If you’re looking for a one-off, unique Christmas gift, you may find what you need at an upcoming craft fair in Cumbria.

The Winter Craft Fair will be held in Alston over the weekend of November 17 to 19.

Nearly 30 designer makers and producers working in and around the North Pennines will be taking part this year and the organisers have gathered a wide range of arts, crafts, and local produce, which they say is all of the highest quality.

The event will be help at the town hall and will have refreshments and live acoustic music to accompany a hassle-free browsing and shopping experience.

Jessica Cooper, a ceramicist based near Alston, is one of the core organisers of the event, along with Claire Adie, Michelle McDonald and Nikki House, a volunteer from Alston.

Jessica said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors this year, and we’ll have a real mix of artists and craftspeople, including several new faces.

“It’s always encouraging when people return year after year.

“Good examples are local illustrator, Sheila Mitton and Louise from Stokoe House preserves who will both be back with us in November.”

There will be at least six new businesses taking part this year as well as a first-time local author, Sue Reed, promoting her novel for young adults, The Rewilding of Molly McFlynn with a sale of artwork and signings at various times over the weekend.

The most local to Alston of the new faces are Two 8ths (textile gifts and homewares) and woodworker, Jaime Douglas, trading as Labour and Lustre, both based in North Cumbria.

John and Hilary Nunn from Allendale, trading as Cornerstone Pottery and Woodturning, will also be involved for the first time.

Musicians performing live will include James Gillespie, Fred Sheriff, Peter Rowan and Joss Clap.

Refreshments will be provided by Saddler’s Bakery Bistro in Alston.

It’s open 10am to 4pm on November 17, 10am to 5pm on November 18, and 11am to 4pm on November 19.