The big day has finally arrived and a whole range of fun events and openings are planned for Saturday, December 1st in Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill. Listed below are some of this weekend’s highlights. For a full listing of all Christmas events please go to:
Sydenham Community Hub – “Jill”, 27 Sydenham Road
Jill will be launching with a showcase and sale of art and crafts by local artists & artisans from the Sydenham Visual Arts Trail. PLUS:
- 11am-1pm An appearance by Lisa Comfort of Kirsty’s Homemade Home fame and author of Sew Over It. Lisa will be running a children’s crafting workshop making Christmas decorations.
- 1pm Official opening of Jill by Sir Steve Bullock, Lewisham Mayor, followed by a performance from local surrealist poet Ronnie McGrath.
Conquer’s Wardrobe Pop Up Shop, by Conquer Gear – Unit 4, Station Approach, Sydenham
Sydenham’s first pop up shop is Conquer Gear at Unit 4, Station Approach. Along with showcasing fantastic urban clothing, they will be celebrating with mulled wine, music, food and… wardrobes! Did we mention the wardrobes? Sounds intriguing! For more on Conquer Gear, go to: http://conquergear.com/blog/
Also in Sydenham and the local area this weekend:
Sat 1 Dec, 11am-3.30pm, St Christopher’s Hospice Christmas Festival: festive stalls, entertainment and Father Christmas!
Sat 1 Dec, 1-4pm, Our Lady & St Philip Neri primary school Christmas Fair, 208 Sydenham Road SE26
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, 10am-6pm, Alexandra Nurseries Christmas Fair, Estate House, 56b Parish Lane, Penge SE20: original handmade gifts & seasonal foods
Sun 2 Dec, 10.30am-3.30pm, Artisan Christmas Market, Trattoria Raffaelle, 94 Sydenham Road: Christmas gifts, artisan breads, mulled wine – and pizza!
Sun 2 Dec, 11am-4pm, Cancer Research UK, 101 Sydenham Road: Grand Christmas Opening with Mother Christmas, Xmas wrapping service, lucky dip, raffle and mince pies
Pen & Gravy/Modernish Collaboration Pop Up Shop – 161 Kirkdale
The launch of this fantastic pop up shop with contemporary ceramics, prints, lampshades – and much more! To see some of their inspirations, go to: http://penandgravy.tumblr.com/
PLUS The launch of the community art wall where participants will be asked to do a self-portrait doodle. All willing participants will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on Christmas Eve. Prizes will include lampshades, ceramics and screenprints. There will also be live window drawings from Pen & Gravy’s Jamie Palmer and an opportunity to customise your own mug with ceramic markers. Music, food & drinks starting early afternoon.
SEE3 Kirkdale Vintage & Retro Market – Kelvin Grove School, Kirkdale SE26 6BB; 10am-5pm
Come and celebrate the launch of Kirkdale’s new Vintage & Retro market – soon to become a regular event!
- 10am-12.30pm Alex Carter & Serge will be singing songs from the 30s and 50s
- 1.30pm-2.30pm Lisa Comfort, author of Sew Over It, will be signing copies of her book
- 2.30pm-3.30pm Children’s crafting workshop with Lisa Comfort making Christmas decorations
PLUS: Kirkdale Village Traders will be offering a “Day of Discounts” on Market Day, with special offers at Alhambra, 148 Kirkdale, Avalon, 144 Kirkdale, Cafe Jasmine, 149 Kirkdale, Kirkdale Express Dry Cleaners, 155 Kirkdale, Behind the Boxes, 98 Kirkdale, Foxes pub, 150 Kirkdale, Antoinette Costume Hire, 134 Kirkdale, Caribbean Queen, 123 Kirkdale, PMS Printers, 10 Willow Way, La Bonne Bakery, 138 Kirkdale, En Vogue Nail & Beauty Centre, 170 Dartmouth Road, SD Glazing, 99 Kirkdale, Wooster & Stock, 110 Kirkdale.
Also in Kirkdale, Sat 1st, 1-3pm, St Bart’s Primary School, The Peak SE26 4LJ – Christmas Fair
SEE3 Forest Hill
The Butchery Ltd Pop Up Shop – 49 London Road Forest Hill
All those who have visited the Forest Hill Food Fair will have encountered The Butchery. From this Saturday they will be running Forest Hill’s first pop up shop, with a fantastic range that includes Mangalitza pork from Chipping Norton, native breed Old Spot pork from HMP Hewel Prison Farm, Llanwenog lamb from the Forest of Dean, 45-day dry-aged Dexter beef from champion breeder Michael Bancroft, plus poultry including free-range chickens, ducks, wild pheasant, rabbit and mallards. There will be an opening special offer of dry-aged native breed beef mince at 6.95/kg, and in the afternoon home-made Krupnik (Polish Honey Christmas Vodka) to warm visitors up. In the morning Laura of Paura’s Pantry will be on hand with chutney and jam samples. Franklins from Lordship Lane will be collaborating with The Butchery to provide fresh fruit and veg throughout December.
Also in Forest Hill this weekend
Sat Dec 1, 12-3pm, Christmas Fair, Fairlawn School, Honor Oak Road SE23 3SB
Sat Dec 1, 6pm & 8pm, Canvas and Cream, 18 London Road SE23: Ice Queen indulgence in the gallery (and every Fri/Sat throughout Dec)
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, 12-5pm, Havelock Walk Open Studios; for more info, go to: havelockwalk.com