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Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair at Ragley

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Workshops & More on Upcycling And Crafts
Following on from successful TV decor shows about "upcycling", presenter Kirstie Allsopp is back on the road to help local people learn how to make things for themselves.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair Ragley Hall
The Handmade Fair comes to Warwickshire

The Handmade Fair, presented by Kirstie Allsopp, will be at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, near Birmingham, from May 12 to 14.

It's a day out for anyone interested in the beauty of handmade items and rejuvenating old products with a touch of creativity. As well as exhibitions, there will also be areas that encourage visitors to learn skills needed to make things for themselves.

The fair includes shopping villages with handmade products as well as sellers who can give advice and provide a range of tools and materials to enable people to try upcycling for themselves at home.

There's even a theatre to hear talks from experts and take part in workshops over each of the days plus a wealth of refreshment, cake and food stalls.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair Ragley Hall
Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair has ideas and tools to help people upcycle at home

Upcycling - transforming items in a creative way - has become popular in recent years as way of saving money and helping the environment by recycling. It is a way of making the most out of waste materials and unwanted products by turning them into something useful.

It could be using spare pieces of material to make a quilt, repainting worn cupboards and tables, or transforming basic pillows into something more enchanting by adding accessories, buttons and ribbons, for example.

At the Fair, hands-on classes take place in the Skills Workshops while Grand Makes will cover everything from upholstery to origami.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair Ragley Hall
Sewing and craft-making are some of the pastimes encouraged at the fair

The Super Theatre will be home to inspiring talks and demonstrations from the country's best-loved makers and hosted by Kirstie Allsopp during the Friday sessions, Liz Earle on the Saturday, and Patrick Grant on the Sunday.

Kirstie Allsopp made a name for herself on property TV show Location, Location, Location with Phil Spencer but has gone on to claim more success presenting othe Channel 4 programmes Kirstie's Homemade Home, Kirstie's Handmade Britain and Kirstie's Best of Both Worlds.

Those programmes on handmade products led to a popular flagship Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, which has branched out to the Midlands and Ragley Hall in Alcester.

Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair Ragley Hall
Tea time at the Handmade Fair last year

A move to promote upcycling is making the most of the fashion for vintage and also looking back to times when products would be repaired and reinvigorated using creative talents, rather than thrown away.

Tickets for the fair start at £10.70 for entry only and range up to £23.54 for the full experience package from the ticket website. A ticket hotline is available on 0871 230 7153.

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Why? Learn how to upcycle and save money at the handmade fair
When: May 12 - 14
Phone: 0871 230 7153
Where: Ragley Hall in Alcester
Cost: From £10.70
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