Go on - get your festive creative juices flowing...

Arts Hub by the Sea'Christmas market
Arts Hub by the Sea'Christmas market
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Are you feeling creative and a little bit festive? Then get yourself down to Kirkcaldy’s Christmas Market on the Esplanade this weekend.

The Arts Hub by the Sea, at the foot of Tolbooth Street next to the new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, continues to host a market featuring local makers and a cafe.

But this weekend there’s the chance for members of the public to get creative themselves, with the chance to write your own festive poetry, and for the young family members, the chance to make a Christmas craft.

Poets Caren and Craig Gilbert will be in residence this Saturday from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. to provide encouragement and inspiration and get visitors writing poems to add to the growing collection on the wall of the Art Hub.

Caren explained: “This time of year can be stressful, and poetry is a great way of reducing tension by getting creativity flowing and finding new ways of thinking about things.

“We’d like visitors to the hub to take the opportunity to write a festive poem and share the result with fellow shoppers.

“We hope to inspire a snowballing of festive creativity, and get as many people as 
possible to contribute a 
poem.”

Between 10.00 a.m. and noon children are welcome to attend the Christmas craft workshop to learn a new craft and make something to take home.

The sessions are led by a former art teacher and cost £1 per child to cover the price of materials.

On Sunday at 3.00 p.m. Rebecca Parkinson will run the second of three workshops for younger writers aged 16-25.

But aside from the workshops and sessions, right up until the Sunday before Christmas there’s a chance for those visiting the market to buy items and gifts, made in Fife.

There’s a whole variety of goods on offer, with something for everyone.

Among those featuring their work is Justin Robertson through his business Purposemaker Art. Justin specialises in paintings using acryclics on canvas.

Lorraine Gardiner and Nadia Moreland are also showcasing their business, Love Restored, which sees them re-use unloved second-hand furniture in a sustainable, eco-friendly and affordable way.

The Kirkcaldy Creative Christmas market is open from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m, Wednesday to Sunday until December 22.