Countdown to Newbattle festive fair

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Christmas at Newbattle, the annual festive celebrations at one of Midlothian’s hidden jewels, has received a major financial boost.

Midlothian Council has donated £3,000 to support the extravaganza of Christmas music, song, food, drink, crafts and activities – and 40 stalls selling “unique, beautiful and delicious” gifts – which takes place this Saturday (November 26).

Ann Southwood, principal of Newbattle Abbey College, which is housed in a 16th century Cistercian monastery just outside Dalkeith, said: “Christmas at Newbattle is always a special event for the college and the community – and we hope it will be extra-special this year thanks to this generous and very welcome support from Midlothian Council. I cannot thank them enough for backing this wonderful event, which is a highlight of the year for many staff and members of the local community.”

Councillor Jim Bryant, Cabinet Member for Planning. Communities and Economy, added: “The council is delighted to support Christmas at Newbattle. The college is one of the real hidden gems of Midlothian and we want to do everything possible to get more people to see how extra-special it is.”

Christmas at Newbattle runs from 11am to 4pm. It costs just £2 for adults and is free for children, with free parking too. As well as the 40 stalls, visitors are promised music, song and poetry (including Gaelic singing), crafts and festive activities for children, soup, mulled wine and hot drinks – and lots of fun.