A great time at craft centre’s festive gift fair

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Louise Baker and Daisy Buckberry of Bakers Cake. EMN-151130-140716001

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Louise Baker and Daisy Buckberry of Bakers Cake. EMN-151130-140716001

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The fourth contemporary Christmas craft market at Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design has been hailed as a resounding success.

Despite the chilly wind, the crowds came out to support the Gifted.15 event on Saturday, which saw a delicious selection of local food, a craft tent full of handmade gifts and live musical entertainment.

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Organisers L-R Molly Petts and Clare Edwards. EMN-151130-140731001

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Organisers L-R Molly Petts and Clare Edwards. EMN-151130-140731001

An NCCD spokesman said it was a brilliant day, adding: “We had various activities in the main gallery with workshops upstairs.

“Some did struggle against the wind and rain but families enjoyed our activities, including a workshop decorating our cafe plates with decals with ceramicist Kate McBride.”

People could truly get into the Christmas spirit making wooden, pyrography cards with Susan Robey.

There were demonstrations by textile artist in residence, Ruth Singer, hand knitting by Ruth Rignall and limited edition hand sculptures from Blott Works.

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Laura Mabbutt with her hand made felt crafts. EMN-151130-140757001

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Laura Mabbutt with her hand made felt crafts. EMN-151130-140757001

There was free badge making, plus a Christmas themed craft trail, as well as extra items on sale in the shop.

The main exhibitions were also open.

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Adele Billinghay of North Hykeham with her glass art. EMN-151130-140746001

Gifted Christmas Market at the National Centre for Craft and Design. Adele Billinghay of North Hykeham with her glass art. EMN-151130-140746001