Festival showcasing best of North Somerset

NORTH Somerset’s finest local producers, artists and artisans will feature at the Made In North Somerset event which starts this month.

The second annual festival of local producers and artists will take place across the district from September 15 to October 7.

Following the success of last year’s festival, this year even more manufacturers will open their doors so the public can take a glimpse at how their products are created.

The extravaganza will be launched at Sidcot Arts Centre on September 15 with an arts exhibition showcase organised by North Somerset Arts.

The event will feature creative workshops led by local artists where beginners can try their hand at and find out more about oil painting, designing their own book covers, publishing an art portfolio on Amazon Kindle and creating fused-glass jewellery.

This will be followed by a theatre performance of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, featuring North Somerset dramatists.

Throughout the following three weeks food, drink and craft producers across North Somerset will open their doors to hold events on their own premises.

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Among them will be cup-cake decorating at Corrister and White in Clevedon; apple pressing at the Ethicurian in Wrington; cheese grading at Lye Cross Farm in Redhill; a trip round Court Farm in Banwell to meet its herds of cattle and sheep; fly-fishing taster lessons at Jacklands Fishing Lakes in Tickenham, local tasting menus at the Strawberry Line Caf� in Yatton and produce markets in Claverham and Nailsea.

For the creatively-minded there will be workshops in hot-glass work by Claire Hall; jewellery, fused glass and felting by Coburg Crafts and Mydsomer Studio; tile-making at Banwell Pottery and furniture-making at West Country Wood Design.

The Made In North Somerset food and craft showcase will bring together 40 producers at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield Estate on September 30.

To find out more and download a programme, visit www.innorthsomerset.co.uk/madein or call the council’s rural economic development officer, Mandie Berry, on 01934 426341.