London’s new two-day family friendly, shopping experience Sample Christmas brings a flourish of gift ideas from the brightest talents in fashion, design, homewares, and food, plus workshops, seasonal entertainment and much more.
Visit 100 designer-makers and explore an extensive programme of live music, street theatre and family-friendly festivities along London’s new elevated linear park, The Tide – created by the co-designers of New York City’s High Line, Diller Scofidio & Renfro.
Visitors will be greeted by the Powerhouse Gospel Choir, as they stroll through a bold rainbow arch created by jewellery designers, Tatty Devine then snuggle up to roast marshmallows and chestnuts, whilst sipping mulled wine at the fire pits.
Explore an illuminated avenue of lights, take a spin on a helter-skelter and follow a brass band around the square. Join in some winter curling, bounce around in giant snow globes, test your skills with a giant buzz wire, or dance yourself dizzy with disco bingo, name that tune, a lip sync competition and a festive dance-off as snow gently falls all around and brings the riverfront to life.
Dotted along The Tide, handpicked trend-setting traders from across the capital and beyond provide festive sparkle with gift ideas and beautiful designs for chic work apparel, colourful children’s clothes, inspiring homewares and locally sourced produce.
Get crafty with a range of workshops offering everything from personalised gifts to decorations. Create sustainable natural wreaths, Christmas cards, gift baskets, ceramic Christmas decorations, copper garlands and so much more…
Families can get hands-on this Christmas with children making sustainable, upcycled presents in Santa’s Workshop in collaboration with IKEA Greenwich.
New eateries surrounding The Tide will host live performances from artists from Sophia Thakur, one of the most recognisable figures in UK performance poetry and Anthony Anaxagorou who is a poetry educator and fiction writer. Julianknxx – a storyteller who moves fluidly between the written word, music and visual art whose work has featured at the Roundhouse, Jazz Café and on the BBC. Mama Fuego provides Latin American and Australian flavours, taste premium wine alongside gourmet pintxos from Ardoa, or visit Market Table for a seasonal and festive food hall experience and Hej Coffee offering innovative ways to enjoy a hot brew.
Winner of BBC2’s Great British Menu 2018 and renowned Chef James Cochran will be joining the event with a brand-new street food concept GOAT. Formerly a 2-star Michelin chef, James takes his inspiration from his Scottish and Jamaican heritage and uses the best local ingredients to produce mouth-watering delights.
Participating independent brands at SAMPLE Christmas include:
- McKinley & Paget providing plant-powered home and personal fragrances
- Laura Nelson who creates elegant pieces of jewellery from off cuts
- Kate Gwilliams brings seasonal sparkle with her embroidered range of bow ties, bags and more
- Bansheeplum showcases timeless hand thrown ceramics and homewares
- Jeya Narrative offers stylish menswear made in the UK
- Ben’s Bakery has a selection of fine dining sweet treats without the pomp
With party season approaching, get preened by beauty collectives offering traditional hair braiding, nails, barbering as well as selling natural skincare products.
This Christmas edition of Sample encapsulates seasonal cheer with the best creative talents from the capital, whilst celebrating slow fashion, sustainable design and ethically sourced produce.
Free to attend on Saturday 7th December & Sunday 8th December from 11-7pm, The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula.
A full list of workshops and how to book here https://www.eventbrite.com/o/yodomo-ltd-19123535207
Nearest tube station North Greenwich or take the Thames Clipper to North Greenwich Pier.