Hillingdon shoppers urged to give Eastcote and Ruislip traders Christmas market boost

Local trader Claire Collins from Ruislip will be selling these items Local trader Claire Collins from Ruislip will be selling these items

Hillingdon residents are being urged to spend their Christmas cash with the smaller independent businesses based in the borough, with the Eastcote Festive Market providing that opportunity in coming weeks.

A scavenger hunt and family fun day will take place on the day of the market on Saturday 3 December.

 

Some residents have questioned why the event's official title has dropped the word 'Christmas' from previous years – using 'festive' instead. Hillingdon Council responded on social media by saying that it was re-branded with a new name this year.

The market will be held on national Small Business Saturday UK to encourage people to ‘shop local’ and support their small independent businesses.


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The market offers seasonal gifts and stocking fillers with a variety of stalls from craftspeople and independent retailers selling Christmas crafts, boutique clothing, handmade jewellery and Christmas hampers.

Among them is Claire Collins and Nancy Bailey from Ruislip, who will be selling items, pictured below, under the name Doerupperdoo.

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Nancy said: “I sell items made from upcycled and repurposed materials. It's great that the event is being held to coincide with the national Small Business Saturday UK, with so many start up traders like myself in the Hillingdon area.

“We'd love it if readers came along to say hi to us and see what we have on offer for their Christmas.”

Claire will be selling home-made wooden Christmas decorations created by her father Steve Loosley.

She said: “Eastcote is our home town so we're really looking forward to being part of this festive event and hoping to see some familiar faces.”

Children’s entertainment on the day will include free Christmas craft workshops, Punch and Judy shows, a magician, and face painting.

Visitors will be challenge to crack the code in the Eastcote Scavenger Hunt, with letters hidden along the high street. Those who are successful can claim a prize.

Live street bands and musicians will play throughout the day.


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The Ascott Pub will be hosting a winter barbecue, offering visitors home made cakes and decorative biscuits. Shops along the high street will be decking the halls by entering into the best-dressed Christmas shop window competition, which will be judged on the day by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley.

The event will be held in the Ascott Pub car park on 144 Field End Road between 10am and 4.30pm. Organisers said there would be plenty of Hillingdon businesses involved.

Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for commerce, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Christmas market in Eastcote as it promises to be a fun and festive day out for all the family.

“Hillingdon Council has invested into the improvement of Eastcote town centre by offering funding grants to local businesses, and we hope this event will encourage more customers to support local enterprises and shop within their local community and high streets.”

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