A creative Christmas time at craft centre

Bretherton Hand Bell Ringers playing in the NCCD. EMN-140112-110520001

Bretherton Hand Bell Ringers playing in the NCCD. EMN-140112-110520001

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More than 3,000 people attended the third annual contemporary Christmas market at Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD).

Ideal for craft enthusiasts and those looking for a special Christmas gift, the event at the Carre Street venue on Saturday boasted more than 25 stalls.

Tina Petts of Ruskington with an European Eagle Owl called Dora. EMN-140112-110428001

Tina Petts of Ruskington with an European Eagle Owl called Dora. EMN-140112-110428001

Dubbed ‘gifted.14’, it featured a wide range of handmade items, as well as local food and drink in a specialist food market.

There were also workshops where visitors were able to make their own decorations, plus story telling, stone carving and a falconry display courtesy of Eagle Eye Falconry.

Live music throughout the day contributed to the festive atmosphere, with performances from Sleaford Concert Band, Lizzie Goddard, Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra, Scarlet Rowland, Cafe Manouche and Our Lady of Good Counsel School Choir, as well as Bretherton Handbell Ringers.

Heather French from the NCCD said overall visitors were up 17 per cent on last year’s event with more than 3,200 people attending on the day.

She said: “It was very successful. We were busy throughout the day.”

People also popped across to Navigation House for such activities as a children’s reindeer trail and lucky dip.