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Free Festive Fun at Bede’s World
To launch our festive celebrations, Bede’s World is offering visitors FREE entry to our Christmas Craft Fair, taking place on the weekend of 20th and 21st November. Over the course of the weekend, exhibitors will be displaying a wide selection of fun and inspirational gifts ideas, including local handcrafted goods, contemporary jewellery, beaded bags, handcrafted wooden puzzle games, to name but a few. Our annual Craft Fair provides local craftsmen and women with an ideal platform to showcase their talent to the general public, as well as offering visitors the chance to purchase some fantastic presents and stocking fillers for family and friends. Exhibitors include, Hadrian’s Wall Crafts, Free Spirit Homeopathy, The Breakaway Art group, as well as Margaret Myers and daughter Victoria Pearce, a fashion student from Northumbria University, who will be offering visitors the chance to purchase one of their many handcrafted ponchos and hats from their collection – ideal for the winter weather. Bede’s World Curator Laura Sole said: "We have a really exciting variety of handmade gifts available at the Craft Fair this weekend; many of the skilled craftspeople of today's Northumbria are using traditional techniques that go back as far as the Anglo-Saxon period. As well as an excellent Christmas Shopping opportunity, the Craft Fair showcases the wide range of talents of our local craftspeople”. In addition to the Craft fair, visitors can take advantage of free entry to Bede’s World museum and Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm, as well as ensuring that they have left enough time to take a well deserved break at our fabulous café in Jarrow Hall, where they can sample one of delicious dishes from the menu. ENDS

Media contacts – Sharon Thomson on 0191 489 2106 Notes for Editors: 1. Bede’s World is a stunning tourist attraction in Jarrow, telling the story of the extraordinary life and times of the Venerable Bede (AD 673-735),described by many as England’s first historian. It features:  The Age of Bede, an interactive museum opened by the Queen in 2000 featuring genuine artefacts and the sights and sounds of a powerful Northumbria, 1300 years ago Gyrwe, an Anglo Saxon demonstration farm containing rare animal breeds and experimentally reconstructed timber buildings St Paul’s ancient church and monastic site where Bede lived and worked, incorporating the ruins of the medieval monastery A herb garden, café (set in the elegant, Georgian Jarrow Hall) and well stocked gift and history book shop - all three can be visited free of charge.

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For details of opening times please contact Bede’s World on 0191 489 2106 or visit

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