The Refuge is hosting an Edwardian winter fair this Christmas

The Refuge has revealed plans to host a new Edwardian winter fair this Christmas as part of its annual Christmas Carol celebrations.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 20th October 2021

Iconic landmark bar and restaurant The Refuge at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is gearing up for Christmas already.

And the team has just announced a magical-sounding programme of winter events.

Bringing together numerous choirs from across the region, as well as hosting a new Edwardian winter fair and bringing in guest town criers, the bar and restaurant will be bringing back its magical Christmas Carol celebration for 2021.

Launching on Friday 12 November, The Refuge Christmas Carol will start the countdown to the festive season with a special launch event featuring a star performance from The Hallé Ancoats Community Choir.

It’s also rumoured that a special guest will be making a cameo in disguise as a Town Crier, although more clues as to who that might be are yet to be revealed.

The Refuge has just announced a magical-sounding programme of winter events this year / Credit: The Refuge

Following on from its launch, further events programmed in over the build-up to Christmas include a festive fancy dress competition for dogs in its heated, undercover courtyard (28 November), and an Edwardian Christmas fair across two weekends (5 and 12 December).

The Edwardian Christmas fair will welcome a host of traders including vintage clothing from Top of The Town Vintage, music-inspired prints from HollieGraphik, contemporary homeware and accessories from Deadstock General Store, homemade homeware from Northern on the Run, jewellery and digital artwork, plus special accessories form artist and stylist Mariel Osborn.

There will also be a fine local selection of craft beer from local brewers Manchester Union Lager, plus more surprise special guests still to be announced.


There will also be Christmas wreath making workshops held every Thursday in December from 6.30 pm at the bar, that are held in collaboration with the hotel’s in-house florist Giraffe Flowers.

A festive cocktail and mince pie, and all materials are included in the ticket price of £70.

Over two weekends, The Edwardian Christmas fair will welcome a host of traders and so much more / Credit: The Refuge

There’ll also be an epic line-up of DJs carefully selected across the festive season, including Refuge residents, DJ Sant on 20, 21 and 22 December, plus many more still to be announced.


On top of all this, the restaurant will be serving up delicious Christmas dinners throughout the period – including on Christmas Day for those who don’t fancy doing the cooking (or the washing up).

To find out more, head over to The Refuge’s website here.

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