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Arts and crafts in Lancashire

Lancashire (including Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre) is in the North West of England. It has a population of around 1,460,000 and covers approximately 307,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire.

County flag of LancashireLancashire is named after the city of Lancaster, which is its county town, although the county council is in Preston. The area was once home to a Celtic tribe called the Brigantes and during the Roman Period towns such as Lancaster and Manchester were Roman forts. During the following centuries the land formed parts of various kingdoms and counties, until it came into existence as a county in its own right during the twelfth century. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain during the late eighteenth century and Lancashire became an important industrial and commercial region. The counties location, growing population and natural resources, such as fast flowing water and coal mines, fuelled the growth of textile production in the Lancashire Mill Towns and by the 1830s they manufactured more than eighty percent of the worlds cotton. Today visitors to Helmshore Mills Textile Museum can see demonstrations of carding and spinning and learn how raw wool and cotton were made into into yarn, to then be woven into cloth. During the Victorian era and the growth of the railways, the coastal town of Blackpool became a tourist resort for the counties workers and the town remains famous for attractions such as Blackpool Tower, the trams, piers, beaches and the illuminations, which are switched on each autumn. Away from the industrial areas, farming and fishing were important parts of the local economy. Performing arts venues in Lancashire include the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Lowther Pavilion in Lytham St Annes, Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn, Preston Guild Hall and the Grand Theatre in Lancaster.

Lancashire ports were part of Britains global trade network in raw materials and manufactured goods, but with industrial decline the once busy docks have mostly been converted to none commercial uses and other industries have replaced them. Following boundary changes during the twentieth century, the borders of Lancashire shrank and the county no longer includes cities such as Manchester and Liverpool or areas that are now within Cumbria or Yorkshire counties. The Harris Museum is located in Preston and in addition to housing important local historical and archaeological artefacts and decorative arts, has an art collection which includes works by artists such as Stanley Spencer, George Frederic Watts and Lucian Freud. The artist perhaps most associated with Lancashire is L.S. Lowry, who painted scenes of local life peopled by figures often called matchstick men, though he was born and mostly lived and worked in Manchester which is no longer part of Lancashire. Visitors to Lancashire can also travel along the Irwell Sculpture Trail, which is Englands largest public arts scheme, running for thirty miles from Salford Quays to the Pennines and includes twentyeight works of art created by British and International artists. Other places you might like to visit in Lancashire include Samlesbury Hall, Lancaster Castle, the Museum of Lancashire in Preston, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Astley Hall in Chorley, Pendle Heritage Centre, Gawthorpe Hall, the Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland.

Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre

Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre

Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre, Bolton, Lancashire

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 (4 day event)

Macron Stadium Christmas Craft and Gift Extravaganza

Macron Stadium Christmas Craft and Gift Extravaganza

Macron Stadium, Bolton, Lancashire

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Garden Centre, Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Parent and Child Pop Up Xmas Shop and Event

Parent and Child Pop Up Xmas Shop and Event

Bolton Whites HotelUniversity of Bolton Stadium, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Garden Centre, Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Bolton Handmade Christmas Market

Bolton Handmade Christmas Market

Bolton Albert Halls at Bolton Town Hall, Bolton, Lancashire

Saturday, 24 November 2018 (2 day event)

Blackburn European Christmas market

Blackburn European Christmas market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 29 November 2018 (7 day event)

Telford European Christmas Market

Telford European Christmas Market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 6 December 2018 (7 day event)

Blackburn European Christmas market

Blackburn European Christmas market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 6 December 2018 (7 day event)

Dobbies Garden World Clifton

Dobbies Garden World Clifton

Dobbies Garden World, Clifton, Preston, Lancashire

Friday, 7 December 2018 (3 day event)

Blackburn European Christmas market

Blackburn European Christmas market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 13 December 2018 (7 day event)

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Artisan Market

Heaton Fold Garden Centre, Heaton, Bolton, Lancashire

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Telford European Christmas Market

Telford European Christmas Market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 20 December 2018 (4 day event)

Blackburn European Christmas market

Blackburn European Christmas market

Cathedral Square, City Centre, Blackburn, Lancashire

Thursday, 20 December 2018 (5 day event)

Handmade By Lottie

Handmade By Lottie

Heywood, Lancashire

Hello everyone welcome to Handmade By Lottie, I make a range of greeting cards some are ready made to sell and some are bespoke designs ...

TJAMS

TJAMS

Bolton, Lancashire

TJams has been in business for 3 years successfully providing homemade jams, pickles, chutneys and seasonal produce which includes Christmas ...

Angrydad Art and Print

Angrydad Art and Print

Clitheroe, Lancashire

I am an Artist and Printmaker but my main focus of work is in Printmaking. I work mainly in linocut and Woodcut but I also do some drypoint. ...

Sarah moseley scented candles

Sarah moseley scented candles

Blackpool, Lancashire

sarah moseley candles offer bespoke hand poured fragranced 100% soy wax Candles and Melts. I offer a bespoke labelling service to reflect ...

Anne Pearson Designs

Anne Pearson Designs

Todmorden, Lancashire

Anne Pearson Designs is all about creating unique dreamcatchers, fibre art wall hangings, jewellery and gifts. I have always been interested ...

The Beady Jewellery Boutique

The Beady Jewellery Boutique

Leyland, Lancashire

I started wire knitting as a hobby. I like to create bracelets, necklaces, chokers and many other individual pieces using quality materials, ...

Handmade Jewellery Gems

Handmade Jewellery Gems

Bury, Lancashire

I make Jewellery with gemstones and beading and some wire work and new glass art..ing soon...loveblingjewellery.etsy I love gemstones, ...

Krafty Scribblers

Krafty Scribblers

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Hi, my name is Andrew, I have recently taken early retirement and now find I have more time to dedicate to more creative things, such as ...

Rivington Chocolates

Rivington Chocolates

Bolton, Lancashire

We use Callebaut Belgian chocolate to handmade small batches of delicious chocolates. Making scrumptious fillings such as lemon curd truffle ...

With these Lilly Whites

With these Lilly Whites

Westhoughton, Lancashire

When I share a moment that makes me happy, I want to keep it right there to make me smile everytime I see it and that is why I have created ...

Furreverandever

Furreverandever

Bolton, Lancashire

Commissions undertaken of pet portraits, mostly cats, dogs and horses, although I have been known to do the odd ferret (no trouser jokes ...

Belle and Grace

Belle and Grace

Rochdale, Lancashire

Sewing is my passion and I put this passion into every gift I create. The cards I create are stitched/appliqué and can be easily personalised. ...

Trudy Clarke Art

Trudy Clarke Art

Blackpool, Lancashire

Supporting craft fairs and exhibiting my work is my aim. I paint and sell pictures in watercolours, acrylics and oils. I occasionally produce ...

Sui Generis Designs

Sui Generis Designs

Wigan, Lancashire

My name is Yvonne France and I design and make children’s clothing from my home in Lancashire. My experience as a mother of three daughters ...

Marleys of Preston

Marleys of Preston

Preston, Lancashire

We sell Hand Blended and poured Soy wax Candles and Melts - Highly Scented” Marleys started in 2017. We make exquisite 100% Soy wax candles, ...

Flowers by Annette

Flowers by Annette

Chorley, Lancashire

My own silk flower designs that are designed by myself with attractive containers and many different sizes and prices. My designs are ...

Fabric art by Aruna Mene

Fabric art by Aruna Mene

Bolton, Lancashire

I produce fabric collages on canvas with heat bonding. These are framed under glass. I also sell high quality greeting cards and canvas ...

PhotoConsult

PhotoConsult

Bury, Lancashire

I have a passion for the history of photography combined with experience and expertise over forty years. Based in Lancashire, I have an ...

Casa22 Designs

Casa22 Designs

Manchester, Lancashire

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

Peg It Y

Peg It Y

Preston, Lancashire

About 5 years ago I was looking for a reward chart for my then 4 year old. Being keen to not waste resources I was not taken with any of ...

Bobs Caricatures

Bobs Caricatures

Blackpool, Lancashire

Caricature is defined as a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in ...

Sadie Clancy

Sadie Clancy

Oldham, Lancashire

Thank you for taking the time and energy to look at my work. Every single piece that I make is completely individual and unique and dreamt ...

Karens village crafts

Karens village crafts

Fence, Lancashire

Hand crafted unique gifts for any occasion , Birthday, new baby, wedding, valantine , Mothers Day ect The gifts are made from the book ...

Lizzy Beads

Lizzy Beads

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

I create gift ware, sculptures and jewellery using various beads made of glass, acrylic and other materials. These catch the light and ...

lizzieloveslillies

lizzieloveslillies

Preston, Lancashire

I am a trained florist (Myerscough College). I can offer fresh or silk flower arrangements and wedding flowers. I have a lovely portfolio ...

Yuju

Yuju

Rochdale, Lancashire

I’ve always loved jewellery and fashion and the idea of bringing all my favourite styles together to share with other people was something ...

The Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Wigan, Lancashire

The Blue Cat Story THE Blue Cat Gift Company The inspiration behind this new adventure are my family, firstly my Grandparents Edith and ...

EarthMoth

EarthMoth

Lancaster, Lancashire

I am making handmade, bespoke cushions. All of them are filled with duck feather for better quality.

Eternity by Gillian Taylor

Eternity by Gillian Taylor

Oldham, Lancashire

Luxury Handmade Wedding Stationery and Greeting Cards. Handmade Gifts, cushions and candles. Customers own designs and requests catered ...

Lily Pearl

Lily Pearl

Blackburn, Lancashire

Handmade baby and childrens clothing. I make leggings, rompers, dresses and more. All in bright soft vibrant fabrics that children lo ...

Forever With Love

Forever With Love

Rossendale, Lancashire

I craft and made beautiful crystal suncatchers. I love to find different things to add to my suncatchers to make them super special. ...

Edie and Beau

Edie and Beau

Wheelton, Lancashire

Edie and Beau specialise in luxury handmade gift sacks. Nature inspired and unique by design, each gift sack is made from natural hessian ...

Made by Angie

Made by Angie

Atherton, Lancashire

Childrens and ladies jewellery designed and made by me. From every day wear to that something special occasion..Jewellery made at affordable ...

Shamila qayum

Shamila qayum

Nelson, Lancashire

Hi there I was wondering if you have any availability for a stall to sell Asian food snacks and savouries eg samosas pakorey chicken kebabs ...

Cake Tin Treats

Cake Tin Treats

Preston, Lancashire

Cake Tin Treats is a new business providing cakes, cupcakes, cupcake bouquets and other bakes for any occasion. Birthdays, weddings, christenings, ...

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

Blackpool, Lancashire

I specialise in all things crafty, Eco candles and melts, tea light holders, night lights, incense holders and home decor items. All of ...

New Member

New Member

Lancaster, Lancashire

From The She Shed I have done it!! At long last I have got myself started in my new exciting venture of slate designing. I have spent today ...

Welcome to Edie and Beau

Welcome to Edie and Beau

Wheelton, Lancashire

Edie and Beau specialise in luxury handmade gift sacks. Nature inspired and unique by design, each gift sack is made from natural hessian ...

Haworth Craft Fair

Haworth Craft Fair

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Looking forward to going back again to Haworth Craft Fair Easter Weekend, we will be there Easter Sunday and Easter Monday Lots of lovely ...

Haworth Craft Fair

Haworth Craft Fair

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Had a great weekend at Old Bronte Schoolrooms in Howarth, met some lovely people

Haworth Craft Fair

Haworth Craft Fair

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Looking forward to Haworth Craft fair this weekend 10th and 11th March at the Old Bronte School Rooms 10am - 4pm. Lots of lovely pens and ...

Pressure Pot

Pressure Pot

Clitheroe, Lancashire

Just bought my pressure pot, excited about creating my own unique acrylic blanks

Recent craft fair

Recent craft fair

Leyland, Lancashire

I have recently been busy attending a fair at Smithills Fair, Bolton and making new items for my Etsy shop. I seem to run out of time trying ...

craft fair on the 6th AUGUST by BCA

craft fair on the 6th AUGUST by BCA

Bury, Lancashire

Hi I just wanted to say that if you are around Bolton Lancashire on the 6th August, I will be attending Smithills Hall Museum on Dean Road ...

watch out for new glass art I am making

watch out for new glass art I am making

Bury, Lancashire

We have to try and keep people interested in our work dont we ? So I have taken it upon myself to learn the art of making glass beads. ...

Expanding

Expanding

Heywood, Lancashire

After visiting lots of craft fairs and being inspired by reading lots of blogs I decided to get the sewing machine back out and start having ...

New items

New items

Heywood, Lancashire

Im excited to announce after next week we will now be offering handmade crayons we currently will be doing lego shaped bricks and names. ...

Productive day

Productive day

Heywood, Lancashire

Ive had a very busy day making some lovely bespoke cards for those special occasions, my favourite make of the day is a 40th birthday card ...

Leighton hall

Leighton hall

Heywood, Lancashire

Were so excited to be off to Leighton hall this weekend as part of the British Red Cross plant craft and gift fair we be there from 10.00 ...

Etsy shop

Etsy shop

Bury, Lancashire

Hi I now have an Etsy shop if you would like to see more of the Jewellery I make. it takes a long time to get things, set up, to get your ...

Fair ready

Fair ready

Heywood, Lancashire

We have been really busy at Homemade With Love with lots of new orders and getting lots odnbespoke catds ready for some craft fairs we ...

The sun is shining

The sun is shining

Heywood, Lancashire

Happy Sunday everyone what a beautiful day the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Ive been doing lots of cards this morning as Im ...

Busy

Busy

Heywood, Lancashire

Evening everyone its a late one tonight Ive been so busy today at homemade With Love HQ. Ive been organising some up and coming craft fairs ...

New things

New things

Heywood, Lancashire

Well today Im up nice and early after being on bed rest all week Im ready to go a restock some new things for my bespoke cards. My and ...

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Heywood, Lancashire

Happy Friday everyone its been a busy morning at homemade with love @love.homemade.cards this morning doing some beautiful cards for wedddings ...

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Heywood, Lancashire

Well the sun is shinning and the card making equipment is out todays going to be filled with lots of Fathers Day cards ready for people ...

Its been a while

Its been a while

Heywood, Lancashire

Well its been a while since I have done this Ive been busy studying and had a few health issues but Im back and excited to start my journey ...

Our day at the market place shopping centre Bolton

Our day at the market place shopping centre Bolton

Bolton, Lancashire

Market place shopping centre bolton - pop up shopping event/ unique events yorkshire thank you to our regular and new customers, family ...

WE WERE HERE Unique Events Yorkshire....Pop Up

WE WERE HERE Unique Events Yorkshire....Pop Up

Bolton, Lancashire

WE WERE HERE!!! Unique Events Yorkshire....Pop Up Shopping Events Market Place Shopping Centre Bolton 1.4.17 TJAMS will be back here on ...

Promoting tjams at Bolton college

Promoting tjams at Bolton college

Bolton, Lancashire

This week 4.4.17 we have been promoting TJAMS at BOLTON COLLEGE SIGNATURE RESTAURANT for AFTERNOON TEA A fabulous afternoon working ...


Dorothy Whipple

(Born 1893 in Blackburn in Lancashire), Fiction

Whipple was a popular author, writing around eighteen novels. Two of which were made into film just after the Second World War 1945/46 - They Were Sisters highlighting marital abuse - They Knew Mr. Knight dealing with crime and dealing with coming out of prison.

Arthur Devis

(Born 1712 in Preston in Lancashire), Painting

Born in 1712 he was an English portrait painter and is known for a type of portrait called a conversation piece. In 1735 his first commission was Hoghton Towers from Duxon Hill, Lancashire. This showed his interest in landscape but two years later he became established as a portrait painter having a studio in Great Queens Street London.