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Festive fun at museum’s crafty Christmas events

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Festive shoppers searching for inspiration can get some unique crafty Christmas ideas at Leeds City Museum.

Starting this weekend, the museum will be hosting the first in a series of Maker’s Festival events, where visitors can have a go at making their own crafts alongside a team of experts from around the region.

Events in December will include the chance to make a hand bound sketchbook or a wool Christmas pudding as well as exploring the history of making in Leeds.

Every Saturday in December, families can also make sparkly festive crafts for free at Rory’s drop-in Saturday club from 11am-12.15pm.

This weekend will also see the return of the hugely popular Etsy Made Local Christmas market.

Back at the museum for the second year in a row, the event takes place on Saturday, Dec 3 and Sunday, Dec 4 from 11am until 4pm.

Held in the museum’s Brodrick Hall, the event showcases the best local creative talent with a selection of carefully curated products from more than 70 sellers based in and around the Leeds area.

During the day, visitors can browse stalls selling a range of items from Etsy’s three selling categories: handmade, vintage and supplies.

There will also be craft workshops and Etsy talks running throughout the weekend. Entry to the market is free but there will be a small charge for the workshops. On Saturday, Dec 3 visitors can also create a hand bound sketchbook for £20/person (advanced bookings only, via Eventbrite).

Last year’s event attracted more than 6,000 people to the museum.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries said:

“It’s great that we’re giving people a chance to get some festive inspiration in the run-up to Christmas by visiting the museum for these exciting craft events.

“Christmas is always an exciting time at our museums and galleries and we have a huge programme of events to help visitors get into the festive spirit.”

For more details on the makers festival events, visit: whatson.leeds.gov.uk