The Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair saw the streets come to life with markets and live entertainment on Saturday 28 November – even actor Pierce Brosnan stopped by to check out the festive fun!
Added cheer was provided by Miss Christmas and friends, who danced and sang for all to enjoy, the magical Whippersnapper’s Santa’s Grotto at Alleyn Park Garden Centre and carols performed by the South London Youth Theatre, Dulwich Opera Company, Concordia Chamber Choir and Friends of Dulwich Wood Primary Choir in the entertainment tent.
The dulwich trader’s Christmas decoration workshop was busy with festive makers who decorated the Park Hall Road Christmas tree with their glittery creations while Brixton Night Market street food stalls, Dulwich Bakery and The Rosendale Pub provided tasty treats. The Henna Artist at Jaadu proved a popular attraction too. On Rosendale Road, merrymakers were entertained by Nimble Arts musical storytelling, the Rosendale Primary School Choir, free face painting and another chance to meet Santa at Wigwam toy shop.
West Dulwich, situated around Rosendale Road and the crossroads of Park Hall Road and Croxted Road is a vibrant collection of over 20 shops, many awarding winning in their own industry. The Alleyn Park Garden Centre was picked by the Independent newspaper as the best garden centre in London, Dulwich Books were voted the best independent bookshop in the UK & Ireland in 2014 and the dulwich trader regularly wins the best small retailer of the year in their industry awards. The array of independent shops include Wigwam, Scotch Meats, Jaadu, Thomas’s Schoolwear, Jo Partridge hair & beauty, Italian deli La Gastrominica, Belmont dry cleaners & Half Moon Studios.
The fun continues this weekend when the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker swings into action on 5 December, when Lordship Lane and North Cross Road will burst into festive life with music and roaming entertainers.
Roll up your sleeves and get baking as local bake club, Band of Bakers, will be hosting a Mince Pie Bake Off at the Brick House Bakery to raise money for the Peckham Foodbank. Entrants will battle it out to win one of a selection of prizes, including meals at ToastED and Franklins, as well as East Dulwich Picturehouse cinema tickets, as well as the chance to be crowned the Mince Pie Bake Off Champion 2015. There will be 3 categories to enter: traditional mince pies, alternative mince pies and children’s bakes. The competition will be judged by an impressive panel of expert bakers as well as the Mayor of Southwark. Click here to enter
Or, if Christmas jumpers are more your thing, enter the East Dulwich WI’s Great Christmas Jumper Competition to raise money for Southwark Foodbank.