A couple weeks ago I made a deal with my 3 year old. We would go on a day out to Leyburn because Mummy really wanted to visit a wonderful craft fair, so if he could be a good boy for an hour or so whilst I looked at lovely things I would take him to the Wensleydale Railway Station and we would have a picnic on the platform.
Hesitant at first he quickly agreed. And my poor neglected second baby gets taken along for the ride, bless her.
Our destination was The Garden Rooms at Tennants of Leyburn. The glamorous venue provided a stunning back drop to a market place of unique and beautiful creations. With wood and metal workers on display outside and stalls lining the corridors of the interior there was much to see.
Like my markets, Kathryn Guy the organiser of the Designer Makers Markets, hand selects sellers. This is instantly apparent in the diversity and quality of the goods on sale. Not only did I enjoy seeing the goods on display but also how the works were shown. Novel yet simple props gave the stalls height and eye catching displays. Presentation is so key to a sale. I was particular taken with Kathryn's own use of a collage of photo frames to display her jewellery, stood on an easel, like little works of art.
Kathryn's event also showcased the hand made nature of the goods on sale beautifully by having hands on demonstrations taking place. Having been prepped not to touch anything my son was thrilled to have a go on a treadle lath and a giant bobbin knitting stool. Thank you Veterans Woodcraft and Lone Halliwell!
The children were mostly good (greatly enjoying pushing buttons in the lift) so were rewarded with a trip to the train station. I was rewarded for my mornings 'work' with a delightfully sinful millionaires brownie - which much as I didn't want to, I did have to share.
The next Designer Makers Market takes place on Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th November at The Witham in Barnard Castle. It's sure to be a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping cracked.