A RANGE of creative talents centred on the village known as the “Gateway to Teesdale” have been drawn together for a special pre-Christmas event.

Visitors will find unique gift solutions in Gainford at the Winstonberry café and delicatessen on the village’s High Green on the evening of Thursday, November 7.

About 40 per cent of the items on sale feature the work and skills of local designers and makers.

The café, run by mother and daughter Dawn Wilson and Chloe Wright, is growing in popularity for its food, drinks, deli products and crafted gifts.

Dawn said: “We will be offering some delicious samples of produce available in the deli, perhaps even a gin or two.

“Several of our wonderful artists and makers will be joining us and there will be exclusive on-the-night offers too.”

The café will remain open throughout the 5pm to 8pm event, serving cakes, homemade scones, and coffee and tea.

Dawn said: “Our gift shop started as a small aside to the café, however, having received such a fabulous response, we have expanded to include local artists, designer makers and most recently, through the deli, a range of artisan products including jams, chutneys, local cheeses and more.

“Many of our designers are from Darlington, Teesdale and Weardale areas.”

Dawn said: “We have many loyal customers who return to us again and again, often picking up items when they've just popped in for a coffee. They love that we offer unusual products and one-off pieces, so our stock is always changing.

"We are thrilled with how things have developed. Having opened less than 18 months ago, we are growing and developing all the time.

“Many people are surprised and thrilled to stumble across us in a small village, off the main road, so we have become what they call a ‘hidden gem’.

“The Winstonberry team look forward to welcoming lots of eager festive shoppers on the evening.”

The village green location offers free parking with easy access to the café via ramp or steps from the lower level.