Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Welbeck Craft & Food Fair

At the weekend, hubby and I decided to visit the Craft & Food Fair at Welbeck.  It was on for 2 days and is a great place to buy individual gifts.  The food is always amazing and locally produced.  We came away with bag loads of goodies.  The crafts are the best I have ever seen.  I didn't take any photographs but I can honestly say that the standard of craftmanship on display is truly outstanding and original.

 You also get to look around the many artists studios here at Welbeck.  One of my favourites is the weird and wacky studio of Phil Neal.
 Phil is a total genius with the look of a totally mad professor - his work is incredible.
 His workshop is amazing to wander around.
 I don't think he throws anything away.
 We also got chance to have a brief walk around the houses on the Welbeck Estate.  I noticed that most of these have been renovated to rent out now, but there are still a few waiting to be done up.

 I think I read somewhere where they are hoping to renovate this to become a boutique hotel.

 We got to talk to a few of the locals.
 And we had a good look around the amazing Harley Gallery which has a Quentin Blake exhibition on at the moment.


 They also have a permanent display of artifacts from the estate here too - they change them around so that there is always something new to see.
 Still not wanting to go home, we had a wander around the garden centre too.
 I always enjoy a trip to Welbeck - so many things to see and do and eat!

9 comments:

jennyfreckles said...

Lovely to see these photos. I think I've commented before that my grandfather worked on the Welbeck Estate and the area holds a lot of nostalgia for me.

The Greenockian said...

What a beautiful building. Love the fluffy chicken!
Liz

Jenny said...

What a lovely place to host what sounds like a seriously good craft fair.

love those cupcakes said...

Seeing, doing, eating. Perfect!

pastcaring said...

That sounds like fun, and what a wonderful house, I'm a sucker for an arched window! xxx

Lyn said...

It is a lovely place to wander around, after a workshop at hope and elvis I never want to go home and pop into the gallery and garden centre!
Xxx

Gilly said...

You always go to such interesting places, but I think this is one of the best! I liked the look of the un-done-up cottages, hope they don't ruin them by working on them! And I have never seen a fluffy chicken - even she looked rather surprised!
You are so lucky (or he is well chosen!) to have a husband who is interested in joining you in your expeditions. I would never get mine to a Craft and Food Fair, which I would love to go to. Can't go anywhere at moment, as post-operative pain keeping me inside, mostly sitting down reading!

Lisa said...

A perfect venue for a day out Christmas shopping. Gorgeous surroundings! Bet it would be fab to live in one of the refurbs!
Lisa x

Rosie said...

It looks like you had a great time. We used to take my Mum and Dad to the garden centre for lunch - a few years ago now. I love the gallery and farm shop too and can never resist going in those when we visit:)