A relaxed afternoon for everyone to celebrate springtime, new growth and renewal.
Open Newtown and Oriel Davies Gallery are organising a Spring Fair for the whole community with workshops, stalls, music, storytelling and more.
Free entry. Bring a picnic!
Photo credit Layla Robinson
Gardening advice and activities with Cultivate and Newtown Gardening Club
An outdoor plant ID walk with Open Newtown’s Park Ranger Paul and a stall by Open Newtown
Some outdoor bushcraft activities with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Animals from Pentre Farm and an opportunity to create an animal inspired collagraph print with artist Chris Wallbank
Storytellers Jo Vagabondi and Milly Jackdaw who will also be putting on a parade and a tree dressing ceremony
Local plants and cut flowers stalls from Nic Knapton and Ash and Elm Horticulture
A dried floral headdress making workshop with Layla Robinson
Music from local woodwind band Ffonic and also Hafren Choir
Home-made cakes and pastries from the Kerry cake van
Hot drinks provided by Cambrian Coffee
Stalls by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Powys Wellbeing and an activity by writers from the ‘Robert Owen 250’ project
Spring tunes played by DJ Chris of Creative Stuff Newtown from his disco horsebox
All captured by photographer Andrea Gilpin
Photo Credit Pentre Farm CIC
Most activities are free. There is a small charge for the Pentre Farm animal petting sessions and the floral head dress workshop. Booking on the headdress workshop is essential as places are limited.
Photo Credit Ash and Elm
Photo Credit The Badger Sett
The spring theme continues in the gallery with Rembrandts’ portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume on loan from the National Gallery, London as part of the gallerys’ Masterpiece Tour. In this portrait Saskia holds a bouquet of spring blooms. She wears a head dress and necklace of delicate flowers.
In response to the painting the gallery is showing an exhibition of contemporary portraits. A hanging forest of branches and flowers can be explored in gallery 2 along with the legend of Blodeuwydd told through moving image.
Photo credit Lewis Prosser
The Spring Fair is organised by Open Events as part of Open Newtown’s project to connect people to Newtown’s green and blue spaces.
Oriel Davies is proud to be a partner in this project funded through the Welsh Government Rural Development Programme. Open Events will run a series of cultural events in Newtown’s green spaces. This project will work in conjunction with 4 other projects, which together will become part of the driving force for change across Wales until Summer 2023.
Open Events aims to unite communities and provide an opportunity to celebrate Newtown’s green and blue assets.