Merry Maker Fair

Merry Maker Fair

Merry Maker Fair- heritage fun for all the family. Co-creating the world we want

The educationalist Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) is celebrated for creative and nature-based approaches to learning. On the day a Mason-focused conference of 150 international attendees ends we will host a festival of Mason's ideas to engage local and visiting families in the Lake District.

Drop in and join us any time between 10am and 2pm!

Some of the activities listed below require you to sign up in advance to book your time-slot - find out more and register here

Food foraging and campfire cooking: Connect & Create - food, drink and medicine

How can we celebrate the beauty and power of the plants around us and invite them onto our everyday lives? Making simple remedies from the plants on our doorstep is an easy way to reaffirm our connection with the cycle of nature and enjoy the health and sense of belonging that comes with it. On this workshop we will identify some common native weeds and their properties and traditional uses, and transform them into soup, pesto and teas to share together, and  cordials and ointments to take home.

Creative mending drop-in

Bring along an item of clothing that needs mending and learn traditional and creative mending techniques. Decorative mending using hand embroidery. Appliqué patches using vintage embroidery. Darning with a Speed weaver darning loom.

Nature journaling

Get outside, connect with nature in a creative and different way.

Mindfulness and Yoga

Create an art masterpiece with our heritage photo booth

The University of Cumbria, Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) and the Armitt Library & Museum are joining together to engage the community in an event that will inspire a sustainable future built on the local cultural and natural heritage of the Lake District for regenerating local people, the land, and the economy.