THE YEAR AHEAD

I’m a little late to the party when it comes to year reviews and resolutions, but surely it’s never too late to share news of some good things happening over the year ahead.

Fill the diary with good stuff - that was my New Year’s resolution.

Here’s what has popped onto my radar recently. Diaries and pencils at the ready…

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FLEat Market

The Sunday market with Eats. Indulge in a selection of delicious food, treats and some real bargains. FLEat is a unique shopping experience and a fabulous community event help at the Small World Theatre in Cardigan. Showcasing a selection of professional designers, artists, makers and bakers. Expect clothing, bric-à-brac, crafts and unique pieces of art. Treat yourself to a delicious lunch or take away a selection of cakes.

Sunday 10 Mar 2019 - 11:00 AM

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The North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair

Oriel Mostyn up at the tip top of Wales in Llandudno is known for their ever successful and bustling Print Fair. Following this success, the gallery has launched their first ever Contemporary Craft Fair. Artists, designers and makers will present their work for sale in the gallery's beautiful Edwardian spaces providing a fantastic opportunity for shoppers to buy affordable and original art direct from the artists. There will be workshops, demonstrations and chances to win some fabulous art-related prizes.

Saturday 9th March 2019. 10.30am

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The High Street Delicatessen; Table for 10

We need no excuse to visit the Deli’s. Barrie and Jojo and their beautiful delicatessen full to the brim with wonderful, local products is a real gem tucked away in the heart of Newtown. Dates for their Table for 10 supper are soon to be announced and you can bet that I am poised and ready to snap up those tickets for what I’m sure will be a brilliant evening.

13 High St, Newtown. #tablefor10

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Make it in Wales; Stiwdio 3

Stiwdio 3 is a brand new venture for Suzi and the Make it in Wales team. Opening just a couple of months ago, the coffee shop and retail space hosts a range of workshops from sewing, quilting, needle felting, dying, printing and so much more with led by brilliant Makers from Wales. Keep an eye on their calendar and see what takes your fancy.

Stiwdio 3, 3 High Street, Cardigan

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Studio ND

Nia Denman has a new studio nestled above Oriel Makers and is hosting a range of workshops teaching all things leather. Nia’s workshops are accessible to all. Choose between a beginners leather craft workshop, sandal making or leather tote bag or dog collar making.

Check Nia’s website for more information.

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Art at the Hall

Thanks to the team behind Art at the Hall, Llangathan Temperance Hall has been revived into a hive of creativity throughout different points in the year. Curating beautiful displays of local art and craft pieces, Brigid, Beth and their team of helpers have enjoyed a number of successful exhibitions to date. Next up is their Summer show; ‘Rivers Rocks and Ruins’. Don’t miss it!

Opening Evening - Friday 23rd August. Exhibition runs 24th August - 8th September

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The Good Life Experience Festival

A definite date for your diary for all of the do-ers, makers and party-goers amongst us. A weekend of making, wild swimming, campfire cooking, dancing, learning, adventuring and so much more. Co-founded by Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, Cerys Matthews and her husband Steve Abbot, this year the team have added an extra day to the line-up so there is even more to absorb and enjoy.

12-15th September 2019. Find out more here.

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Workshops at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop

The home of the Good Life Experience; the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop has recently added a number of craft and making courses to their calendar. Friends of Jwrnal Ruth Packham, David White and Mandy Coates can all be found running courses in needle felting, spoon carving and basket weaving over the next few months and I’m sure they have more up their sleeve too. Keep an eye on the calendar to find out more.

Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire.

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Craft Festival

I recently met with Sarah James, founder of Made by Hand and Craft Festival and was wowed by her passion and dedication to making craft accessible to all. With an impressive line-up of events throughout the year, Sarah exhibits the best in British Craft and makers combining retail with workshops, talks, events and cinema. If you can’t wait til it comes in Cardiff in November, why not pop over to Cheltenham Made by Hand in March.

March 8th and 9th 2019.