Handmade gifts and tasty goodies on offer in Coldharbour Road

December 01 2014

FOR many, Christmas shopping can mean tackling the masses at a shopping mall or frantically ordering goods online, in hope that they arrive on time.

FOR many, Christmas shopping can mean tackling the masses at a shopping mall or frantically ordering goods online, in hope that they arrive on time.

But traders in Coldharbour Road are inviting locals to an evening of authentic high street shopping, where individual, hand-made gifts, local artists, designers and makers, and delectable treats are aplenty.

The event is organised by CRAFT - the Coldharbour Road Artisan and Free Traders association.

Most of the shops will be opening from 6-8pm on December 4, welcoming customers in with either an ice coldbubbly, a drop of mulled wine or spicy fruit punch, along with tasty baked goods provided by Split Tin Bakery.

Adding to the festive mood, many of the shops will be offering special discounts on the night including SK109, Amelia’s, Rainmaker, Bijoux Gifts.

Rainmaker will be hosting a live body painting event, Heart Space Studios are putting on a "Starry Starry Night" exhibition, and Coldharbour Framery and Gallery will be offering the chance to meet the gallery's many local artists, over a glass of mulled wine.

Also on the night, Carnival Costumes will be out and about in full costume, spreading seasonal cheer, as will the wandering minstrel from the Spanish Guitar Centre.

And before leaving, pick up a Christmas tree from Barry Toogood Flowers.

Hazel from Coldharbour Gallery and Framery said: "If hand-made, locally-produced individual items are your thing, then head to Coldharbour Road where traditional skills are still alive and well – it’s surprising how many things are actually made in this one small area.

"The event is an opportunity for Coldharbour Road traders to thank their loyal customers, who gave such great support in ensuring that the area around the shops was not included within the residents' parking zone. In fact, the area has not only retained its free parking, but also gained much-needed limited waiting areas for shoppers on the side streets near the shops.

"The Christmas Open Evening is a chance to discover the range of crafts available on the street: dressmaking and costume design, furniture-making, picture-framing, as well as the traditional skills of the barber, hairdresser, florist, baker, and more."

Offers

SK109: 10% off hair products including GhD

Amelia’s coffee shop: 10% off Belle & Boo

Rainmaker: 10% off jewellery

Bijoux Gifts: order a dolls-house and receive a 20% discount on dolls-house accessories