3 WINTER FAIRS TO CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTMAS

Dodge the High Street frenzy and head to a winter fair for some festive cheer this year.

WALTON STREET WINTER MARKET

Located in West London’s Brompton Cross District, the Walton Street Winter Market returns this year, on Saturday 7th of December (11 am and 6 pm) for a day of festive cheer, fun activities, organic produce and handcrafted gifts.

Three wisemen ice sculpture by icebox.com for Katherine Pooley.

Alongside stalls offering handmade decorations and one-of-a-kind goods from independent vendors, there will be music and street entertainment throughout the day, plus plenty of delicious street food and drinks including Bibendum Oyster and Champagne Bar.

Renowned for its luxury stores, independent boutiques and art galleries, Walton Street is just a 10-minute walk away from both Hyde Park and South Kensington.

A charitable raffle, raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity has been launched, with raffle tickets available in the participating Walton Street boutiques.

Saturday 7th December (11am-6pm), Walton Street, SW3 2JH.

The road will be closed to traffic from the first street down to Draycott Avenue at Brompton Cross and Ixworth Place.

SELVEDGE WINTER FAIR

The team behind craft and cloth magazine Selvedge has brought together a curated collection of 50 makers for its winter fair in Bloomsbury. If you’re looking for beautifully-made gifts with an individual touch, pop along and pick up hand-printed homewares from Tamasyn Gambell, blankets from Chalk Wovens and hand-woven eri silk scarves from Annaloom.

Blanket by Rose B Brown.

There will also be rare vintage fabrics, haberdashery and many more handmade textile treasures on offer.

Upholstered vintage chair and cushions by Tamasyn Gambell.

Selvedge Winter Fair, Saturday 7 December 2019 (11am – 5pm), Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

Tickets are £10 on the door, or buy 2 for 1 with the code WINTERFAIR19 at selvedge.org

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LOWER STABLE STREET

London’s newest Christmas hub is led by mag turned design/event space and shop Kiosk N1C, who with the makers and designers of Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, have organised a design-driven December programme.

Offering a sustainable alternative to the normal tinsel-festooned festive fairs, events include a crafty Christmas mini-market on Friday 6 December (1-8pm) curated by the team at STORE Projects, held in the market-style open space between the shops.

Expect to find quirky and experimental products made by local designers and makers and Store’s After School club students.

Beeswax candles from Wax Atelier.

There’s also a Granby Workshop pop-up selling colourful and totally unique platters, cups and more (6-8 December).

Granby workshop plates.

The best bit though is if you buy one of the Kent-grown Christmas trees, after Christmas there’s a tree-recycling project – whereby the pine needles of old trees are transformed into gin by Bloomsbury Distillery.

Simply return your tree to Kiosk N1C after 4th January and pick up a gift voucher for a bottle of Christmas tree gin. And kiss goodbye to Dry January…

108 Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ.

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