Hundreds of visitors celebrated the start of the festive season with Christmas shopping and seasonal food at the Cogges Christmas Market, raising funds for the heritage farm in Witney

The 18th century wheat and barley barns showcased around 50 local traders and independent businesses with a sparkling selection of arts and crafts, delicious food and unique gifts.

There were carols from traditional music group Township Waits and Cogges’ popular pygmy goats Jonathan, Timothy and Lewis enjoyed meeting their fans on a festive walk around the farm.

Meanwhile The Georgettes of Oxford captured Christmases past in festive winter Regency costume.

Cogges’ volunteer craft stall and the Great Christmas Raffle also raised funds for the charity.

The event marked the start of the Christmas season on the farm with Santa arriving on Saturday (December 2).

From next weekend Father Christmas and his elves will be in Santa's Grotto and the manor house will be decorated with a panto theme.

After dusk the a Festive Light Trail will illuminate the grounds. 

Christmas Trees and Pop-Up Christmas shop, plus seasonal treats in the Cogges Kitchen Café, are all open daily until December 23. 

Christmas at Coggesweekends 2&3, 9&10, daily 15-23 December with Festive Light Trail (4-7pm, last entry 6pm).