I’ve a busy week ahead. I was hoping to start doing Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction photoprompts again, but haven’t got there yet. Instead I’ve got two book fairs and three days of ‘open studios’ ahead of me.

Craft Fairs

Saturday 20th August I’ll be at Lyndhurst Community Centre, in the heart of the New Forest. This was the venue for the Jubilee weekend event, and I really enjoy my trips there. If you’re visiting the New Forest, you are pretty much certain to take a route through it. Although I warn you, the one-way system around the centre is always slow. Just relax, take your time. Or draw into a car park (there’s a big one in the centre) and come into the community hall. Do that before or after visiting the lovely shops, tea houses, coffee shops, icecream parlours, venison butchers (free range venison from the forest), restaurants, and even the pubs! And if you’re camping or caravnning, you’ll want the supermarkets and independent greengrocers for your supplies.

Friday 27th August I’ll be in Lymington, about seven miles south of Lyndhurst, on the coast. It’s a yachting town, with a marina, and also a ferry. That goes to Yarmouth, on the west end of the Isle of Wight, great for wildlife watchers! The craft fair is in the Masonic Hall, up a short leafy drive from the lower end of the high street. It’s a really lovely town to poke about in, and restock for your next cruise!

Do you need to travel light? Several stallholders at the craft fairs have easily packed options among their goods. I can sell you ebooks as well as small paperbacks 🙂

Hampshire Open Studios 22

Hampshire Open Studios is a county-wide festival of art. Artists of all types open their workshops or homes, or wherever they can congregate, to visitors. They may demonstrate their art, or show you works in progress. You may be able to buy pieces, in fact I think most artists view this as a key opportunity to gather new fans.


The Art Group I belong to is taking over the Dovetail Centre, aka the Chandlers Ford Methodist Hall. It’ll be an eclectic mix of artists displaying their methods and outputs during the busy week. 16 tables are available and some people are doing just one day, others all week. With the craft fairs bookending my activities, I have a table for my illustrations from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24th. 10-4 daily (same time for the craft fairs). The adjacent cafe is open in the mornings from Tuesday to Saturday. Other cafes and a supermarkets are within walking distance.

Busy week ahead
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