Chris Brant

HanFestive is to return for a second year to the village of Hanwell near Banbury, in north Oxfordshire this coming weekend (26/27 Nov).

The two day festival organised by residents in the Oxfordshire village, consists of a two day festive food and craft market and a folk night with supper on the Saturday evening.

The festive market is open from 11am through to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday in Hanwell's St Peter's Church in the heart of the village. The Saturday evening sees a lively folk night with live music by Gloucestershire's folk group Brimstone.

Entry to the food and craft market is free during the daytime. Market stalls will have an array of local produce including; food and drink, festive sweets, gifts, greetings cards, pickles & jams, crafts, local beers and spirits, Christmas decorations, baked goods, wellbeing luxuries and local art.

There will also be free star making and self guided tours of the 13th century church. Treat yourself with a bite to eat from the cake and coffee stall or keep warm with a nice glass of homemade Hanwell mulled wine.

On Saturday at 2pm, local historian Martin Sirot-Smith from Sulgrave Manor will be holding a talk on 'Christmas in the Tudor times'. The fun historical talk last for about an hour and is just £2. Throughout Saturday mum's from the Mollington Baby & Toddler Group will be face painting with festive creations!

Saturday's folk night promises to be a real treat for the whole family. Live music from Chipping Campden's 'Brimstone', local folk group and choir from Hanwell and Horley - 'Horwell' performs and poetry readings by local folk. Tickets purchased online at www.hanfest.co.uk adults £10 and children (7-16 years) £5. The ticket fee includes hot tasty fish and chips or veggie bubble and squeak supper from Seven Mile Cookery in their very trendy horse box! Local brewery Yubberton will be supplying the beer and the Cotswolds Distillery will be running their spirits bar also from a horse box! Speaking of horse boxes, Horton the Banbury hobby horse will be making a special guest appearance!

HanFestive is a non for profit event organised by residents in Hanwell. Funds raised help to organise the event, as well as supporting local good causes. This year funds raised will go to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and St Peter's Church in Hanwell.

Local artist and coordinator for HanFestive, Hanna Niven says it's a returning treat for Hanwell, Banbury and neighbouring villages: "The festive buzz that is HanFestive has really taken over the village. Everyone here is excited to see another HanFest event. There will be something for everyone over the weekend and Hanwell welcomes you all to the start of the festive season."

For more information about HanFestive, including how to book tickets for the folk night and supper, please visit www.hanfest.co.uk or www.facebook.com/HanFestOXON and www.twitter.com/HanFestOXON

Chris Brant