Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside!

Beach Hut decorating workshop at National Centre of Craft and Design, run by Richard Knight. Workshop leader Richard Knight looking at Beachhut designs that were exhibited at part of the Bathing Beauties competition. EMN-150303-123640001
Beach Hut decorating workshop at National Centre of Craft and Design, run by Richard Knight. Workshop leader Richard Knight looking at Beachhut designs that were exhibited at part of the Bathing Beauties competition. EMN-150303-123640001

February half-term was really busy for the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford with a marked increase in visitors from last year.

The Mezzanine floor was particularly lively as they celebrated the return of the touring exhibition, Bathing Beauties, back to Sleaford after seven years on the road.

Beach Hut decorating workshop at National Centre of Craft and Design, run by Richard Knight. Eleanor Allen 2 of Cranwell. EMN-150303-123709001

Beach Hut decorating workshop at National Centre of Craft and Design, run by Richard Knight. Eleanor Allen 2 of Cranwell. EMN-150303-123709001

To mark this occasion there was a winter beach theme and younger visitors enjoyed free face painting and beach hut decorating workshop with Richard Knight.

Children and young people could design their own bathing suits and pinwheel fans, or go on hunts for seaside-themed objects round the building.

The shop and galleries were also busy with printmaking demonstrations by exhibiting artists James Hubble and Jonny Hannah and a visit from jewellery maker Kate Bajic for the opening of her solo exhibition Lichenology in the Roof Gallery.

The NCCD also launched a series of free creative sessions for young people this month.

These are specifically for 12-25 year olds and offer an opportunity to get involved in a live exhibition project.

The next date for this is Saturday March 7 with a free printmaking session from 1-4pm.

For more information on workshops call 01529 308710.