Having been to quite a few festive-themed markets this year, I can honestly say that quite a few were not as interesting as I’d hoped.  Some organisers manage to add the spark that makes for a market that is not only beautiful to look at, but has a wonderful variety of carefully chosen stalls, with products made with care.

Others… do not.

But, all is forgiven, because one of my very favourite Christmas markets is coming up…

The Designer Maker Market made its debut last year and it was a big hit, as far as I was concerned.  Lovely venue, beautifully presented courtyard and stalls, quality products.

This year, the market will stretch over 3 days, instead of just one, and there will again be a carefully selected group of designers and crafters.  An improvement on last year will be the “host of food offerings” available (including The Creamery, yay!) and the fact that Jacques Erasmus’ Hemelhuijs café will be open for the duration of the market (got a bit hungry last time!).

I’m very much looking forward to this market – and can’t wait to see what beautiful creations will be on display.

Location:  Freeworld Design Centre , 71 Waterkant St (on fanwalk).
Dates & Times: Wednesday 14 December 2011 – 3.30pm until 9pm, to coincide with Carols by Candelight at the church / Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December 2011 –  10.30am until 9pm (16TH is a public holiday).
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Free World Design Centre website.  Contact Lauren Shantall 072 615 1560


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