AN ART centre in Cirencester has announced that it will be holding its first ever craft festival this summer.

New Brewery Arts, situated in the Brewery Court, Cirencester, will be opening its gallery doors to the public from Thursday, July 6 until Saturday, September 2, for a season of creativity at its first ever Craftival

There will be a wide range of paid and free events to get involved with at the centre including talks, pop-ups, drop-ins, demonstrations and fairs.

Kicking off this creative 8-week festival is a free speed dating style networking event for creatives on Thursday, July 6 at 12pm.

Later on in the week there will be a repair, mend and re-imagine masterclass with Lucy Barraclough and Lisa from Rebel Patch on Saturday, July 15 between 2pm-3pm.

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In addition, there will a whole day dedicated to paper craft on Tuesday, August 1 - so drop into the centre between 11am-3pm if this one takes your fancy.

The idea of Craftival came from the art centre's CEO Beth Alden and was developed with the rest of the senior leadership team. 

Organisers hopes that this festival will help makers, families and local charities make new connections in the community.

This season of crafts has been supported by St James’s Place and The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

New Brewery Arts CEO Beth Alden said: "Here at New Brewery Arts, we celebrate the role of craft and in all our lives and this summer we have more opportunities than ever for the whole community to experience the joy and fulfilment of making.

"Craftival aims to create new connections for makers, craftspeople, local charities, families and community groups. 

"We are proud to be working with some great craftspeople as well as fellow local charity The Churn Project to provide a summer of creativity with talks, events, pop-ups, drop-ins, demonstrations and fairs."

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