Best Christmas Craft Markets in London

With the festive season upon us, what better way to make the Christmas shop more enjoyable than by avoiding the crowds and finding truly unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. Over the years, craft markets and handmade gifts have become more and more popular.  The days of craft markets just selling an array of knitted tea cosies have gone and what's now on offer is high quality, bespoke products.

London has become the heart of craft markets, with a different event on nearly every weekend. We've decided to list a few of our favourites this Christmas season.

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Sunday 19th November 12-5pm - SoLo Craft Fair

Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 8HH


SoLo Craft Fair is returning to the iconic Prince of Wales in Brixton for a festive event with over 50 independent traders selling everything from homeware to art to fashion. They are known for having very high quality traders at all their events. In addition to the craft stalls, there will be a Game of Thrones jewellery making workshop and kids play area. The market often boasts a line up of musicians and the bar will be serving drinks - so all guests can have a break from their Christmas shopping! Free entry.

 

Saturday 25th November 11am-4pm - Love West Dulwich

Rosendale Road, Dulwich, SE21 8EZ


Dulwich is big on Christmas Markets this weekend with Love West Dulwich and Dulwich College Christmas Fair. Love West Dulwich is a lovely community event that is happening across two roads in Dulwich. The Craft Fair is on Rosendale Road with a smaller, selective group of independent traders who sell everything from fashion to art to cakes. There will be DJs playing Christmas songs and performances by local kids' classes and workshops. Around the corner on Croxted Road there will be a range of street food and other entertainment. A great event to bring the family to. Free Entry.
 

 

Sunday 26th November 11.30am-4pm - Dulwich College Christmas Fair
 

Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD


Friends of Dulwich College will once again be throwing their incredible Christmas market which takes over the grounds of this beautiful historic school. The grounds will be separated in to different sections to serve your festive needs. There will be the shopping hall, street food, Santa's grotto, activity zones and a charity football match. Entry is £3 and free for under 18s.

 

Sunday 3rd December 10am-5pm - Beckenham Market

Venue 28. 28 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4LS

 

Beckenham Market has brought 'Shopping with Soul' back to South East London with lovely community events that include food stalls, drinks, craft traders and tons of entertainment for the little ones. This event is going to have a special festive spin on their normal bi-monthly market with Santa's Grotto, wreath making and other family festive activities.

 

Sunday 3rd December 11am-6pm - Bust Craftacular

York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ
 

Bust was born in New York and is seen as one of the coolest indie handmade markets around. They do an event twice a year in London in the beautiful York Hall and this year the market will have over 70 independent traders selling their handmade and vintage wares, DJs and workshops. We also highly recommend signing up to their mailing list for great creative feminist news.


 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 11am-6pm - Renegade Craft Market

The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
 

One of the biggest craft markets in the States crosses over the pond once a year for this huge Christmas handmade fair. Set right in the heart of bustling Brick Lane, the market reflects the energy of Shoreditch with over 100 traders showcasing their unique, handmade gifts. A Xmas craft fair must!
 

Thursday 14th December 4pm-9pm - Crafty Fox Market
 

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA
 

What's Christmas without a night market? Especially with the special combination of the Geffrye Museum and Crafty Fox Market. Crafty Fox showcases some of the best independent traders and they curate their events so there is such a huge range of handmade products on offer. So get off work early, grab a mulled wine and spend your evening browsing the stalls at this great event.

Happy Handmade Shopping Everyone!

Drawn Together Art will be selling at SoLo Craft Fair, Love West Dulwich, Dulwich College Christmas Fair, Beckenham Market and Renegade - Come say hi!

 

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10 Tips to Prepare for Craft Fair Success

Thinking about selling your handmade products at a craft fair soon? What are the essentials you need to remember when selling at craft fairs? 

Craft fairs are a fantastic way of getting your creative products out to the general public. But, if you have never done it before, it may seem a little over-whelming, knowing how to prepare or even what to bring on the day. 

We started Drawn Together 3 years ago and it’s been quite the journey. We’ve certainly learned what to do, and what not to do the hard way! Here are a few things we wish people would have told us when we started out. We have compiled a list of 10 useful steps, with plenty of tips for the new trader, on how to prepare for craft market success.

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1. Do your research

Think about what fair, show or market would suit your products. Would your mini-brand work best in a small family oriented market, a country fair, or bustling inner city pop up? If you get the opportunity, try to visit a few local craft fairs, to eye up the competition. How much are traders asking for products similar to yours? Do you think your products would go down well here? How much does a pitch cost? Do you need to bring or hire a table? What is the expected footfall? Will I need insurance to trade? If you can’t visit a market in person, make sure you do thorough research online.

The big craft fairs are likely to be oversubscribed. To avoid disappointment, it might be better to start by applying to a smaller local market. This is also a great way of testing the waters, before moving on to more established fairs or markets. Some of our best markets have been small local ones, but we have also spent our weekend standing in an empty church hall! Make sure you research the market or fair to see that they are doing relevant advertising for the event.

2.  Prepare your stock

In our opinion, it is better to have a smaller selection of high quality products on offer, than to overload your stall with lots of stock. If it at all possible, try to offer products in a variety of price ranges. If your products are made to order make sure you bring some samples and a clear instruction on ordering and delivery method.

It can be a little tricky judging how much stock to bring to your first market. Be prepared to adjust your stock levels as you go on. You will soon find out which products are most popular. For your first market try to set a realistic target of what you would like to sell. Bring enough stock to meet your target, then a little extra just in case. Most craft fair organisers will ask you not to pack up before the end of the fair, so it is important to bring enough stock. 

3. Think about branding

It is worth thinking about branding, even as a new trader. Branding can start as simple as a logo and a business card. But if you want to go further, a mood board can be useful. Write a short description of your products and explain the story behind your brand. Think about fonts, material, colours and packaging that compliment your products. Try to identify your typical customer. How would your brand appeal to them?

4. Create your stall display

Making an impact with your stall display is important, as it is the customers’ first impression of you and your products. But don’t worry, a  great display doesn’t have to cost much to produce. Try to be inventive with the materials you use, and use colours that complement your products. You could try adding personality with some interesting props. Creating height is also a great way of increasing the impact of your stall, and an eye-catching banner will help customers remember you name. 

Get the dimensions of your table and create a mock up of your display before the market, to make sure it looks the way you want. We have found mock-up very useful, as often the actual size of the pitch is not quite as big as you might have imagined! 

5. Think about payment

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When we started accepting card payments our sales more than doubled and now the majority of our sales are made with cards payments. Many companies, such as iZettle and PayPal, now offer affordable card readers, even for small traders. You will have to pay a fee for using a card reader, usually a small percentage of your sales.  In our experience, the fee will generally be earned back quickly by the increase of sales from taking card payments. Having a card reader can also encourage customers to buy a more expensive item, or several items, from your stall.

6. Get informed

Make sure you read up on all the information from the event organiser, to avoid any surprises on the day. What is the size of your table or stall? Is there a floor-plan, and where is your stall located on it? How is the parking arrangements at the venue? Is your stall upstairs or downstairs? What time can you set up from? What is the best route to get to the venue? Is there Wi-Fi? Are there mains power sockets near your stall? If you can’t find the information you need in any of the material the organisers have sent you, send them a friendly e-mail to find out. 

7. Promote

Make sure you promote the event on social media, as well as telling friends and family, colleagues, or anyone you think might be interested in buying your products. Post pictures of your fair preparation, to build up excitement about the event. We always like to offer our customers a multi-buy deal to encourage sales on the day, or you might want to consider a discount code. 

8. What to bring

Our essential Craft Fair Kit:

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Stock to sell, tablecloth, props for stall display, trading name sign, price tags or price list, cash box, change for float, mobile phone & charger (or battery pack), business cards or other promotional material, mailing list, pencils and pens, bags or other packaging material, notebook to record sales, sellotape, scissors, string, cleaning cloth, card payment reader (if you have one), copy of your Public Liability Insurance (if needed).

Other things to consider:

How is the lighting at the venue? A battery powered lamp might be useful to illuminate your products in dark venues. A print rack or clothes rail could be handy. Check with the organiser first, to see if these are ok to bring. If possible, take along some work in progress. We like to bring a sketchbook to keep busy during quiet times. Customers will love seeing how your products are made!

9. Get packing

Pack everything you need the day before the event. Don’t forget to charge your card reader if you are bringing one. How will you get your stock safely to the venue? Can you carry everything yourself, or will you need a helping hand? We have certainly been caught out before and barely been able to lift our bags! We now use a large wheelie suitcase. A folding load carrier would be another good option. Print out the directions to the venue, so you can find you way in case of phone or SatNav failure.  

10. On the Day

Get an early start to make sure you get to the event on time. Try not to arrive too early though (yes, it does happen), as the event organiser could still be setting up and you might not be allowed in. Find out what time is the earliest you can arrive. You will soon be a pro at setting up your stall, but until you have done it a few times, make sure you give yourself plenty of time! 

If it’s your first market it might be a good idea to bring a friend to keep you company and help you out on the day. If you will be selling on your own it can be useful to bring packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water, to keep you going.

Don’t worry if you find it stressful to talk to customers at first. Just try to give off a friendly vibe and have fun. Take clues from customers’ body language. Do they want a quiet browse, or do they look keen have a chat? Smile, engage with costumers and be proud of your products!

Good Luck!

Best Unusual Galleries in London

Any art lover is incredibly lucky to live in London, with amazing galleries such as The National Gallery and the Tate galleries, displaying some of the world's most important artworks. However it is easy to get distracted by these and forget about the smaller gems normally hiding around the corner. Here at Drawn Together we have compiled a list of our favourites. 

 

Hauser & Wirth

23 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 2ET

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Hauser & Wirth Gallery

 

A smaller, white cube gallery in the heart of Mayfair. Hauser & Wirth is known world wide for representing modern emerging and established artists displaying any type of artwork from painting to video to installation. Each exhibition is perfectly curated, and Hauser & Wirth has been home to many of the more controversial art shows in London from Paul McCarthy's political sculptures to their interactive community centre. Check ahead for what's on as the gallery is closed inbetween exhibitions. 

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The Courtauld Institute of Art

Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

 

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Situated inside the beautiful Somerset House, the Courtauld displays what we personally feel is one of the best collection of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings in London with artwork from Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in the permanent collection and exhibitions from Henri Tolouse-Lautrec to Cezanne's Card Players to modern artists such as Frank Auerbach. 

Courtauld.ac.uk

 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Rd, Dulwich, SE21 7AD

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

 

A beautiful gallery situated in Dulwich Village in South London. The permanent exhibition displays an impressive collection of 17th and 18th Century European Old Masters. The temporary exhibitions are far more varied often exhibiting modern artists such as MC Esher and David Hockney, however, these exhibitions are often very busy so we recommend visiting early. The gallery is surrounded by beautiful grounds, so visit on a nice day! 

Dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

 

Jerwood Space

171 Union St, Southwark, SE1 0LN

Jerwood Space

Jerwood Space

Home of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Jerwood Gallery is a small bright space not far from London Bridge that supports vibrant emerging artists. We highly recommend visiting during the Drawing Prize as this is one of the largest drawing exhibitions in the UK. The show celebrates drawing as a finished art form and the artists are always extremely varied demonstrating abstract to more realistic styles. 

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Workspace

The Drawn Together Art Collective was founded a few years ago in an eclectic South London studio. Inspired by our surroundings and each others work, we decided to join forces and embark on a new creative direction together. We continued working from our first studio for over a year before we thought it was time to move on to something more permanent (and somewhere a little bit warmer...). We’ve recently moved in to a lovely newly built art studio in Streatham in South London, situated in stunning refurbished railway arches, surrounded by a beautiful open roof atrium and original Victorian London yellow-stock brickwork.

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Drawn Together Art Collective Art Prints Artist Studio

As well as our studio space in Streatham we also have our own workspaces at home, splitting our time working between the two. Rebecca’s job as a private art tutor takes her to clients all over London, so she often has to carry out personal artwork on the go, bringing her sketchbook along as she travels through the city. Maria and Hazel tend to be in the studio most days, working on commissions, paintings and illustrations. 

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We’ve tried to make our workspace as homely as possible and surround ourselves with inspirational images and objects. Maria and Rebecca love pinning images, postcards and artwork on the wall for inspiration. Hazel likes to surrounds herself with trinkets and found objects, but when working on her intricate watercolours she tends to keep her desk completely clear of clutter. By a stroke of luck, just as we were moving in to the studio, we managed to salvage two large antique plan chests from a local secondary school that were refurbishing their art classrooms, after a lots of love and polish these now take pride of place in our arch. 

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Working together in an art collective and a shared creative environment has been a great inspiration for us. We all have our ups and down and understand how difficult it can be to keep motivated when working on our own, so it has been fantastic to be able to have a network of fellow creatives at hand to bounce ideas off, or just someone to share a cup of tea and a chat with. 

If you would like to see any of our products before you buy, or talk to us about a possible commission, please feel free to contact us to book a visit to our studio.

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Drawn Together Art Collective Art Prints Artist Studio Streatham London

First market of 2017

We had a wonderful day trading on our stall at SoLo Craft Fair in the iconic Balham Bowls Club.  It was our first market of the year and was lovely to be back, promoting new artworks, meeting customers and other creative stallholders, whilst enjoying the rousing tunes of the local Ukelele Society.  We are looking forward to selling at another unique SoLo Craft Fair event in April, this time at the Prince of Wales in Brixton on the 2nd of April, 12-4pm.  Make sure you pop down and see us there!

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St Lucia Inspiration

The start of the year has been an exciting time for our art collective, as we took our first "work" trip to the stunning sundrenched Caribbean island of St. Lucia.  Inspired by many of the luscious sights on our travels we have begun creating intricate and beautiful artworks of our finds, from the impressive vistas and Piton mountain peaks, to the fragile humming birds and delicate exotic flowers of the tropical botanical gardens.  We hope to debut these artworks as part of our upcoming Spring collection.

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Welcome to our blog

It's all go for our little art collective, with the new year comes this shiny new website which we hope you will enjoy. Following on from the success of a fantastic 2016 we are busy in the studio planning for the coming year.  In February we hope to find creative inspiration from our travels to the Tropics, so keep an eye out for exotic new pieces.  We are also excited to continue trading with our favourite craft markets and look forward to trying a number of beautiful new venues - it would be wonderful to meet you, so please check our calender for dates and locations. 

Hazel, Maria and Rebecca

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