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Take a sneak peek at Splott’s Sustainable Christmas Fair

Oasis will host Extinction Rebellion, the COP26 Coalition and a variety of local businesses for a day of environmentally friendly festivities.

FOR ONE day only, Splott will hold a Community Christmas fair at the Oasis Centre this Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.

No tickets are required to attend the event and entry will be free. 

There will be Covid safety measures in place including track and trace, temperature testing and a one-way walking system.

The fair has been organised by Oasis, a local refugee charity, and the Railway Gardens Project, who are determined to create an exciting event centred around supporting the local community and combating ecological issues. 

 Railway Gardens Project Manager, Hannah Garcia, an organiser of the Christmas fair, said that they are enthusiastic to be promoting a range of environmentally sustainable businesses.

“We want to help people live more sustainably in a realistic way in their lives. We have tried to underpin everything we do, including the Christmas fair, with these values. We’ve even asked for no balloons and glitter,” she said. 

Award-winning StarGarAllot, a local community gardening scheme, is one business with a stall at the fair this year. They will be providing an arts and craft activity for children, along with some homemade gift bags and recycled Christmas decorations.

“We want a green Christmas for a green recovery. We want to play our part to make One Planet Cardiff a success.

“Cardiff is one of the most at risk cities in the world for major flooding from climate change. But this Christmas, let’s have fun going green and save our city,” Camilla Lovelace, a StarGarAllot founder, said. 

The Tremorfa Community Pantry, Willows Social Enterprise Club and Extinction Rebellion are just a few organisations with stalls at the event. Extinction Rebellion is asking that guests bring t-shirts along to try out block printing. 

The Cardiff COP26 Coalition will also be at the fair holding a bake sale to raise money for Oasis and promote the message of their own campaign.

“We are excited to be joining the Christmas Fair on December 11. So, be sure to come along for a fabulous selection of cake and an afternoon of wonderful festive fun,” said Marla King, a spokesperson for the COP26 Coalition in Cardiff

“We need to start conversations with family and friends around subjects of climate justice. And coming together like this to have our voices heard and allowing people to make more sustainable and ethical choices in what they/we buy is super.”

Other foods will be served by the Oasis Catering Team who are asking that customers pay what they are able to afford with no fixed price. 

She added: “The work that Oasis does is so crucial, and there are many ways to support their work through volunteering opportunities, so if you’d like to learn more, do get in touch.”

Guests can also watch a variety of local performers at the fair. Oasis’ One World Choir will be putting on a show alongside Just One Theatre School and live dancers from the community.

NoFit State, a group of circus performers from Adamsdown, are holding workshops too.