Here is your shoppers guide to what to expect at the first CR7 Market which opens for business with a bumper Christmas edition.

Thornton Heath Community Action Team is running the three month street market pilot which starts on December 16 from 10am-4pm.

The monthly market gives local artisans, crafts people and food vendors the opportunity to showcase their goods with plenty to browse and buy. The majority of vendors are local and most stalls are selling handmade or locally sourced products and there are sure to be plenty of stocking fillers you won’t be able to resist buying!

The CR7 Christmas Market in Thornton Heath will have an open-air ICE RINK on Saturday 16 December.

This is a fabulous opportunity for the area and it is guaranteed to be a popular part of the market. There will be no need to go to a pricy open-air ice rink in town, when the real thing is on your doorstep but we need your help to deliver this. 

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the Ice Rink appeal and helped us reached the £2,100 target.

The cost of using the rink will be £5 for a 30-minute session and a maximum of 35 people can use the rink at any one time. All donations over £10 will receive two tickets for the rink.

If you want to book your tickets in advance, please click on the Donate button then proceed to book your slot:

The ice rink is being provided by Hi5 events, a leading event organiser, producing and delivering innovative and market-leading event ideas for over 20 years. It will be installed in Garnet Road car park access via Stuart Road or alleyway opposite Leisure Centre. There will be refreshments while you wait and music for you to skate to.

The Thornton Heath Community Action Team, which is organising the market, is excited to be able to bring this open-air ice rink to Thornton Heath for the benefit of the whole community. Get your skates on and enjoy!

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To celebrate Christmas there will be plenty of other activities during the day aside from the market and ice rink. These include a Santa’s Grotto and Sleigh at the Barbers Shop, carol singing, and activities for children in the Salvation Army centre. Many local organisations will have stalls inside the centre showcasing their talents and handing out information about local clubs and activities. There will also be performances of spoken word, dance and singing.

THCAT have canvassed all local businesses and encouraged them to get involved and have had a lot of support. We are already planning the next street market which will coincide with the Lumiere Festival of Light in Trumble Gardens on January 27 from 4pm to 9pm. The festival which will include local peformances and workshops is part of the Croydon 2019 bid to become Borough of Culture. The January market will feature stalls at Ambassador House, the Job Centre as well as the Whitehorse roundabout from 12 to 6pm with stalls open later in to the evening in Trumble Gardens.

If you want to be assured of a place you will need to book NOW: weekend@cr7market.co.uk

The market is part of a three monthly pilot starting on December 16. We are hopeful that in time funding set aside as part of the regeneration for the street market will be released by the council but in the meantime we have received financial backing from local councillors Alison Butler, Jamie Audsley and Humayun Kabir towards the pilot.

The ultimate plan is that the market will be run by a market manager and work towards being self-sustainable. The Thornton Heath Community Action Team street market sub committee said: ”We see the market as a way of encouraging new businesses to get on the first step of the ladder towards perhaps one day having a shop on our High Street. There is so much talent out there but often people feel they have to leave to get on – when it would be so much better if we could support them on their journey. There is no doubt also that a street market will bring increased footfall to existing established businesses. We want to make this a day to remember and we are calling on the Thornton Heath community to get behind the market and not just support it but get involved on the day.“

If you would like to volunteer on the day get in contact if you would like to help: weekend@cr7market.co.uk