Hope Street Autumn Craft Fairs
Three days of fun, activity and entertainment for all ages at the cultural heart of Liverpool!
Blackburne House & Liverpool Cathedral
16th, 17th & 18th September 2011
We’re only just back in the office after an exciting weekend of events non-stop in and around Hope Street. First we spent Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where we had organised an arts & crafts fair complementing the cathedral’s own programme of events. We can’t even start to tell how wonderful and varied the offering was at the fair: prints, beads, quirky as well as simply beautiful jewellery, hand-made clocks and wooden art competed for well-deserved attention. And the food! Visitors and traders alike found it a challenge to walk past the delicious cupcakes and chocolate treats without buying any. It was the first time our team worked with the cathedral’s event management and fundraising team and it’s been a great experience, not least because the cathedral as an event space is simply marvellous.
Early on Sunday 18th September we joined the preparations for the Hope Street Feast – although we felt that we were well organised and received massive support from Blackburne House, our venue for the day. Our programme of events encompassed a huge and wonderful arts, crafts & vintage fair, a health & wellbeing hub and a children’s area indoors. The health & wellbeing hub boasted of a series of workshops for visitors to join in and the children’s area offered gingerbread decorating as well as an urban garden workshop which provided the kids with a mini garden to take home. In the car park, our very own Busker’s Corner provided all-day entertainment to visitors of the CAMRA and Vinea tents. We’d also organised a bungee trampoline and penalty shoot-out to keep the little ‘uns entertained in the glorious sunshine. The Hope Street Feast is an annual highlight in everyone’s food calendar; together with the Blackburne House staff we’re happy to have added to its overall experience.
Our Big Prize Raffle
A huge thank you goes to our five clients who donated the superb prizes for our raffle! We would like to say a few words about each of them in order to make sure they receive the attention they deserve.
Vinea/Vineyard Wines http://www.vinealiverpool.co.uk/
The Latin word for vineyard, Vinea is also Liverpool’s first specialist wine bar and shop providing a unique and friendly experience in its beautiful location at the Albert Dock.
Vinea donated vouchers for a Wine-Tasting Experience for Two at Vinea Liverpool – the lucky winner is Bev Anderson.
Becka Griffin Illustrations www.beckagriffinillustration.co.uk
Becka is a local illustrator whose interests include cheese, buildings and alphabets. She produces a range of illustrated products including greetings cards, homewares, clothing and bespoke house portraits.
Becka donated an original Becka Griffin Mug which will find a new home at the lovely Lesley’s
The Health Place at Blackburne House http://www.blackburnehouse.co.uk/bus_units/health/health_index.asp
The Health Place’s mission is to improve the lives of women, by transforming their health and wellbeing, taking women on a journey that energises and refreshes them, helping to provide strength and opportunity for themselves, their families and their community.
The Health Place donated a Spa Treatment of the winner’s choice – the winner Mrs Fairhurst is looking forward to redeem her prize!
Craft Creative http://www.thecraftcreative.co.uk/
Craft Creative offer an alternative social experience by running regular craft workshops in Liverpool and at events across the Northwest.
Craft Creative donated vouchers for their next Craft Workshop. Michelle, we wish you a great time!
Forever Living www.aloeveraandhealth.com
Promoting the benefits of Aloe Vera to health, wellness & beauty for over 14 years, Forever Living champion Domitila Riley-Paz donated a set of Forever Living Health Products, won by the lucky Kathy Nutter.
“I just wanted to say thank you for organising such a great event yesterday – I had such a fab time, and importantly sold my artwork too!
It would have been a busy day for you and your team too – so please pass on my thanks to them – all your hard work on the day, and in the run up to the event is much appreciated.
I don’t know if you are planning to organise and further events – but I would certainly like to hear about them, so please put me on your mailing list.” Rachel Jones, The Birdhouse Press.
“Just to say a MASSIVE – THANK YOU!! for all your help yesterday & over the whole weekend, Liz & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and could not have done it without you!!” Deborah Chidlow, 2badbirdz.
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. I had to leave pretty sharpish yesterday so didn’t have time to find you to say goodbye. We had a great day, and the nursery staff were lovely and very helpful. Defo keep us in mind for any similar events in the future!” Becky Christian, The Craft Creative.
“Just emailing to say that we really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Autumn Craft Fair at the weekend. Great organisation and a stunning event. It was a pleasure to meet you all.” Jean Price, The Soap Empire.