Alford to celebrate with patriotic craft market

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ALFORD’S annual Craft Market is taking a more celebratory theme this 37th year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm from Saturday until Monday in the picturesque grounds of Alford Manor House.

Now in its 37th year, the popular event showcases talented local artists and craftsmen with a wide range of stalls displaying and selling their wares.

A spokesperson said: “There’s lots to do for all the family, a face painter will there to turn the children into walking works of art, have a go at creating your own works of art with free workshops or learn how to make a funny bug simply from fabric and craft materials and take it home to keep.

“Be inspired by our workshop artists who will show you beginner techniques and will be happy to answer any questions.”

This year’s event is also celebrating 40 years of Alford Pottery with Michel and Heather Ducos, the founders of Alford Craft Market.

In celebration of this momentous milestone, there will be a Pottery Question Time event on Sunday led by a panel of nationally renowned potters, technicians and authors.

There will also be a chance to have your own cherished piece of pottery examined by an expert to determine its age and origin, although no valuations will be offered.

As well as having the opportunity to buy some wonderful hand made art, visitors can also take part in clay modelling workshops, watch wheel throwing and sculpture demonstrations or just browse at their own leisure.

The Withern Art Group will also be displaying some beautiful art work on Saturday, June 2, from 10am-4pm, Sunday, June 3, from 1pm-4pm and Monday, June 4, from 10am-4pm at Alford Methodist Church.

Entry is also free and there will be lots of reasonably priced art to buy.

Food and drink will also be offered in the Manor House.

Admission is free but donations are always welcome.

For more information visit www.alfordcraftmarket.co.uk.