As promised, here's a rundown of some awesome sounding local events happening in the run up to the festive period.
Christmas fairs and markets are a great opportunity to find unique gifts away from the high street, as well as supporting local and/or independent businesses.
Anyhoo, let's kick this off.
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Plus-Sized Clothes Swap
Although this event is based in Leeds - it's worth an honourable mention as it's being organised by Kirsty of Fatty Unbound.
Clothing swap event for sizes 14+
Pink O’Ween Craft Fair Extravaganza
Halloween/Bonfire Night themed event with stalls and auctions.
42-50 Bell Street,
North Shields Fish Quay,
50p entry (Children free)
All proceeds towards Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Survival Trust
Cake and Craft Stall
Stall run by 3rd year Ceramics students.
Asburne House is soon to be no more, and is a lovely old building (I took Photography classes there during my time at uni) so go and support some local Art students.
Tyne And Wear
All proceeds towards the students' final degree show.
Newcastle's Affordable Vintage Fair
Event which comes around to Newcastle several times a year - but also visits most major cities. Check their website for your local events.
Sells vintage clothes and accessories from 1920s-1990s. Also includes local jewellery designers.
Northumbria Student's Union,
2 Sandyford Road,
£2 Entry/£1 NUS & OAP. Under 12s free
Make and Mend Market
Stalls selling jewellery, retro clothing and accessories, homeware and baked goods.
Nun Street/ Grainger Street
South Shields Fireworks
No an event per-se. But I go to this every year and it's so much fun!
The funfair opens for a day off-season, as well as lots of yummy things to eat.
Be sure to wrap up warm, it's always freeeeeeezing on the seafront.
Tyne & Wear
Bede’s World Christmas Gift Fair
Stalls selling homeware, cards and local produce.
Tyne & Wear
November 20th – 3rd December
Bi-annual event held in the centre of Newcastle.
Stalls selling the "sights, sounds and smells of Europe". I recommend the Dutch pancakes and French guys selling cheese!
7th – 11th December
Similar to the Continental Market, but has a lot more stalls selling 'gifty' things for Christmas.
The Canny Comic Con
SO gutted I'm going to have to miss this. A small festival of comics and art.
Also includes talks, panel discussions and workshops.
Newcastle City Library
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne,
If you know of any more, please leave a comment or send me an email and I'll be happy to add it to the list!