In case you have Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market fatigue already, here are a few great local alternatives over the coming weeks. Enjoy:
Centrepiece 2013 at Symphony Hall
Centrepiece’s annual exhibition at Symphony Hall showcases the work of nearly 30 independent designer maker jewellers from the Jewellery Quarter (including five graduates from last year’s Design Space scheme). Inspired by the exterior of the new Library of Birmingham, this year’s exhibition is themed ‘Links’ and runs until Monday 23rd December. More about centrepiece and the designers that are involved on the centrepiece website.
Crafty Muthas at The Mailbox
The Mailbox has teamed up with West Midlands group Crafty Muthas for a special Christmas market this season. The stalls will sell unique handmade items such as jewellery, accessories, cakes and more. Crafty Muthas is an established crafts group and curator of the hugely popular quarterly craft fairs, Bearwood Handmade. The markets will be open on Friday 29th – Saturday 30th November and Friday 13th – Saturday 14th December, open 1-8pm on Fridays and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. More about their collaboration on The Mailbox website.
Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair
Volume celebrates the best in independent publishing, brought to you by Capsule’s Library of Birmingham Discovery Season. Birmingham’s Art, Book and Print Fair, will host speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair. It is a unique event bringing together existing organisations in collaboration. 5th-7th December. More information on the LoB website.
Made by Walsall Christmas Pop-up
Made By… is a collective of artists, designers and makers, and they are opening their pop-up shop in the Saddlers Centre, Walsall for the second time this year. They will be selling all the items they make and design, as well as vintage furniture, homewares and delivering festive workshops on the weekend of the pop-up. It’s on 5th-8th December. More info on their facebook page.
24 Carrots Christmas Market in St Paul’s Square
The second 24 Carrots Christmas Market takes place in St Paul’s Square on Thursday 12th December. Another opportunity to support local crafter makers and buy your Christmas presents from independents. Event details on the JQ website.
Bert & Gerts
Bert & Gert’s Craft Market will be taking up a weekend residence in the Pavilions Shopping Centre on 29th & 30th November, 6th & 7th December, 13th & 14th December and 19th, 20th & 21st December. Lots of local stalls selling locally made arts and crafts goodies! More info on their website.
On Saturday 14th December the Custard Factory will be teaming up with Digbeth Dining Club and local independent retailers/gift makers to bring you a winter wonderland filled with street food, music, entertainment, shopping, pampering and family fun. Buy a gift that no one else can give from a selection of one-of-a-kind vintage, handmade, bespoke and alternative gifts. Indulge in delicious street food, mulled wine and hot cocktails. Line up tbc, keep a look out here.
Woodstocking in Moseley
There is an event called ‘Woodstocking’ happening at Woodbridge Gallery on 14th December. There will be crafts on sale, as well as performances of live music, poetry reading and storytelling – all contributors are based in the Midlands. Entry costs £1. More info on their facebook event.
—below are events previously listed on this round-up post, but since adding new markets and updating the list they have been and gone–
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