Escape the Highstreet
By Sinead Koehler, Founder of the Crafty Fox Market
Since we started the Crafty Fox Market, London’s favourite independent design markets, in 2010 a lot has changed and evolved. We’ve held dozens of markets, hosting hundreds of independent makers from across the country and beyond, we’ve added new venues and introduced craft workshops to every market – we’re all about mixing it up. Entry is free and with DJs, the café and the bar to enjoy, you can really make a day of it.
A bit about the Craft Fox Market
There is an inspiring roster of designers taking part from across the country. Markets take place seasonally with a mix of special one-off events and regular venues in Brixton, Peckham and Shoreditch.
Shop for homewares, fashion, prints, jewellery, accessories and more – there’s always something for everyone to discover. We work with guest curators to handpick the ever-changing selection of makers for each market, keeping the line-up fresh and offering opportunities for new designers.
How did it all started
Before I started Crafty Fox Market I was a maker myself, so when I dreamt up the idea of a craft market that supports small makers, I knew that it was so important to offer crafters access to as many potential customers as possible. Our markets allow independent makers to have a chance to introduce their wares to a new audience and meet customers face to face (some showing their work for the very first time in the Uncovered section).
London Christmas Markets 2015
Christmas shopping isn’t always seen as the most fun of activities…! But this December we hope to remedy that and offer stressed gift shoppers the chance to break free from the high street and step into the wonderful world of Crafty Fox Markets. We’ve got four events lined up for this year’s festive season with thousands of great gift ideas from hundreds of our brilliant makers. Shop with a warm festive drink in your hand, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the opportunity to chat to the makers and get the story behind the products.
Brixton Christmas market | Dogstar | Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December
We’ll be starting the Christmas shopping season with our Brixton market at the Dogstar on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December, with 100 great makers taking part over the two days (different line-up each day), plus The Tea’s Knees tearoom and a screen-printing workshop by Justine Ellis.
When: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December, 11am – 5pm. FREE entry
Where: The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ.
Christmas Night Market | The Museum of London Docklands | Tuesday 8th December
Our next stop is an exciting new addition – on the evening of Tuesday 8th December we’ll be joining the Museum of London Docklands and holding a special night market as part of their Christmas celebrations.
When: Tuesday 8th December, 4-9pm. FREE entry
Where: The Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL.
Peckham Christmas Market | The Bussey Building | Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December
Then on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December we’ll be back at the Bussey Building in Peckham with 60 different makers taking part each day, plus origami and printing workshops a full bar and DJs.
When: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December. 11am – 5pm. FREE entry
Where: The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.
Night Christmas Market | The Geffrye Museum | Thursday 17th December
Our final market of the year is another exciting one-off special – we’ll be holding a Christmas evening market at the atmospheric Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, finishing off the festive season in style.
When: Thursday 17th December, 4-9pm. FREE entry
Where: The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA.
Head on down to a Crafty Fox Market this December and make someone’s Christmas with something handmade, unusual or unexpected.