Scottish Maritime Museum Christmas Market dates and times confirmed

CRAFTERS, artisans and small businesses across Ayrshire are set to put their wares up for sale at a special Christmas market next weekend.

The Scottish Maritime Museum event returns on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th December, with a host of goodies and gifts from local artisans, artisans and small businesses on sale at the sprawling Linthouse site on Irvine Harbor.

Visitors will enjoy a wide selection of arts, crafts and products ranging from home decor, handmade bags and jewelry, art and photography to children’s clothing, baskets, fabric scarves silk, soaps, candles, Christmas decorations and cards, pet accessories, eco-friendly alternatives for the home and much more. After.

In addition to the market, festive “Make and Take” children’s craft sessions will take place throughout the day. Visitors can register for free sessions, suitable for children aged 6 and over, at the site reception.

Merchandise includes stunning landscapes and seascapes by 2artistans Paint & Pixels of Troon, original artwork by artist Julia Griffin and hand-carved wooden crafts made on the west coast of Scotland by Glenwoodcraft.

Visitors will also find beautiful handcrafted jewelery by Caroles Fancies of Kilmarnock, Crazy for Ruthie Jewelery of Cumnock and one-of-a-kind, affordable pieces done in fluid acrylic paint by June Rorison Art.

Eco-friendly gifts include natural gin-inspired cosmetic bars by Ayrshire’s Bathtub Gin Care.

Also look for high-quality baby and children’s clothing and accessories from Dalry’s Kiddiewink shop, Dalrymple Knits, who donate profits to Dalrymple Parish Church, and author Dane Love, who has written over 30 books on Scottish subjects, with a particularly strong accent. on Ayrshire.

Saturday treats also include OffcutCraftCo with its festive wall hangings, streamers, advent calendars and decorations, handmade dog accessories from Poppy Monsters Collars, handmade handbags and housewares. handmade by Rags to Bags, gifts by Arty Party Crafts of Ardrossan and beach art by Just Dive of Paisley. .

After all that shopping, visitors can refuel with delicious cakes from Little Birdhouse Bakes and refreshments at the Linthouse Coffee Bar.

Those who want a more extensive menu can head to the museum’s ‘Puffers Café’ which overlooks Irvine Harborside.

Over the weekend, visitors can view the museum’s latest exhibition which explores the forgotten history of industrial whaling in Scotland, ‘All mortal greatness is but disease’.

Exhibition artist Caroline Hack will also discuss with visitors her work in print, textile and handmade book formats and her research visits to whaling sites and museums across Britain, Europe, America and Canada.

Christopher Woodland, Commercial Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the popular Christmas Market and we have a fantastic display of produce for visitors as well as family fun for those who come. with children.

“With free entry and stalls set out in the expansive Linthouse, the Christmas Market is perfect for stress-free Christmas shopping and a great opportunity to support local businesses and makers.”

The event takes place inside the Linthouse building on Harbor Road between 10am and 4pm on both dates. Free entry.

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