Win portrait of your pet at craft fair fund-raiser

Willow, one of the pet portraits.

Willow, one of the pet portraits.

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Stunning photographs, beautiful textile work and even the chance to win a portrait of your pet – there will be plenty going on at a major fund-raising event for a north Northumberland visitor attraction this weekend.

The Friends of Bailiffgate Museum are holding a craft fair on Saturday in Alnwick’s Northumberland Hall.

Among the stallholders will be Jane Jackson, who creates extremely imaginative textile artworks using traditional rag-rugging techniques.

Highly-respected local photographer Darryn Wade will also be there on the day. His photographs are powerful and captivating images of Northumbrian landscapes.

Other stalls include patchwork, felted and glass items, paintings, cards, children’s clothes, books and confectionery, with a wide range of other gifts for the home.

The fair will also feature a tombola, cakes and a grand raffle with prizes provided by stallholders.

On top of this, there will be a silent auction for a pet portrait by talented artist Tracy Jones.

Bids can be made on the day. Entries cost £1.

Fair-goers will also have the chance to learn about the museum’s work and exciting future plans, as part of the Heritage at the Heart of the Community project, a chance to find out about volunteering and becoming a Friend of the museum.

The fair will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Admission is £1.50 including coffee or tea and a scone.

○ The museum is also inviting people along to a creative walk, on Saturday, March 23, which will encourage participants to think about the relationship between literature and landscape.

It will start from the attraction at 2pm and follow the bank of the River Aln before returning to the museum for a talk and poetry reading by Alnwick-based writer Tony Williams.

Participants will be asked to take part in a creative activity, but previous writing experience is not required.

Tony, who works as a lecturer in creative writing at Northumbria University, is currently researching dog-walking and creative writing.

The walk will take about an hour and will be followed by refreshments at the museum.

It is free but normal admission charges to the museum apply. Book a place by emailing tony.williams@northumbria.ac.uk or turn up on the day.

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Dogs are welcome.

For more details about the walk or the craft fair, call the museum on 01665 605847