You can make a weekend of it

Rebecca Yorke, Pennine Prospects, joins local makers and doers to promote the 2013 MAD Festival in the Calder Valley
Rebecca Yorke, Pennine Prospects, joins local makers and doers to promote the 2013 MAD Festival in the Calder Valley

A brand new festival which gives people the chance to try their hand at a cornucopia of arts and crafts activities is coming to the Calder Valley and surrounding areas.

Organised by rural regeneration agency Pennine Prospects, in partnership with hundreds of local artists and artisans, the South Pennines Making and Doing (MAD) Festival will run across the weekend of October 5 and 6.

More than fifty interactive workshops, taster sessions and “meet the maker” events will be held across the South Pennine region, with many in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

From ceramics, leatherwork, jewellery making and origami at Made in the Valley’s ‘Meet the Maker’ event at Hebden Bridge Town Hall to an all-day textile “hub” at Cheeky Sew and Sew in Todmorden, and from a record-breaking bunting challenge at The Birchcliffe Centre to a raku pot firing workshop at Tod Studios, the Calder Valley will become a hive of artistic activity throughout the weekend.

There will also be events at Water Street Gallery, Platform One Gallery, Brooklyn Studio, Ribbon Circus, Hat Therapy and many other local venues.

Rebecca Yorke of Pennine Prospects said: “We have an incredibly rich independent creative scene and this new, family friendly festival will showcase the best of what we have to offer.

“It is also intended that the festival will have a positive impact on local businesses, by stimulating additional trade for the valley’s shops, cafes, pubs and accommodation providers.”