Slow Cotswolds

  • Textiles in Tetbury (and more besides)

    The Cotswolds has long been associated with a tradition of excellence in the Arts and Crafts. Indeed, the region is synonymous with the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century.

    So it is joyous to see those longstanding traditions continuing. The epitomy of excellenve shines through none more so than with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. The Guild's latest exhibition will take place in Tetbury (pages 266-8), a town noted for its interior design shops today but also for its long associations, like so many towns in the Cotswolds, with the wool trade. Naturally, the Guild's exhibition will be displayed in the town's Market House, where wool and textiles were sold for centuries.

    Twenty members of The Guild will show their creativity and craftsmanship in this historic hall. The fair is a wonderful opportunity to view, buy and commission unique handcrafted work across all media and to also see how pieces are made. Each day brings a new demonstration by a designer / maker in jewellery, ceramics, weaving, book making, and basketry.

    Guild members will be on hand to discuss their craft and inspiration. Expect exquisite pieces from all disciplines including ceramics by Anne James (pictured), bespoke furniture by Graham Ikin, knitted textiles by Sue Bradley and wonderful willow weaving by basket maker Susan Early. A full list of exhibitors plus demonstrations during the show can be found on The Guild's website.

    Guild Crafts Tetbury takes place at the Market House from 10am to 6pm daily between 1st to 9th June, with free admission.

    Why not make a day or even a weekend of it? Make time to visit St Saviour's Church and also St Mary's Church, whose churchyard always looks extremely colourful at this time of year as it has been planted with hundreds of perennial wildflowers. It provides a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the town's two main streets, the High Street and Long Street, where you can also visit the Highgrove Shop, the flagship store for HRH The Prince of Wales's Highgrove Collection of gifts, inspired by his private estate near Tetbury.

    Another address worth visiting, just to the west of Tetbury, is Chavenage, a magnificent Elizabethan, Cotswold stone house and gardens. It is open from May to September on Thursday and Sunday afteroons.

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