Dozens of artists are featuring at a bumper craft fair at a popular North Staffordshire tourist attraction.
Trentham Gardens is playing host to the Craft In Focus event which got underway on Thursday and is set to run until Sunday.
But organisers are urging visitors and craft fans to book their tickets with around 80 contemporary makers and artists showcasing their work in marquees set up in the stunning gardens.
And our photographer went along on the opening day – and took 20 fantastic photos giving visitors a glimpse of what to expect
This month’s event is the third time the popular craft fair has visited Trentham. Visitors will get the chance to browse the eclectic range of exhibitors – and also make some purchases.
Events manager Kerry Endsor said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Craft In Focus event back to Trentham Gardens. It was a hit with our visitors on previous occasions, so we know fans of crafting across the Staffordshire area will be eager to visit again.
“The UK has a wealth of designer-makers and artists who produce wonderful original items that cannot be found on the high street, and this is something we’re always keen to promote at Trentham.”
Kerry said: “The Craft In Focus event at Trentham will not only offer people an opportunity to explore and buy from a range of creators working in various disciplines – but it will highlight an industry that deserves to be celebrated and protected.
“The fair will be a stunning treasure trove of original designs created by some of the best craft-makers and artists in the UK. On show will be textiles, paintings, furniture, metalwork, leatherwork, ceramics, jewellery, interior accessories, sculpture, glass, fashion, and lots more.”
The creatives at the event will be on hand to discuss their work – with visitors also able to commission items.
Organisers say advance booking is recommended. The event will run daily from 9.30am until 5pm.
Entry to the fair is included in normal garden admission charges. Anyone visiting Trentham specifically for Craft In Focus can enjoy 20 per cent off their entry by using the early bird discount code CIF20 when they book.
Entry to the event is free to Trentham Gardens members, who should make sure they’re logged in and select ‘Garden Members Admission’ when they book their tickets.
To book tickets for Craft In Focus at Trentham Gardens or to find out more click here.
Here are 20 photographs of the opening day.