Makers’ Festival at Brodick Castle 12th – 14th July

Brand new Makers’ Festival

By Fiona Doubleday

This year the island will witness a brand new creative event. Co-hosted by Crafts and Company and Brodick Castle this three day event brings together many of the talented makers on the island.

Based at Brodick Castle on 12-14th July the event has a participatory focus with workshops to include a wide range of activities all at beginner level for children and adults. There is a sustainability theme underpinning the entire event in an attempt to share some of the excellent practice that is being adopted by many makers around the island.

As well as workshops there are two exhibitions inside the castle itself. The first is an exhibition inspired by the castle and or grounds and there is a wonderfully diverse range of media being exhibited. Some of the work will be for sale.

The second exhibition is from the 52 Stitched Stories community arts project being coordinated by Fiona Doubleday. The aim of this project is to produce a postcard stitched story every week for as many weeks as possible in 2019. The project has reached the half way point and some of the work will be exhibited in the castle. Members of the group will also be available to speak about the project as there is still time to join.

The festival will also include demonstrations, talks, readings, maker stalls and music as the community really comes together to celebrate handmade on Arran. If you want to find out about the different creative individual and groups on the island this is your chance.

The festival welcomes a number of community groups including the charity COAST, Eco Savvy, Art in Mind, Spin Off and a brand new group, Indigo Upcycling. Simon Ross-Gill will also have his Green Map available so you can see what is being done across the island to create a more sustainable future. So there is lots to see, do and learn and much to take away from this innovative new festival.

A stitched postcard from the 52 Stitched Stories project

If you have any questions about the festival email Fiona at

If you are not already a member of the National Trust for Scotland this would be a good time to join. Individual membership costs just £5 per month (families £9 – 2 adults and up to 6 children). This would get you in to the castle and grounds as often as you like and many of their events are free.