You may think the words ‘cool’ and ‘craft fair’ do not belong together. Well, think again! Here is our round up of the must-visit events to soak up some Xmas cheer, while stocking up on presents from some of the UK’s coolest designers, makers, artists and illustrators.
The London Illustration Fair
Ok, so it’s not actually a craft fair, but it’s still on our must-see list, with plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities! Featuring over 70 of the UK’s freshest illustrators, designers, print makers, plus a pop-up Crafty Fox Market (which does sell hand-crafted homeware) , live DJ and Christmas bar.
Where: Bargehouse – OXO Tower Wharf, London
When: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th December
Tickets: £5 General admission / Children under 12 years of age go free.
Cockpit Arts Open Studio
Cockpit Arts plays host to some of the capital’s top designer-makers across its two sites. Now, you’ve already missed out on their Holborn open studios, so make sure you don’t miss the chance to pick up a beautiful hand-crafted present or two in Deptford, when they open their doors this coming weekend. We’ll be there , although we’re not promising we won’t treat ourselves to an early present or two!
We’re especially looking forward to seeing beautiful hand-woven textiles from Catarina Riccabona, gorgeous prints from Jen Rowland and intricately illustrated homeware from Josie Shenoy.
Where: Cockpit Arts Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
When: 3rd- 6th December
Tickets: £3 on the door
Selvedge Artisan Christmas
Selvedge Magazine will be hosting two Christmas fairs, one in London and one in Bath. Like the magazine, the fairs focus mainly on textiles but there are some other goodies to be had. In particular, do check-out Emma Wood, Forest and Found and Montes and Clark at the Chelsea Old Town Hall event.
Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
When: 3rd-4th December
Where: The American Museum
When: 12th December
The London Artisan
Held every Sunday at The Old Truman Brewery in collaboration with Designers/Makers, The London Artisan markets host a wide-range of makers plus artisan food stalls and talks.
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, London, E1
SUNDAY 6 December
SUNDAY 13 December SATURDAY 19 December
SUNDAY 20 December
Christmas Crafting with Oh Comely Magazine
Finally, here’s one for those of you who fancy getting crafty yourselves! Join the lovely folk at Oh Comely magazine along with special crafty guests for an evening of hands-on crafting and festive fun.
Where: 71a Gallery, London
When: Thursday 3rd December, 7pm
Tickets: £12, book in advance
There are many more events being held in London and around the country and we’d love to hear your suggestions for other must-sees! Happy Christmas shopping!