The shops are full of festive goodies, the lights are going up around the streets and radio stations are in the full swing of things, there’s no denying it any longer, Christmas is just around the corner. With one month to go until the big day arrives, have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
High street stores may be bursting at the seams with all sorts of things you could buy as presents for your nearest and dearest, but whilst we are being encouraged to return to our local high streets instead of shopping with the big companies online after the effects of the pandemic on shops, small independent businesses are really looking for a good Christmas season to give them a boost after the last 20 months or so. And here in Plymouth, there’s a great way to shop small and local.
Royal William Yard in Stonehouse, once a major victualling depot and part of Devonport Dockyard, is now a thriving hub of business and leisure with shops, offices and restaurants and in the run up to Christmas, it becomes home to a weekly food and craft market, showcasing local small businesses.
Normally taking place on the first Sunday of every month, the Royal William Yard food and craft fair will be open on the 5th, 12th and 19th of December for your shopping needs. From locally produced fudge, cheese and gin to jewellery, toys and artwork, there is something for everyone with a range of budgets.
Events such as the Royal William Yard Food and Craft fair are very important to small businesses as they allow them to sell their work directly to their customers, and those looking to shop small and shop local love the face-to-face shopping experience and the chance to look at an item in person before they buy. This is something that we have all been missing over the last 20 months with events such as these closed down due to the pandemic and now that they are back, with Christmas fast approaching, it is the perfect time to support these businesses.
The Royal William Yard Good Food and Craft fair takes place between 10am-3pm on Sunday 25h, 12th and 19thDecember 2021. Parking is available on site but is slightly limited and be aware that traffic can build up coming in and out of the yard
For further information of what stalls you can find at the fair, visit the Royal William Yard Website.
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