Milton Winter Open Studios, Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair 2018 & Katy Bailey’s Solo Exhibition

Read on to find out more about three fantastic local events coming up this week. Ely Cathedral’s annual Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back for 2018, Cambridge Open Studios members in Milton, Cambridgeshire are opening their doors for a three day Christmas shopping event, and local artist Katy Bailey’s solo exhibition has been extended until December!


The hugely popular Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair (Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL) is back this coming week – kicking off with a special preview evening on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Doors open to the public on Thursday 15th from 9:30-4:30PM and tickets are just £4/Adult (children under-16 free when accompanied by an adult). It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as the event is known to draw huge crowds!

The fair is seen as “one of East Anglia’s most exceptional Christmas shopping experiences” with over 120 bespoke traders taking part. Stalls are located within the Cathedral’s stunning nave as well as the Lady Chapel and more can be found in the heated marquee. Who can you expect to see? Harry Specters, Seaton Gifts, Whoosh Cambridge, PAPIRetc, Lyz Gardner, Debbie Bellaby Illustration, The White Candle Company and our member Handcrafted Books By Sue Day – to name just a few!

That’s not all! There will also be live demonstrations, musical entertainment, a festive food hall, a vintage carousel – and if you are heading down on the Saturday expect to find children’s entertainment and Reindeer. The fair is on until Sunday 17th November (finishing at 4:30PM). Find out more and RSVP to the event here.


Milton Open Studios returns for a Winter extravaganza next weekend. Get along and meet our members Alison Hullyer, Cheryl Bird and Linda Bartlett (Divine Decadence Jewellery). Back for their fourth year at Cheryl’s wonderful garden studio in Milton, you will receive a very warm welcome with mince-pies and mulled cider on arrival and get to browse a range of beautifully handcrafted items including crystal decorations for your tree, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and cufflinks. Alison will be showcasing her original prints, full range of screen-printed tea towels and coasters, and a large selection of published cards.

The Garden Studio (6 Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6AW) will be open Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November 2018 from 5-8PM and Saturday 17th from 11-4PM. A perfect opportunity to support your local artists and shop handmade this Christmas!

You can find more local artists, designers and makers from Cambridgeshire, UK here.


Our member Katy Bailey is currently exhibiting 30+ works in the gallery upstairs at The Pough, Shepreth (12 High St, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PP) until Friday 28th December 2018. Katy says, “My work is a diary in paint. I follow my passions wherever they lead me. Nature is my inspiration, it has everything we need to know about life. I seek out fleeting moments and easily missed glimpses of fragility or energy, I look for the story.”

Several of the works on display are in a silent auction. The pub is open from 11-11PM everyday (Sundays 12-8PM). Head down to view the exhibition and treat yourself to great food and drink! If you’re making a special trip please do call the pub on 01763 290348 as occasionally there are meetings in the upstairs galleries and they may not be open to the public.

View more of Katy’s beautiful contemporary paintings over on her members profile here.


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