As Stonor Park manor house in South Oxfordshire contains such a beautiful collection of art it is highly appropriate that it will be hosting an international craft and hobby fair later this month. From Friday 26th August to Monday 29th August 2011 the grounds of Stonor, one of England’s oldest manor houses, will welcome creative visitors looking to meet up to 250 of the most talented artist craft people from all over Britain.

Families with young children will find it very worthwhile to travel to Stonor, which is nestled at the foot of the lovely Chiltern Hills deep in the heart of Midsomer Murders filming territory.

The craft fair will have hands-on workshops where kids will get a chance to try a variety of artistic activities. Stonor is such a lovely setting for young ones to be introduced to art such as painting on ceramics, card making and making corn dollies.

The fair’s interactive demonstrations of Besom broom making, wattle hurdle fencing and basket weaving demonstrations will be fascinating not just for kids but for all the family.

It would be a shame to travel to the Chilterns and not see some wildlife. The area is renowned as a place where rare Red Kite birds were re-introduced to Britain. But you don’t have to bring your binoculars to see some fantastic birds at the fair as there will be a Birds of Prey display on every day bar the Friday.

Birds featured will include owls, hawks, a terrific Tawny Eagle and a Peregrine Falcon (the world’s fastest creature).

With so many activities it will be easy to work up a thirst and an appetite, especially as one of the activities is a live cookery demonstration. It’s lucky then that there will be specialist food marquees with cheeses, gourmet nuts, curry sauces, fudges and chocolates to pack in the boot for the drive home.

Non-drivers can also enjoy some tutored wine tasting!