The hustle and bustle of the Frankfurt Christmas Market is in full swing. Birmingham’s city centre is heaving with locals and tourists alike, as they flood the streets in search of festive foods and Christmas gifts. But fighting through crowds of people, just to buy bratwurst or handmade, wooden toys isn’t everyone’s ideal weekend plan.
Those looking for an alternative to the Christmas market might want to head down to The Flapper this Sunday (November 27). From 1 to 6 pm, the grassroots music venue and pub will host a community-focused winter market. Brummies are encouraged to ‘shop small’ at the independent traders and small businesses taking up shop. There will be 17 stalls in the two-story pub selling stocking fillers and handmade gifts in the build-up to the holidays.
Stalls holders include Birmingham a number of artists and designers, including Punks and Chancers, Crafted By Indi, and The Little Jewellery Shop. That’s not all, as you will also be able to grab yourself some baked goods, plants and even ethical taxidermy. The Flapper – known for supporting Birmingham’s grassroots alternative music scene – will also have local Birmingham talents like Christie Reeves and LANI playing live acoustic performances. While food and drinks stalls will keep you well-fed as you shop.
“The team here hope this will be one of many markets to come as we go into the new year. Community has never been more important and we’re keen to do our bit,” says owner Samantha Campbell-Whyte. “We wanted to give people the chance to shop at some of Brum’s best independents before Christmas, and it’s more important than ever to shop small and local during these uncertain times. The smallest purchase can help see a business through – and we’re sure whoever receives the gift will be over-the-moon that it’s from an indie seller.”
Built in 1969, the pub was called The Longboat before becoming the Flapper and Firkin in the 90s. In 2007, Sam took over the venue and it became known simply as The Flapper. It was saved from demolition in 2021 by local support and is Sam’s intention to now “ give something back.”
Next year, The Flapper expects to host more seasonal independent markets, combined with local acoustic artists and pop-up markets from other curators. Sam aims to continue to support small businesses in the area with events like the winter market. On the day, the event will also raise money for Kings Heath Action for Refugees, which raises awareness and funds for refugees and asylum seekers within Birmingham.