It’s time to make Reading!

MakeReading2015Agif bigHo, ho, ho! The elves have been working hard and now it’s time to start revealing what fun we have planned for this Christmas because it is time to make Reading! After last years storming success at Reading Town Hall we are planning our festive frenzy inside our space at Jacksons Department Store, which will be the very last time you will be able to visit the shop as it now before it undergoes redevelopment. So cherish it and come and say goodbye in style, with a beautiful pop up shop playing host to Berkshire’s very best designer makers, a whole heap of creative christmassy-ness with our workshops overflowing with cheer, and let’s not forget our very own Santa, Spirited Events and Berzerk Productions join forces again to blow a gale through the studios and create a grotto like no other.

What does Christmas mean to you? Here at jelly we think Christmas is about sharing and giving and being part of a wider family of friends and people who make you laugh…and biscuits and cake and tea and something mulled.

#makeRDG pop up shop

Make Reading circleThis year we have some old favourites and new faces for you to shop from, Christmas lists at the ready, you really should shop with us before you even think of going anywhere else. With ceramics, jewellery, clothes, toys, prints, cards, gifts for home lovers, gifts for art lovers there really is something for everyone AND we gift wrap, AND we have our own stickers AND we have our own bags, exclusive to make Reading and they are limited so be quick!

Here is a list of our lovely makers, designers and recyclers. You’ll get to learn a little bit more about them because we grilled them for our Q&A.

Alexandra Vintage, Caroline Marriott, Cath Baldwin, Emily Gillmor, Emma Bradbury, The Homebirds, Jayne Odell, Julie Simmonds, kate&anna, kekekaka, Lauren Denney, Lesley Alessandro, Marc Juon, Peter Lang, Rachel Kyte, Rosie Sharp, Sian Rae, Smashing Retro, Sonning Flowers, Two Rivers Press and a few secret contributors which you can see when the shop opens.

Opening hours
Wednesday 25th Nov – Sunday December 6th 
11am – 6pm (closes at 5pm on Sundays)


#makeRDG workshops 

WreathSo what tickles your creative fancy? Wreath making? Vintage styling? Children’s workshops, cross stitch workshops, animation workshops? You can do some festive drawing, sticking and making, you can listen to tales of far off places while enjoying a cocktail and you can finish off your Christmas knitting with us. This is a much overused phrase but there really is something for everyone this year. You can see the full line up at




SantaHe’s jolly, he’s funny, he has a very white beard and a lovely red velvet outfit, he has an entourage of cheeky elves and he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice. Our Santa is returning after a storming success last year, best Santa ever was heard a lot from children and grown up alike after hanging out with him for a while. We think he’s the best and we don’t want you to miss out so book here Santa Please

We told you we had Christmas sorted didn’t we? And I haven’t even begun to tell you about the vintage tea shop and retro sweet shop that will both be open on the weekends, because what better way to recharge your shopping batteries than with a cuppa and a mince pie. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more info and on twitter follow #makeRDG @thejellyreading

Time for us to get mulling, see you soon to make merry at make Reading.






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