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Arts and crafts in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire (including Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton) is in the East of England of England. It has a population of around 412,000 and covers approximately 119,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire.

County flag of BedfordshireBedfordshire had a reputation for centuries as an important centre of lace making and hat making in England and the Wardown Park Museum in Luton has a collection reflecting the history of these traditional crafts. Also located in Luton is the Stockwood Discovery Centre, which has exhibits from local history, a rural crafts collection, which includes a number of horse-drawn carriages, and a variety of garden designs. First built as a Jacobean farmhouse, Ascott House was later enlarged and today the interior rooms are finely furnished and decorated with artworks including ceramics and paintings, whilst the grounds feature picturesque gardens. Performing arts venues in Bedfordshire include the Sharnbrook Theatre in Bedford, the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, Bedford Corn Exchange and The Hat Factory in Luton, which has also served as a venue for art exhibitions.

The county town of Bedfordshire is Bedford, where you can visit the Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, which has a collection including Palaeolithic tools, locally made crafts and decorative arts. There are watercolours by artists including William Blake, John Constable and J. M. W. Turner, as well as prints by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Roy Lichtenstein. Woburn Abbey was established during the 12th century and later became a country house, which was rebuilt during the 18th century. Within the house are collections of historic furniture, silver, ceramics, sculptures and paintings, including works by artists such as Canaletto, Gainsborough, Rembrandt and Velasquez. The extensive grounds surrounding the house have landscaped gardens, woodlands, a wide variety of plants and a Safari Park. Other attractions in Bedfordshire include Wrest Park country house and gardens, Dunstable Downs, Jordans Mill in Biggleswade, Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton and Harrold-Odell Country Park.

Crafts Cakes and a Cuppa

Crafts  Cakes and a Cuppa

Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Crafts Cakes and a Cuppa

Crafts  Cakes and a Cuppa

Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Crafts Cakes and a Cuppa

Crafts  Cakes and a Cuppa

Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Rainbow Connections

Rainbow Connections

Bedford, Bedfordshire

We sell ethnic, modern and fusion jewellery. We sell different types of handmade jewellery from natural products and mediums such as ceramic, ...

KES CRAFTS

KES CRAFTS

Luton, Bedfordshire

I take a normal shop-bought frame and turn it into a one-off piece using air-dry clay and moulded embellishments along with different types ...

MrBead

MrBead

Luton, Bedfordshire

Over 5,000 different gemstone beads like jade, agates, turquoise, coral, jasper, lapis, moonstone, carnelian etc, plus 100s different findings ...

Woolly Ceramics

Woolly Ceramics

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Having created artwork for many years I have recently discovered clay. I now focus entirely on all things clay, having a great interest ...

art of glass jewels and gemstones

art of glass jewels and gemstones

Shefford, Bedfordshire

At art of glass jewels and gemstones i pride myself to provide excellent quality handmade jewellery using glass beads to AAA genuine Swarovski ...

Bevs treats

Bevs treats

Luton, Bedfordshire

I am a qualified cake maker and have been making cakes for over 30 years. I have started making my own homemade fudge and have had excellent ...

Urban Angel Jewellery

Urban Angel Jewellery

Luton, Bedfordshire

I make handmade costume jewellery in a variety of different materials. I do 1 off pieces or I can do many pieces to order in a variety ...

Little stars crochet

Little stars crochet

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

I crochet all sorts of things from coasters to hats, scarfs or items for your home. However i do specialise in bespoke blankets made to ...

Just Gemstones

Just Gemstones

Luton, Bedfordshire

Handmade jewellery using natural gemstones and swarovski crystals. All materials are sourced from selected reputable suppliers. Each item ...

Pyewacket

Pyewacket

Stotford, Bedfordshire

I create and individually design Venetian style party masks. I import the blank masks directly from Venice, and then decorate them in ...

Rocking Paper Scissors

Rocking Paper Scissors

Barton Le Clay, Bedfordshire

Design and creation of hand crafted floral and sculptural pieces constructed from paper, card, feathers and other materials. Creating beautiful ...

OlivineOriginals Natural Skincare

OlivineOriginals Natural Skincare

Henlow, Bedfordshire

OlivineOriginals makes homemade Natural skincare butters, bath bombs/fizzers, lip balms, body scrubs and bath crystals. My business makes ...

The Original Black and White Photography Co

The Original Black and White Photography Co

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Modern black and white photographs with an old fashioned feel. High quality black and white photographs depicting anything historic, including ...

Himalayan Wellbeing

Himalayan Wellbeing

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Himalayan Salt Lamps (in various sizes, shapes and colours), Himalayan Salt tea-Light Holders and other associated Salt Products. The Lamps ...

Frankie Green Upcycled bags and Accessories

Frankie Green Upcycled bags and Accessories

Shefford, Bedfordshire

I specialise in making bags and accessories since having studied fashion and surface pattern design to foundation degree level, my passion ...

The Home Fragrance Company

The Home Fragrance Company

Bedford, Bedfordshire

We are The Home Fragrance company with the following website: Www.homefragrancecompany We retail Candles, reed diffusers, refills etc ...

Kitty gift cards

Kitty gift cards

Bedford, Bedfordshire

I make individual birthday christmas cards including a gift. the gift being a silver necklace with charm or key rings for ladies men or ...

SuQu Designs

SuQu Designs

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Uniquely designed and hand crafted jewellery, tiaras, masks, fascinators, cartoon tote bags, cake toppers, fairies and angels. I use ethically ...

Tinkers Bell Pottery

Tinkers Bell Pottery

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Individual thrown and slab constructed pieces, high temperature glazes, bowls small and large, jugs, mugs, plates and jars. Functional ...

SuQu Designs Jewellery

SuQu Designs Jewellery

Bedford, Bedfordshire

Handcrafted sterling silver, genuine gemstone and cultured pearl jewellery, headwear and accessories. Wedding jewellery and accessories. ...

Hello

Hello

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Hi, I thought id introduce myself. Im Hannah a mummy of 3, a wife, a florist and a very keen crocheter. Im self taught from when my middle ...

My Fingers Ache

My Fingers Ache

Luton, Bedfordshire

Its been over a month since my last blog and its all down to books! No I havent been reading them I have been folding them. I have been ...

The Tree Frame continued

The Tree Frame continued

Luton, Bedfordshire

I didnt want to make the leaves from clay as I wanted them to be thin. If I made them as thin as I wanted from clay they would be too fragile. ...

I think a tree might work

I think a tree might work

Luton, Bedfordshire

There I was - stuck in traffic - and all of a sudden had the idea of trying to put a tree as decoration on one of my photo frames. It ...

Website up and running

Website up and running

Luton, Bedfordshire

Hi, my website has been created, it is still very basic at the moment but I can be contacted via the site or Facebook. Please take a ...

Premier went well

Premier went well

Luton, Bedfordshire

Premier went well, had some amazing feed back from customers and other vendors. Cant wait to do my next one.

Urban Angel Jewellerys Premier

Urban Angel Jewellerys  Premier

Luton, Bedfordshire

I will be setting up my stall for the first time at Eaton Bray craft fair, on Saturday 5th December, for all the world to see. I have ...


Elkanah Settle

(Born 1648 in Dunstable in Bedfordshire), Poetry

Settle was a poet and play write. He wrote among other works - CAMBYSES King of Persia: A TRAGEDY. When the curtain first opens, we see the scene of the Royal Pavilion, Cambyses seated on a Throne attended by Otanes, Darius, Artaban, Prexaspes, Guards, Slaves, and Attendants with the Princess Mandana, and Ladies.

John Bunyan

(Born 1628 in Elstow in Bedfordshire), Fiction

As a writer Bunyan was most famous for The Pilgrims Progress, although he did write many dozens more works.