We introduce you to the artists who have generously donated their fabulous designs for this year's...Read more
We introduce you to this year’s Christmas card collection which features designs by artists who may already be familiar to you as well as some new ones. Support the work of the Countryside Alliance and brighten up someone’s day with a beautiful card or gift.
We have also reproduced a fun illustration which encompasses many traditional rural pursuits which originally featured in the British Field Sports Society’s collection in 1954.
Charles Church is an internationally renowned painter of horses, landscapes and country life who has been described by HM The King as a remarkable artist with a “unique sensitivity and profound understanding of his subject matter.” Charles’ career has grown from a 15-year old who loved painting horses into one of the most sought-after equestrian painters worldwide. ‘Winter Exercise’ was inspired by following the South Dorset hounds on foot on a February morning after a heavy fall of snow overnight. Charles explains: “I love the creamy colour of hounds when set against the brightness of snow.” Order online here.
This is Zoë’s sixth exclusive design for the Countryside Alliance which was inspired by the Coronation of King Charles III. Zoë burst onto the equine and animal arts scene after her remarkable talent for sculpture was discovered during a trip to Italy in 2021. Of her latest design 'The Test Drive', Zoe says: “This year we have seen Britain pull out of the stops for pomp and pageantry across the country so it seemed very apt to pull out all the stops for this year’s card. How brilliant to soar into the New Year with a new King and gleaming Windsor Greys!” Order online here.
'Christmas Kisses' is the fourth design of Camilla’s which has featured in our collection, following on from ‘Mr & Mrs Pheasant’ in 2022, and a stag and a partridge in previous years. Camilla explained to us that she loves drawing birds due to their pleasing shapes and the patterns of their feathers. “The first set of birds I sold were in my degree show many years ago and went to a Hampshire hospital for the children’s ward.” Order online here.
Annabel Pope is best known for her African and British wildlife painting. She has worked with a variety of charities to raise money for animal conservation, including Tusk, Lewa and Borana conservancies. She paints in oil, watercolour and acrylic and has had recent solo exhibitions at The Osborne Gallery and has also exhibited at the Rountree Tryon Gallery. Brought up on a farm in Norfolk but now living in Oxfordshire, Annabel sees hares on a daily basis. She always tries to capture their character, energy and form in motion. This painting titled 'Frosty Morning' was inspired by a frosty early morning walk in West Norfolk. Order online here.
Christmas cards Cards are sold in packs of 10 with envelopes included. Each card has “With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year” on the inside. To ensure delivery in time for you to
send them before the last Christmas mailing, please order by Wednesday 13 December. Order online here.
If you would like personalised printing inside the cards, this is also available at £12 per pack, with a minimum order of 10 packs. Personalised printing orders should be made before 1 December. For personalised orders please email email@example.com or telephone 0370 270 9011.
Our calendar is a stunning collection of photographs, all captured by supporters of the Countryside Alliance, beautifully depicting rural life and country pursuits through the seasons. At just £12 each (plus £3.95 p&p) they are a great addition to any home.
The perfect stocking filler this Christmas
Why not give a gift of one of our limited edition ties? The specially crafted silk ties are manufactured for the Alliance by McDade’s, a Glasgow-based family business which has been involved in producing our distinctive ties for almost half a century, having begun with the British Field Sports Society.
Unlike traditional silks, the quality silk used for the Countryside Alliance line is of a higher pick which allows McDade’s to weave in the intricate sporting animal and bird motifs into the fabric. The incredible detail makes our ties easily recognisable on the hunting field, out shooting and at almost any other countryside-related event.
McDade’s, who specialise in producing sporting club ties, are incredibly proud of the decades of craftmanship and the quality of their products, recognising the special relationship they have with the Alliance and other associations: “When you touch this fabric, you’re not merely feeling silk; you’re experiencing generations of skill, innovation, and a rich heritage that we are immensely proud to preserve and share with partners like the Countryside Alliance.”