The Friends of Southwark Cathedral host a number of events throughout the year

Christmas Market

1 December - 3 December 2017

Now a regular feature of Advent at Southwark Cathedral, this Christmas Market can be found in the marquee located on the north side of the Cathedral.  The exhibitors have been selected for their high quality and unique products, the stalls are full of beautiful and delightful gifts many of which are hand-made. 

There will also be a raffle with some wonderful prizes, a snug where you can take the weight off your feet and enjoy a Christmas movie and of course home-made mince pies and warming mulled wine.  The Friends Annual Raffle, with amazing prizes of treats and gifts, will be drawn on Sunday 3 December at 4.00pm.  Tickets will be on sale throughout the weekend.

Opening hours

Friday 11.00am–7.00pm

Join us from 5.30pm and enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine as you take the opportunity to shop during our late evening opening hours.

In the Cathedral the Barnardo’s Christmas Carol Concerts will take place at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.  Two magical Carol Concerts filled with children’s voices.  Both of these Carol concerts ticketed and available via eventbrite.

Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm

In addition to our Market in the marquee our ‘Christmas Snug’ will be open serving mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.  Take a seat and enjoy a Christmas movie on our big screen, chat to your friends and take a break from the busy-ness of the festive season.

In the Cathedral there will be Christmas music provided by choirs and organists throughout the day.  Performers include the following:

12.00pm - 12.40pm 

 Stephen Disley  - Assistant Organist and Director of the Cathedral Girls' Choir

12.45pm - 1.15pm       

Ed Hewes - Southwark Cathedral Organ Scholar

1.30pm - 2.00pm         

Bermondsey Voices - All female community choir singing popular Christmas Carols

2.00pm - 3.00pm


3.00pm - 3.45pm         

Merbecke Choir - Southwark Cathedral's Chamber Choir of young adults will be rehearsing music from their evening concert which take place at 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Lisa Gutwein, author of Doorkins the Cathedral Cat will be signing copies from 1.00pm in the marquee.  The purrrfect Christmas present for any child or cat lover!

Sunday  10.00am-5.00pm

Our last day is Advent Sunday, a final opportunity to purchase something special for Christmas. 

Congregation member, historian and journalist Leigh Hatts who will be signing copies of his latest publication Keeping Advent and Christmas: Discovering the Rhythms and Riches of the Christmas seasons from 12.30pm in the marquee.

If you love watching the delightful adventures on Britain's canals of Timothy West and Prunella Scales, then join us at 1.00pm in the marquee as they will be signing copies of their latest publication Great Canal Journeys.

As well as the usual Cathedral Services throughout the day, the Cathedral Advent Carol Service by candle-light will begin at 6.00pm.


The Friends Christmas Raffle always offers some fabulous prizes and this year is no different.  Through the generosity of local businesses we have a great selection of prizes on offer.  Tickets will be available to purchase on all three days of the Market and the draw will take place on Sunday 3 December at 4pm. 

Aqua Shard - Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2

Fish! - £100  Gift Voucher

Bread Ahead - £80 Gift Voucher

Konditor and Cook - £50 Gift Voucher

The Refectory at the Cathedral - Afternoon Tea for 2

Penguin Random House – a selection of books

Copy of Doorkins Magnificat book signed by the author and illustrator 

Two tickets for the screening of London Symphony silent film by candlelight in the Cathedral on 23 February 2018

Gift Vouchers for Singing Lessons with Soprano Kristina Mansbridge, MA PG Dip

Plus many more prizes still to be announced!

Exhibitor List

Country Essentials

We sell a range of accessories ie hats, fascinators, scarves, ponchos, handcrafted jewellery, feather broches, glvoes, wraps, handbags, purses. Our range includes items we make oursleves or hand embellish baing individual and unique to us.  We use natural, manmade  material and recycled fabrics

Piccolo Originals

Handcrafted fused glass art, light shades, grammed art, bowls, Christmas decorations and accessories

Elizabeth Welch Glass

Hand made Borosilicate glass sculpture made in a studio in West Sussex.:  octopus, seahorses, dragons, glass birds, glass hedgehogs.


Aloe vera based dinking gels, personal care products, weight management and utritional supplements

Cherubim Kids

Childrens clothes:  hand-made tutus, dresses and trouser sets, knitted booties and hats.

Classy Glass

A range of hand-made glass Christmas decorations

Victory Soaps

Handmade soaps and accessories


Luxury silk cushions with appliques designs, range of purses and hags made using recycled fabrics from denim to velvet.

Emma Jane Jewellery

Beautiful jewellery and original clothing

Clever hands

Handcrafted leather goods, pouches, purses and bags.

Khamis Elzeki

Handmade jewellery of European origin:  metal or silver with stones and glass

Chapman’s Aromatics

Aromatic prodcuts made with herbs and essential oils including soaps, bath salts, melts, creams, balms and pot pourri

Upper Glass

Stained glass panels, glass decorations, copper foiled objects and fused glass.

Milenka Designs

Children’s gifts:  aprons, personalised bookmarks and door hangers, soft toys, comforters, etc.

All Fired Up

Dichronic glass jewellery, scarves and eco chic foldable bags.

Phoebus Jewellery and Photography

Artisan jewellery:  fine silve and bronze using various types of beads mainly murano glass.  Photograpich prints using archive paper.

Silver Gems Gifts

A wide range of scarves in various designs and fabrics, prints and winter weights.  Gloves and hats.

Lizzie Kershaw Jewellery

Handmade silver jewellery inspried by plants and flowers:  earrings to chokers.

Twisty the Caribbean

Caribbean food and drink.

Magnetic Health Jewellery

A range of magnetic jewellery designed to give health benefits.

Roz Lowe Ceramics

Handmade and unique items for the garden and home.

Orchard Objects

Handmade by craftsmen in India:  felted animal rugs, bags and stone vessels.

Peak Jewellery

Modern jewellery made using traditional techniques, handcrafted sivler and gold including collections inspried by nature geometry and the night sky.

Crystal Candles

Handmade crystal lighting collections:  a variety of original designs using rock crystal and wireless rechargeable USB lighting for uniue energetic lighting experience.

Natural Stone

Marble, limestone and onyx bowls, plates and platters used for decoration and serving.

Southwark Cathedral Shop

Meet Lisa Gutwein, author of  Doorkins the Cathedral Cat book

Patricia Ellis

Handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations by RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winner

Sweet Sister Sugar

A delicious range of home-baked cakes and treats  suitable for all dietry requirements