Tired of wrapping the same old socks and ties? Why not give the gift of art this Christmas?

Come along to our annual festive Arts and Craft Fair on Sat 1 December, 10.30am – 5.00pm and Sun 2 December, 11.00am – 4.00pm to get all your Christmas shopping out of the way before the stress of the season really hits.

Alongside cheerful tunes, a holly-jolly atmosphere and festive treats from Seasons Café and local artisan food stalls, we’ve already done the hard work for you. So delight your family and friends this year with unique handmade wares from some of our favourite local artists, crafters, designers and makers, including:

The Peahen’s Nest:

Are your selfies with your four-legged friends losing their sparkle? Claire Heapy specialises in portraits – for both you and your pets. The artist will be showcasing her Miniature Oil Painting examples and taking orders to turn your favourite photographs into painted masterpieces. Claire will also be selling limited edition Christmas cards from her Pets Undo Christmas series.

Where and when? Table 14, in the Education Studio, Sunday only.

Pepper Pots Pottery:

Rivalling the ever-so-delicately painted ceramics from your children’s art classes, these peppered plates and bowls are the perfect finishing touch for all your festive feasts. What’s that? All your crockery has accidentally-on-purpose been knocked over and broken so you need a whole new set? Jazz up your dining table with these beautiful works of art.

Where and when? Table 21, in the Ambassador Room, Saturday and Sunday.

Stephanie Wilkinson Art:


From gorgeous vegan suede cushions to colourful coasters and placemats inspired by Brazil, Stephanie Wilkinson knows how to brighten up even the darkest of wintery days. Brand new to the collection, Stephanie will be introducing a selection of gift-wrapped silver-plated pendants detailing her own art and uniquely-sourced beads.

Read our interview with the artist  here.

Where and when? Table 1, in the Sculpture Gallery, Saturday and Sunday.

Colin Castle Art:


Everyone knows a lover of pigs, and for animal-lovers like Colin, there’s no greater gift than a specially-commissioned painting of your favourite fluffy or furry friends. Alongside special commissions, Colin will be selling original paintings and limited edition prints, framed or mounted. Get your orders in quick!

Where and when? Table 7, in the Sculpture Gallery, Saturday and Sunday.

The Lightbox Shop

The Lightbox Shop is home to a curated selection of local arts, crafts, jewellery, books and gifts – all year round. For those who might not prefer to be surprised with socks this Christmas, give the gift of a Giftcard, now available to purchase from The Lightbox Shop in denominations of £10 and £20.

Our Second Hand Book Shop bags a bargain, with great quality fiction and non-fiction titles filling the shelves. All purchases support The Lightbox Charity – so give the gift of giving, and take as much as you can!

Where and when? The Lightbox Shop! All year round!

Join us at our annual Arts and Craft Fair on Sat 1 December and Sun 2 December. Free entry, suggested donation £3. For more information about our Christmas festivities and gift packages, please click here.