A Christmas pop-up showcasing Manchester’s independent makers opens at Kampus today

Ancoats Pop-Up and The Flat Baker team have come together to open a one-stop-Christmas-shop at the city centre neighbourhood.

By Emma Davidson | November 10th '22

Opening today, Kampus has transformed into a cosy Christmas den, packed with alternative gifts, baked treats and handmade, locally sourced products from Manchester’s finest creators.

Dubbed ‘Merry Kampus’, the takeover includes a tempting schedule of crafty workshops and masterclasses, so visitors can get in on the action to create their own handmade gifts for friends and family. 

Merry Kampus – Pop-Up Shop

From today, the shop will be open Thursday & Friday (8am – 4pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10am – 4pm). Expect locally sourced and dreamy ethical products, including bees wax candles; jewellery and ceramics; prints and calendars; vintage clothes; and locally brewed beer. 

Whilst browsing, shoppers can tuck into indulgent delights from Manchester-based bakery the Flat Baker, who will serve up their all-time classics, as well as a selection of festive-themed treats. 

Stockists at the pop-up, open until Sunday 18 December, will include Neighbourhood Brew; John Douglas Gifts; Gra-Designs; Catherine Wood Vintages Wardrobe; Lorna Robey; Jive Prints; Brazen Prints; Mark Levelle; Blumeli; El Booth Jewellery; and the Flat Baker.

Merry Kampus – Weekly workshops

Visitors will also get the chance to roll up their sleeves and get crafty this Christmas, creating hand-made gifts for alternative presents this year. 

Workshops and masterclasses will takeover the Kampus Bungalow on Thursdays and Sundays at sessions staged by different local independent business. 

The run of workshops is set to include a cocktail making masterclass from Witch King Rum, a vintage bag upcycling session with Kou Kou, wine tasting, embroidery workshops and much more. 

The festive celebration follows a successful run of Sunday markets from Ancoats Pop Up at the Kampus garden neighbourhood, just opposite Canal Street. 

Alice Longson, of Ancoats Pop-Up, said: “People are being so much more conscious now about choosing sustainable Christmas gifts and we know that Manchester loves getting behind homegrown businesses creating beautiful things. For that reason, it just made sense to set up an indie Christmas shop at Kampus and showcase some of the brilliant Manchester-made products as a real alternative to the high street. 

“We’re creating a super cosy Christmas vibe in the Bungalow, where people can come and hang out, meet the people behind the handmade gifts and indulge in delicious sweet treats whilst they’re here. Those that want to get in on action can also join the workshops too.

“Our run in the Kampus garden this summer has been a real treat, it’s fantastic to de-camp to the Bungalow and put on something special for the festive season.”

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