Marches Makers Festival is an exciting new arts festival is held on the Early Spring Bank Holiday in the Marches border town of Kington from 4-6 May 2019. With over 90 exhibitors in 12 venues the Marches Makers Festival offers a wonderful variety of art and craft. Fast becoming a major art event in the county, the festival offers local artists and makers an opportunity to showcase their work and reach a wider audience.

Venues include the beautiful St Mary’s Church, local galleries, Penrhos Court, Hergest Croft Gardens, the Market Hall and the Old Police Station. The Art and Craft Market is on Saturday and Sunday, hosting many stalls and live demonstrations. On Saturday evening PML Productions presents a music event:  Belshazzar’s Feast (“A blend of serious musicianship and dedicated subversion” – Living Tradition).

The Marches Makers Festival offers a broad spectrum of art and craft, from top quality work by respected professional artists and makers to community endeavours that support social and therapeutic aspects of creativity. As part of this ambition the LOVE Project (a Lexicon of Optimistic Vocabulary Event) makes beautiful hand-painted signs used as part of a Treasure Trail around Kington. This will involve children from local schools who will design the signs and choose which positive and inspiring words to use.

Kington itself has a High Street of small independent businesses including cafes, pubs, hotels, a brewery, delicatessen and gift shops. Several of these will feature a piece of artwork in their windows for the Festival. There is ample parking in the town and several local accommodation providers are offering discounts to those wishing to make a weekend of it. Hergest Croft Gardens Spring Flower Fair and Spring Greens environmental fair are also on in the local area.

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