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Merton Abbey Mills Arts and Crafts Village Market

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by Lynn Bradshaw (subscribe)
An English and IT teacher, and would-be writer, living in north London. I like to spend my free time travelling, visiting new places, taking photographs and cooking.
Published May 28th 2012
Merton Abbey Mills
Entrance to Arts Crafts Village

Every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm the Merton Abbey Arts and Crafts Village is a throbbing hub of craft stalls and eateries. Situated alongside the River Wandle behind the Savacentre in Merton, this is a real find in South London. The village is based in the former Liberty silk-printing works and is a self-contained mini village. All the buildings have been restored and information plaques tell the story of the print works.

The outdoor market is perfect for wandering around on a summer weekend, with lots of different craft stalls catering for all tastes.

For the hobby crafter there are several stalls and shops selling an amazing range of craft supplies such as gem stones, paper, elements and so on. All the products are on offer at reasonable prices. For those who want the handmade look without actually doing the crafts you can pick up handmade toys, bunting, jewellery, handmade greeting cards, recipe books and so on.

Handmade Crafts Stall

There is an excellent stall where you can buy handmade bread, local cheeses, homemade beer and cider and chutneys. Perfect for a summer picnic.

The jewellry shop runs small tutorials on jewellery making for a few pounds and you get to take away the product you made.

The onsite pottery shop is powered by the watermill in one of the original buildings used by the William Morris company. Pick up a piece of handmade pottery or take a lesson and make your own.

For the children there is an afternoon theatre, with a varied programme.

You can eat in the cafes, restaurants or the William Morris pub. On a hot day, take a picnic and sit by the River Wandle watching the waterwheel go round.

Pick up a leaflet for the Wandle Trail and enjoy a stroll along the river.

To get there:

Merton Abbey Mills
Watermill Way
Merton Abbey SW19 2RD

Buses: 57 152 155 200 352 393

A 10 minute walk from Colliers Wood tube station

Merton Abbey Mills is on Merantun Way A24 and there is a large carpark opposite the village and one in the Savacentre.
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Why? Perfect for handmade crafts
When: Every Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Where: Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Merton Abbey SW19 2RD
Cost: Free
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