Welcome to the Alford Craft Market
Craft Markets at Easter, Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, throughout the Summer Months, August Bank Holiday and Christmas.
Alford Craft Market promotes the manufacture of high quality, hand crafted goods in and around Lincolnshire.
10 Station Road, Alford, Lincs, LN13 9HY
or visit: www.alfordcraftmarket.co.uk
Alford Craft Market presents the August Bank Holiday Festival celebrating 40 years of Alford Craft Market
and 100 years of Crafts in Alford Town.
In our 40th year we are pulling out all the stops to make this August Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 23rd , Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014, our best event yet!
Alford Craft Market is very proud of its reputation for high standards and quality crafts, and our aim is to continue this tradition over the August Bank Holiday weekend . Our event will bring makers and music, performance and fun, to the delightful grounds of Alford's historic Manor House, for a weekend that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Throughout the whole weekend we will have over 30 stalls offering quality crafts for sale, you will be able to meet and chat to the craftspeople who actually make the goods they are selling, and best of all you will be able to buy something that can't be found on the high street and is genuinely original. We have jewellers working in silver and gold, glass, polymer clay, silk, enamel and fractal art. There are painters, portraitists, photographers and potters, soapmakers, silk arts, ceramics and cheese! Wrought iron, woodcrafts, witchcrafts and fairydoors, fabric, fudge, honey and bees.....and more, so much more.
In celebration of Alford's relationship with crafts over the last 100 years we will have demonstrations from experts in traditional skills such as Mud & Stud wall construction, the art of Thatching, Blacksmithing, Leather & Saddlery, Candle making and Lampworking. There is also something for those visitors who might feel inspired to get creative themselves with workshops in Tile Making and wildlife crafts, great for the children, and also Candle making.
Our festival also celebrates the performing arts and this year we will be joined by a fantastic selection of musicians and street theatre artistes. Over the weekend we have a great line-up.... the terrific Banjo Bob will be playing each day, there will be traditional Punch and Judy shows , the Earthbound Misfits with their unique brand of madness and mayhem all on Sunday and Monday, our terrific local Morris Men will join us on Sunday, facepainting will be available all weekend, and...there be dragons coming to Alford!!! with the Jelly Rollers Mechanical Dragon on Sunday and Monday.
We also have Horse and Cart Guided Tours of Alford's Historic Craft Sites, and to continue with the traditional and the local, there will be performances from 'Far Welter'd' of Lincolnshire Dialect Stories and Poems.
In our Music Marquee from 1pm until 4.30pm each day we have Folk Music . This year our headline act is Flossie Malavialle, a quirky French singer with a Yorkshire accent!! Also in the Music Marquee over the weekend will be, Tom Knott, Kim Lowings and the Greenwood, Larkspur, Me and my Shadow, Itchy Fingers, Miss Scarlet and the Reverend Green and three young GCSE music students from Alford and Spilsby schools: Ruby, Paisley and Shauna.
Extra parking spaces have been made available this year at the Alford Town Football Ground on East Street (just after the Windmill).
This August Bank Holiday promises to be a fabulous festival and we hope you will come along.
All of our events are organized and run by our small band of volunteers. Opening times are from 10am until 5pm each day. Admission is by donation so please come, support us, have fun and give what you can afford.
To mark the 40th year of the Alford Craft Market, it will be extending its usual weekly summer 'taster' markets.
These 'bijou' little markets will be held on Tuesdays each week from the beginning of June 2014 and whilst quite different to our large bank holiday festival events, you can expect to find the same high standard of quality craft work from the artisan members who will be attending.
On Tuesdays our markets will take place in the Corn Exchange in the centre of Alford where in addition to our artisans selling their quality work there will be an opportunity to 'get creative' with one of the many workshops that will be on offer over the summer. The workshops and demonstrations will concentrate on a different skill each week, these will include 3D decoupage, Soap and Paper making, Glass Bead making, Ceramics and also Teddy making, all are completely free and we hope will be enjoyable for adults and children alike.
These markets will run from 3rd June until 19th August 2014 from 10am to 4pm.
Don't forget our big 40th August Bank Holiday Summer Festival of Arts & Crafts held in the Manor House Grounds on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014 (10am til 5pm)