Arts and Crafts Attractions
Wherever you travel in Britain inspiring Art Galleries and Hands-on Craft attractions are never far away. From major museum
collections known the world over, to tiny galleries run by enthusiastic owners, these are places that can educate, amuse and enthral all at once. There are plenty of places too these days that offer a getting stuck in element, great for keeping the kids happy.
What‚s good for the spirit is sometimes great for the sitting room too ˆ a shopper's escape from identikit high street stores, somewhere to find the surprising and the special, at the same time supporting developing talent.
We should not forget the many craft fairs that provide a day‚s outing for the artistic and even the eccentric among us. With artisan food suppliers at many of these events you don‚t need to stray far to fill the stomach as well as the soul.
As our lives become more and more dominated by technology it is good to feel anchored by simpler things, traditional crafts like wood carving and hand-made textiles. And which of us when looking in local galleries and shops for some piece to provide a permanent reminder of a special place or time does not have that little thought in the back of our minds ˆ what if the artist is another Hockney
And given that our weather is sometimes less than perfect, an arts and crafts venue can be a great place to shelter from the storm and generate immediate indoor sunshine. In specialist stores you don‚t need to put your hand in your pocket if you don‚t feel moved to do so, and just mooching about surrounded by lovely things can be a boost. But then so is buying something beautiful.
There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. - Charles Kingsley
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