Time for a Christmas pop up! Six of Somerset’s seasonal best

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Is Christmas starting earlier and earlier every year? :). All the ad's came out a couple of weeks ago, there’ve already been some high profile November Christmas markets and events at gorgeous locations in and around Somerset, the Bath Christmas Market is well underway and even we’ve bought a few things already (unheard of!).

If you’re looking for somewhere smaller and alternative to do your Christmas shopping though, somewhere unique that celebrates all things artisan, handmade, local or sparkling, here’s our little guide to the special ones - the cool Christmas pop up’s we’re looking forward to, that you might fancy popping in your diary for December.

1. Curate Your Christmas, Andelli Art Gallery, 1st-22nd December, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–5pm

The beautiful Andelli Art Gallery has a handpicked selection of gorgeous potential presents for your loved ones, whether you’re buying on a budget or feeling flush! Starting on December 1st, this seasonal showcase combines 20th century and contemporary art, alongside homewares and jewellery - and it features some fab Somerset makers and artists if you’re looking to support local this year (we definitely are).

Jewellery, pottery, candles, art and lots more besides at Andelli Art this December

Unique pieces will include jewellery by Mags Maxwell and Penny Price, studio pottery by Jessie Alcaraz and bespoke Andelli Art candles in collaboration with Cahn Aromatherapy - alongside works by Yeovil born painter Brain Rice, Somerset based artist Victoria Ball, one of our faves Lydia Needle and many more besides. We’ll definitely be heading to Wells for a Christmas shopping trip!

2. St Catherine’s pop up and Cheap Street pop up, Frome, Saturday 15th December 12pm–7pm

Ahh – we do love a pop up event in Frome and there’s going to be a couple of very special seasonal ones on December 15th in St Catherine’s and in Cheap Street.

We’ll be chatting to the organisers of both on our radio show, when we’ll find out more about the exciting plans. In the meantime though, you can be sure there’ll be lots of cool artisan shopping, equally cool music, fantastic food and festive fun.

In Cheap Street, celebrity jeweller Tom McEwan will be popping up at Sassy and Boo...

'Lord of the Rings' Tom McEwan will be popping up in Cheap Street, Frome

... the Frome Street Bandits will be playing their lively tunes, POP! will be having a Wizard of Oz day (OH YES!) and the Three Swans will be having fab foodie pop ups.

Pop down the pub at the Cheap Street pop up!

Everyone from Moo and Two to Resident, from Seed to Assembly will be getting involved in the St Catherine’s event, with the pop up spanning Catherine Hill, Palmer Street and Stony Street too.

Fi Underhill, Old Faithful, The Smoke Folk and Angela Lai Yen will all be popping up for the St Catherine's event

At Resident, Roo Bannister will be popping up with her ancient world-inspired jewellery.

Check out Roo's jewellery collection on December 15th

And wait for it... there'll be mince pies for pups at Winston James Woof. YES! You heard right - mince pies for pups, so our pups Petal and Flower will be over the moon. What a brilliant idea! :)

We'll be just as happy with sourdough pizza by the Rye Bakery, who are popping up on the Hill and with lots more in store, it’s definitely one for the diary!

Make mine a festive pizza on the Hill please! :)

Tune in to Somerset cool Live on Sunday 9th December from 12-1pm on www.frome.fm to hear more - and head to town on December 15th, for a magical festive atmosphere that’s uniquely Frome.

Get your paws on some mince pies for pups at the St Catherine's pop up!

3. Pop up Somerset, For Every Cloud, Bow Street, Langport - Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm until December 22nd

If you’ve been checking out our Instagram lately, you’ll have seen that we paid a visit to For Every Cloud last week to explore the ace ‘Pop up Somerset’, curated by Donna Vale. It features a selection of fantastic local makers, including Rebecca Bruton, Lucy Litchfield, Linda Green, Sue Hazelwood and many more besides.

Creative Christmas cheer at For Every Cloud this year

We absolutely loved it. Donna’s Langport space has come to life with creative seasonal spirit and we couldn’t help but come home with a basket full of goodies!

We particularly love the hoops by Rebecca Bruton

Raggy Roux’s greetings cards made us smile and Sarah makes great cushions and lamps too

A creative local pop up, with a warm seasonal feel

There’s certainly something for everyone, with all price ranges satisfied (we even bought this little pottery sheep by Bridget Gander for a fiver!).

Donna’s a massive supporter of the Just a Card campaign too, which spreads the word about how buying one small thing from any independent business makes such a difference...

Just a card makes all the difference... or just a hoop or a pottery sheep! :)

... so, if you want to shop unique, independent and local this Christmas, pay this little gem a visit.

On December 1st Langport is also having its Christmas Fair, starting at 2pm with over 50 festive market stalls, food, fun and fireworks on Cocklemoor at 6.30pm.

4. Etsy Made Local – Winter Market, 1st December 10am-4pm, CentreSpace, 9a Market Street, Wells

For an array of great gifts handmade in Somerset by a selection of really cool makers, pop on your Christmas jumper and head to the Winter Market at CentreSpace.

All the makers here sell their awesome local creations on Etsy, and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on some 'hand knitted happiness' from Chi-Chi Moi...

The pom poms of dreams! :)

... and to discover more woollen wonders from Sunshine and strawberries.

Something to keep you warm this Winter

The Happy Felt Club is looking mighty fine to us too...

Fabulous felt at the Etsy Winter Market

... and when you combine that with Sheena Spacey’s stunning ceramics, Holly Stocker’s bright enamel pins and illustrations, Claire Lloyd's gorgeous jewellery, Two Dogs & Co for something for Petal and Flower (awesome collars made from pineapple fibres), plus many more fab makers, there’ll be plenty of colour and Christmas cheer at this one.

Seasonal gifts from Somerset's awesome creatives

5. The Drawing Room, Compton Street, Butleigh, December 1st, 2-8pm

It’s all happening on December 1st, so you might need to do a Christmas events/seasonal pop up crawl because there’s also a unique pop up market at beautiful Butleigh coffee shop, The Drawing Room.

There’ll be 19 stalls with wonderful Somerset makers like Dilly and Dot and artist Ness Robinson, carol singers, tea, coffee and scones – now that sounds like our kind of event!

Tea, scones and carol singers, now you're talking!

There’ll also be a raffle with all proceeds going to the local school. Half the proceeds from tea and coffee sales will be going in that pot too, and we think Santa would definitely approve :).

A mix of great makers and an event that supports the local community

6. Kilver Court – The Christmas Room, Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm and Sundays 10am-5pm

We couldn’t really do a seasonal shout out without giving a mention to The Christmas Room at Kilver Court. It definitely puts the 'great' in The Great House at Christmas time!

Climbing the stairs to The Christmas Room at Kilver Court

Now that's what we call a room packed with beautiful baubles!

We can never resist the gorgeous festive drinks in the café there either!

Get your hands on a velvety Mint Hot Chocolate at Kilver Court

And of course, Father Christmas is visiting on 15th-16th December, for a truly magical occasion.

Kilver Court Santa, taken by Melissa Lesage and one of our featured 'Picture of the Week' captures, last Christmas

All in all, if you’re on the look out for unique Somerset gifts this Christmas, handmade with style and love, we hope something has caught your eye here. We love people who do things differently in Somerset and can't wait for a handmade Somerset Christmas in our own home too. Ho ho ho! ;)

P.S. Talking of something different, here’s a shout out for A Very Victorian Christmas at the Somerset Rural Life Museum on December 1st. Stepping back in time, there'll be seasonal craft activities, games, trails and a visit from Santa (he'll be there on 1st, 8th & 15th)! He's very busy at this time of year ;). Entry on December 1st is free, with advanced bookings to see Santa at a cost of £5 (that includes a gift).

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