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“A visit to Dedham” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dedham Art & Craft Centre

Dedham Art & Craft Centre
Brook Street, Dedham, Colchester, England
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Dedham
Type: Art Galleries, Art Museums, Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“A visit to Dedham”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

A fascinating mix of arts and crafts set out in a lovely old building . Just a shame that the people working there showed no enthusiasm for what they were doing . Perhaps we were too late on a Sunday afternoon for them or chose the wrong stalls to stop at.

Visited September 2013
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Dedham, United Kingdom
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“definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I am a local and usually take any visitors I have here as our first stop on the high street. They all seem to enjoy having a snout about inside. I am surprised by other reviewers saying there aren't many local arts and crafts here? Maybe they didn't make it upstairs! I agree with the responses that the owner/manager has made. If you are a tourist coming to Dedham I would definitely recommend you spend a a little time browsing here. They usually do some nice decorations at Christmas time too.

Visited September 2013
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Miriam_Clark, Owner at Dedham Art & Craft Centre, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review the Dedham Art and Craft Centre. I will share your comments with the artists and craftspeople.

Regards

Miriam Clark
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“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This centre was wonderful. The merchandise for sale was high quality and different (you wouldn't find it anywhere else). I bought a couple of jewellery pieces but wanted more. Go, you won't be disappointed.

Visited September 2013
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Miriam_Clark, Owner at Dedham Art & Craft Centre, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review the Dedham Art & Craft Centre and for your kind comments. Very much appreciated.

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“Quantity over quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Good for a browse but very little that I would contemplate buying. Pretty low end junk mostly. Not a lot of arts or crafts either.

Visited September 2013
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Miriam_Clark, Owner at Dedham Art & Craft Centre, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review the Dedham Art & Craft Centre. I am sorry that you felt we don't have enough arts and crafts. If you look at our website you will find we have 14 crafts people including two potters, a lady who makes Harris tweed bags, another making hats, another bears, to mention a few. We also have 20 artists and a well known local photographer. All this is spread across two floors. Sometimes unit holders have handmade and non-handmade items side-by-side, which I suppose may be confusing, but please always feel free to ask at the main desk. The Craft Centre works like a co-operative and is manned by the people who have units here, and they are always happy to talk about their work.

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Miriam Clark
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It is worth visiting this centre and it does seem to change annually. I am disappointed there isn't very much art or crafts on show from local artists but there is a diverse "gift shop" selection of goods that are worth browsing. The coffee shop sells a wide variety of food but sadly you always have to wait so long for your order even when the venue is quiet. Eat here if you have plenty of time to spare!

Visited September 2013
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Miriam C, Owner at Dedham Art & Craft Centre, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Thank you for visiting the Craft Centre.

These days the Centre is advertised as being a mix of artisans and specialist retailers – it has evolved a great deal from its pure art & craft beginnings. The ground floor is home to an entirely separate business – an interiors store, which does not sell arts and crafts at all although wherever possible products are sourced from the UK.

I do think we have rather more art & crafts than you give us credit for, though. At the moment we have 22 artists exhibiting their work at the Centre, and 15 crafts people. To give just three examples, we have a lady who specializes in logcabin patchwork, another who designs and makes teddy bears and two potters. We will be joined on the 1st October by a lady who specialises in sugar craft. There is a full list of the unit holders on our website.

The Tearoom changed management on the 2nd September and all I can say in their defence is that perhaps they are still finding their feet.
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