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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went though a period of industrial decline and many of the old factories, warehouses, as well as 1960s buildings have been replaced by office and living spaces and a modern tram network.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.

Denton Artisan market

Denton Artisan market

Denton Civic Square, Denton, Greater Manchester

Sunday, 12 March 2023

Denton Artisan market

Denton Artisan market

Denton Civic Square, Denton, Greater Manchester

Sunday, 16 April 2023

University of Bolton stadium Spring craft and gift fair

University of Bolton stadium Spring craft and gift fair

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

Monday, 1 May 2023

Luscious Scents

Luscious Scents

Salford, Greater Manchester

LUSCIOUS SCENTS is a family run business comprising of mum dad and daughter we specialise ...

Ethereal Crystals By Ellie

Ethereal Crystals By Ellie

Denton, Greater Manchester

My names Eleanor, I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. Even from a small child I was ...

Cottage Cocktails

Cottage Cocktails

Royton, Greater Manchester

We launched our first 6 infusions that we felt brought a different dimension to shop ...

Luciouslips Art

Luciouslips Art

Whitefield, Greater Manchester

I handmade quirky “Planters with Personality”. Totally unique and very wacky. Plant pots ...

Invoke

Invoke

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Invoke has mental health and wellbeing at its center, as a Reiki Master, who also happens ...

Casa22 Designs

Casa22 Designs

Bury, Greater Manchester

My business is primarily designing and making bespoke costume and gemstone jewellery. ...

Herbert and Dottie

Herbert and Dottie

Bury, Greater Manchester

We are Herbert and Dottie, a small business from Bury, Greater Manchester. We make personalised ...

Beverley Newton

Beverley Newton

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I have my own website for photography, I have been working towards that for the last ...

Perfectly Pressed Petals by Louise

Perfectly Pressed Petals by Louise

Ashton in Makerfield Wigan, Greater Manchester

I use a range of flowers and leaves from my garden and the local area to create beautiful, ...

Bee Happy UK

Bee Happy UK

Oldham, Greater Manchester

I produce luxury hand poured, small batch, vegan and cruelty free soy wax candles and ...

Dollypegpug Crafts

Dollypegpug Crafts

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Inspired by my late pug Dolly I make handmade and bespoke bags and purses using vinyl ...

Embellish Embroidered by Toni

Embellish Embroidered by Toni

Salford, Greater Manchester

Follow my page on facebook Embellish Embroidered by Toni

SDW

SDW

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Manchester Indoor Craft Fair: 12 March 2022. Selling home made, artisan and unique ...

Hannah Nissen Art

Hannah Nissen Art

Salford, Greater Manchester

I have a B.A in photography and am a licentiate of the Royal photographic society. I ...

Lottie and Grey

Lottie and Grey

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Lottie and Grey create Sterling silver, rose gold and Swarovski Crystal jewellery. ...

Coastal Sea Jewels

Coastal Sea Jewels

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Beautiful handcrafted sea glass jewellery sourced direct from the uk coastline. Hello ...

Emma Holland

Emma Holland

Manchester, Greater Manchester

We sell home made brownies with over 15 different flavours to try and enjoy . All our ...

Distinctive Designs

Distinctive Designs

Standish, Greater Manchester

After teaching Design and Technology for over 20 years and using laser cutters to make ...

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 ...

Keepsake Alley

Keepsake Alley

Wigan, Greater Manchester

We are a mother and daughter team who make handmade and bespoke personalised quality ...

TheodoreRose Clothing

TheodoreRose Clothing

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Inspired by my own children and their love of clothing individual to them, I create limited, ...

Brelfan Books

Brelfan Books

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I am a bookbinder specialising in the creation of new journals, notebooks and albums. ...

Raid Knits

Raid Knits

Bolton, Greater Manchester

I first learnt to knit when I was around 6 years old and have been quite literally hooked ...

Amore Home Fragrance

Amore Home Fragrance

Worsley, Greater Manchester

Handmade wax melts, carpet fresheners and other home fragrance items.

MAB UNIQUE

MAB UNIQUE

Astley, Greater Manchester

My name is Michaela and I took up a hobby of making jewellery, from earrings to necklaces ...

CeeCee Ceramics

CeeCee Ceramics

Oldham, Greater Manchester

I have been creating ceramics for quite a while now. I enjoy building by hand (no wheel!) ...

Wooderful gifts

Wooderful gifts

Manchester, Greater Manchester

Handmade soy candles and soaps Vegan friendly Recycled glass and pottery candle containers ...

Handmade Cards 4u

Handmade Cards 4u

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I produce handmade greeting cards of all sizes and shapes to cover all occasions and ...

Lagan Makin ART

Lagan Makin ART

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Im a 30 year old female self taught artist. I have been selling my work for just over ...

The artful Crafter GB

The artful Crafter GB

Wigan, Greater Manchester

I work with a variety of mediums and applications which are shown in beautiful uniqueness ...

Wild Flare Soy Candles and Melts

Wild Flare Soy Candles and Melts

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Hello, my name is Sam and I started to make soy wax candles, scented with pure essential ...

style ME home

style ME home

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Personalised, made to order gifts. Range of family, seasonal and pet gifts. Custom vinyl ...

Foam Inc Cosmetics

Foam Inc Cosmetics

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Were a small, local business based in Bolton. We handmade all of our items, including ...

Affordable Wellness

Affordable Wellness

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Selling over 200 fragrances that are perfect for gifts and Xmas presents. Some of the ...

Angel Lights

Angel Lights

Manchester, Greater Manchester

I make natural soy, rapeseed and coconut candles and wax melts. With a variety of fragrances. ...

The Green Witch

The Green Witch

Bury, Greater Manchester

I am a practicing Green Witch, when I began my path, I struggled with where to start, ...

JasCreations the products and now the Crafts Fair

JasCreations the products and now the Crafts Fair

Springhead, Greater Manchester

It started on the second week of January 2022, dad had been keen to start an online business ...

New Crafter advice please

New Crafter advice please

Whitefield, Greater Manchester

Hi. I’m completely new to this site and have recently started creating quirky Planters ...

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 ...


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.