Christmas market a big success
On Sunday 19th November the Burton Street Foundation held its 8th annual Christmas Market. We're really happy with how it went!
The day kicked off at 11am when the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, officially opened the market and welcomed yuletide visitors from across the city.
The winners of the 2017 Christmas card competition were then announced. You can read more about the competition and the judging process in our earlier blog. Needless to say our Lord Mayor didn't find it easy choosing her favourites. The winning designs were printed up and became the Burton Street Foundation's 2017 charity Christmas cards. The packs of cards went on sale at the market and they sold out within a couple of hours, which just shows how great the designs were! Huge congratulations to the winners; Edna Clare, Hayley Jessica Rhodes, Stacey Jefferies, and the guys at Burton Street's Impress Printing Club.
The market then began in earnest. Approximately 40 traders joined us, offering a wonderful range of unique hand crafted produce. From art and photography prints to jewellery and homewares, the very finest of Sheffield's makers and crafters had something to offer every taste and every pocket. You can read a few trader profiles by taking a look at the event over on Facebook.
Downstairs in the Undercroft Cafe the festive pies and the fully loaded turkey sandwiches were a huge hit, and up in the bar the mulled wine and mince pies went down a storm. The cafe and catering staff did a great job making sure things ran smoothly despite their busiest day on record!
Upstairs in Burton Hall entertainment was provided by a great range of local performers. We had chilled out acoustic folk and blues sets from Conor Murphy and Leon O'Doherty, a wonderfully uplifting vocal performance by our talented friends at A Mind Apart, and an impressive brass performance from the always fantastic Stannington Training Band.
Santa had a very busy day, with children queuing out of the door of his grotto keen to tell him how good they'd been. After the event he told us he was very impressed with everyone he met, and he'd make sure they all got the presents they deserve! The kids activity room was a hive of activity pretty much from the start, with our glitter tattoo and face painting artists working hard all day to meet demand. We wonder if this had anything to do with the amount of tigers and pandas seen around the market as the day went on?
The FOBS (Friends of Burton Street) were in their usual spot, running their popular cafe and cakery. The Burton Street raffle and tombola stalls were always in high demand, and the bar staff were pulling pints and pouring mulled wines all day.
Tucked away in the corner, the first Humbug Hall erm... happened too. But we'll let you click here to read the separate, blisteringly exciting Humbug Hall blog.
All in all the event was a huge success, and we had an absolutely great day.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered in the planning prior to the event, and to those who joined us to help out on the day. We'd like to thank all the traders who brought for sale such a wonderful and wide range of gifts and crafts; the singers, musicians and performers who created just the perfect ambiance; and most of all we'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along, had fun, did some Christmas shopping, ate, drank and were suitably merry!
We look forward to next year!