Shop local at virtual festive fair

PUBLISHED: 11:19 02 November 2020 | UPDATED: 12:13 02 November 2020

A Christmas craft fair   Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A Christmas craft fair Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Roman Babakin

A popular Broads Christmas craft fair is on, online, this year

Ros Wilson  Picture: supplied by artistRos Wilson Picture: supplied by artist

A group of talented artists and crafters who usually welcome buyers and browsers to a festive fair in Neatishead, near Stalham, every November have got together to create an online event packed with beautiful Christmas gifts and goodies.

The Two Rivers Artists group, made up of people based around Neatishead and Barton Turf, will be holding its virtual Festive Fair on Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15.

Instead of crowding into the New Victory Hall in Neatishead for a traditional craft fair, shoppers are invited to visit tworiversarts.co.uk where they will be able to browse and buy handmade products ranging from cards to clothing and jewellery to furniture, with orders fulfilled in time for Christmas.

The artists and crafters also hope the event will help them continue to support the two good causes which are usually able to fundraise at the Christmas Fair - the Friends of Neatishead School and the Nancy Oldfield Trust which helps disabled and disadvantaged people enjoy boating on the Broads. And they have, as usual, invited some guest craftspeople from further afield in Norfolk to join them.

Wooden angel by Suze Lake  Picture: supplied by artistWooden angel by Suze Lake Picture: supplied by artist

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Woodworker Paul Williams of Neatishead helped co-ordinate the online fair said it had been a challenging year for many artists and makers and they were delighted to have found a new way to showcase traditional skills. He used to build wooden boats and repair wherries and now makes wooden furniture, homeware and gifts - with his wooden pens proving so popular with MPs that there were once four on the Cabinet table.

Artists and craftspeople taking part include basket-maker Sue Andrews of East Ruston, photographer James Arthur of Barton Turf, graphic designer and artist Allison Bradnock of Neatishead, graphic and designer and printmaker Kit Calladine, potter Tricia Francis, jeweller Fiona Johnson, Imogen Kenrick of Cawston who makes fused glass gifts and decorations, Suze Lake of Threxton near Watton, who makes wooden angels and Christmas decorations, Ann Nickerson of Burnt Fen Alpacas near Horning, painter Bob Payne of Ashmanhaugh, Sue Tatler of North Walsham who makes smocks and traditional workwear, Neil Gladwell of the Traditional Rope Company, Hindolveston, with products ranging from dog leads to wall art, photographer Frances Tubbs of Barton Turf, textile artist Ros Wilson of Hickling and woodcarver Paul Williams.

For the full show guide and discount code visit tworiversarts.co.uk

Willow baskets by Sue Andrews  Picture: supplied by artistWillow baskets by Sue Andrews Picture: supplied by artist

A discount code will be valid on November 14 and 15 and all orders and payments will then be dealt with by the individual art or craft business.

Shop local at virtual festive fair

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