Sherborne Castle Craft Fair
This bank holiday weekend, my other half and I have spent it in glorious Dorset. Staying in a little village about 10 miles from Dorchester, just on the outskirts of Sherborne.
As we now have a moving date for our new house, we decided we should pay a visit to the Sherborne Castle Craft Fair and see what gems we could find for our new house.
The fair is set in the grounds of the beautiful Sherborne Castle. The castle dates back to 1594 and has been a family home since 1617. We had a wonderful wander around some of the ground. You could spend hours exploring the area, as the grounds cover over 1,000 acres and the gardens alone are over 30 acres.
You can also visit the castle itself, taking the time to admire the architecture plus also the furniture and art that is held within the magnificent building.
It’s quite reasonable. To visit the gardens only, would cost you £6 or to see the castle and the gardens is £11. Children go free. There’s also a tea room there, ideal for lunch or a spot of afternoon tea.
So back to the fair. The fair was set up at the front of the Castle. With stalls dotted throughout the lawn and also in two large marquees. We ambled through these spending time talking to the different vendors, browsing through the crafts. We were quite taken by the lady who made 3D pop up cards. They are so intricate and a lot of love had gone into each card. We spend some time at the cheese stall, sampling some of the cheeses on offer and settling on a chilli cheese, which I can conclude goes nicely with crackers (and also I should imagine would be lovely on toast too).
I was blown away by the glassworks from Galiani glass art. They had some beautiful pieces including homewares and jewellery. There was a glass ‘bowl’ that really took my eye, so we returned on our second walk around and purchased it.
I’d also spotted a beautiful picture which had been hand drawn on brown paper and finished with different paints. Paula, the artist, had then mounted the work on a clock frame and the seeds of the allium flower it was based on, formed the numbers. It was so unique, I fell in love with it immediately and we bought this too.
There was a chap there with a chainsaw and he was using it to create pieces out of felled wood. It was quite amazing to watch. My other half bought some wood which had been shaped into mushrooms, knowing they would look great in his parents’ garden. There was a very impressive looking table and chairs there.
All in all, a great collection of crafts. We could have spent a small fortune there and got some wonderful items for our new house. I’m really excited to find homes for our new items in our new place. So if you are in or around Sherborne when the next Sherborne Castle craft fair is taking place, pop in, it’s well worth a visit. You never know what you mind find. Also, the castle and grounds are pretty stunning, you could make a whole day of it.
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