Alford arts and crafts bank holiday bonanza

ARTISTS and craftsmen will be demonstrating their innovative and creative wares all over Alford this Bank Holiday weekend.

The focal event: Alford Craft Market, takes place at Alford Manor House everyday of the weekend from 10am to 5pm.

Visitors to the free market will be able to witness the creative process in action with two artists setting up their easels and demonstrating their painting on site.

Traditional wood-turners, potters and hand made jewellers will also be exhibiting and selling their crafts.

Alford Craft Market secretary Adie Harrison’s crafts made from recycled and reclaimed products will highlight the possibilities of producing art in an environmentally friendly medium.

And staff from Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will be making and selling bat and bird boxes to help nature enthusiasts create a habitat in their gardens.

There will also be face painting and refreshments served in the manor house.

The Craft Market committee has recently streamlined its membership and is looking for new artists for it to foster and assist in their career. If you are interested email

Next door, in the Methodist Church, members of Withern Artists Group are hosting their own event featuring water paintings, hand made cards, and various other crafts.

The event is free, although donations are welcome and it runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Monday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday to allow for the church service.

Church members will also be on site preparing refreshments and light meals and 15 per cent of the profits will be donated to the church.

Yet more artists, this time from Alford Art Circle are celebrating their 10th anniversary with an art and craft exhibition in St Wilfreds Church.

The free event includes a wide range of paintings in various mediums, beautiful handmade jewellery and engraved glass.

It runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Monday and 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday.