This weekend saw the Handmade Christmas fair hit the O2 and I popped along to see what it was all about. Hundreds of exhibitors of handmade goodies are gathered together to make it easier for people like you and me to find that perfect gift for someone with an extra special touch. Entry was advertised at £5.00 but when I arrived on Sunday afternoon I was told that it would be £6.50, the £5 price was for people who had booked online in advance only. This annoyed me as nowhere on the site is it mentioned that this would be the case.
What I did think was quite nice was that if you had a ticket for one of the concerts also taking place at the O2 on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night you could get free entry and also collection area which was open until 11pm so people attending wouldn’t have to take their shopping in to the gig. Anyway, there were a lot more stalls than I was expecting so I made sure to wander in a pattern that would allow me to see everything, first doing a loop and then zigzagging my way through the middle. I particularly loved the wide range of Christmas decoration on offer such as these.
There were also gifts of every kind ranging from handmade jewellery to glasses of fudge.
Personalised shoes for the little ones and lots of baked goodies for people to enjoy on Christmas day like cakes and gingerbread.
There were also a surprising number of food stalls where patrons could buy something to eat or drink while wandering the stalls. While I was intrigued by the Christmas sushi I gave it a miss and instead enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate made straight from a chocolate fountain. Mmm…
The prices were mostly reasonable and I saw a lot of stalls offering show only discounts. I even picked up a couple of presents while I was there which I wasn’t expecting to do. There was something for everyone to enjoy and thanks to the huge size of the O2 it was all indoors so it didn’t matter what the weather was like you could spend as long as you wanted browsing. I just wish it has been held a little earlier in the year as less than two weeks before Christmas seems to be a bit late in the day in my opinion. Perhaps mid to late November?