Arts and crafts in Clyde Valley
Published Thursday, 04 October 2012
This weekend sees the start of a celebration of the arts and crafts of rural Lanarkshire.
With the Clyde Valley providing a stunning spectacular backdrop, the programme of events kicks off on Saturday 6 October with the ever popular Clyde Valley Fruit Day and Farmers Market.
And thereafter there will be a series of workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, studio open days and craft fairs taking place along the Clyde Valley Tourist Route.
There will be a week of events, including a craft fair and workshops running from Saturday 13 through to Sunday 21.
Full details of all the events are available in a handy booklet which is available from participating venues and local libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded from either the Visit Lanarkshire website or the council's website.
Throughout the school holiday week the visitors centre at Chatelherault Country Park will host a range of arts and crafts events, including cartoon workshops, fantasy film workshops, felt making and shadow puppets workshop. To find out about the full range of workshops and to book your space call 01698 452 299.
And local arts and crafters from the South Lanarkshire Voluntary Arts Forum will be providing a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities, whether you want to try your hand at a new craft or learn more about traditional crafting skills - there is something for everyone.
Other venues hosting drop in events include the New Lanark Visitor Centre; Robertson Arms Hotel, Carnwath; Carmichael Visitor Centre, Thankerton; Feufield Farm, Symington; and Dalserf Parish Church.
Among the events rounding things off on Sunday 21 is the Biggar Day Out, which includes street entertainment, a festival fair and a festival of fudge, Full details can be found at www.biggar-little-festival.com
Councillor Chris Thompson, the chair of the council's Enterprise Services Committee, said: "There is such a wide range of events available that there really will be something for everyone.
"We hope that people get out and visit as many as possible and take in some of the fantastic scenery which is on our doorstep.
"The Clyde Valley really is a wonderful setting and easily accessible from all over South Lanarkshire."
Most workshops are £1.50 and are available on a drop in basis. However children must be accompanied by an adult.