It’s been closed for over six months – but soon Victoria Baths will be reopening its doors as it welcomes visitors to its annual festive winter fair.
Taking place over two weekends next month, there’ll be up to 30 stalls selling a variety of art, jewellery, ceramics, homewares and festive decorations ready to sort out your Christmas lists.
Shoppers will also find high-quality makers from the Manchester area, and Victoria Baths’ own stall will have everything from stocking fillers to fine art, all inspired by the building and its history.
It gives everyone the chance to ‘shop local’ and support independent creative traders at the end of what’s been a very tough year for small businesses.
And for added festive cheer, mulled wine and mince pies will be amongst the treats on offer in the Tea Room.
Timed entry tickets, capped visitor numbers, signposted one-way routes, hand sanitiser stations, friendly volunteer ushers and more will all ensure a relaxed and safe visitor experience.
“We’re delighted to be opening our doors again, for what has to be one of our favourite events of the year,” says Elizabeth Sibbering, operations manager at Victoria Baths.
“The beautiful tiles and stained glass found throughout the building make a really stunning backdrop to all the maker’s stalls.
“There’s lots of spaces for people to explore – including the Turkish Baths suite and two of the former swimming pools, despite some areas needing to be closed for COVID safety reasons – and we aren’t dependent upon the weather.
“Victoria Baths is incredibly lucky to have had such amazing support over the years, from those who campaigned to save this building right through to those who’ve helped us to face the many challenges of 2020.
“This event will be an opportunity for those who love Victoria Baths as much as we do to enjoy spending some time in one of Manchester’s favourite buildings.”
The festive winter fair at Victoria Baths takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November, and Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. To book visit vbfestivefair.eventbrite.co.uk.