Get crafty this Spring

AFTER A successful Christmas festival, The Saddleworth Creative Network is offering more crafty delights at their next event.

EASTER: Crafty delights
EASTER: Crafty delights

The Spring Craft Festival, at the Uppermill Civic Hall on March 16 and 17, will give local businesses and creative people a chance to showcase their talents and sell their products.

There will be lots for children to do, including face painting, free balloons and Easter activities, and a new ‘Wellness Room’ with health, beauty and alternative therapies.

The Network has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings in 2011 when it was created by Maria Hourigan and Claire Hilton.

The pair, who both run small creative businesses from home, hoped to provide a forum to connect local craft and creative people and create a network of support.

Claire said: “We had found there are many people in the same position as ourselves, many people have stopped working in the traditional sense when they have children or when they are made redundant or retire.

“We have traders from about 15 miles around the Saddleworth area, who share information about their products, markets and fairs available, information about suppliers and advice on all things craft, creative and small business related.”

Following events over the last 24 months, the network has blossomed and now has over 200 traders asking for stalls at their successful quarterly events.

The Saddleworth Creative Network’s Spring Craft Festival is on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the Uppermill Civic Hall from 10am-4pm. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

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