I very rarely leave poor reviews and hesitated before posting this one. My wife and I had highlighted the Craft Centre as a place we were looking forward to visiting but, in the event, we came away feeling cheated.
Nicely situated on the edge of the town centre and with reasonable signage, wwe were surprised to find the ample car park almost empty. Parking is free. The modern 'warehouse' type design is not my favourite and blended in with the depressingly cold, grey day.
We were immediately struck by the large number of empty 'shops' or exhibition units - giving the whole place a sad and deserted feel. The large exhibition halls were warmer and better lighted but here again art & craft pieces looked comparatively small and expensive, with too little variety. vibrancy, inspiration and interest, although quality was matched by high prices. Staff here, and in the shop, seemed distant and faintly bored.
The shop was quite well stocked but expensive and uninspired. Thank goodness for the cafe which was good value, busy and cheerful - with pleasant food and service.
We came away feeling conned by the reviews, the expectations and the large sum of money that has been invested here. It could and should do better if it is to avoid being written off as a white elephant. There is plenty of room for improvement.
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