Christmas shopping is in full swing at Dinghams, the independent cookshop with branches in Salisbury and Winchester. Consumers are keen to “buy when they see something rather than think about it and come back,” states Becca Hardingham, director of the family run cookshop.
“People are definitely shopping earlier this year; it has been busy over the last few weeks in Winchester and has really picked up in Salisbury over the past fortnight,” reports Becca. “A lot of people are still anxious about Covid and want to get their shopping done rather than leave everything until December.”
The Salisbury cookshop is holding a ticketed Festive Shopping Evening on Friday (November 26). Tickets sold out “weeks ago,” notes Becca, with numbers restricted to just over 50, rather than than 80 (the number at previous year’s events). “These evenings have always had a lovely buzz and they get people in the mood for Christmas,” enthuses Becca.
The event will feature demonstrations by Burton McCall, Barista and Co and Tramontina, plus cocktail making by KitchenCraft (from Lifetime Brands) and Christmas tree decoration tips from Gisella Graham. Guests will also enjoy wine tasting, live music, festive food at Dingham’s café, a raffle, and a goody bag (supported by many of Dingham’s suppliers).
Last weekend (November 20-21) Dinghams had a pop-up stall at the Winchester Christmas Market, thanks to a chalet provided by Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) for the town’s independent retailers. “We had a lovely time meeting so many people and sharing our wonderful array of Christmas decorations and gift ideas,” says Becca.
Top: A Christmas window at Dinghams in Salisbury.