Nearly 70 artists and crafters from all over the borders will be taking part in a new festival in Kington this weekend.

The Marches Makers Festival will showcase the wealth of talent in and around the town and will feature professional artists with international reputations, crafters reviving ancient practices, and community creativity that includes music, story-telling, textiles, jewellery, craft workshops, photography, painting, print-making and lots more.

From May 5 until May 7, the festival will exhibit 70 artists and crafters in 11 venues in Kington, open from 10am to 4pm..

Participating galleries include Made in the Marches, Studio 54 and Leg of Mutton. The Old Police Station will show 12 exhibitors including oils, watercolours, ceramics, jewellery, leatherwork, wood carving, textiles and prints.

St Mary’s Church will host more than 40 exhibitors showing painting, ironwork, handmade books, textiles, stonecarving, wood turning, ceramics, jewellery, prints, furniture and more.

Hergest Croft Gardens has an outdoor exhibition of sculpture that includes a huge kinetic piece alongside stone carving, architectural ironwork and willow.

The Border Bean café will show paintings by three artists and Kington Library will be having a Making a Story event from 1pm to 3pm. This is free but needs to be booked ahead on All ages welcome.

On Saturday and Sunday Kington Art and Craft Market will be open from 10am to 4pm, while Harmony Handmade Craft Shop offers a craft café, where people can try their hand at making something themselves.

Kington Arts Society is holding its annual art exhibition as part of the Marches Makers Festival in Kingswood Village Hall.

The Marches Makers Festival is an exciting new project initiated by Kington Town Councillor Christine Forrester and organised by a team of local makers.

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