Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in the snow, by M. Thompson
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral interior

Shop Better This Saturday

You like presents, you like carols, you like Christmas dinner. Truth be told, secretly you really love Christmas. But you hate the shopping, especially today.

Liverpool Winter Arts Market Flyer 2016

Black Friday encapsulates everything most people loath about the festive season. Grabby shopping, exhaustive queues, the pressure to find the best deals possible, coupled with the worry that your friends and family won’t really like their off-the-shelf goods.

But Liverpool is giving you the gift of better Christmas shopping again this year, in the perfectly wrapped form of Liverpool’s Winter Arts Market, returning with more than 200 contemporary artists, designers and makers selling unique, handmade gifts.

But change is also in the air. This year, for the first time, Liverpool Cathedral, one of the most awe-inspiring buildings imaginable, will provide the perfect welcome to our city’s artisan shoppers. It’s Liverpool spoke to organiser Charlotte Corrie, from Open Culture to find out more about this year’s event.

“This year is special for a number of reasons. Liverpool Cathedral is just the most beautiful building. You feel such reverence and wonderment here. It’s a perfect venue for us because it just feels really Christmassy.

“We’ve also got the best selection of artists and makers we’ve ever had, from across the North West. So there’ll be an incredible range of affordable gifts that include just about every arts and craft gift imaginable.

“People want a shopping experience that’s actually pleasurable with gifts that feel special…”

“Our offer is really artistic with strong vintage and food elements. From screen prints to jewellery, paintings and accessories to beauty products, up-cycled items, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, fashion and textiles, chocolate, fruit liqueurs, jams and chutneys. It sounds cliché, but we think people really will be able to find something for everyone.

“But it’s never just about shopping,’ adds Charlotte. “Music and performance really add to the atmosphere and visitors will also be able to take a break from shopping to enjoy homemade food and drinks in the Cathedral’s Welsford Café and KECS Creative’s Super Silly Scientists will be on hand to keep the kids busy with a festive crafting workshop from 11am – 4pm.”

“We’re not about mad sales or slashed last-minute prices. We like to think about what people really want at Christmas. Firstly, most people want to wait until December, that’s when Christmas starts. People want a shopping experience that’s actually pleasurable with gifts that feel special.

“Our winter arts market is Christmas shopping as it should be and it’s also just a great family day out. People get the opportunity to really browse, be surprised and find something they know someone will really love. We try to inspire people, show them something different and really get them into the Christmas spirit. That’s what people really want.”

So take the pain out of Christmas and enjoy the season more by shopping at Liverpool’s ever lovely Winter Arts Market.

Winter Arts Market
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (map)
Sat 3 December 2016
Entry £2
Under 16s Free
Enter via the Main Entrance

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Published: 25/11/2016