” often spoke of how hard the work was, but always found time to have fun on the production line!

The blankets are all made locally, the colours, wool  and designs are all hand chosen by Laurie. Alongside the throws and blankets, Laurie has a great selection of pure new wool flat caps, all handmade in Yorkshire. Perfect for staying warm this winter!

Absolutely Blendid

Absolutely Blendid


Absolutely Blendid was born from a deep rooted passion and interest in all things natural and homemade.

“After falling pregnant with my first child, I was even more determined to minimise the chemicals and toxins that I put on my skin and in my body. I then started researching into paraben free products which are available but with a hefty price tag.  With 20 years practice of using aromatherapy essential oils, I set out trying to make some products of my own for personal use. Some blends of oils helped me during childbirth and others have helped my son’s mild eczema. As with all new ideas and inventions, there were some disasters, but excitedly some gems were born! And now here we are with a developed range, ready for lots more people to enjoy. All with no parabens or preservatives for guilt-free indulgence for our bodies.”

On the day you will be able to test and buy individual as well as purchase gift boxes to suit all budgets.

My Cake Tin

My Cake Tin


My Cake Tin, owned by sisters Natalie and Fay Church, are custom cake makers baking cakes for all occasions. With a huge selection of flavours to choose from, My Cake Tin has a reputation for great tasting cakes and attention to detail. Guaranteed to give that extra wow factor to any event.

At the Fairtrade Christmas Fair they will be selling Christmas themed cupcakes and the ever popular mini Christmas fruit cakes, all of which are perfect for gifts.