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Super cool crafts fair is a Christmas number one

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Shoppers have voted with their feet, declaring Reading’s cool and crafty Christmas experience a huge success, just days after opening.

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MAKE Reading is running in the Town Hall until Sunday, December 7, and has brought together local craftspeople with present hunters. A submersive Father Christmas experience has also been hugely popular while an outdoor street market offers tasty treats and great gift ideas.

The craft market has been set up by Reading arts collective jelly and has brought more than a dozen local artists and creative businesses together to help people shop local and find a unique present to give.

Items on sale include ceramics, prints, vintage dresses, mugs and soft toys – and they’ve been snapped up by happy shoppers.

There has also been a series of workshops and craft sessions aimed at helping people discover what they can do.

It’s part of Reading’s Super Cool Christmas, organised by Reading UK CIC and includes an ice rink in the Forbury Gardens. The arts market opened on Thursday, November 27, while the Santa experience ran over the weekend of November 28 and 29.


Suzanne Stallard, the director of jelly, said of the crowds flocking into the Town Hall: “It’s been crazy. Good crazy!”

“People have been enjoying coming in and browsing and people have been able to have conversations with the makers [of the items for sale]. It’s been super cool.”

With the arts market open until Sunday, December 7, Suzanne is keen for everyone to come and see what’s on offer.

“There’s still time to come down. We’re open to 8pm every evening,” she added.

“Shopping locally helps the local community and you have the chance to buy something that’s hand-made. You can really get to know the makers as well.

“Come and discover an artist or maker in your town.”

For more on MAKE Reading, pop down to Reading Town Hall in Blagrave Street or log on to jelly’s website.

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