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It’s beginning to look a lot like Craft-mas

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Spread the festive cheer this Christmas with gifts from the marvellous markets and workshops taking place across the Winchester district. So, let’s channel our inner elf and get crafting!

🎅 Five fabulous craft workshops for Santa’s little helpers

  1. Make your own pom-pom Santa at The Arc from 18 December to 20 December. Kids will learn the art of making adorable pom poms and transform them into their very own Santa Claus in this 1.5-hour workshop. Book now.
  2. DIY reindeer ears at The Arc from 19 December to 21 December. Children will be guided through this 1-hour workshop as they design and assemble their very own set of adorable reindeer ears. Book now.
  3. Make your own lolly stick gingerbread house at The Arc from 20 December to 22 December. Children will construct their own miniature gingerbread house using colourful lolly sticks, which they can then decorate with buttons, glitter and pom-poms. Book now.
  4. DIY snowman bowling at The Arc from 21 December to 22 December. Children can craft their very own snowman pins and enjoy a jolly game of snowman-themed bowling in this 1.5-hour workshop. Book now.
  5. Christmas family craft workshops at Winchester Cathedral from 18 December to 21 December. Every day, families can join the Winchester Cathedral Learning Team as they create something new, from angel tree-toppers to star ornaments. Book now.



🎄 Seven sensational ideas for a perfect handmade Christmas

  1. Origami Christmas cards at The Arc on 30 November 2023 – join artist Sachiko Mason as she helps you create origami Christmas cards which will bring festive joy to friends and family. Book now.
  2. Chocolate baubles at The Arc on 1 December. In this festive edition of the Arc After Dark series, the team from Chocolate Craft are returning to guide you through creating your own unique chocolates using the finest ingredients. Book now.
  3. Christmas wreath making at Lainston House on 3 December. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you craft your very own wreath under the guidance of expert florists, followed by afternoon tea. Book now.
  4. Watercolour workshop at Gilbert White’s House on 6 December. Local artist Julia Morgan will show you how to create your own charming festive Christmas cards and gift tags in this watercolour workshop, which is suitable for beginners and improvers to watercolour painting. Book now.
  5. Festive wreath-making at Hambledon Vineyard on 8 December. Nicola from Petals & Posies will guide you through the wreath-making process, which you can enjoy alongside a complimentary glass of Hambledon Classic Cuvee and gourmet nibbles. Book now.
  6. Festive floral arranging at Hambledon Vineyard on 23 December. Create a stunning floral centrepiece for your Christmas table with Camilla from Camilla’s Creations alongside a glass of Hambledon Classic Cuvee with some light nibbles. Book now.
  7. Needle felted robins at BellaCrafts Fair Oak on 17 December. The tutor will teach you all the basics of needle felting while you soak up the Christmas atmosphere in BellaCraft’s cosy barn. Book now.


🎁 Four festive craft markets near Winchester

  1. Christmas Market at Winchester Cathedral from 17 November to 21 December. Free to enter and recognised as one of the best in Europe, tourists travel from all over the world for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location and handpicked, high-quality exhibitors. Find out more.
  2. Festive Makers Market at The Arc on 9 December. Take an opportunity to support local and handmade at The Arc Festive Makers Market 2023, where you will find wares from talented makers and artisans and tempting festive drinks and snacks. Entry to the market is free. Find out more.
  3. Christmas Craft Fair at Gilbert White’s House on 2 December. There will be a range of stalls in the 16th Century barn selling handcrafted, locally made items. Meanwhile, Yuletide performances will be given by the Prize Old Mummers and Alton Community Choir in the Great Parlour and traditional mulled wine and mince pies will be available from the old kitchen. Book now.
  4. Christmas Makers Market at The Nutshell from 9 December to 10 December. This hand-curated market will feature some of the areas most talented independent crafters, who will be on hand to discuss their creative process, tools and techniques as well as selling their finest products. Find out more.