18/12/2011

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Duration: 1 hour

The team re-create a traditional country village Christmas. They bring together the Warwickshire village of Clifford Chambers and capture a bygone age of community, sharing and general good cheer.

No Christmas scene is complete without animals, so Matt Baker visits a couple passionate about their miniature donkeys. Ellie Harrison makes figgy pudding to bring to the celebration, whilst John Craven looks for the modern day gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Adam Henson has sheep on his mind as he takes a young wannabe shepherd to the Royal Welsh Winter Fayre to choose the animals for his very first flock, and Jules Hudson is in the local woods looking for materials to help deck the halls with boughs of holly.

  • Countryfile’s Village Christmas

    Countryfile’s Village Christmas

    Matt, Ellie, John and Jules meet up to celebrate Christmas in the sleepy village of Clifford Chambers in Warwickshire. They discover how the village Christmas celebrations have changed over the years, and set about bringing the village together for an evening of Countryfile sparkle, song and surprise. But first they have to get there, and what better way to arrive, than by camel!

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CLIFFORD CHAMBERS
  • Jules And The Little Donkeys

    Jules And The Little Donkeys

    No Christmas scene would be complete without a donkey, so Jules Hudson meets local miniature donkey breeder Julie Boyce to discover the massive appeal of these knee-high beauties. Originating from the arid heat of Sardinia, farrier Ben Harte explains the special care these miniature animals need to thrive in the Warwickshire countryside. Jules also gets to experience their pulling power whilst walking with champion stallion Candyman.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MINIATURE DONKEYS
  • John Searches For Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh

    John Searches For Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh

    John’s mission this week is to find three gifts suitable for our traditional village Christmas celebration. He’s looking for British versions of Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh, but he’ll need to find everything he needs in the county of Warwickshire. Never one to be put off by a challenge, John searches everywhere from woodland to a brewery before finally coming up with a rather unique set of gifts.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE THREE GIFTS
  • Woodland Crafts

    Woodland Crafts

    Historically it was the woodlands in winter that were bustling with activity rather than the High Street. - so Jules Hudson steps into a Warwickshire wood to meet a group who keep the traditions of yesterday alive. Jules learns about the superstitions woven into Christmas decorations and tastes a typical woodsman venison stew, before trying his hand as a greenwood worker on the pole lathe.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TRADITIONAL GREENWOOD WORKING
  • Adam Helps A Young Shepherd

    Adam Helps A Young Shepherd

    Adam has received a request from a budding young shepherd called Connor in Wales who wants his help in choosing a couple of rare breed sheep. Adam visits the family farm to see what kind of land they have available and why Connor is so passionate about starting his own flock. He then takes Connor with his mum and dad to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells. With Adam’s help, Connor decides which two ewes he’d like to take home – but first he has to bid for them at auction.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE WINTER FAIR
  • Ellie Helps Make Figgy Pudding

    Ellie Helps Make Figgy Pudding

    Ellie Harrison visits the Tudor estate at Charlecote Hall where legend has it William Shakespeare was caught poaching. This, according to the story, led to him leaving Stratford to seek fame and fortune in London. Food historian Gerard Baker demonstrates how to make a dish that was popular in Shakespeare’s time - Figgy Pudding - using authentic ingredients for the Tudor dish. Whilst this steams they turn their hands to another local delicacy Coventry God Cakes.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHARLECOTE HALL

Credits

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Matt Baker
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Matt Baker
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Ellie Harrison
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Ellie Harrison
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John Craven
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John Craven
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Adam Henson
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Adam Henson
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Jules Hudson
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Jules Hudson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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