Christmas 20’E17

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The festive season is upon us and boy do we have a treat for you that could give Santa a run for his money! If you’re not feeling festive yet, you will be at the end of this post. Here’s what we have lined up this season.

The final Showcase exhibition at SIDESHOW called Makers Presents, will continue the theme of games and play on a big scale in homage to the enormously popular giant marble run. This exhibition has transformed SIDESHOW into a sparkling celebration of creativity, with giant suspended “glitter tool” decorations made by Rebecca Philips and fairground style games.


The annual Blackhorse Workshop Christmas Market will take place at SIDESHOW this THURS 6TH DEC. Discover gifts and products by local designers and makers. As ever there will be an impressive range of materials and craftsmanship on show from leatherwork by Made of a Kind, to illustrations by Jenny Robbins, and terracotta homeware to wooden toys. From 5pm-9pm, come and feast your eyes and make some great purchases.


The market isn’t the only opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts because you can come and give “The Nifty Gifter” a spin. A wheel-of-fortune style game that helps you select the right present from a loved one from an array of high quality products made from some of Blackhorse Workshop’s profilic makers including, beautiful wooden bowls by Dusty Waters and little house incense burners by Herb Palmer Furniture, the infamous ‘Wobbly Peyote’ by Tim Summers and hexagonal tealight holders by [M]odel Maker. If you’re still undecided, you can give our lucky dip a try for just £3!

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without festive activities too. You can bring the kids along to a ceramic tile tree decoration workshop next week or to our xylophone making workshop on Sat 16th Dec. For the adults, come and join us and Stow Film Lounge for an outdoor screening for the Christmas comedy Bad Santa on Thurs 14th Dec, stocked with mulled cider, street food and popcorn.

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And finally, it really woulnd’t be Christmas without a good party. The ever wonderful WheelpUp Sound System will be back to help us bid Sideshow a farewell with DJs Henry DubRoot Alderson, Jimmy Thunder, Axel Lewis and Vital Sound also on the decks. This will be the last night that the bar will be open at SIDESHOW. The last day coffee is served will be on Wed 20th Dec.

So, feeling festive? Hope to see you at some of our events as we say goodbye to SIDESHOW.