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Gravesend Borough Market celebrates its 750th year with arts and crafts fair

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 13 February 2018

Last year's fair. Picture: Forget-Me-Not Vintage & Crafts

Last year's fair. Picture: Forget-Me-Not Vintage & Crafts

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Gravesend Borough Market is celebrating its 750th anniversary this year, and an arts and crafts fair will be held on Sunday, February 25.

Gravesend Borough Market is celebrating its 750th anniversary this year, and an arts and crafts fair will be held on Sunday, February 25.

It will echo the somewhat unfamiliar sound of cracking oyster shells as the Forget-Me-Not-Vintage folks hold their inaugural fair.

Undoubtedly one of the main attractions will be the Pearl Party stall where visitors can select an oyster, crack the shell and find a real pearl to incorporate into their own bespoke sterling silver jewellery, which they take away with them on the day.

Overall, 30 local crafters will be exhibiting an exciting variety of hand crafted wares and demonstrations, and workshops will be offered throughout the day, providing the opportunity to create floral displays, engrave glass or decorate cakes.

Forget-Me-Not’s Sarah Cheshire said: “Following the success of our craft workshops at the shop and the excellent response to our vintage fairs in the market, it seemed logical to combine the two elements.”

The market is one of the oldest in the country, and to mark the celebration a number of half term events will be held throughout the borough, including a pancake racing event in New Road on Shrove Tuesday, which will take place from 12pm to 1pm, before a pancake flipping competition at 2pm in the market by Queen Victoria statue.

On Valentine’s Day, a Gravesend Borough Market history event will be held from 11am to 1pm, followed by creative activities around a theme of hearts for children up to 11 years old.

On Thursday, a children’s storytelling and creative activities event will be held with a medieval knight, from 10:30am to 3pm, and market memories will be shared on Friday, with more creative activities for children.

Lastly, a Gravesend people and places guided walk will be held on Sunday, February 18.

The fair, which is a dog-friendly venue, will be held from 10.00am until 4.00pm, and entry is free.

Parking is also free and the market will offer a range of refreshment outlets.

Further information, and bookings for the workshops, can be arranged from the Forget-Me-Not Vintage and Crafts shop at 65, High Street, by telephoning 01474-364696 or via the website www.forget-me-not-vintage.com.

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