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Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Monday, 8 November 2010

Heath Village and Holmfirth Arts Market

With such glorious weather over the weekend, it seemed a shame to stay in, so we didn't.  Taking a hastily prepared picnic, on Saturday we drove up to Heath Village on the outskirts of Wakefield.  It's a lovely place, filled with great mansion houses built by the wool barons of yesteryear.

One of the Heath Mansions

A very popular spot in the summer, especially the Kings Arms pub which overlooks Heath Common, it was delightfully quiet.  We can't walk very far these days due to various ailments and injuries but there's a great big grassy space where the kids can run around safely and the Possum enjoyed getting very muddy while Mr YC and I took photos and Young Sir combed the ground for beech nuts.

One of two clocktower houses that stand either side of a huge mansion
View across towards Wakefield - you can just see the cathedral spire on the right
This is the one that went galloping off
On the way back to the car, one of the young ponies which the travellers graze on the common slipped its tether and went careering off at full gallop with a younger foal in its wake, both kicking their heels up and bucking like mad.  A couple of walkers got rather a fright seeing a horse coming full tilt at them, but I think the youngster just wanted to get back to its mum as it soon stopped by another horse and tried to suckle.

On Sunday, we were slightly better organised.  I'd been really looking forward to visiting the Arts Market at Holmfirth, and had been determined to get everyone out of bed and ready to leave reasonably early.  I succeeded on that front, and amazingly, the whole clan was up, fed, dressed and in the car just after 10am - something of a miracle for us!

One of the reasons for wanting to leave early was to try and get a disabled parking space in Town Gate car park.  There aren't that many disabled spaces in Holmfirth town centre and the car park at Crown Bottom is too far away from the venue for us to walk to.  Fortunately, there was one space left when we landed at Town Gate just after 11am.
One of my favourite Holmfirth shops - it's got all sorts
There was plenty to look at on the ground floor, and we got to talk to some lovely makers.  It was quite hard to see anything properly though because it was a tight squeeze to get around anyway and I was trying to negotiate around people with the pushchair.  The next setback was that in order to get to see the upstairs stalls, we had to make a long trek right around the building to come back in at the front.  Not good for two people with walking difficulties and with a pushchair!!
Annie Peaker's lovely ceramic art sculptures

It was worth the walk, as we met some more lovely makers and there was considerably more space to get around and see everything.  There was even an old VW camper van parked in the middle of the floor!

Several of the makers had travelled extremely long distances to attend the fair, some having set of in the small hours of Sunday morning and others arriving the night before.

David Howey's upcyled lights
I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with the Arts Market venue - it's soulless and definitely not geared towards the disabled and people with pushchairs.  I suppose it's unfair to compare it to the Saltaire Makers Fair, which was the last large event we went to, but given the comparative ages of the two buildings used for the fairs it seems ridiculous that the beautiful Victoria Hall can manage to have a lift while the Market Hall doesn't.