Makers Yard Open Studios Day
22, April 2017

Meet the makers, see the studios, buy the work - 10am-5pm

Open Studios Day offers the perfect opportunity to buy original gifts direct from our talented artists and designer-makers - and a chance to see inside this magnificently restored, Grade II-listed nineteenth century hosiery factory & warehouse.

Take your pick from a stunning collection of art & craft work in wood, ceramic, and glass; interior and fashion textiles; fashion; jewellery; picture framing; millinery; upcycled furniture, and more.

Free entry.


Pottery taster sessions with Jo Keogh Ceramics in Studio 1
Join Jo for a pottery taster session where you can experience working with clay and learn some basic techniques such as pinching and coiling. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The length of the session is up to for one hour or the whole day! The cost is £10 per person per hour. This includes materials, firing and glazing one piece of work. Additional pieces can be made at a charge of £5 per kg of clay used.

Places are limited, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place. Email for further details and booking.

This event is part of St George's Festival in and around Orton Square in the Cultural Quarter and in Market Place on Saturday 22 April.

A further open studios day at Makers’ Yard is planned for August and a Christmas Shopping Weekend planned for November.

As these are working studios we recommend that young children who visit are accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Makers Yard is at 82-86 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB, just 50 metres away from Curve on the same side of Rutland Street, going towards Humberstone Gate.

A pay and display car park is available next to
Phoenix (entrance on Burton Street LE1 1TE). Parking costs £1 for up to two hours, £2 for three hours and £4 all day, between 6am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. Parking here outside these times Mon-Sat is free; on Sundays and Bank Holidays parking costs £1 for up to 3 hours maximum.

There is a 40-space Pay & Display car park in
Queen Street behind Athena (enter through the old Leicestershire Butchers Hide, Skin & Fat Company arch) charging (for example) £1.90 for 3 hours and £4.60 for 6 hours 6.30am-6.30pm, and £2.50 after 6.30pm, Monday to Sunday.

NCP runs multistorey car parks in nearby Halford Street (NCP Rutland Centre, next to Curve) and at Lee Circle. 
NCP Rutland Centre parking charges (Feb 2016) are : up to 1 hour £3.50 / 1-2 hours £7.50 / 2-4 hours £11 / 4-6 hours £15 / 6-24 hours £22; at NCP Lee Circle there is one charge of £4 for up to 24 hours.

On-street meter parking is available in the Cultural Quarter - on Saturdays 6am to 6pm £1 for up to 1 hour / £3 for up to 2 hours (£2 for up to 3 hours in some outer streets), free between 6pm and 6am. On Sundays on-street meter parking here is either free or £1 for up to 3 hours. Check prices, times and days on the meter.

Makers' Yard is within 10 minutes' walk of Leicester
train station, St Margaret's & Haymarket bus stations, and most city centre bus stops.

There are
cycle parking racks in the Makers' Yard courtyard.

Image above : Tim Fowler

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