about Alford Craft Market

alford-craft-market-logoAlford Craft Market is a not for profit organisation promoting quality Lincolnshire Crafts run entirely by volunteers.  Events are held at Easter, Spring Bank and August Bank Holiday weekends, Summer Tuesdays and two Christmas Craft Market weekends. The Alford Craft Market Centre features craft classes and workshops along with their shop selling quality handmade Lincolnshire Crafts.

The gallery on the right provides a glimpse of the vibrancy Alford Craft Market brings to the town with their markets and events held at Alford Corn Exchange and in Alford Manor House grounds. Please visit the official  Alford Craft Market website for  full details of all of  their events, workshops and featured artists.

Alford Craft Market was established in 1974 by Heather & Michel Ducos of Alford Pottery, still in activity today.  Proud of their craft, they wished to create a venue where Lincolnshire craftsmen, makers and artists could gather and sell their work offering the public something different, handmade with love and dedication in a variety of disciplines: ceramic, wood, iron, glass, textile etc.

Over 40 years later the organisation continues to thrive and evolve, particularly with their latest venture The Bakehouse Project. The Big Lottery Fund chose Alford Craft Market Centre to be one of only five community groups to be filmed for ITV’s The People’s Projects Competition in our area on ITV Calendar News in March 2016. They were successful in winning the grant making them eligible for up to £50,000 to renovate and equip the Old Bakehouse, a large building next door to our Craft Centre in Alford, as a Pottery and Glass Studio.

They can now offer classes in Ceramics, Glass Blowing, Glass Fusing, and Glass Bead making in addition to the many craft classes previously available.

Building work is  now complete and the Bakehouse Opening Day was on Saturday October 29th, 2016.  The ribbon was cut by Audrey Tuplin who baked many pies in the Bakehouse when it was used by the butchers, Thornalleys, in the latter half of the last century.  There were tours and demonstrations in glass blowing, pottery and lampwork, including workshops for children making pottery monster pinch pots!