Markets and Craft Fairs move online to Support Sheffield Makers

Markets and Craft Fairs move online to Support Sheffield Makers

19 November 2020

It’s normally this time of year that Sheffield plays host to a whole load of Christmas market events and craft fairs, offering a wealth of opportunity to pick up fantastic unique products by local producers.

Of course, things are a bit different this year and the physical versions of these events have unfortunately had to be cancelled in line with government restrictions.

However, a host of event organisers have got creative themselves so that independent makers and crafters don't miss out on the crucial trade these events offer to them.

We’ve rounded up the events we know about so far, so don’t miss your opportunity to bag some amazing products and support our local independent makers, artists and crafters. See a rundown of events below and please note some of these events are time limited...

Yorkshire Artspace- Online Open Studios
21 & 22 November, 10am - 5pm
The Yorkshire Artspace  annual Open Studios event is a unique showcase for a plethora of amazing artists and makers. In the absence of a physical event, organisers hoping to capture some of what makes Open Studios so special by using their online platforms this year. You’ll still be able to meet the makers with Artist Spotlights, view their art in an online gallery, buy artwork and take part in activities via pre-recorded video demonstrations and talks.
Visit: http://artspace.org.uk/articles/open-studios-2020


Etsy Sheffield: Online Christmas Market
21 & 22 November        
Etsy’s Sheffield makers come together each year to collectively host a market, normally in one the city’s notable venues.  This year though, you can discover lots of local Etsy sellers from the comfort of your own home, at their very first online Christmas market. There will be a directory of all the sellers taking part with links to their shops and social media, live and pre-recorded videos from the sellers with behind the scenes chats and guided tours of their studios. Plus many of the sellers will also be offering exclusive event only discounts!
Visit: www.sheffieldsellers.uk/christmas-online-market

Endless Love Creative: Winter Makers Market Online
21 & 22 November
Another creative platform, with lots of Sheffield sellers involved! Endless Love Creative are going virtual with 70 Curated independent makers each featuring up to 20 of their latest pieces and exclusives. This online event will allow you to shop at your own pace over two days, plus meet makers with live interviews and process workshops during the weekend.
Visit: www.endlesslovecreative.com

Nether Edge Virtual Craft Fair   
When the Christmas edition of this popular community event was unable to go ahead, organiser Jean Allen, sprang into action and turned an idea into a brand new website packed with some of Nether Edge Farmers Market and the Art & Craft Fair favourites. The Fair is even laid out in online aisles, the same way it would be normally, so you can stroll it virtually.
Visit: https://netheredgefair.mystrikingly.com

Sharrow Vale Virtual Market                                 
In the absence of the actual event, Sharrow Vale Market organisers have set up a webpage with details for all the stallholders online, so you can peruse, get lots of ideas for unique gifts and visit the stallholders’ websites to purchase products direct.
Visit: http://sharrowvalemarket.co.uk/virtual-market

Chatsworth Christmas Market
One of the biggest regional Christmas Market events takes place just over the border from Sheffield at Chatsworth House, normally. However, like all large scale market events Chatsworth had to cancel but they’ve also taken the event online. From Christmas decor and wreaths to jewellery and delectable eats, you can view the traders and shop from home.          
Visit: www.chatsworth.org/events/christmas-market

 

For more ideas for Sheffield Christmas Shopping, head to our Sheffield Shopping Online guide here: https://bit.ly/SheffShopping featuring a whole host of fantastic independent businesses with online shops for you to peruse.

Also, keep your eye on This is Sheffield’s website, as they launch The Shop – coming soon with lots of Sheffield’s favourite indie makers and creators all in one place. www.thisissheffield.app/shop/

Hosting an event? If you would like us to add your virtual Christmas market or craft fair to this page please contact us on: wms@sheffield.gov.uk