Update; 19th July – Holiday dates
We STILL don’t know if we’ll close for our usual holiday this summer. With travel restrictions changing (it feels) almost by the day we cannot announce our holiday dates because if we can’t fly, we won’t close the boot at all. We don’t want to cause confusion by announcing we’re closing but then staying open!
We’re aware that many customers plan their own holidays around ours and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. At the moment we’re 100% certain we will be open up to and including 8th August – the following 3 weeks are in question, but we will confirm as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, when we re-opened the school lettings department insisted we place a limit on the number of buyers we can allow onsite at any one time. They did this without warning, AFTER we had decided to change our opening times and had already changed our website and run publicity to this effect. This has created queues and unexpected delays getting our buyers onsite. We can only apologise for this. Had we known they were going to do this we would not have changed our entry times at this point. Now, rather than mess everyone around by changing the times back, and then changing them yet again in a few weeks time, we decided to stick with our decision. We’ll just have to live with it for the next few weeks until government restrictions on social distancing are lifted completely, at which point hopefully delays will be reduced and we can get customers onsite as swiftly as we always did.
Welcome back! As the vast majority of people are aware by now, the boot site is now smaller than it used to be. We lost the use of most of the first playground area at the end of Summer 2019.
For our re-opening in April 2021 we have a NEW buyers entry gate AND new arrival times for both sellers and buyers. We hope the boot will feel more as it did prior to 2019. Buyers entry times will be closer together, and buyers will enter onsite straight into the the sales area rather than through the awful building site!
We will NOT increase our prices for sellers or dealers. The only price increase will be for general buyers from 50p to £1. The vast majority of boot sales have charged £1 for many years. We haven’t increased our buyers entry fees for about 15 years (!!!) so we felt this was overdue and fair. In return, buyers will come onsite 30 minutes earlier at 1pm.
We feel it’s important that the atmosphere and aesthetics of the boot are buzzing again and with more compact arrival times for sellers and buyers and everything closer together in more pleasant surroundings than the building site we were using in late 2019/early 2020 we hope this will be the case.
Vehicles will still access the boot via the same gate, but buyers will enter via the school access doors (old customers will recognise this, as it was the way to the toilets) You’ll go along the ramp and into the gate directly to the second playground area. The new buyers entrance will be well signposted with red banners outside.
COVID SECURE INFORMATION
Obviously, if you, or anyone in your household have symptoms of covid-19, have had a positive test, or are isolating, please do not attend.
In line with government guidelines and our risk assessment we request that both buyers and sellers wear a mask or face covering whilst onsite (even after 19th July) to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid.
Even though this is an outdoor event, inevitable there will be some clusters of buyers forming and we feel masks are a common sense precaution in this respect.
Sellers: please bring hand sanitiser and a mask with you.
Buyers: please avoid touching items you don’t intend to buy, bring your own supply of hand sanitiser and apply frequently when moving between sellers stalls.
Buyers and sellers are welcome to use the hand sanitiser provided by us upon entering the site. We will also have a stock of surgical masks for anyone who forgot theirs and needs to buy one.
Please adhere to government travel advise and social distancing guidelines whilst travelling to the event and whilst onsite.
BatterseaBoot closes for regular planned and published holidays three times a year; Easter, August and Christmas.
We close for a total of four weeks over Christmas & into January, two weeks for Easter and four weeks in July/August. Other than that we are always open, rain or shine. We do not cancel at the last minute for bad weather.
We take our holidays at the same time every year and generally in line with school holidays.
Please save our number in your phone – it’s easier to make a quick call to check we’re open than have a wasted journey; 07941 383 588. We always update our voicemail when we are going to be closed and you can call it 24/7. Obviously during holidays we cannot reply to text messages so please call or check this website.
We also change the home and bookings pages of our website and pin a post on our Facebook page when we are closed. We have ‘date reminder’ flyers available from the gate every week, all year round. Our dates will always be published here, at the boot sale, on our social media, and in the local press as far in advance as possible.
Our pitch bookings launch at 7am every Monday.
2021/22 dates coming soon…
We still expect to close for a summer holiday in August 2021 but we cannot confirm until travel restrictions have been lifted. If travel restrictions are not lifted we might stay open through to Christmas.
EASTER 2021 – 2 weeks
SUMMER 2021 – 3 weeks.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR 2021/2022 –
4 weeks, dates to be confirmed…
Full 2021/22 dates will be added here soon but will be similar to every year; 2 weeks for Easter, 3 or 4 weeks in summer and 4 weeks over Christmas and new year.