Welbeck Winter Weekend will return in 2021- at new ‘stunning' setting

Welbeck Winter Weekend is to return to the historic estate near Worksop this November and will take place - for the first time ever - within the grand Victorian Hunting Stables.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:59 am
The Victorian Hunting Stables at Welbeck will provide a beautiful new setting for the event.

Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this year’s three-day event will be held between November 26-28 and returns with a new setting and layout.

The annual event, which first ran as The Harley Art Market back in 2000, has steadily grown over the years and regularly attracts people from across the country.

This year it will move from its usual spot to the large 19th century stable block and courtyard in the heart of the estate.

Visitors will be able to explore art and food stalls within this large building that once housed the 96 horses that belonged to Welbeck Abbey.

It was one of the buildings created as part of the 5th Duke of Portland’s ambitious building works that also included the creation of Welbeck Village.

The Welbeck Winter Weekend has always been known for celebrating all things handmade and this year will be no exception.

Visitors will be able to wander around a variety of stalls and buy handcrafted pieces created by a range of artists and makers, brought together by The Harley Gallery.

As in previous years, there will also be the opportunity for visitors to explore the artists’ workspaces within the nearby Harley Studios.

Lisa Gee, director of The Harley Gallery, said: “It’s so brilliant to see that the Art Market has evolved into this fantastic celebration of Welbeck’s commitment to the handmade. And to be part of the Winter Weekend’s move to one of the greatest buildings at Welbeck is wonderful.

"The space is so atmospheric; a beautiful and massive cobbled courtyard surrounded by 96 horse boxes which are all quite unchanged from the time they were built.

"The building is testament to the 5th Duke of Portland’s architectural and artistic ambitions and provides the perfect backdrop for contemporary artists, makers and designers.”

There will also be stalls of the finest regional food, selected by Welbeck Farm Shop. The selection will incorporate makers and producers based on the Welbeck estate.

As a response to the pandemic to ensure the safety of visitors, and to improve parking at the event, a booking procedure and entrance fee is to be introduced this year. It will help limit the number of visitors. Booking for the event will be possible from mid-summer.

Parking arrangements will be different too this year, although parking will continue to be free. Additional disabled parking spaces will be created.

Organiser of the event, Nicola Brown, said: “We are pleased that we’re able to host our hugely popular Welbeck Winter Weekend again this year. It was disappointing for us all when we had to cancel last year’s event. We’re looking forward to this year. The plans are really exciting and visitors are sure to love its new venue. The Hunting Stables provide a stunning setting.”

For visitors wishing to enjoy the whole three-day event, Welbeck also has its own holiday accommodation. Further details can be found on www.welbeck.co.uk.

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