A chance to get crafty

What do owl carvings and cupcake toppers, bentwood chairs and felt bowls all have in common?

They’re just a handful of the workshops on the Rural Antics spring programme, as you’ll find out when Amanda Stone’s on the phone to June during this weekend’s show.

With a wide range of arts and crafts on offer right through till the end of May, there’s every chance you’ll find something there to spark your interest!

The published programme may not go ahead exactly as and when planned, with another national lockdown currently in place, but it’s still worth taking a look at what’s on the list – any of the workshops that have to be postponed will be rescheduled as soon as it’s safe to do so and all bookings made will be transferred to the new dates.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday to hear more from Amanda, who’ll be taking a look back too at how the team and the tutors adapted to all the different restrictions during 2020

And how they’ll be putting what they learned over the last few months to good use when things are up and running once more!

Meet the artists online

For some years now, the months of May and June have been widely known as the time when artists from across Nottinghamshire join forces to bring a very special event to the county.

Open Studios Notts in its usual form obviously wasn’t an option for 2020 but that didn’t stop all those artists coming together – virtually of course! – to bring the event to the audience it would normally attract.

Instead of inviting people to join them in their studios, they’ve been inviting them to join them online. And in the last couple of months, they’ve made no fewer than 47 videos to make this possible.

Here’s just one of them, featuring former Girls Around Town presenter Tina Bettison. in which she talks to six of the artists taking part. this year…

Find out what they had to say to Tina about their work – and if you want to see and hear more, just follow this link to watch some of the other 46 videos uploaded to YouTube!

Let’s get sewcial!

Fancy trying your hand at crochet or quilting? Perhaps you’d like to make your own bauble wreath for Christmas, give calligraphy a go or you’re looking for an after-school club for the kids?

It’s all about getting creative in the second hour of the show this weekend, when Crafty Betty‘s Michelle Baker joins June and Rachel to talk about some of the different ways you can do just that right here in Newark.

With events and activities for all ages and abilities, Michelle and her crafty colleagues have plenty of fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

She’ll be describing some of the highlights of the year so far as well, from a road trip to the NEC for The Festival of Quilts to a day of non-stop sewing last month as part of the North Notts Sew Day in aid of Quilts for Care Leavers.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10.45am to hear what’s on offer over the coming weeks and months.

If you feel like getting sewcial, Michelle and the Girls Around Town might have just what you’re looking for…