Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Fair at New College, Durham - 20th and 21st November 2010.....

With Ushaw College snow bound and all car parking lost to the elements, the Rival Arts Team pulled off what seemed an impossible just 4 days..... to relocate the Christmas Fair and Snowy to New College Durham. Quite a contrast for everyone.... from the grand historic interior of Ushaw to the state of the art Mall style interior of New College.

It was particularly heartening to receive such a warm stream of positive comments and thanks from the vast majority who were clearly very relieved that the weekend was not completely lost so near to Christmas.

A big thank you to New College too for making the facility available at such short notice.

Colin Caygill and his team wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a big thank you for your support throughout the year which has helped make 2010 our most successful year to date. 

Finally, thank you to Claire Myers, her Mum and all who have given so generously to The Great North Air Ambulance Fund...a worthy cause indeed.

The total raised at the two Christmas Fairs is over £1600.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

*Very Important Notice*........VENUE CHANGE DUE TO SNOW......

Due to snow bound car parks at Ushaw College, a decision was taken yesterday to RELOCATE this weekends forthcoming Art, Craft, Gift and Food Fair from Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH to........ 
New College, Framwellgate Moor Durham DH1 5ES

Due to the extensive amounts of snow around Ushaw College it would have been impossible for exhibitors and visitors to access the building safely.
Therefore, Rival Arts in discussion with everyone concerned at both Ushaw and New College have decided to re-locate the Christmas Fair to the East and West Malls of the impressive Main building at New College, Durham so that the show can go on....

New College is situated just off the A167 /A691 at Framwellgate Moor just 1 mile from the Crossgate Moor junction to Ushaw Moor.
With an extensive free car park, the College will provide light, airy facilities within its Malls and great catering.

All the signage, banners etc for the Christmas Fair have consequently been re-branded and signs will be in place re-directing from Ushaw College. Additional advertising is also in place in local and regional newspapers, as are press releases to local media.

Rival Arts would like to thank New College for making the venue available at such short notice.

Colin Caygill
Rival Arts

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Christmas Fair at Hexham - 20th and 21st November 2010

A most successful weekend at The Christmas Fair at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, Northumberland .

Star attraction for chidren and adults was undoubtedly Snowy the Snow Owl from Falconry Days....such a magnificent bird with the most hypnotic eyes!

The Fair wound its way down through the Leisure Centre corridors......

Through the Studio Rooms......

And into the Indoor Marquee.......

Once again, the stallholders put on a tremendous display to create a really great mix of Art, Craft, Gift and Food over the weekend.

Finally one of the art exhibitors...... Claire Myers .......a very talented local artist and her Mum raised over £850 at the Fair for the Great North Air Ambulance

Rival Arts and Claire would like to say a big thank you to all the people of Tynedale and beyond who gave generously to this most worthy of causes.