Victoria Baths decks the pool halls with seasonal sparkle for its Festive Winter Fair
Victoria Baths is about to put the sparkle into Christmas shopping with the arrival of its Festive Winter Fair on Sunday 12 November (11am to 4pm). Conjuring up all the seasonal traditions into one fabulous experience in addition to 50 shopping stalls, there will be mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas carols to enjoy.
Indie makers, crafters and local businesses will be filling their stalls with gorgeous products and original ideas that will give your Christmas gift buying an injection of the wow factor. The Tea Room will be open serving sweet and savoury snacks, local choirs will be getting you in the festive mood with renditions of your favourite carols and there will be a Kids Festive Trail for some Family Friendly fun. The three pool halls mean there is plenty of space and no need to the battle the elements, with the vaulted glass roofs keeping everyone nice and dry (though do wrap up warm!).
Curated to be your very own gift guide you’ll find an array of ideas for your nearest and dearest from pocket money prices to bespoke commissions. Oozing with creative inspiration are the stunning home and jewellery products crafted in macrame and crochet from Knots And Kissesxxx. Based in Glossop the work of Cassie Cooper is in beautiful contemporary colours and also features kits so that you can create your own piece or gift a bit of crafting. Turning up the brights there are textiles from the imagination of Gingham Flamingo and for those with a spirit of adventure there is the collection from Hachure Active, which is eco conscious and stylish in equal measure.
Artists will be showcasing vast collections of work and there are great names to look out for including Pink Tiger Design, Mooky Doodle and Mint To Be. There are also artists thats work includes local scenes, such as Debbie Hill, and artists that are inspired by the exotic and colourful, such as Laura Kate Draws. Artistry is also evident in the ceramics of All Fired Up, which are the handiwork of ceramist Sharon Howarth who looks to the natural environment for her influences.
Jewellery will be on lots of Christmas lists this year and the selection from makers covers timeless classics, handmade items and bespoke creations with those exhibiting including The Magpie’s Daughter, Joolzery, Odile and the Bijou Box, Susan Smit Venning, Sulie Bear Silver, The Mountain and Me and Aisling Chou Studio. One of the joys of the festival is being able to see the jewellery close up in a way that you can only do in person.
Shoppers really will be spoilt for choice, with other focal points including sculpture, candles, glass, and stationery and the icing on the cake will be the work of Little Cherry Cake Company!
Entry is £6 with a donation to Victoria Baths Trust (or £5 without) and free for Under 16s and VB Friends. In order to observe the two minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday the doors will open at 11.05am, but people will be able to gather outside and join in this moment collectively at 11am. Tickets can be booked in advance.
If you want to combine a shopping experience with a tour of the building you can book a joint ticket and take your place on either the Discover Victoria Baths tour at 12noon, 1.30pm or 2.30pm or the Off Limits Tour at 1.00pm. An entry and tour ticket costs £14 with a donation to Victoria Baths Trust (or £13 without). Entry and tours are free for Under 16s and VB Friends (limited tickets). Tickets can be booked in advance.
All proceeds from the Festive Winter Fair help to support the work of Victoria Baths Trust, which oversees the upkeep of the Grade II* listed building and ensures that it remains open as a cultural venue and community resource. For further information about Victoria Baths visit www.victoriabaths.org.uk