Make some festive treats at Redoubt

Redoubt in winter
Redoubt in winter

The Redoubt gets creative this weekend as a free Christmas Open Days event from December 1-2 features a showcase of artworks from local artists, Christmas carols from local school children, mulled wine and a Victorian inspired craft workshop.

Festive fans will even have the chance to make their own Christmas decorations, with help on hand to create traditional Victorian adornments for a true vintage feel.

Featuring 10 local artists in the museum, the two-day festive treat will also showcase many paintings and arts and crafts, including ceramics and photography, with many pieces available to buy.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts in a wonderful festive atmosphere, and try your hand at traditional Christmas crafts to really add the personal touch to your decorations.”

The Victorians were adept at creating home-made decorations from making ivy ribbons and cone-shaped paper cornucopia’s full of sweets, to using raffia and ribbon to hang cinnamon sticks, pine cones, dried fruit, holly & mistletoe berries.

Part of the Eastbourne Christmas Open Houses event, this weekend’s showcase includes the works of respected local artists Judith Alder, Cat Ingrams, Anne Barrell, Pauline Crook, Paul Bartholomew, Irene Runayker, Kate Graham, Wycliffe Stutchbury and photographer Axel Hesslenberg.

Ratton school will be bringing some festive cheer with Christmas carol performances at 11am and 2pm, and visitors can warm up with mulled wine and hot drinks from the pop-up café. The Redoubt shop will also be open to buy books and gifts from military history to retro children’s toys.

The Redoubt Christmas Open Days are open from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free, with a small charge for each decoration made at the crafts workshop.