The Shopkeepers: Christmas Special

Inspired by the #womenled campaign being lead by our friends at The Women’s Chapter, is launching a week of events, workshops and shopping experiences in collaboration with some of the wonderful shopkeepers and creative practitioners in our network.

There’s something for everyone – get crafty and learn how to make your own Christmas wreath, enjoy a sensory mindfulness experience that will help you keep cool, calm and collected during the silly season, pick-up last minute gifts and mix and mingle over mulled wine, prosecco and cocktails at one of the shopping nights.

Women truly are the driving force of the UK economy, with female founded businesses adding over £3 billion to the UK’s bottom line over the past year, and it’s our aim to encourage women in Surrey to make an effort to support all of the independent businesses in our area founded or lead by women.

Festivities start on 7th December and end on 14th December with our Merry & Bright Christmas Party at The Cosy in Woking. Check out the full list of events below! Shopkeepers Week events 

7th December – Last Minute Christmas Shopping at The Packhouse, 5-9pm

We’re kicking off Shopkeepers Week at the Packhouse, a treasure trove of expertly curated interiors, homewares, gifts, clothes and so much more from an incredible network of independent retailers. As well as gathering your last-minute gifts and decorations, we invite you to enjoy fizz, nibbles and foodie treats, plus thoroughly festive surprises in our winter wonderland. Tickets are only £8 but use code SHEPACEVIP and save 50%.  Book your place now and we’ll see you there! 


10th December – Mindfulness Workshop with Surrey Hills Wellness at &hobbs, 9:30am – 11am

The lovely Ati Balding from Surrey Hills Wellness will lead you on a sensory journey using mindfulness as a guide. Using her unique techniques that incorporate scent, sound, taste, movement and touch to find calm, you’ll leave the session feeling focused and grounded – a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. VERY limited number so book your space now to avoid disappointment.


13th December – Floral table arrangement workshop with The Oak and the Owl – 10:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm, The Packhouse.

Come and enjoy a festive workshop with Chloe Dorling, floral designer from The Oak & The Owl.  You’ll learn how to make your standout table arrangement, delving into an abundance of gorgeous winter foliages, berries and dried fruits.  A glass of prosecco & festive treats will be served during the workshop. Get a special 20% discount using code XMAS20! Very limited spaces so book now to avoid disappointment. 


13th December – Nibbles & a natter at the Packhouse, 12:30 – 2pm

Step away from the Christmas frenzy and have a coffee with us at the Packhouse. Pop-in to the Summerhouse anytime between 12:30-2pm where we’ll be hanging out and having a chat in between floral workshops, Christmas shopping and basically taking some time out for a laugh.

14th December – Merry & Bright Christmas Party at The Cosy, Woking, 7:30pm – 10pm 

Join us at The Cosy for a pre-Christmas knees-up in partnership with bubble babysitting app. Come along for an ethical, slow fashion pop-up shop of dreams, get your craft on and create a gift for someone and sip on super-tasty cocktails from our good friends at Tattam’s Bar.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and get your Christmas crafting on hand-painting a Christmas bauble with Art and Soul Ceramics. Kristina Lamble, founder of Art and Soul, will be on hand to offer tips and tricks and we know you’ll enjoy the chance to let your mind go and create while you sip some bubbles with friends.

Art and Soul uses high quality unglazed pottery and non-toxic food safe paints. Kristina will take your painted pieces away, glaze them to a high gloss finish and deliver them back to you wrapped and ready for gifting.

For those of you looking to pick up last minute gifts, ED-London will be in the house with a pop-up shop featuring their fantastic collection of ethically produced and sourced accessories, beauty/grooming products and jewellery – all at an awesome price. ED-London strives to offer full transparency throughout the supply chain.  From their own branded collections, right through to all the brands they stock.

If you need an outfit for Christmas Day or perhaps you just want to #treatyourself? Never fear, The Tin Journal & Tumeric House will be there with an out of this world collection of handmade goodies from Goa with love. The beautiful dresses and homewares are Fair Trade and made in collaboration with women workers in India. Clare Watson, designer and creative force behind the brand, has been working with the same artisan family for years.

The more the merrier! Book a ticket, bring a friend and if you need a babysitter don’t forget to #bubbleit.

Need a bit of #giftspo?

If you’re still struggling for gift-giving inspiration we’ve pulled together a series of round-ups that feature products from some of our favourite local businesses.

Affordable gifts your family and friends will love

Gifts for kids you’ll actually want to buy

Presents for men that they’ll actually use

Do good gifts that give back