Best ever Sorting Office Winter Open Studios event

Record visitor numbers in search of unique gifts

The Sorting Office, Eastleigh’s artist and designer-maker studios, have reported a record number of visitors for their Winter Open Studios, which took place during the town centre’s Christmas Lights Switch-On and Fun Day on Saturday 17 November.

A best ever 968 people visited the studios, in Wells Road, to find a unique Christmas gift from 26 of the best of Hampshire’s independent artists and designer makers.  

Shoppers had the chance to go behind the scenes to see demonstrations of techniques and chat with the artists and designers. The response to the was very positive with visitors describing it as a refreshing alternative to the traditional High Street shopping experience.

The free event featured activities for younger children, and food was provided by Winchester Vintage Catering.

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