15 Dec 2014


The Winner

Pleased to announce
the winner of our Christmas at the Orangery
Exhibitor Competition

  Linda Alvis (Artist)  

Linda has won a stand at next year's Christmas at the Orangery 2015 - our 15th year! 
She has also won a year's subscription to Pretty Nostalgic Magazine

Linda works mainly in pastel from her studio, overlooking the beautiful and historic city of Bristol, which is also famous for the annual Balloon Festival and of course, the Suspension Bridge - one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great engineering feats.

Drawing inspiration from extensive world travel and a love of photography, she tries to capture the essential spirit of my many subjects. Travels to Australia, New Zealand, North America, The Ukraine and India have provided rich ongoing material for her painting and photography.

We look forward to seeing Linda exhibiting next year
Keep an eye out for her in Pretty Nostalgic Magazine.
You can see more of Linda's work below, or on her website HERE


The Finalists

We had six finalist, each used a different medium and all were very good.  Thank you to all who entered and to our finalist's below...

Julia Voke

Rebecca Miller

Jo Smith

Julie Taylor

Charlotte Mason

13 Dec 2014



Plan for the day...

10.00pm: Doors Open to the public

come in the the warm and shop in this stunning venue (that is the hidden gem of Bristol). We have a wonderful selection of fine exhibitors all selling unique gifts in the run up to Christmas.

10am - 5.00pm: Chocolate Delores Cafe

Chocolate Delores cafe will be open all day serving teas, coffees, cakes and mince pies. They will also be serving light lunches, so bring along a friend and you can make a day of it.

11.00am: Jo Swan Performing Jazzy Christmas Carols

Whilst Munching on your chocolate cake and mince pies, come and listen to Jo Swan and Nick Pullin (Voice and guitar) performing  jazzy Christmas songs. 

4.15pm: Penny Brohn Raffle (lots of prizes)

This event in in aid of, Bristol based, Penny Brohn Cancer. All our exhibitors have donated one Christmas gift to the raffle. If you buy a raffle, you may get the chance to win Christmas gift(s) whilst supporting the charity.

4.45pm: Exhibitor Competition winner announced

Come and have a look at the display hand-made gifts from our finalist of the Exhibitor Competition. At the end of of the day a winner will be announced. 

5.00pm: Doors Close to the public

Time to take your gifts home to wrap and enjoy a happy Christmas.

12 Dec 2014


Bryony Essentials is a small cottage industry based in Portbury, North Somerset, making natural necessities! – Natural Soaps, Bath Bombs, Bath Melts and Soya Wax Candles.  I use the best natural ingredients, organic where possible, and blend our own fragrances using Aromatherapy Grade Essential Oils.

What they say: "That lovely products should start with the best natural ingredients and be made by hand in small batches.  I think that doing it this way makes a better product for you and for the environment".

“Natural Products are better for you and the Environment”


10 Dec 2014


Joanna Swan's range of vintage style adornments are beautifully romantic and colourful. She has been making unique, necklaces and earrings for 25 years as a passionate side job to her career as a singer and songwriter and her vibrant, eye-catching creations have gained a lot of local fans. In the midst of her 8th album, Joanna is very busy with music this year, so if you want to buy some of her new designs (starting from £4 and upwards) Christmas at the Orangery is the place!

Joanna says...
"I use all sorts of beads - I am not a snob, I like to mix all mediums, ranging from hand made kiln wound glass, to gemstones, pearls, plastic, wood and old vintage bits and bobs I have been storing in my nest. I get such a thrill seeing people out and about in my jewellery that I have to stop myself from running up to them and saying - "Hey I made that! ... give it back" ... (the last bit's a joke!)

We get a double whammy with Joanna as she and Nick (voice and guitar) are also going to perform a set of jazzy Christmas songs around 11am in the cafe. So come along and pick a table by the Christmas tree, choose your cake and relax and her soulful voice get you in the festive mood. If you like what you hear you will also be able to buy the new Jo Swan and The Hounds of Lounge covers CD.



8 Dec 2014


Eggnogg design quirky gifts, party supplies, and colour-in products for all ages. From tablecloths, postcard books, posters, bunting and pocket books to greeting cards, wrap, notebooks and stickers, Eggnogg challenges the senses through colour, texture and humour.

Website: HERE
Twitter: HERE
Facebook: HERE 

4 Dec 2014


We are pleased to announce that the shop based in Penny Brohn Cancer Care Charity will be exhibiting at Christmas at the Orangery 2014. 

The shop within the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre is a hidden gem within Pill, Bristol. The Penny Brohn Centre is not a hospice but a wonderful place where people with a cancer diagnosis and there supporters can come and attend one of our Living Well courses. People think the Penny Brohn is a closed unit, but the truth is  the shop is open to everyone, not just people visiting the centre for courses.  

The shop stocks a wide range of paraben free toiletries and make-up, organic (where possible) food stuff, books, cd's , cards, gifts and much more.   Whether looking for dried goods for cooking or a piece of sterling silver jewellery for that forgotten occasion, buy from their shop and you are also helping to support Penny Brohn Cancer Care as well. 

The Penny Brohn Shop is open to the public, so you may visit them during normal shop hours. At the same time, you may like to visit their restaurant for a cup of tea, or have a walk around their beautiful gardens.  All profit form the shop helps us help people living with cancer.  We look forward to your visit.

Shop Website: HERE
Charity Website: HERE
Charity Facebook: HERE
Charity Twitter: HERE

11 Nov 2014


Illustrator and creator of the Rosie Flo’s colouring books, Roz Streeten, lives and works in Bath. 

It was Roz’s observation of her own young daughters’ obsession and focus with drawing and colouring that led to the first Rosie Flo book being printed, back in 2004. Her daughter Sophie, now aged 18, would constantly ask “Mummy, please can you draw me some dresses?” Sophie loved drawing in the heads, legs and arms, paying real attention to the facial expressions. Younger sister Sasha, aged 15 also requested dresses a few years later, her passion being more about the colouring-in aspect. This inspired Roz to create a book with their two obsessions in mind.

The name Rosie Flo evolved from the girls’ middle names combined and these unusual books are filled with beautiful line drawn dresses enabling children to colour and draw — just as they like. Other products for children to colour have evolved out of the success of the colouring books – a prize winning colouring Fashion Show, colouring postcards, posters and the Rosie Flo’s Colouring Pool Party.

With her graphic designer husband Steve Kamlish, a publishing business venture evolved. Their children are now on to higher level stuff. Sophie is on the Art and Design Foundation course in Bath and Sasha is taking GCSE Art. 

Something slightly different took place this year and the makers of Rosie Flo have designed a selection of Pop Up Pets! They are not for colouring in this time but are just what you need if you can’t have your own real pet. Out of the packet, a couple of folds and up pops a beautiful friendly pet to keep you company. And much easier to maintain. Take your pick from a Pug, a Dachshund, a Silver Tabby or a Ginger Tom. Selling well in bijoux London designer shops and some of the national art galleries, they are already proving to be a Christmas best seller.


Website: HERE
Facebook: HERE 
Twitter: HERE