Maria’s Café www.mariascafe.co.uk
Maria serves heavenly cakes, breakfasts and delicious and colourful lunches with lots of heart and soul in this tucked-away timber framed café. Drop in for breakfast before visiting Sophie’s Shop next door
Sophie’s Shop for stylish vintage and pre loved designer clothing, shoes and accessories, the last word in shopping with a conscience.
Beautifully presented cashmere, coats and designer bags with a friendly and professional staff. An encouragement to buy less and buy well.
Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk
A delightfully small scale museum and café celebrating the vitality of the art and craftsmanship of a group of artists of national repute in and around the village of Ditchling in the early 20th century.
The conversation between traditional craft and modern ideas of meaning and purpose in the art of making is reflected in the ancient timber framed building with the light filled contemporary museum space.
Look in particular for the Ethel Mairet hand-loomed garments and Eric Gill sculpture.
Kettles Yard, Cambridge www.kettlesyard.co.uk
Step into this simple domestic interior where major works of art are exhibited alongside ordinary artefacts of another sort:
a spiral of pebbles, a piece of fruit or furniture. A playful dynamic set up between the two creates a harmonious whole.
The ordinary is elevated to the extraordinary, an idea that is fun to play with in room layouts and in creating a sense of life well lived and lived to the full.
James Cockburn www.jamescockburn.co
The splendour of colour and light in James’ painting reflects a sense of joy in the natural world and in people, places and things.
His beautifully quirky slipware has an earthy quality of form and expression following the tradition of primitive English folk pottery.