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Manchester Craft and Design Centre would love you to ‘make a visit’ when they re-open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in August, to show your support for independent Makers and small businesses during these challenging times.  

If you’re looking for something to brighten up your home office or treat your loved ones, then they’re encouraging you to make your purchases count by buying local and buying better, safe in the knowledge that everything available at this home of handmade is crafted on site – and, what’s better, you can meet the Makers (at a safe distance, of course) and find out about the skills and inspiration that has gone into each piece. No surer guarantee of a local and ethical supply chain.  
Closed during lockdown, the Centre is reopening in a phased way to ensure the maximum safety for visitors, staff and Makers. As you’d expect from those used to the finer details of handmade craft, the staff team and Makers really have thought of everything in preparation for your return; starting with increased daily professional cleaning and friendly welcome staff to help guide your visit. On arrival you’ll be able to sanitise your hands before following a one-way system around the building to have a mooch in the studios and enjoy the light and airy Victorian market building. They’ll be limiting visitor numbers at the front door, as will each studio, to make sure you’re never feeling overcrowded, and there’ll be a place outside to queue just in case you have to wait.   

Director, Kate Day, speaking of welcoming visitors back, said: 

‘We’re really looking forward to serving our local community again, with a great place to visit to be inspired and buy handmade gifts. Our Makers have faced challenging times this year but have carried on making and selling online.  We hope you’ll be able to show them your support by visiting in August, as there’s nothing quite like seeing handmade work in the flesh and meeting the talented individuals that have created it.’  

Outside of the August opening hours Makers are taking customer appointments and continue to sell online. And for those looking for take-out that doesn’t break the belt, Oak St Café is open for pre-orders and collection of their fresh and healthy homemade fare. 

Manchester Craft and Design Centre is looking forward to welcoming you back on Fridays and Saturdays in August, 11am - 5pm.  

You’ll find a full guide of what to expect from your visit, here: