One of things I love most about Autumn is the arrival of brand new seasonal maker markets. With Christmas around the corner, it’s the perfect time to buy presents before the panic sets in. Below you’ll find some of my favourite autumnal maker markets in London – pop the dates in your diaries!
1. London Local Autumn Market
When: Sunday 23 October, 11am – 5pm
Where: Mick’s Garage by Crate Brewery, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN
Why: Last year I went to the Etsy London Local Christmas Market and it was awesome – I bought so many Christmas trinkets to decorate my tree, so I thoroughly recommend it. I’ll be making DIY leaves on Tuesday night to decorate the venue, so be sure to check it out!
2. Renegade Craft Fair London
When: 5-6 November, 11am – 6pm
Where: Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Why: The Renegade Craft Fair is a celebration of DIY spirit – each fair gathers over 200+ new and seasoned independent makers. In November, they’ll be serving up a warm weekend of thoughtfully curated items for gift-giving, DIY workshops, food and drink, seasonal music, and more.
3. BUST London Christmas Craftacular
When: Sunday 27 November, 11am-5pm
Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PJ
Why: The BUST London Craftacular is back, featuring talented, crafty vendors, pop-up cafes, DJs, and DIY workshops. Entrance is £3, and the first 100 shoppers get a goody bag.
I went to the BUST Summer Craftacular last year with my sister and loved it. As well as browsing the wares from independent makers, you can also take part in fun workshops – last year we did a weaving workshop with Peas & Needles – one of my all-time favourite craft workshops.
4. Christmas Crafty Fox Market
When: 3-4 December, 11am – 5pm
Where: Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ
Why: The Crafty Fox Market is putting on a host of Christmas markets – this one is in Brixton, and promises the opportunity to support independent designer-makers for a festive shopping experience – with DJs, drinks, food, and an exciting array of craft workshops – more details coming soon.
If you know of any more maker markets not to be missed this Autumn, please pop them in the comments below. Personally, I can’t wait to start my festive shopping!