New date for Patchings Festival

The Patchings Festival at Calverton may have moved to a new date this year, but it still promises a great weekend during which you can meet artists, watch demonstrations and take part in hands-on workshops.

The festival is set in 60 acres of countryside north of Nottingham and will attract visitors from far and wide between July 13-16.

The arts centre’s resident artists silversmith Angus McFadyen, printmaker Laura Boswell, portrait painter Stephen Ashurst and stonemasons Southern Stone will all be demonstrating their work during the four days.

Guest artists, including John Sprakes (work pictured top centre), Pollyanna Pickering (top left), Peter Barker, David Allen and Ann Blockley will also be demonstrating.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the glass-blowing furnace and demonstrations by E&M Glass.

There is a 300-seater audio visual marquee in which, among other events, en-plein air artist Ken Howard will give an illustrated talk and Robert Brindley will give an oil painting demonstration.

“Once again as we plan for the 24th Patchings Festival we aim for something very special to be enjoyed and experienced,” said Chas Wood, who co-founded the centre 29 years ago.

“There are more than 250 talented artists, makers and photographers exhibiting a huge range of work, individually designed and created.

“Within the festival we also try to inspire and enthuse visitors to be creative themselves. Demonstrations and presentations help to educate and encourage; a programme of workshops, test and try areas and have a go sessions enable practical hands-on opportunities and those who make materials and equipment are present to advise and instruct.

“Again all the painting mediums are represented along with glass blowing, stone masonry, pyrography, marbling, printing and fabric work, to name but a few.”

Tickets include parking, festival guide and all workshops and demonstrations apart from the Festival Marquee demonstrations. There is a weekend ticket offer and you can find out more details at