The festive season is our favourite time of year here at Punk Me Up. It is also the busiest.
Whether it’s a 1st Christmas bauble, a teapot for Nana or an ornament for the tree, we’ve got it covered and you’re bound to get extra bonus points for it being hand-made.
This will be our fourth Christmas, hooray, so we thought we’d share a few simple tips with you to make sure that things run smoothly and you get the most out of your visit…
- Don’t be a last minute Annie!
Plan your visit, the sooner you come in the better, December gets so busy for everyone what with school plays and Christmas drinks (if you’re lucky).
You’ll find our ‘ready just in time for Christmas’ dates in the what’s on section of our website. Clay imprints take approximately 4 weeks for us to get ready for you and we can’t hurry them up so book in before it’s too late! Don’t forget we are closed on Wednesdays.
- Planning on paint prints…
Your baby’s handprint on a bauble, mug or pasta bowl is the perfect hand-made gift.
This year we’ve decided to take bookings for paint prints on weekdays between 10 and 2pm, simply call the café on 0207 732 6688 and we’ll take your £25 deposit over the telephone (which of course goes towards your order or we’ll refund you the difference).
Come along with your NCT friends or by yourself, there’ll be Christmas tunes on the go. If you want to be prepared, then you can have a read how paint prints work here.
- Making gifts
If you are not planning on paint prints or clay imprints and there are less than 6 of you, just drop in. We don’t take bookings for small groups of people who are painting their own ceramics.
We add to our displays every week and currently on our shelves you’ll find a range of Christmas themed ceramics to get you in the mood and plainer items that are perfect for gifts. How about an Apple Class plate for Mrs Jones?
- Let us do the writing for you
We know just how tricky it is to juggle little people and show off your perfect handwriting so if you’d prefer us to do the tricky bit, then we offer a custom painting service with our in-house artist Nikki Pontin.
After you’ve finished on the day, it will take us a few weeks to process your ceramics so do allow some extra time and wait for a phone call from us.
- When to come
If you are thinking of coming in on a weekend, make sure you come early, we open at 10 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday and it’s last painter at 4pm. The earlier you come the more likely you are to get a table so don’t be a last minute Annie!
If you’d like to do paint prints then we recommend booking ahead on a weekday.
- Collecting your ceramics
Why not pick up your ceramics as soon as they are ready?! If you have used our Standard 7 day service then we won’t call you, simply pop back 7 days later. If it’s a Fast-track item, clay imprint or we’ve done some custom painting for you then wait for a call from us.
We have limited space here at the café so If you’ve previously painted ceramics and they are here waiting for you to collect them, remember that we can only hold onto them for 6 weeks.
The last days to get things ready just in time for Christmas…
Imprints – Friday 1st December
Custom Painting – Friday 15th December
Standard 7 day Service- Saturday 16th December
FAST TRACK – Thursday 21st December (this may change nearer the time)
We look forward to seeing you all soon and hope you enjoy all that Christmas cheer as much as we do.