Eastwood’s craft workshops are to band together to offer a monthly event in the Workshop area around Scargill Walk and Mansfield Road.
“Eastwood Discovers...” will introduce local businesses to showcase the wealth of businesses the town has to offer various industries.
Its opening event on Saturday March 21, “Eastwood Discovers Local Wedding Suppliers” invited photographers, venues, entertainers and caterers to join forces, along with the workshop area’s own beauticians, Maggie’s Craft Creations and Wedding Cars of Derby.
Mike Heavey, of Kimberley, owner of wedding suppliers Love Stationery, shaped the calendar of coming events.
He has been running the business for 11 years, having taken over from his daughter.
He said: “I know how talented and enterprising local people are and we wanted to create this event to highlight to locals that these suppliers are on our doorstep.
“Over 20 couples visited, receiving our full gift bags, which we gave away as part of this great free event.”
Broxtowe Mayor, Stan Heptinstall MBE, opened the event.
Next up on April 25 will be Eastwood Discovers Local Craft Workshops, where a few of the shops will be delivering some ‘Make and Take’ and ‘Have a go’ workshops between 10am and 4pm.
Mike added: “Please do come and visit the craft workshop area and get involved.
“We’re trying to make the events different so they appeal to different groups of people.
“Twenty brides came along to the last event which is quite good, it was the first event we’ve done and the first wedding fair.
The workshops area around Scargill Walk, near the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, will offer an interactive experience for people of all ages at the next event on April 25.
Try out wood burning or making your own coasters at the Wood Gallery, or have a go at making some Hama bead keyrings (£1) at new toy shop, Firetop Mountain. Carol Marks-Smith, of Not Just Crafty, will offer workshops on how to make some special Paper Flowers (costing £2.50 each).
Mike added: “We want to offer different events to give everyone a chance to get involved.”