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Thousands expected at annual Crosby arts fair

A CHILDREN’S charity has announced plans for its annual art fair.

Crosby Hall Educational Trust, which is based in converted farm buildings , will host over 60 artists next week with a series of events planed for the weekend Friday November 23 to Sunday November 25.

The centre, which has been open for 21 years, runs residential outdoor activity holidays for primary school children.

Thousands of children, mainly from local education authorities, but also from as far away as Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic, have enjoyed trips to the hall’s historic stables and farm buildings.

Last year over 2,000 children came to stay and over 400 came on day visits.

The annual CHET Art Fair, which is the trust’s biggest fund-raising event of the year, will see a variety of art and crafts, including basketry, blown glass, soaps and fine jewellery exhibited at the hall, with many of the featured artists coming from the local area.

Alice Pedder, a teacher and administrator at the trust, said: “The fair has grown and grown over the years and is now one of the biggest selling exhibitions in the North West.

“We are hoping to welcome up to 3,000 people over the weekend and last year we raised just over £8,000.”

Artists exhibiting at the fair are charged a commission on their sales and the money raised gives financial assistance, through a bursary fund, to children who would otherwise be unable to visit the Hall and take part in its activities.

The fair is open from 10am to 8.30pm on November 25, with free wine and nibbles available after 5.30pm.

Doors open from 10am - 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free.

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