Love Local at Belton House

Love Local events at Belton House, Lincolnshire

We’re delighted to include products from a number of local suppliers in our Gift Shop. We’re hosting a series of Love Local events on consecutive Saturdays in July and August.

The events will showcase the work of six specialist suppliers, with a chance to meet them in person and see a wider range of their work and produce. 

Each Love Local day will feature a different one of the six chosen suppliers, who will be on hand in the Gift Shop between 11 am and 5.30pm to meet visitors and explain more about their work and the processes involved. A promotional discount will be available for the products showcased on each day.

The featured suppliers, their products and the date of their specific event are outlined below.

Wonderland Glass – Saturday 21 July

Alice Hounslow first started working with glass when at Downside School, in Somerset. She quickly fell in love with its versatility and uniqueness and was keen to learn additional techniques. She graduated from Sunderland University in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Glass and Ceramics.

Meet Alice Hounslow at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 21 July 2018
Love Local shopping event at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Saturday 21 July
Meet Alice Hounslow at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 21 July 2018

Alice bought her first kiln and set up her business Wonderland Glass in 2012 creating handmade, unique and individual pieces. She has a growing collection of jewellery, home décor, homeware and much more.

Alice is happy to take commissions and can create pieces in a variety of colours, shape and size.

The Machine Gun Corps at Belton House – Saturday 28 July 

In 2012, Channel 4 television’s ‘Time Team’ revealed additional evidence of an extensive and significant army camp in Belton Park. It was established in 1914 and became the main depot and training centre for the newly formed Machine Gun Corps (MGC) from October 1915.

Meet Belton's research group at the Love Local event on Saturday 28 July 2018
Love Local shopping event at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Saturday 28 July
Meet Belton's research group at the Love Local event on Saturday 28 July 2018

The full story of the MGC at Belton and the thousands of men that passed through its gates was far from clear however, and there was only limited information in Belton’s archives.

To mark the centenary of the founding of the MGC and its headquarters at Belton Park Camp, a dedicated group of volunteers began a two-year project to find out more. This book provides a fascinating insight into camp life, its railway and hospital, personal connections and its impact on the town of Grantham.

Meet members of the research group that compiled the book and find out more. 

Fragranced Soy Wax Candles – Saturday 4 August

SF Crafts is a small local business making natural soy wax candles. It loves experimenting with new fragrances. The candles are  100% plant based and natural, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable with no petroleum products.

Meet Sally Fraser at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 4 August 2018
Love Local shopping event at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Saturday 4 August
Meet Sally Fraser at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 4 August 2018

All candles are fragranced with specially made candle fragrances, which are safe to burn giving a lovely scent when lit. They will burn for approximately 24 hours.

The Artisan Honey Company – Saturday 11 August

All the artisan honey comes from the family’s own hives or is selectively sourced from like-minded independent beekeepers. This ensures the honey is direct from the hives with minimum interference, just as nature intended.

Meet The Artisan Honey Company at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 11 August 2018
Love Local shopping event at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Saturday 11 August
Meet The Artisan Honey Company at Belton's Love local event on Saturday 11 August 2018

Honey is unique in the fact that it has natural preservatives so requires no additives. The hives are distributed in the Lincolnshire countryside, giving the bees access to a wide range of foraging areas. There are several hives on the Belton Estate.

The company aims to work with the bees to ensure they are rewarded for the honey they produce with the best conditions and care that can be provided.

Mad About Nature Soaps – Saturday 18 August

Mad about Nature is a small local family business passionate about handmade soaps. It uses the traditional cold processed method to retain all the goodness and natural moisturising qualities of glycerine.

Meet Mad About Nature at Belton's Love Local shopping event on Saturday 18 August 2018
Love Local retail event, Belton House Lincolnshire, Saturday 18 August
Meet Mad About Nature at Belton's Love Local shopping event on Saturday 18 August 2018

Only fresh, natural ingredients such as pure essential oils, dried herbs and flowers along with cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil are used in the making of these beautiful soaps.

No artificial ingredients or unnecessary chemicals are added to produce colour or fragrance.

Barry Kerr Photography – Saturday 25 August

Barry spent his childhood in Lancashire and now lives close to the historic city of Lincoln. His interest in photography was first sparked when sailing through the Fjords of Norway. 

Meet Barry Kerr at Belton's Love Local event on Saturday 25 August 2018
Love Local shopping event at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Saturday 25 August
Meet Barry Kerr at Belton's Love Local event on Saturday 25 August 2018

He has since travelled the length and breadth of the UK, from the stunning landscapes of Scotland to the natural beauty of the Cornish coast.

Barry’s photography, in black and white and colour, covers all genres, from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife and portraits. His prints are individually signed and include a description of the image. 

Barry accepts commissions and provides a mounting and framing service.