Sunday, 20 June 2021

Shopkeepers urged to bring out creative side for new festival

SHOPKEEPERS are being asked to decorate their shop fronts in support of Henley’s first craft festival.

Create Henley is a series of exhibitions, talks and demonstrations on crafts held at various venues around the town over the weekend of March 29 and 30 from 10am to 4pm.

Shoppers will be able to buy jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paintings, home furnishings, glass and candles directly from their makers as well as order custom-made designs.

Children’s workshops will be hosted by Lady Sew and Sew in Farm Road, which has the UK’s largest selection of patchwork and quilting fabrics. Youngsters can learn how to make an owl and bunting while their parents can make a tree using wool, wire, felt and beads.

Town centre manager Peter McConnell, who is one of the organisers, said: “To turn the town centre into something really special we are challenging the shops to decorate their shop fronts in a creative way. This could be anything from an amazing window display to putting in a bubble machine, hanging out the bunting or whatever imaginative, creative things you can think of. Go mad — in a sensible way.

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