Welbeck Winter Weekend | Welbeck Estate
Nottinghamshire’s Welbeck Estate will be hosting its annual Winter Weekend between 22-24 November, bringing together more than 100 artisan makers and food producers and championing local suppliers. More here.
And for the first time since its launch 19 years ago, the free event will also include a special marquee dedicated to showcasing the artisan makers and producers based in the historic Welbeck Estate, near Worksop.
There will be the chance to find out more about Welbeck Abbey Brewery, Welbeck Bakehouse, Welbeck Dairy, Stichelton Cheese and The School of Artisan Food, who will be holding demonstrations. Visitors will be able to kick start their festive season and look for unusual and one-off handcrafted gifts ranging from ceramics and textiles to jewellery as well as fare from some of the finest food producers from the region.
The three-day event takes place across The Courtyard at Welbeck, The Harley Gallery and Welbeck Farm Shop and stretches through to The Harley Studios and the estate’s former Kitchen Gardens.
The Harley Gallery has curated a selection of 75 artists and craftspeople including long-standing favourites alongside brand new exhibitors. In addition, 15 artists within The Harley Studios will be throwing open their doors and inviting visitors into their workspaces.
Welbeck Farm Shop has brought together 30 artisan local producers selling items from cheeses and chutneys to sweets and sloe gin. It means that as well as being able to stock up in Welbeck Farm Shop, visitors will be able to browse and sample produce and stock up on food that has low food miles.
There will be refreshments and mulled wine and activities to appeal to all ages. A children’s trail has been organised and there are activities for youngsters within The Harley Gallery, where there’s also the family-friendly Moving Stories exhibition of sculptures brought to life with cogs, cams, cranks and levers.
Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Foundation, said: “When we first started a winter arts market almost 20 years ago, we had no idea how popular the event would become. It’s enormously cheering to know that so many people care about seeking out gifts that have been designed and made by a small, local producer – be they a baker or a jeweller.”
Oliver Stubbins, General Manager of Welbeck Farm Shop, said: “We have a real passion for high quality, fresh food on the Welbeck estate. During the Welbeck Winter Weekend visitors will be able to discover artisan food and drink that use only the freshest and best ingredients.”