PUNTERS keen to get a head start on on their Christmas shopping should look no further than the Tynedale Gift Fair.

The two-day event takes place at Matfen Hall on Monday, October 28, with hundreds of people expected to attend.

Bernard Bloodworth, managing director of Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, said: “It is always a pleasure to host the Tynedale Gift Fair and it’s something we look forward to every year.

“The event has raised a fantastic amount for a number of charities over the many years it has been held at Matfen Hall and we’re sure this year will be no different.”

Now in its 16th year, the fair has raised more than £45,000 for good causes, with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation set to benefit this year.

The charity was set up by Scottish international rugby player, Doddie Weir, who is a director of Wark-based Hutchinson Environmental Solutions.

The foundation aids research into MND, which Weir was diagnosed with in 2017. It also gives grants to individuals with MND, enabling them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.

A collection of stalls offering a wide range of hand-made and home-cooked treats – from scarves to puddings – will fill the hotel, while attendees can also enjoy a bite to eat during their visit.

Options include afternoon tea in the Library Restauraunt or dining in the Conservatory or Keepers Lodge.

Tynedale Gift Fair treasurer, Margaret Murray, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Matfen Hall and we are excited to have a great range of stalls from all over the country coming.

“It will be an opportunity to do some great shopping, in fantastic surroundings, for a wonderful cause. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there.”

An admission fee applies for the event, which includes entry into a prize draw.