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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.

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 ...

Savanna Dell Rime

Savanna Dell Rime

Churchstanton, Somerset

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

West Country Galleries Gift Shop

West Country Galleries Gift Shop

Weston super mare, Somerset

About West Country Galleries Established 2007 We are an on line art gallery selling art by renowned artists such as Adelene Fletcher, ...

Mollies Emporium

Mollies Emporium

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

A business born out of love for creative thinking using retro, vintage and unloved items, giving them a new life with a bit of magic and ...

Sew Happy

Sew Happy

Chard, Somerset

My love for sewing has grown and grown since I first sat behind a sewing machine at school at the age of 12. Since then Ive gone on to ...

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 ...

Ditsy Caterpillar Crafts

Ditsy Caterpillar Crafts

Taunton, Somerset

Ditsy Caterpillar Crafts is the place for handmade greeting cards and gifts. All of our cards are 3D and they have a blank insert for customers ...

Little Rose Designs

Little Rose Designs

Bridgwater, Somerset

Little Rose Designs is the place to find that truly unique gift for the special person in your life. If you are looking for a 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 ...

Mendip Woodcraft

Mendip Woodcraft

Sandford, Somerset

Handmade pens using local and exotic woods. Other materials used include stone, aluminium, brass, pewter and bullet casings. All types ...

Mahdeene

Mahdeene

Taunton, Somerset

I have many years experience in crochet and make a variety of items for all ages including home and toys. My work is finished to a high ...

GeeGeez Ltd

GeeGeez Ltd

Bridgwater, Somerset

Here at GeeGeez you will find a fantastic collection of designer leather bags. You will notice that we have a particular penchant for ...

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 ...

Bluebell Barn at Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Bluebell Barn at Secret World Wildlife Rescue

Highbridge, Somerset

Bluebell Barn is a newly refurbished Grade II listed farm building, situated in the heart of Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre. Available ...

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 ...

Craft and Textile Show

Craft and Textile Show

Mendip, Somerset

Thursday 12th- Saturday 14th April 2018 - 10am 5pm daily Over 100 craft suppliers including sewing needle craft, embroidery, crochet, ...

Kate Cochrane

Kate Cochrane

Frome, Somerset

I am a fine art painter living in Somerset. Currently my themes are trees, landscapes and ruined castles using strong colour and a variety ...

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, ...

Made By Melly Pebble Art

Made By Melly Pebble Art

Crewkerne, Somerset

Made by Melly was created from my love of all things coastal. I would always sit and arrange pebbles into various scenes and shapes as ...

Rings and Things

Rings and Things

Sandford, Somerset

I make pretty and easy to wear wire work rings for both women and girls. I am priced fairly so that you may choose from a range of designs ...

AliCraft

AliCraft

Bristol, Somerset

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

TOTAL PENCIL

TOTAL PENCIL

Yeovil, Somerset

I am a `Fine Art pencil artist providing drawings for sale as originals or prints (standard or ltd edition). I also take commissions for ...

Abi Crombie

Abi Crombie

Bruton, Somerset

My luxury handmade cushions are limited editions, and features both classic and new season prints. The cushions are sumptuously filled ...

Well Being Essences Ltd

Well Being Essences Ltd

Somerton, Somerset

Well Being Essences are a small enthusiastic company, dedicated to well being and uplifting your mood and environment. With over 20 Essence ...

Claire Waters

Claire Waters

Clifton Maybank, Somerset

I am a glass artist and studied architectural glass at Swansea University. I make a unique range of glass pieces set into stone and timber ...

JeanStevens

JeanStevens

Somerton, Somerset

I am a fine art printmaker based in Somerset. I use a range of printmaking techniques to produce limited edition, hand produced, fine ...

KRAFTYKNAP

KRAFTYKNAP

Radstock, Somerset

Kraftyknap was created by Martin and Shayne Gibbs some years ago. In its early days we just experimented with decorating various items ...

Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson

Winsham, Somerset

I have been working as a letter cutter for 20 years providing headstones, house signs, plaques, memorials and even providing lettering ...

Kraftykards4u

Kraftykards4u

Bath, Somerset

I make 3d hand made cards, also glittered cards. They make a very good effect on the table top when the light catches them. Gift tags ...

Magnets and Bangles

Magnets and Bangles

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

We have been working with magnets for over 20 years now so we know they work. We are both big arthritis sufferers but lead a fairly normal ...

The Heart Shack

The Heart Shack

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

We sell Hanging Glass Hearts, made with a range of charms covering new babies, weddings, family, birthdays and of course, Christmas. We ...

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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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

Churchstanton, 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 ...

Cary Handmade Market Sunday 2 October 2016

Cary Handmade Market Sunday 2 October 2016

Castle Cary, Somerset

The next market will take place on Sunday 2 October between 10 am and 3 pm at Caryford Community Hall, Maggs Lane, Ansford, Castle Cary, ...

Cary Handmade Market September 4

Cary Handmade Market  September 4

Castle Cary, Somerset

The next Handmade Market at Caryford Community Hall will showcase the quality work of local artisans with some new additions this month. ...

August Market at Caryford Hall Ansford Castle Cary

August Market at Caryford Hall Ansford Castle Cary

Castle Cary, Somerset

The first market went very well with all traders appearing to be very happy with the venue. The public were a little slow to show themselves ...

THE FIRST CARY HANDMADE MARKET ON 7 AUGUST

THE FIRST CARY HANDMADE MARKET ON 7 AUGUST

Castle Cary, Somerset

This new market is now fully booked with a variety of quality goods being shown and sold by local artisans. It has been widely publicised ...

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 ...

Cary Handmade Market 7 August 2016

Cary Handmade Market 7 August 2016

Castle Cary, Somerset

There are still a few places available for August and for the market on 4 September Join these high quality sellers at this new market ...

Bookings are coming in fast

Bookings are coming in fast

Castle Cary, Somerset

We have so many talented crafts people and wonderful makers. Confirmed for August and October is Buc-n-Doe - with her expertly made household ...

Cary Handmade Update

Cary Handmade Update

Castle Cary, Somerset

August Stallholders confirmed: Vintage Style Make up and Toilet Bags Designer Dog and Cat Collars Art Cloth Dolls Kitchen Textiles - over ...

Cary Handmade Market August

Cary Handmade Market August

Castle Cary, Somerset

We have a wide variety of stallholders already booked for this event, including textile dolls, textile homewares, vintage style gifts, ...

Tasty Textiles by Textile Cottage

Tasty Textiles by Textile Cottage

Castle Cary, Somerset

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Crochet Galore

Crochet Galore

Taunton, Somerset

I crochet a variety of items for babies, toddlers, teens and adults, toys, afghans and baby blankets. I have many years experience in ...

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, Sir

(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.