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Catford Mews’ first Christmas Fayre is today

Plenty is planned as the Mews gets set for its first festive celebration

Catford Mews has been transformed into the Enchanted Mews, the ultimate Christmas destination and, starting today (December 1) is the first of its weekly Christmas Fayres. During the period up until the 22nd the Mews will feature festive workshops and experiences, family screenings of Christmas classics, an enchanted Kingdom with Ice Castle and a pop-up Beefeater gin bar for the grown-ups.

Capturing the season’s spirit, Catford Mews has built an immersive Enchanted Kingdom – complete with Ice Castle – taking inspiration from recently released Disney blockbuster Frozen 2. While children explore, parents and carers can enjoy the pop-up Beefeater gin bar which opens for the festive season. The Enchanted Kingdom will also be available for private bookings and experience-led children’s parties, with afternoon teas, wreath making or bauble painting available to book now.

From today, a traditional Christmas Fayre will pop-up within the Enchanted Kingdom every weekend until just before Christmas, showcasing a selection of locally sourced food, drink and gifts from some of the capital’s finest vendors. Visitors will be able to buy their Christmas trees from Tree-ly and an exciting range of Christmas gifts will be available to purchase, including plants from Canopy Plants, homemade prints/stationary from BADDesign Store, books from Dinky Dot and Christmas bouquets and wreaths from Into the Wild Florist and Wilde Jasmine.  

The Enchanted Mews kicked off its festive screenings with Disney’s blockbuster Frozen 2 on November 22 and will offer a series of other family screenings including Cbeebies Christmas Show: Hansel & GretelThe Muppet Christmas Carol and The Grinch. Other showings in December will include live broadcasts of the musical phenomenon Les Misérables: The staged concert, one woman show Fleabag and Swedish cult classic Fanny & Alexander. Plus, Star Wars fans can enjoy a triple bill and The Rise Of Skywalker midnight screening on December 18!

Throughout this month, the Enchanted Mews will also offer an exciting variety of events, from a BREXMAS election viewing party, with politically themed games, drinks, and live coverage of the 2019 General Election on December 12, to a Christmas Film Quiz on December 10, and live music performance from The Bleedin’ Liberties on December 15, plus film-making workshops for kids with Animating Education on the 15th (film-making focused) and December 20th (animation focused).

In addition, the Enchanted Mews guests will be able to enjoy delicious and warming delights from mulled wine, cider and gin cocktails at the bar and from Compound Coffee, plus treats from the Catford Mews food stalls including; Daun’s DeliPatty ManFUSÉ and Bears Dough.

Getting there: Train – closest stations are Catford and Catford Bridge; Buses – the following run to the Catford Mews: 185, 202, 75, 47, 136, 54, 199, 208, 171, 320, 124, 284, 160, 181 and 336.

We have previously featured the opening of the Mews.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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