Wallington Food & Craft Festival 2012

Just a small report on our stand at the Wallington Fair, Autumn 2012.

Spectacular weather, couldn’t be better. It meant that many people showed up including whole families, young, old, dogs etc. The atmosphere was  excellent. The organisation was very friendly and helpful. Slate & Nature had a nice spot with plenty of space to show our large portfolio. Our neighbors were Kirkharle Courtyard, where we will be our next stop, starting on Friday 26 – Sat & Sunday 27, 28 of October, and Trunk, from Bellingham, who make the most beautiful products from reclaimed wood.


Upcoming Fairs & Events

The coming weeks we will be at these events. Our studio will be open on Sundays as usual. Gerard is working hard to make enough products for these events!

Wallington Food & Craft festival: Saturday & Sunday 20th/21st October 2012

Kirkharle Autumn Food, Gift & Craft fair: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 26th/27th and 28th October 2012

The Essence of Christmas – Living North, Gosforth Race course: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1st/2nd/3rd & 4th November 2012

Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8th/9th/10th & 11th November ’12

Dacre Hall Christmas Fair at Lanercost Priory near Carlisle Friday, Saturday & Sunday 23rd/24th & 25th November 2012

Slate & Nature Christmas Open Days, West Woodburn  You will be welcomed with a Chocolate treat, look at our new collection of new, unusual and unique gifts. Open from 11am-5pm. Friday, Saturday & Sunday 23rd/24th & 25th November 2012 AND Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd December 2012.

Hexham Christmas Fair Saturday 8th December 2012


S&N’s plant pots are well admired!

Slate & Nature received a very nice image of the plant pot in use. Designed to decorate the studio at its opening with beautiful pantsies, our plant pots were quickly used also as candle holders. Proudly presented as a table setting we received this photo from our friends when they had ‘special guests’ over. Thank you David & Janey.

Fabulous Eating Festival in Hexham

Slate & Nature was given quite a prominent position in the park of Hexham. Directly at the entrance opposite the Queens Hall between two gracefully old trees we were allowed to put up our marquee. As usual with a lot of outdoor products we could show the ‘blending into the green surroundings of the park’ of our feeders and bird boxes. Underneath the improved/new fat ball holder.

The Festival was excellent organized with friendly helpers everywhere, all assisted by enormous sunshine with a wonderful Indian Summer high temperature. A combination that drew a lot of people into the centre of the town, creating a buzzing atmosphere. Activities and stalls started from the old Market Place, passed the Abbey towards the Park; from organic food stalls to several good music groups, entertaining for young and old to craft stalls and a great graceful display of old and classic cars. All locally sourced, made and maintained; something to be proud off.

At our stand we received lots of people, early already a busload from Sussex, touring through Northumberland with the next stop in Alnwick; quickly the stock of fat ball holders & window feeders we took was decimated as coming back was not an option, suggestion as “I can also send it….” was not an option; I want to have it now!

Park activities around us were great; pressing apple juice; not only instructive but also delicious in taste. Bottles weren’t for sale, but I was allowed to come back a second time! The artichoke wine; good but beware of getting tipsy after too many! For the more energetic visitors under us it was possible to make your own fruit juice on a bicycle. Other craft people were there; unfortunately it is impossible to mention them all, but worth mentioning and springs to mind is David Lawson Ceramics, ‘functional and beautiful’ (see also www.davidlawsonceramics.com).

All photo’s were kindly taken by Sue Chapman (from the community partnership); thank you!