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Craft Festival Cheltenham returns to Town Hall

This weekend (from Friday, March 11) Craft Festival Cheltenham returns to the Town Hall for its fourth edition, with a hundred of the finest designer makers from across the UK exhibiting over three days.

Joining the celebration of craft, creativity and shopping is Keith Brymer Jones, master potter, businessman and judge of TV's "Great Pottery Throw Down," who will open the show on Friday at 10am. Keith will also take part in a live Q&A with signings and readings from his new autobiography, "Boy in a China Shop".

Joining Keith at Craft Festival Cheltenham is internationally acclaimed Aardman Animation ambassador, "King of Plasticine" and clay model maker Jim Parkyn who will be inviting visitors of all ages to take part in his "Amazing Scene Machine" workshops throughout the weekend.

Sarah James, Craft Festival director, said: "We're delighted that Craft Festival Cheltenham is returning. We're bringing back the best in British craft to Cheltenham where visitors will find a carefully curated collection of handmade jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, woodwork and furniture makers.

"There will also be an impressive programme of celebrity events, workshops, demonstrations, and more free children's activities than ever. It'll be an action-packed weekend of craft and design."

New for 2022 is the Demo Room, led by The Gloucestershire Guild, where selected makers from across the region will demonstrate their craft. Also, Unit Twelve Gallery and Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre with Jim Parkyn will host a range of free activities for families to enjoy.

Craft Festival Cheltenham is a curated exhibition, selected by an independent panel of experts. This ensures that only the best British designer maker businesses are chosen to sell direct to the public.

Safety measures planned for the event include crowd management and a one-way system to spread out our visitors comfortably, enhanced cleaning and waste disposal, and cashless transactions where possible.

Tickets to Craft Festival Cheltenham are on sale now. Advance booking for workshops is essential.

For more information, visit www.craftfestival.co.uk/Cheltenham 

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