Eager Christmas shoppers in Alston will be treated to a wealth of locally crafted goodies at this year's Winter Craft Fair.

Taking place between November 17 and November 19, the event will feature work from nearly 30 craftspersons and producers from in and around the North Pennines.

In addition to browsing an extensive variety of arts, crafts, and local produce, attendees can enjoy live acoustic music performances and delicious refreshments provided by Saddler’s Bakery Bistro in Alston.

The popular fair, known for creating a relaxed shopping atmosphere, will take place in the Town Hall over the course of the three-day event.

Ceramicist Jessica Cooper is one of the event’s core organisers, alongside Claire Adie (also known as Glassie Lassie), Michelle McDonald of Hazy Days Design and volunteer Nikki House.

“We’re all looking forward to welcoming visitors this year,” said Jessica. “And we’ll have a real mix of artists and craftspeople, including several new faces.

"It’s always encouraging when people return year after year. Good examples are local illustrator, Sheila Mitton and Louise from Stokoe House preserves who will both be back with us in November.”

This year's event will feature six new businesses and debut a local author, Sue Reed.

Sue will promote her novel for young adults, The Rewilding of Molly McFlynn, offering artwork sale and signings.

The Winter Craft Fair will run from 10am to 4pm on Friday, November 17, 10am to 5pm on November 18, and from 11am to 4pm on November 19.

Entry is free with ample parking around Alston.