Friday, August 31, 2012
THE annual Craft and Design Show opens at Knebworth House today (Friday).
Running until Sunday, the show will support the ‘Handmade in Britain’ campaign and will showcase “beautiful and unique items fashioned by highly skilled designer makers from all over the UK”.
A Knebworth Park estate spokeswoman said: “Their passion for their work is revealed in the quality of their work. There will be something to suit every taste and pocket.”
Traditional skills will be shown alongside contemporary designs, demonstrating the diversity and progress of British designer-makers.
Exhibitors are also happy to accept commissions as well as selling the work on offer on the day.
Featured exhibitors will include Alphabet Photography (photographs resembling letters), Ralph Hentall (historic and traditional wooden spoons), David Bakers (original nature cards and crafts) and Drew Burnett (wildlife photography).
Food and drink stands will complete the line-up for visitors, who will be able to visit great suppliers including the award-winning Giggly Pig Company, Lymn Bank Farm smoked and flavoured cheeses, M & M Personal Vintners, Old Hall Confectionery coconut ice and fudge and The Olive Stall.
Demonstrations will run throughout the day and visitors will be able to learn about calligraphy, charms, amulets, pole lathe turning, ceramics, jewellery, pewter, stonemasonry and wooden toy making and more.
The Saxon village will showcase Nichols the Riveted Maille Maker, horn, bone and antler working, Runar the Woodsman and Rune Carver and the costume maker.
Families can have a closer look at the history of one of Britain’s most colourful stately homes.
They can also take the opportunity to explore the Wildness Garden, home to 72 life-size dinosaurs, models of creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
The gardens at Knebworth House have existed since the 17th century and have always proved a favourite with visitors.
Entrance to the Craft and Design Show is included in the entrance fee and remains unchanged for 2012 for a third year at £8 for the park and gardens or £10.50 to include Knebworth House.
A family ticket is £28 for the park, gardens and adventure playground or £37 to include the house. Under-fours get in free. Parking is also free.
For more information, visit the Knebworth House website at www.knebworthhouse.com