WALKING IN AN ARTY WONDERLAND. Winter Arts Market St Georges Hall. 8-9th Dec
I don’t know about you but I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas shopping. Not because of the hustling in and out of shops and the famous reenactment of ‘ Beyond Tethers End ‘ by the all star parent players but more for my lack of inspiration when it comes to finding that present for “that person.”
Like the Old lady who when laden with enough shopping to make her knuckles white declares ” I only went for a few bits” well that was me at 5 oclock today leaving St Georges Hall only a few quid lighter but far more relieved knowing that what was in my bag would surprise and delight my unsuspecting giftees.
Like the poster says 120 or more artists & makers plyed their trade and I have to say that what was on display was beyond what I expected. The quality and originality of the merchandise at times took my breath away . I really was spoilt for choice and so surprised that these small outfits were selling their wares at such low prices. Stall after stall offered an original variation on similar themes whether it was handmade cards , Iconic posters, hats , bags or Jumpers.There was even a stall selling shaving materials for the conscientiously hirsute man. I was very tempted but opted to keep hold of my unkempt chin warmth as it’s my only comfort in this current climate.There were also several performances by acoustic acts in the old courtroom and I was lucky enough to catch Garfangle and the Goods for their Christmas themed set.I also treated myself to a sublime chocolate cake that nearly put me in a coma.
As a lazy shopper who would usually think it adequate to just pop money in a card I left the market with a renewed enthusiasm for the forthcoming Yuletide celebrations And although I originally only went for a few bits it really didn’t break the bank.