More than 100 artisan makers will be showcasing their wares at the Welbeck Winter Weekend, the popular Christmas event held on the ducal estate within easy distance of Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Wonderful handmade art and food from across the region will be celebrated at the three day event on 24-26 November 2017 taking place in the newly landscaped Courtyard, Harley Gallery, Welbeck Farm Shop, Harley Studios and the Victorian Kitchen Gardens.
The Harley Gallery – home to its own award winning shop – has carefully curated a selection of 55 artists and craftspeople including some long-standing favourites along with 18 new exhibitors. Ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, textiles, 2D art, wood and glass pieces make up an eclectic mix of beautifully crafted items to offer a quality shopping experience a million miles away from the high street.
On the food side of things, the award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop has selected 30 artisan stalls offering premium items from local producers from cheeses and chutneys to sweets and sloe gin. As well as food to take away, the baking diploma students from the The School of Artisan Food will be selling wood-fired pizzas handmade in the purpose built oven.
The School will also be running children’s sessions each day where kids can get stuck in with baking and decorating. Bookable on the day, the morning and afternoon workshops run for around 30-45 mins and are available on a first come first serve basis. £1 per child.
There’s also the chance to win a fantastic Christmas prize. The overall winner will get a beautiful 6ft Christmas tree, professionally decorated in their home with their choice of colour scheme courtesy of the Dukeries Garden Centre; ingredients for a traditional turkey Christmas Dinner for six people from the Welbeck Farm Shop, and vouchers for Christmas presents from The Harley Gallery. Tickets will go on sale November 6 and will be available from Harley Gallery, Portland Collection, Welbeck Farm Shop and the Dukeries garden centre, priced at £2 each. The winners will be drawn early December.
As well as a feast of shopping, there is also the chance to visit 15 artists’ studios based permanently on the estate and meet the makers. Not normally open to the public, this is a unique opportunity to find out more from the artists and craftspeople working in the Harley studios, from ceramists and textile designers to florists and jewellers.
For those looking to paint their own Christmas gifts and decorations, The Harley Pottery Studio will be running sessions to create personalised pieces of pottery. To top off the festive fun, there’s also the chance to see Santa at the neighbouring Dukeries Garden Centre, which will be festooned with a wealth of festive decorations.
The Welbeck Winter Weekend is free to enter and free to park. Opening at 10am each day, the event runs til 5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and closes at 4pm on the Sunday.
For more information, visit www.welbeck.co.uk