Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
The Piazza Lights Up
On Sunday I went to Wimbledon Odeon to see Saving Mr. Banks, and as I approached the cinema complex I saw the Christmas Market on the piazza. I did not have time to look around, but hoped that it would still be open by the time my film had finished.
Wimbledon Christmas Market
Fortunately it was. At half past four, the market still had another hour and a half buzz time to go. Although it was not late, winter time meant that darkness had already set in. This only added to the festive atmosphere because all the lights were twinkling.
The first stall along the isle was Bookish, a children's book specialist. They were selling books for ages up to about twelve years old, but most were for much younger children. There were lots of picture books, such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, character sticker books like Jess the cat from Postman Pat, Disney Pixar activity books, and some Enid Blyton. All the books are in excellent quality, and have a great buy one get two free deal.
Next I stopped at a knitting craft stall, where a man was selling the cutest woolly animal hats you've ever seen. The designs included a tiger, donkey, cow, cat, mouse - my favourites were the sheep and the bunny rabbit. At £12 each, they were very good value.
My new gloves.
As well as the hats, he had head bands for £7, and snuggly woollen fingerless gloves with a super soft lining. Since my gloves are past their best, I bought a pair for £5.
Barkat Soaps sell artisan beauty products using natural oils and butter. On the website her soaps are £4 each, but at the market you can get them for £3 or two for £5. Barkat do a range of different soaps; the ones made from crystal glycerine produce the strongest scents and create a creamy lather, while the oil based soaps are the most moisturising on the skin. Some of the scents included jasmine, honey & oatmeal, mint, and marshmallow. My favourite was a heart shaped soap that smelt like summer berries.
Pressies for pooches.
If you like giving Christmas presents to your pets, then there are going to be some very happy doggies this year. The next stall had lots of chew toys, dog beds, and leads. And for those who walk on two legs, gifts include dog mugs, puppy gift wrap, plush toys, and guinea pig themed shopping list notebook.
Binky and the Book Babies
I skipped passed a few jewellery stalls before coming to the end of the isle, where Binky and the Book Babies were sure to send many a little girl into grabby-hands mode. Heather Willey set-up the business, with the aim to create educational books for young children. The books are based on the tales of four girls, all of whom are made into ragdoll characters that the books slot into.
In the centre of the piazza, there are a number of hot street food stalls, where you can get Indian curries from Khanage, German sausages, pulled beef and hot chocolate at Nom Nom London.
The last stall outside Morrisons a variety of handmade gifts and decorations for the home. Wimbledon Christmas Market is open Fridays-Sunday until the 22nd December.