The evenings are getting darker. The weather is turning colder. The lights are beginning to take on a gentle glow. That can only mean one thing, the return of the festive season bringing with it the excitement of the Waterford Winterval festival and the Waterford Crafts Annual Craft Fair, both of which are the biggest and best they have ever been. This year, Waterford Crafts host their 35th Christmas Craft Fair in the Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford starting on Saturday 24th November and open every single day up to Sunday 23rd of December.
The Christmas Craft Fair invites us to share in the talent of local people from all over the South East and covers a wide and varied collection of creative disciplines. All manner of craft products will be on display and available for purchase, suiting for all tastes, all budgets and all manner of style. These locally crafted masterpieces include hand cut silver jewellery, exotic walnut, quirky hand painted ceramic bowls, skateboards made from Irish ash, hand woven rainbow wool rugs, hand stitched leather handbags, individually crocheted cuddly bunnies and organic skincare, to name but a few. The selection available is eclectic, diverse and unique to the Craft Fair and is all of an internationally recognised standard. Indeed, many of the creators exhibiting their wares are members of the elite Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.
This Christmas Craft Fair in Waterford’s Garter Lane is one of the longest running annual Craft Fairs in the South East and perhaps nationwide. What’s more, this exciting event is completely organised and run by volunteers. These few weeks of the festive season are hugely important to the Waterford Craft members with many of them using this unique platform to launch new designs and products. This gives customers the exclusive opportunity to purchase individual and distinctive handmade Irish pieces many of which are one of a kind, rare and inimitable.
Experience has shown that these hand crafted masterpieces strike the right chord with customers who are seeking unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones and have a real appreciation for local talent. According to committee member and local crafts person Mauney Doyle “People are conscious of buying local quality products and the feedback from our customers is that they love the unique variety, high quality crafts and always find it value for their money.”
The level of talent on display in the Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair has to be seen to be believed and it is a non-negotiable part of a visit to the Waterford Winterval festival this Christmas season. Open every day from the 24th November, from 10 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon to 5.30 pm on Sunday’s, there will be ample time for customers to browse, shop and revisit at their leisure in a warm, inviting and relaxing venue.
The official opening of this amazing event takes place on Sunday 25th November at 2pm and will be kicked off in style by the new executive director of the Garter Lane Arts Centre, Síle Penkert. Everybody is welcome, young and old alike, and with an extra incentive of 10% off all purchases on the opening day, it is an opportunity not to be missed.
For all your Christmas needs, all your quirky and individual and unique gifts, all your Christmas shopping requirements call into the Craft Fair at Garter Lane and pick up everything you need under one roof.
For more information on the Waterford Crafts, go to www.waterfordcrafts.com or @waterfordcrafts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For the full Winterval Christmas festival programme check out www.winterval.ie.