Silver anniversary for Patchings

Patchings Arts Centre is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual festival this year with a diverse display of artists and an innovative programme of special events.

Set in 60 acres of picturesque countryside and showcasing more than 250 of the finest artists, craft makers, designers and photographers, Patchings Festival 2018 offers a global range of talent and creativity.

The four-day event from July 12-15 gives art enthusiasts, local people and families the opportunity to admire stunning works of wonderful diversity as well as shopping in a marquee packed with a huge range of art and craft materials.

The festival is renowned for its combination of professional art from across the globe and will include talents such as glass blowing, stone work, pottery, ceramics, textiles and more.

There will be more than 40 demonstrations and workshops taking place each day. In the guest marquee you will be able to see John Sprakes, David Curtis, Roger Dellar, Bruce Mulcahy, David Howell, Carne Griffiths and Soraya French; and in the 300-seater demonstration marquee you will be Anne Blockley, Hazel Soan, David Bellamy, Charles Evans and Jean Haines at different times over the three days. (There is an extra charge for these shows).

Chas Wood, who owns the centre with his sister Liz, said: “This festival has an international feel as we have a lot of representation from various overseas companies in the art materials sector – many having individual marquees with demonstrations and workshops.

“The Mall Galleries, London, have approached us and are joining us for the first time. They are bringing a different artist with them each day.

“Last year we introduced a section on printmaking and this year we have a printmaking marquee with a number of exhibitors including the well-known Laura Boswell.

“The majority of the demonstrations are free with the entrance ticket. This makes the Patchings Festival the largest practical outdoor art event in the country.”

n The festival is open from 10am-5pm at Oxton Road, Calverton. Tickets cost from £9. For more details go to

For those not too far from Patchings, we are offering a weekend two-day ticket if booked in advance for £10 including a colour 25th anniversary guide.”