Handmade Trail


Join us in Slaithwaite to celebrate the art of the Handmade!

Many years ago, settlers arrived in the Colne Valley and discovered the beauty, the flowing waters and the shelter of the hills. Discovering it to be a great place to bring their families, they brought skills of weaving and farming and made this valley their home.

Even the wind and the sideways rain isn’t enough to dampen the creative spirit that has thrived here ever since.

Our 2nd Handmade Trail took place at Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival 2015 – the 30th year since the Moonraking Festival began. It was a celebration of all that is wonderful and creative about this village and this valley, and gave visitors the opportunity to see the high levels of skills and artistry that are alive and thriving.

Artisan businesses and the pop up markets allow you to discover handcrafted goods, locally made bread, ales, furniture, print and crafts.

2015 saw two pop-up art markets at the Methodist Church Hall and Basement Youth Hub, where visitors met some of the creative businesses and contemporary artists who work quietly away in their studios and homes around the valley, just like the first pioneering weavers. From wonderful art and craft creations to sumptuous culinary delights, the Handmade Trail showcased the best of artisan culture in all areas of the village centre.

If you’d like to know more about the last Handmade Trail, which took place on 21st February 2015, we have a section of our annual report available, specifically about the Handmade Trail – please download & read. The full report is also available on our downloads page.

Alternatively, for regular updates on the businesses and artists involved in the Handmade Trail, please visit our Facebook page.