Greenham’s visual arts and crafts center The Base will hold its first Arts and Crafts Festival from Saturday 9th April to Monday 18th April, with craft fairs, tasting workshops and an exhibition of local artwork .
The ten-day event will feature two weekends of craft fairs around The Base building over two weekends – Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th and Saturday 16th to Monday 18th April and are free to enter. There will be a fantastic range of stalls to browse each day from 10am to 4pm, with a wide variety of crafts including jewellery, candles, leather goods, ceramics and much more.
In addition to food and drink provided by the popular on-site cafe run by local business Honesty, there will be artisan barbecue dishes from The Gentleman Smoker (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10), homemade pies from Ethel’s Pies (Sat 16 – Mon 18) and sweet treats from Crazydayz Donuts (Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Saturday 16).
Throughout the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in discovery sessions of the site’s dynamic program of workshops and classes, including printmaking for adults and children, polymer jewelry making, throwing of pottery. Visitors on Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 will have the chance to meet Hampshire-based artist Harriet Riddell, from In Stitch You. Harriet will bring her cart to West Berkshire and give visitors the opportunity to take part in free-motion embroidery workshops on one of her many sewing machines.
Local artists will also be celebrated by exhibiting their works in the on-site gallery throughout the festival, offering visitors the opportunity to purchase an original work of art. The Base’s Runway Gallery will become a huge wall of doodles and visitors will have the opportunity to leave their own mark and see it evolve throughout the festival.
Stephanie Johnson from The Base said: “This festival is a chance to celebrate everything The Base stands for – community, creativity and connection. We have all reconnected with the importance of arts and crafts over the past two years, and our free festival will allow as many people as possible to appreciate arts and crafts and experience amazing artists on their doorstep. It really is the perfect way to celebrate spring with the whole family at Easter.’
Entry to the grassroots arts and crafts festival is free and there is free parking at Greenham Business Park. To pre-book introductory workshops or for more information, visit www.thebasegreenham.co.uk