Every year we organise both a Christmas and an Easter Bazaar. The Bazaars are both cosy Finnish events as well as important ways of financing our activities. Many local people also visit the Bazaars to find out about the Finnish culture and the Finns.
The Christmas Bazaar is the greatest annual Finnish event in the British Isles. In 2006 the number of visitors exceeded 8 000.
For many people the Bazaar is the high point of the autumn - an occasion to meet friends and enjoy Finnish Christmas food, mulled wine - 'glögi' - and delicious barbecues.
The Church becomes a Christmassy restaurant and a market for Finnish products, a bit like a village store. The shelves are packed with Finnish delicacies for your Christmas table: casseroles, salmon, ginger bread, and spices for mulled wine.
There are Finnish sweets galore for every occasion: from chocolate-boxes to packets of sweets, from chocolate bars to the childhood memories of salmiac lozenges.
The air is filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread. The bakery selection comprises rye bread of various kind and Christmas loaves. You may complement this with cheeses and cold meats. Those who wish to make their own bread are offered flour and other baking products.
In addition to these delicacies and foodstuff there is a large selection of gift items and utility objects from famous Finnish manufacturers and from smaller craftsmen: glass, wood, music, ceramics, bed and other linen products, candles and Christmas decorations, etc. Some craftsmen are also selling their own creations.
The barbecue sells skewered whitefish (muikkuja), mash, reindeer, sausages, fortified mulled wine and Finnish beer. You will also meet a genuine Finnish Father Christmas!
Wed 21 nov 4pm-8pm
Thu 22 Nov noon-8pm
Fri 23 Nov noon-8pm
Sat 24 Nov 10am-8pm
Sun 25 Nov noon-4pm
The Easter Bazaar offers Easter decorations and Finnish delicacies, eg. 'mämmi' (a kind of Finnish equivalent to the English Christmas pudding!) and chocolate eggs.
Easter Basaar 14.3 - 16.3.2008
Fri 14.3 12am - 8pm
Sat 15.3 10am - 6pm
Sun 16.3 12am - 4pm