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Arts and crafts in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester (including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) is in the North West of England. It has a population of around 2,680,000 and covers approximately 12,700 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire.

County flag of Greater ManchesterTwo thousand years ago the area in which Manchester is located was within the territory of a Celtic tribe called the Brigantes. During the Roman period a fort called Mamucium or Mancunium was built, from which the city gets its name and today the forts remains are a scheduled monument. Previously part of Lancashire, Manchester grew as a major textile producer and during the Industrial revolution became the first industrialised city in the world, with for example the first railway station, and attracted workers from across Britain and Ireland who made the city their home. During the late twentieth century Manchester went though a period of industrial decline and many of the old factories, warehouses, as well as 1960s buildings have been replaced by office and living spaces and a modern tram network. Today Manchester is considered by many to be, after London, the second city of England and is famous for its contemporary culture in music and fashion, architecture, sporting success, universities and leading role in science and engineering. Performing arts venues in Greater Manchester include the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, the Plaza in Stockport, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, the Manchester Opera House and the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

Among the famous people from Manchester is the artist L.S. Lowry (November 1st 1887 – February 23rd 1976), who drew and painted pictures of the local industrial landscape and its inhabitants, the so called matchstick men. A collection of his work can be seen in The Lowry, which houses a gallery and theatres in a complex in the Salford Quays, previously the site of the cities docks. The Manchester Art Gallery has displays of silver, glass, furniture, and paintings by artists from many parts of Britain and the continent. Visitors can see works by British artists including Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, L S Lowry, Wynford Dewhurst and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as well as French impressionists such as Pierre Valette, who painted local scenes and taught artists such as Lowry, influencing their work. Other attractions in Greater Manchester include Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Staircase House in Stockport, Manchester Museum, Ordsall Hall in Salford, Manchester Cathedral and Bramall Hall in Stockport.

University of Bolton stadium craft and gift fair

University of Bolton stadium craft and gift fair

University of Bolton stadium formerly Macron stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Luscious Scents

Luscious Scents

Salford, Greater Manchester

LUSCIOUS SCENTS is a family run business comprising of mum dad and daughter we specialise in designer fragrances in WAX MELTS, house sprays ...

CUSTOM CLOCKS

CUSTOM CLOCKS

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I will design a bespoke, customised clock incorporating a name, ideal for a childs room. Fun, colourful and educational it makes the ideal ...

Primal Soaps

Primal Soaps

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Primal Soaps is based in Bolton, Lancashire and provides handmade natural vegan soaps that are kind to the skin. The entire soap range ...

Zesty Beads

Zesty Beads

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Our Company was established in 2011, creating handmade jewellery for weddings, and other special occasions.  We later ventured into the ...

Gane Products

Gane Products

Bolton, Greater Manchester

My specialities are Victorian dresses and aprons, pinafore dresses, toys, clowns, dolls, candles, seasonal gifts and decorations.

Milly Mischief

Milly Mischief

Urmston, Greater Manchester

Milly Mischief creates a wide range of beautiful handcrafted designs from fabric, buttons, ribbon, card and paper. All items can be personalised ...

Angel Shell Arts

Angel Shell Arts

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

I loom weave bracelets on a table top loom using glass beads on wire and also items that I have recycled and upcycled. All my inspiration ...

Bagflomosa

Bagflomosa

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I make one off pieces ranging from photography, paintings, keepsake boxes and 3d work. My passion is gothic/mystical style art. I enjoy ...

EmiliaAndMe

EmiliaAndMe

Stockport, Greater Manchester

Emilia and Me are a mother and daughter team who have been making beautiful homeware items to gift to friends and family for a number of ...

Small Things Wood

Small Things Wood

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Smallthingswood is a devoted passion is to make simple, reasonably priced bespoke handcrafted wooden pieces with a high attention to detail ...

John Betteridge

John Betteridge

Urmston, Greater Manchester

Hi, I am a part time blacksmith from Manchester, my full time occupation is an Ambulance Paramedic with the Ambulance Service. I work with ...

Casa22 Designs

Casa22 Designs

Bury, Greater Manchester

My business is primarily designing and making bespoke costume and gemstone jewellery. This proves very popular as no 2 pieces are the same ...

Penny Black Unique

Penny Black Unique

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Personalised wooden gifts for every occasion. Fairy wands and head dresses. Vintage china cake stands. Dinosaur keyrings, fridge magnets, ...

Candy Blossoms

Candy Blossoms

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I make exquisite handmade chocolate bouquets each to the customer requirements to ensure an amazing gift they won’t forget. Perfect gift ...

Julies crochet gifts

Julies crochet gifts

Over Hulton, Greater Manchester

I make gifts for babies, children and adults. Toys, jumpers, cardigans, hats, boots, shawls, blankets, hair bands, gloves, mits, scarves, ...

Mikela HangingPots

Mikela HangingPots

Salford, Greater Manchester

I have always been fascinated by nature for its beauty and its power to make us feel better and relax from every days anguish and stress. ...

Lottie and Grey

Lottie and Grey

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Lottie and Grey create Sterling silver, rose gold and Swarovski Crystal jewellery. There is something to suit all - whether you prefer ...

Lilys

Lilys

Sale, Greater Manchester

Im passionate about art and design. I do design customised candle, card and plate set for different occasions. I also do digital prints ...

The Bauble Babes

The Bauble Babes

Manchester, Greater Manchester

The Bauble Babes create bespoke luxury baubles personalised with a name or message of your choice making a truly unique keepsake. We ...

Scentology

Scentology

Oldham, Greater Manchester

Scentology, hand made wax melts, bath bombs, reed diffusers, bath and body products, all inspired by designer fragrances. Our fragrances ...

Crafts ASIRI

Crafts ASIRI

Salford, Greater Manchester

shirts .pants cotton jackets. pulses stone necklaces and leathers wallets Andean musical instruments and many more gifts

Handmade In Manchester

Handmade In Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Handmade gifts including light up bottles, plaques, door hangers, Christmas decorations, personalised gifts, wine glasses. Also catering ...

Sophies Whittle Gifts

Sophies Whittle Gifts

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I am a new business that makes handmade cards, wine glass charms, Keyrings and gifts. I also sell personalised gifts and cards.

Klauds Knitting

Klauds Knitting

Ashton in Makerfield, Greater Manchester

I havent got any professional background on the area but I have been knitting for many years and dedicating my spare time to lovely fluffy ...

Chou Choux Patisserie

Chou Choux Patisserie

Manchester, Greater Manchester

We are a new patisserie debuting at markets. Our style is French inspired, ranging from eclairs and entremets to tarts and petit four. ...

Simona Mazike

Simona Mazike

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Every piece of jewellery is unique. You will find here unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair accessories and many more. All made ...

The Glass Barge

The Glass Barge

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Fused Glass Jewellery. Pendants, earrings, bangles, cufflinks etc all desiegned and made by hand either at our home in Eastbourne or on ...

Forum Centre

Forum Centre

Manchester, Greater Manchester

The Forum is a centre for co-located services in south Manchester including leisure, events, library, childcare, health, pharmacy, travel, ...

Morethan Material

Morethan Material

Manchester, Greater Manchester

We make anything from buntings to engraved frames, personalised cushions to bespoke wooden plaques all cut by ourselves on our laser cutter. ...

Bee Morrison

Bee Morrison

Salford, Greater Manchester

I qualified as a designer in 1980 and am very pleased to say that I have been engaged in all aspects of that every since. For some years ...

John Butterworth

John Butterworth

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Outside retailer with a four sided display. Selling coasters, humour plaques+pic-tin-plates, pic-ceramic-tiles+oldie-worldie greeting ...

The happy pebble people

The happy pebble people

Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester

The Happy Pebble People started of in 2019 having made two Xmas presents and then got asked by friends for presents that were more personal ...

Kims Crafty Corner

Kims Crafty Corner

Stockport, Greater Manchester

As a digital artist and illustrator, I have a wide range of prints, greetings cards and other gift items to sell.

Andy Lees Ceramics

Andy Lees Ceramics

Bolton, Greater Manchester

As well as Throwing a range of pottery and also handbuilt ceramic items I also provide pottery tuition and regularly hold Beginners courses ...

Fox and Soap

Fox and Soap

Wigan, Greater Manchester

We create bold and beautiful handmade bath and body products for all skin types. Our products are vegan and cruelty free as we don’t believe ...

ARoMa

ARoMa

Manchester, Greater Manchester

We are a small company making eco friendly products there are no Parabens, SLS or Micro beads in them and they are never tested on animals. ...

New Website now live

New Website now live

Stockport, Greater Manchester

Its been a very busy couple of weeks for emilia and me (mostly me!), with Christmas ever closer now perhaps wasnt the ideal time to launch ...

A very small persons big ideas a small business..

A very small persons big ideas a small business..

Stockport, Greater Manchester

... and a very long story made short. Emilia loves to design and create things, and I (thats me) love to let her do the things she enjoys. ...

New to site

New to site

Urmston, Greater Manchester

Hi, Just like to say hi, I am John, only registered today, I am a part time blacksmith from sunny Manchester, and am looking to attend ...

New to UK Craft Fairs. CUSTOM CLOCKS

New to UK Craft Fairs.  CUSTOM CLOCKS

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Hello to all in the craft business. I am relatively new to making and exhibiting my product, customised clocks, so would welcome any advice ...

Whipped Body Butters

Whipped Body Butters

Bolton, Greater Manchester

I am so happy with the response I have received so far about my soap range! I really value that my customers have been giving positive ...

The ethics and ideas behind Primal Soaps

The ethics and ideas behind Primal Soaps

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Starting a new craft business is exciting – a journey into the unknown! As I am sure many of you can relate to this is time for learning ...

Luscious scents designer fragrances

Luscious scents designer fragrances

Salford, Greater Manchester

Hi everyone check out our luscious scents shop our WAX MELTS 4 times stronger than normal WAX MELTS giving you that aroma around your home ...

More of my work

More of my work

Over Hulton, Greater Manchester

Many items can be personalised

Baby comfort blankets

Baby comfort blankets

Over Hulton, Greater Manchester

I am so enjoying making my baby comfort blankets, building up quite a selection.


Laurence Stephen Lowry

(Born 1887 in Stretford in Greater Manchester), Painting

Laurence Stephen Lowry usually called L.S. Lowry, British artist, is known for his 'matchstick' paintings of urban landscapes and industrial scenes in his native Lancashire.

David Horatio Winder

(Born 1855 in Bolton in Greater Manchester), Painting

David Horatio Winder, British artist, was known for his landscapes of Britain.

Thomas Earnshaw

(Born 1749 in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester), Clockmaking

An eminent watchmaker. Who was one of the pioneers of the chronometer, improving on the earlier work of John Harrison.