Gifted market full of festive ideas

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Rhubarb Theatre. L-R Kirsty Mead, Della Brett, James Hall. EMN-160512-104308001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Rhubarb Theatre. L-R Kirsty Mead, Della Brett, James Hall. EMN-160512-104308001

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The popular two-day Gifted Contemporary Christmas Market filled the area around Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design at the weekend celebrating the event’s fifth anniversary.

The special advent weekend hosted craft makers based locally and from across the UK, selling jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and tableware in a marquee to the rear of the centre.

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Tina Lee with Sleaford Hub Writers' 2nd book, Jan Spooner with Lincolnshire Skies 2017 calendar. Both being sold in aid of Lincs Air Ambulance. EMN-160512-104252001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Tina Lee with Sleaford Hub Writers' 2nd book, Jan Spooner with Lincolnshire Skies 2017 calendar. Both being sold in aid of Lincs Air Ambulance. EMN-160512-104252001

At the same time, the annual food market offered a variety of local and specialist food, from speciality coffee beans to tasty fudge, and there was a fun packed programme of workshops, demonstrations, musicians and theatre, including performances by the Rhubarb Theatre and the Cranwell Military Wives Choir.

The Hub Writers were selling their new charity book and Lincolnshire Skies calendars, while the NCCD’s own cafe was kept busy selling hot drinks and snacks in the courtyard.

There were drop-in activities for all ages designed to inspire creativity in everyone and included gilding a festive decoration with WH Conservation and the chance to decorate crockery items with local ceramicist, Kate McBride.

Textile exhibitions were also available to view.

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Glass maker Clare Wilson. EMN-160512-104204001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Glass maker Clare Wilson. EMN-160512-104204001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra. EMN-160512-104149001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra. EMN-160512-104149001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Angela Flannigan of Ruskington. EMN-160512-104641001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. Angela Flannigan of Ruskington. EMN-160512-104641001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Chris Weedon, Mel Smith and Mitch North of Amberfield Hog Roast. EMN-160512-104225001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Chris Weedon, Mel Smith and Mitch North of Amberfield Hog Roast. EMN-160512-104225001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Theresa Hobbs and Dawn Oakley on the Cogglesford Water Mill stall. EMN-160512-104628001

Gifted Christmas Market at National Centre for Craft and Design. L-R Theresa Hobbs and Dawn Oakley on the Cogglesford Water Mill stall. EMN-160512-104628001