There are loads of exciting things going on in the south eastern neck of the London woods this weekend, including festive fairs, feasts and high-street launches.
In Crystal Palace today it’s The Palace Christmas Fair which is from 10.30 – 4.30 at Christ Church. Tomorrow we’ll be going to the festive West Norwood Feast which sounds absolutely brilliant, read more about the fun things happening for children on MuthaThunka’s blog (you can also read about the October Feast we went to).
And today is the big launch date of SEE3, the joint high-street rejuvenation initiative taking place in Sydenham, Forest Hill and Kirkdale (which were granted one of the 27 Portas Pilot grants created by Mary Portas and the government, designed to revitalise the local high street).
Here are some of the many highlights planned for Saturday:
Jill, Sydenham Community Hub – 27 Sydenham Road
Jill will be launching with a showcase and sale of art and crafts by local artists and artisans lead by Bruce Harrison from the Sydenham Visual Arts Trail.
Sweet treats provided by Man-Made Cakes who will be at the Sydenham Food Fair on the 16th December.
- 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 at 1pm 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
Mulled wine, music, food and wardrobes!
Pen & Gravy/Modernish Collaboration Pop Up Shop – 161 Kirkdale
The launch of the community art wall where participants will be asked to do a self-portrait doodle on the wall. 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, with music food & drinks starting early afternoon.
SEE3 Kirkdale Vintage & Retro Market – Kelvin Grove School, 10am-5pm
- 10am-12.30pm Alex Carter & Serge will be singing 30’s and 50’s music
- 1.30pm-2.30pm Lisa Comfort, author of Sew Over It will be signing books
- 2.30pm-3.30pm Children’s crafting workshop with Lisa Comfort making Christmas decorations
The Butchery Ltd Pop Up Shop – 49 London Road Forest Hill
Franklins will be collaborating with The Butchery to provide fresh fruit and veg throughout December so 49 London Road will be a one-stop shop for all of your festive food needs.
On Saturday The Butchery will be providing samples of their own smoked pastrami, sausage rolls and pork pies. Their range will include 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 in Preston Bagat; Fosse Meadows Truly Free Range Chickens, Creedy Carver ducks, wild pheasant, rabbit and mallards.
There will be an opening special 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.
If you’re still stuck for inspiration, you should also read the fab Little Lambeth guide to family activities in the area for the weekend.
Have a great weekend whatever you get up to! Let me know if you go along to any of these events.