More than 160 artists, designers and craftspeople in some of England’s most beautiful countryside are gearing up to thrown open their doors to the public as part of the second C-Art open-studios event.

The festivities, which take place in the Lake District and across Cumbria, run from September 14 to 29 and take the form of a ‘trail’ – distinctive yellow signs will pop up across the county nearer the time, directing visitors to the studios runs by ceramicists, silversmiths, glass-blowers, sculptors, felters, weavers, painters and printmakers.

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There, you’ll be able to buy piece direct from the artist, and talk about their work. A programme of hands-on workshops is also being organised.

Last year’s C-Art attracted some 11,500 visitors, generating in excess of £76,000 in sales for local artists. For details, visit

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