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Above: Manchester Craft & Design Centre

MANCHESTER /Manchester Craft & Design Centre 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, m4 5jd 0161 832 4274 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm. At the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, a former Victorian fishmarket is now the home of Manchester Craft and Design Centre. In the centre’s 19 independent studios you can expect to meet over 30 talented designer-makers and see them at work creating unique, handmade wares including textiles, jewellery, ceramics, prints, cards and gifts, homeware and more. The centre also hosts an innovative programme of contemporary craft exhibitions, workshops and events. And if all that leaves you in need of refreshment, Oak Street Café Bar is on hand to serve up delicious homemade dishes and cakes, the finest tea and coffee and a selection of great beers and wine. The centre boasts Elbow’s Guy Garvey as patron, who says: ‘If you like to give personal gifts then there is nowhere better in the North West.’

MERSEYSIDE *Bluecoat Display Centre The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool l1 3bz 0151 709 4014 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 12-5pm. Open Bank holidays. Established 1959, fine contemporary craft by over 350 selected makers, with changing exhibitions as well as an education and outreach programme. For the latest news and information visit our website.

TYNE AND WEAR )National Glass Centre Shop Liberty Way, Sunderland sr6 0gl 0191 515 5555 Open: Daily 10am-5pm. A beautiful range of hand-crafted glass, ceramics and jewellery by the country’s best makers. Also available online.

Above: Bluecoat Display Centre © Pam Seale Photography Below: National Glass Centre Shop © Kalki Mansel


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