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By September 8, 2021 No Comments

Charity Fairs have been severely impacted by the Covid pandemic with The Charity Fairs Association (CFA) membership seeing fundraising revenue evaporate as event after event has been cancelled since March 2020. This has deprived charities and small, independent stallholders alike of much needed income.
But we are delighted to see that with restrictions lifted, you will be welcomed back to these wonderful events to spend, spend, spend!! Numerous charity fairs are planned throughout the UK offering a destination day out where you ‘shop to give’ ….. as you fill your shopping bags with wonderful, original and chic products to spoil yourself and others, 10% of your spend goes to the fair’s chosen charity!!

Penny Nicoll (Chairman of the CFA) commented “CFA events provide a wonderful platform for Fair Organiser Members (many being volunteer Charity Committees) and Stallholder Members (small independent retailers) to promote their charities and products alike, in a relaxed and friendly environment – each fair is unique, but all raise much needed funds for our charities”
Changing shopping habits are impacting the whole of the retail sector, however, CFA fairs tend to buck the trend for on-line shopping. “CFA fairs continue to grow in popularity and are well supported. Shoppers enjoy finding items that can’t be purchased on the high street and that they are able to do their Christmas shopping in one venue, plus the likelihood of bumping into friends, are all bonuses. This makes these events a win, win destination for all” says Penny Nicoll. She added “In 2020 fair organisers quickly turned their talents to online virtual fairs, however, income was lower and there was no comparison to the much-loved venue based fairs, which always create their own unique way of engaging with the community as well as raising awareness and funds for each designated charity.”

The CFA is a small, hardworking organisation making a tremendous difference to fundraising. So more than ever in 2021, we need you and your friends to support your local charity Christmas fair. This will not only help raise funds for charity but also support the small, independent retailers who have had a very difficult time over the pandemic … so come and shop, shop, shop – YOUR CHARITIES NEED YOU!

The CFA is always looking to work with new (or established) Committees as well as welcoming applications from new stallholders so please do get in touch via the CONTACT US page on

The Charity Fairs Association is a non-profit making organisation that works with charity fair organisers and small independent traders/stallholders to promote, monitor and set standards at charity fair events.

It is important to note that the Charity Fairs Association partnerships are not ‘Charity Shop’ or jumble sale style events, but POP UP shopping venues attended by a whole range of social demographic customers and are usually run by individual fair organisers or volunteer Committees to raise funds for their chosen charities. The stallholders/traders are all vetted individually and are knowledgeable, professional small businesses. They travel around the venues with their gorgeous, unique, brand new products selling to customers and raising funds for the fairs by donating 10% of their takings to the chosen charity. The fairs take place in a myriad of venues from private homes, village halls and even castles to racecourses, hotels, schools and more….. Everyone attending these events feels they have played a part in donating to the charity, as funds are raised through door admission fees (usually only about £3-5), having a drink or bite to eat, tombolas, raffles and most importantly 10% of everything bought from the stallholders goes to the charity the fair is supporting.

The CFA started with a small group of stallholder and fair organiser friends around a kitchen table some 30 years ago. Since then, it has grown to the dizzy heights of its members raising over £6,000,000 in the last 5 years (pre covid) for good causes.