The Winter Gallery hosted by Sian O’Doherty at Ash Farm has quickly become one of the anticipated events in the West Wales pre-Christmas calendar. In a year during which little has been certain, there have been some anxious days wondering whether it would be possible to hold the event this winter, but the new regulations following the firebreak lockdown make it possible for festive shopping and a warm seasonal welcome to be offered after all.
“We are very excited to be able to host the Winter Gallery event here at Ash Farm again this year after so much uncertainty over the past few weeks,” said Sian. “This is the perfect opportunity for all your Christmas shopping and some much-needed festive cheer.”
As in previous years, the studio will be filled with a sumptuous array of tempting gifts, all by artists and craftspeople from the region who are excelling in their chosen fields and who fly the flag for Welsh design and craftsmanship nationally and internationally.
Things will look a little different this year, of course, and the safety of visitors and shoppers has been the highest priority throughout the planning process. The event is taking place over a full nine days to ensure that everyone who would like to attend can spread their visits over a longer period.
The number of guests allowed in the studio and shop at any one time will be limited and a clear “flow of traffic” will be encouraged to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. Face coverings are, of course, mandatory inside (exemptions excepted) and hand sanitiser will be available for visitors.
If you do have a short delay before you can go in to feast your eyes on the beautiful gifts, a tempting range of hot food and drinks – not to mentions cakes! – will be served by Bubbling Cauldrons. You can be sure of a convivial atmosphere both inside and out.
What will be the same is the warmth of the welcome, the quality of the items for sale and the inspiration you will find to create a cosy and beautiful Christmas.
“With so many fabulous local makers taking part you will be spoilt for choice.”