About Mary Howard

The Mary Howard Christmas Fair was started over 30 years ago by Mary and Patrick Howard with a small selection of stalls selling presents for Christmas in their home, in aid of the NSPCC. Thirty-four years later the Howards’ innovative sales have raised over £1.25 million for charity.

Since the first event at their home the Fairs just grew and grew, using venues such as Charlton Park House and Bowood House, until they found a base for over nearly three decades at an aircraft hangar, just off the junction 17 of the M4 at Hullavington. The base at Hullavington has now been sold, so this year’s Fair will be held at Cotswold Airport.

Since Mary’s tragic death in a car crash on November 9, 2008, just two days before the opening of that year’s Fair, Patrick and his son, Tim, have worked tirelessly to continue to run the business with the same desire for innovative Christmas present ideas for customers and generous support for the charities that Mary held dear.

After thirty-seven years of organising the fair, Patrick Howard retired after the 2016 event. He handed over the reins to his son Tim and Tim’s wife, Suki.  The Mary Howard Fair is still, very much a family business and Tim and Suki look forward to continuing The Mary Howard Fairs legacy.


Tim Howard

Tim is an Osteopath who has been working in the Cotswolds for 10 years, whilst also working on the fairs with Patrick and Mary since 2002. Tim manages all the logistics including building the event, managing the exhibitor process and suppliers.

Suki Howard

Suki has worked in event companies and as a freelance business consultant for over 10 years for many large companies in London and the Cotswolds. She also has 2 degrees in the curation of art galleries and museums. Suki brings her wide range of experience managing complex projects, and for Mary Howard Fairs, oversees the administrative functions, all online and marketing activities as well as managing the exhibitor process with Tim.

A horizontal row of products from the 2017 Mary Howard Christmas Fair