Guest post by Helen from LOIS - a new shop in Peckham selling handcrafted items made by designers, makers and artists working in the UK.
While some of you might be thinking that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Peckham has decided that Christmas will begin on 14th December. It’s the only explanation for the incredible bumper weekend of festive excellence coming to SE15 that weekend. If you’re in any way tickled by independent designer-makers, locally produced fodder and general community spirit, here are just a few highlights to whet your appetite.
Crafty Fox Market
Saturday 14th December, 12pm – 6pm, CLF Art Café, The Bussey Building
An amazing line-up of traders with their beautiful handmade wares awaits visitors to the Crafty Fox Market at the Bussey Building. Impress your friends and family with unique gifts and chat to the makers as your browse the stalls. Workshops on offer include paper-cutting with designer Lisa Levis, screen-printing and letter-press. Entry is free and children are welcome. Timeout, The Evening Standard and Elle Magazine have all listed Crafty Fox in Peckham as one their top Christmas Markets.
Bellenden Road Christmas Market
Saturday 14th December, 10am - 5pm, Bellenden Road - Choumert Road
Expect that fuzzy feeling when you walk down Bellenden Road as local shops put on a veritable feast with fresh produce market stalls, hot food vendors, live music and a Christmas tombola. I hear Father Christmas will be making a special appearance as well. And don’t forget to wander down Choumert Road as well - there’s a vintage fair at LOIS, festive treats at Cafe Viva and a brand new Patisserie called Southerden.
£3 Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 14th December, 12pm-6pm, Nunhead Salvation Army. @3PoundBazaar
Ever wondered what happened to that local Christmas fete you used to go to every year? Well, it’s back, but not as you knew it. Part art concept, part festive fayre, expect local designer-makers selling unique handcrafted goods for a maximum of £3 an item alongside a mini golf course and live performances. Your faith in true Christmas cheer will be restored.
29th November - 20th December, 11am - 5pm daily, Peckham Space. @Peckham_Space
Peckham Space is showcasing the work of local artists in it's annual OPEN exhibition. Drop by any time to dream up your own festive designs in their Wrapping Paper Factory, and add your creation to the exhibition.
Artist Open Studios Winter Weekend
14th - 15th December, 11am - 6pm, The Arches, Blenheim Court, Blenheim Grove
Artists at the Arches Studios will be holding their annual winter open weekend. It’s a chance for you to see what goes on at the studios, to meet the makers, buy some unique gifts for Christmas, all with a glass of tipple from the Lot 9 Bar.