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What makes Eyam so special?

Despite being a pretty and quaint little village, Eyam is far from average. There is much more to it than meets the eye. From its significant plague history to its annual celebrations on carnival and Bonfire Night, Eyam is a small in size, but larger in life & brings people from across the world to visit.

St Lawrence Church in Eyam
St Lawrence Church in Eyam

About me: I’m Amy Rawlings, a 19 year old journalism student at the University of Sheffield.


I love mochas, reading and dogs. I have lived in Eyam since I was two years old and lost track of the times I’ve explained how the plague was brought to our village but have never grown tired of telling the story.


I work at Village Green and adore everything about working there, especially the mochas (and the people of course). To me, Village Green Cafe is a celebration of what I love most about Eyam; the friendly feel of a family run business, local regulars (both people and dogs) and it’s location in The Square is the perfect stop for tourists to grab some yummy food and a delicious coffee before exploring the history of our village.


What is special about Autumn in Eyam…

Bonfire Night in Eyam with Fireworks
Join us for the best night of the year!

In Eyam, one of the best nights of the year is Bonfire Night. It is a night many locals spend the whole year planning to get just right. It is more than your typical local fireworks night with a fire and a few sparklers. The night’s celebrations include fire torches being carried through the village while a band plays and a trailer in front carries a large rat made of willow by the local children at Eyam Primary school. The children chant “burn the rat” whilst walking alongside it and at the bonfire it is placed on top as a symbol to the plague.


There are various stalls where you can buy hotdogs, soup, mulled wine, bonfire toffee and more to enjoy while the fireworks display takes place. Bonfire night in Eyam is held on the first Saturday of November however, tickets begin being sold throughout October in many local businesses including, Church Street Stores, the local village shop. VG extends it’s opening on Bonfire Saturday to keep folk cosy whilst waiting for the procession to start.


What is special about Autumn in Village Green…


In Village Green, Autumn is our chance to thrive in creating the perfect cozy coffee shop feeling.


We have some special autumn drinks including a roasted hazelnut hot chocolate with

marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate flakes, a cinnamon oat chai latte and the popular pumpkin spiced latte served either hot or cold. All drinks can be vegan-friendly as our oat and soya milk alternatives can be substituted for no extra charge.


To create the perfect, warm atmosphere my personal favourite thing about Autumn in Village

Green is getting to light our Olive and B candles which make the cafe smell divine. Olive and B is a business from the Yorkshire Valleys that makes hand crafted soy wax candles and wax

melts with sustainability at the core of their ethos. We’re excited to be taking delivery of some of their Autumn Fragrances this weekend and can’t wait to light them!


Olive and B - Home Fragrances available in Village Green Cafe

In the lead up to christmas…


In the next couple of months we have some exciting stuff coming up.


In Village Green we are now stocking some products from Harriet Eccleson. It is responsibly produced fashion made to be inclusive to all women. Each piece is responsibly produced and made by hand; Harriet’s work has been featured in a range of various news outlets and magazines including Vogue.


Harriet Eccleston products for sale in Village Green Eyam

If you want to make your home feel festive, there are just two places available at Trish Wilkie’s

Christmas Wreath Workshop on the 22nd of November from 11 till 2. All proceeds made from

the workshop are to be donated to Cathedral Archer project which is a charity in Sheffield

dedicated to supporting the homeless community. Email sara@cafevillagegreen.com to secure

your place.


And not forgetting our Eyam Makers Market, a relaxed festive shopping event in the historic Old Market Hall in Eyam (near the stocks). It will be open every day 11am - 4pm 18th to 26th Nov ‘23 stocking local handmade gifts - why not come and join us for a coffee and cake after you have done your retail therapy?


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Jin us at the Maker Market In Eyam


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