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Arts and crafts in Somerset

Somerset (including Bath and North East Somerset, Mendip, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 900,000 and covers approximately 420,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire.

County flag of SomersetSomerset is located to the north east of Devon, has a coastline on the Bristol Channel and the River Severn Estuary and its county town is Taunton. Farming is an important part of the local economy and includes the production of cheese, wool and willow, which is used in basket making. The county was settled during the Palaeolithic era and its archaeology includes 13,000 year old cave art found in the Cheddar Gorge, Neolithic stone circles and Iron Age hill forts. Visitors to The Museum of Somerset can see exhibits which reflect the counties history, using multimedia and displays such as the Frome Hoard, which is the largest single collection of Roman coins found in Britain. Evidence of Roman occupation includes temples, villas and the famous baths of the city of Bath, which during the eighteenth century was a centre of fashion and attracted artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and writers such as Jane Austen. Performing arts venues in Somerset include the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, the Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare and the Theatre Royal in Bath.

In 1987 Bath became a World Heritage site and its many attractions include theatre productions, cultural festivals, museums such as the Fashion Museum, galleries such as the Victoria Art Gallery and Holburne Museum of Art and the cities Georgian architecture. Somerset has a long tradition of folk arts and starting as a music festival in September 1970, the now world famous Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts became an annual event in 1980, taking place during June in Pilton, near Shepton Mallet. Glastonbury also plays a central role in the Arthurian legends, which have inspired works of art for hundreds of years. Across Somerset there are thousands of listed buildings, hundreds of monuments and many conservation areas, parks and gardens. National Trust properties include Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival house decorated with stone carvings, and Montacute House, an Elizabethan mansion which houses a number of Tudor and Elizabethan portraits, a range of period furnishings and textiles and has picturesque formal gardens. Other attractions in Somerset include Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Dunster Castle, Clevedon Pier, Cheddar Gorge Craft Village, Barrington Court and Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

Royal Bath and West Show

Royal Bath and West Show

Royal Bath and Wells Show The Showground Shepton Mallett Somerset BA4 6QN, Shepton Mallett, Shepton Mallett, Somerset

Thursday, 3 June 2021 (3 day event)

Savanna Dell Rime

Savanna Dell Rime

Crewkerne, Somerset

I create unique and individual models of Animals, Christmas decorations, Brooches, Key Rings etc from photographs i can create your special ...

Hog and Tallow

Hog and Tallow

Winsham, Somerset

We are Jess and Emma founders of Hog and Tallow soaps based in rural Somerset. At Hog and Tallow we hand make sustainable soaps using South ...

Blue Artemis

Blue Artemis

Portishead, Somerset

I am a designer/artist now specialising in surface pattern/decoration on fine bone china and porcelain. My career background was in i ...

CRAFT AND TEXT SHOW

CRAFT AND TEXT SHOW

Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Craft4Crafters - Bath and West Showground Shepton Mallet 12th-14th April - 10am-5pm daily Over 100 crafting supply businesses, groups ...

Bonnika The Magic of Needlefelt

Bonnika The Magic of Needlefelt

Bridgwater, Somerset

At Bonnika , I craft and create a range of Waldorf Inspired magical Needlefelted Angels, Fairies, Goddess, and Wizards. Each one is individually ...

Class On Glass Designs By Maurice Coombe

Class On Glass Designs By Maurice Coombe

Wellington, Somerset

Maurice Coombe 35A, Churchfields Wellington Somerset TA21 8SE titcher at talktalk My name is Maurice, I am 60 yrs old. I took up glass ...

Jeffrey Hart

Jeffrey Hart

Bristol, Somerset

I carve cooking and eating utensils from green wood, using just an axe and some very sharp knives. My joy comes from creating beautiful ...

Briar House

Briar House

Axbridge, Somerset

I make unique items and can source your own choice of fabric to create shoulder bags, beach bags, baby changing bags, bandana bibs, fabric ...

elvesclobber

elvesclobber

Taunton, Somerset

special outfits for Christmas elves will fit most elves , like elves behaving badly , naughty elves or elf on the shelf. I only sell the ...

Tukosawa Creative

Tukosawa Creative

Glastonbury, Somerset

Tukosawa is literally taken from the Swahili - Tuko (We are) and Sawa (ok) but also the name of our founders Sara and Wayne Abbiss. Founded ...

My Surnames History

My Surnames History

Bridgwater, Somerset

Our database contains over 800,000 surnames from England, Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and many more conutries, it also includes ...

Oak handmade

Oak handmade

Bath, Somerset

We have a range of childrens clothing using a selection of high quality fabrics. We have an accessory range including backpacks, hair accessories, ...

E S Karen

E S Karen

Clevedon, Somerset

I started beading when a friend gave me the beading kit that they no longer wanted, I made some jewellery for charity earrings, necklaces ...

Fused Glass by Sheila

Fused Glass by Sheila

Burnham on Sea, Somerset

From my workshop at home I have produced a varied portfolio of pieces. I have a particular interest in colour and reactions which has resulted ...

Becky and Owen

Becky and Owen

Wellington, Somerset

We sell Sterling silver handmade jewellery with Australian Opal earrings, pendants , rings , We can make jewellery to order as Owen is ...

Mathew Crabb chainsaw artist Wood carving

Mathew Crabb chainsaw artist Wood carving

Wiveliscombe, Somerset

I specialise in carving wood sculptures both large and small. These can range from 25 up to my larger commissions of tens of thousands. ...

olliesopals

olliesopals

Wellington, Somerset

Olliesopals is our business on etsy we selling opal and other fine handmade silver jewellery along with vintage opal sapphire , turquoise ...

The Dancingcrow

The Dancingcrow

Norton St Philip, Somerset

My mixed media jewellery draws on myth and tale with individual elements of stories being brought forth from the text who feature as players ...

Fused Glass by Sheila

Fused Glass by Sheila

Burnham on Sea, Somerset

Newly established glass artist selling unique pieces. With a modern slant, These include bowls, dishes, T light holders, jewellery dishes ...

AliCraft

AliCraft

Bristol, Somerset

Enjoy making fused glass projects, mainly small objects and jewellery. Commissions undertaken. Exhibit locally.

Sunara Designs

Sunara Designs

Bath, Somerset

I make all sorts of gifts for yourself and your home from hair accessories to bed quilts. Many of the handbags I make are made from upholstery ...

Little Solsbury

Little Solsbury

Bath, Somerset

I love to create items for both the home and lifestyle from fabric covered notice boards and cushions to handbags and bunting. Items can ...

Back in Business

Back in Business

Crewkerne, Somerset

2017 was a sad year for me, i lost my beloved Holly Dog in June, my Father died in November, my little Rascal Dog had to be put to sleep ...

Making Jam and Felting

Making Jam and Felting

Crewkerne, Somerset

have been quite busy for the last couple of weeks making loads of Jam! the Blackberries and Elderberries around us are abundant so i have ...

Heavy Horse Weekend

Heavy Horse Weekend

Crewkerne, Somerset

This Weekend we attended the Heavy Horse Show at Nynehead near Wellington on Saturday and Buckham Fayre on Sunday, Saturday was blowing ...

Being Creative

Being Creative

Crewkerne, Somerset

It has not stopped raining here so i have taken the opportunity of staying indoors and being creative, i am in a painting mode at the moment ...

Honiton Show

Honiton Show

Crewkerne, Somerset

I was at Honiton Show yesterday and despite the awful weather on Wednesday which made the show ground a quagmire for Thursday it was not ...

Back from the Royal Welsh Show

Back from the Royal Welsh Show

Crewkerne, Somerset

Well i am back from Wales and it seems like it never happened it went so fast! the Weather was lovely Monday and Tuesday but got worse ...

Wet day on the Hills

Wet day on the Hills

Crewkerne, Somerset

A perfect day for snuggling up indoors and doing some Felting! i decided to make this little Fox key ring after seeing a Fox in the Garden ...

Back to Black

Back to Black

Crewkerne, Somerset

Can you believe it, we are back to Autumn, or so it felt yesterday! it was cold, foggy, raining, i didnt go out at all, where has summer ...

Remembering Holly Dog

Remembering Holly Dog

Crewkerne, Somerset

Well it has been a week now since our precious little Holly Dog left us and i had to make a Needle Felt model of her, now every time i ...

Hotter than July

Hotter than July

Crewkerne, Somerset

Well its a bit different Temperature wise since my last Blog, its now so hot im not going outside! the Cottage being Thatched is brilliant ...

Felting Vallegro

Felting Vallegro

Crewkerne, Somerset

Its a bit chilly on the Hills today and im feeling a bit fragile after spending a lovely evening with my Sister and Neice at the Spirit ...

Do You Like Tattoos But Not The PAIN

Do You Like Tattoos But Not The PAIN

Wellington, Somerset

Do You Like Tattoos????? But Not The PAIN Or The Body INK???? Why Not Have Your Favorite Tattoo Engraved Onto Glass-And Its Permanent ...

About Me

About Me

Wellington, Somerset

My name is Maurice, I am 60 yrs old. I took up glass engraving as a hobby while I lived on Exmoor, I engraved Red Deer mainly. I worked ...

Latest commission

Latest commission

Bristol, Somerset

Pleased with the outcome of my latest commission, which was for a 14x14 tile with a sea scene. I incorporated a copper sailing yacht on ...


Harold Gilman

(Born 1876 in Rode in Somerset), Painting

Harold Gilman, British artist, painted portraits and landscapes and was a member of the Camden Town Group.

John Brodribb Henry Irving

(Born 1838 in Keinton Mandeville in Somerset), Theatre

He was the first ever actor to be awarded a knighthood. He performed at the Lyceum in the West End of London. There is a statue of Irving behind the National Portrait Gallery in London. He is believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula.

Edwin Longsden Long

(Born 1829 in Bath in Somerset), Painting

Edwin Longsden Long, English artist, painted portraits and historical scenes.

Margaret Fownes Luttrell

(Born 1726 in Dunster in Somerset), Art, Painting

An English artist, born in and heiress to Dunster Castle, where you can see two of her paintings (View of an Imaginary Castle with a Round Tower - View of an Imaginary Castle with Two Towers). Also at the castle, you can see four painting of Margaret.