Join us on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for the Scottish Maritime Museums second Christmas market!
The popular Christmas Market returns to the Scottish Maritime Museum on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2023 as the huge Linthouse gallery is transformed into a wonderland filled with a variety of enticing artisan stalls. Giving you the chance to support small enterprises and local charities when you purchase the hand-made and unique gifts, that could be the perfect inspiration for those difficult-to-buy-for friends and family.
All can be found as you will walk through the stalls that make up this spectacle of handmade treasures and unique gifts. All laid out in the magnificent setting of the cathedral like Linthouse building and which is open for FREE! There’ll be plenty of gift ideas, home décor, glass art, handmade bags, Christmas decorations, cards, children’s clothes, hampers, jewellery, hand crafted personalised gifts, silk scarves, soaps, candles, art, photographs, and much more.
For added enjoyment you can also participate in a special Maritime History Tour with rum tasting which can be booked by visiting the ticket pages found in the link HERE. Tickets are limited for this so please book early.
Not be missed and included for free is access to the exhibition ‘Painting with Sound – Short Walks along the West Coast of Scotland’ by local artist Keith Salmon. Keith will have stall just outside the exhibition where you can buy prints and originals.
There are ‘pay what you can’ children’s activities, further details below and a one-way system will be in place so there will be plenty of room to shop in comfort.
Food & Drink
If all the shopping leaves you in need of refreshment, if you fancy a cuppa or something more substantial after all that Christmas shopping and crafting, you’ll find delicious refreshments at the ‘Linthouse Coffee Bar’, including hot chocolate, other beverages, biscuits, and cake! from the Little Bird Bakery. A full menu at the ‘Puffers Café Bistro’ is just a short stroll away on the Harbourside, offering festive dishes overlooking the Garnock and River Irvine estuaries.
Children’s ‘Make and Take’ sessions will be running all day!
Sign up at reception to take part in these ‘pay what you can’ sessions and all material provided. Suitable for from age 6 and is a great family activity.
Meet characters from Ayrshire’s shipping and trading past and hear of some fascinating nautical facts. After a look at some fascinating vessels and exhibits in the museum you will walk to the shipyard worker’s tenement flat and then onto the boat shop. From there it’s a visit to a reserved seat at the Captain’s tasting table to sample some delicious IslandSlice Rum.
Not all areas within the Linthouse Building will be accessible and some Museum objects will not be in full view for the duration of the Christmas Craft Market.
The Linthouse is all on one level providing excellent access.
There are no advance tickets for the Christmas Market, so get here early.