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Centre Update A’ The Airts


We just wanted to say a quick Hello to you and keep you updated. It certainly seems such a long time since we last saw some of you.

Our shop is open and we are desperate to open all of our facilities and welcome you all again to our café, classes and events. You may or may not be aware that we had to cancel our Easter School, and it is with regret that we are not able to have our six week Summer School for 2020. We had a very successful Summer School last year, and we were looking forward to welcoming the families back this year. Covid-19 has unfortunately meant it is not to be.

From Wednesday July the 15th there are easing of the Covid-19 restrictions. The easing means that cafes and restaurants can open from this date, with restrictions on distance in place. You will be aware that our café is cosy and our kitchen facilities are small. With this in mind, we have to put your wellbeing and that of our café staff first. This is of the utmost importance to us. We are disappointed to have to say that we will therefore not be able to open on this date until the guidelines on social distancing change.

We’re more than aware that the community may desire our full facilities to be open, however, we must think about safety and how we do this without risking peoples’ welfare.

We can only assure you we are working behind the scenes to plan how we open safely and what we can offer to the community. We are following the Scottish Government guidance in terms of health and safety. We want to ensure that the Centre is safe and has the enhanced cleaning in place, personal protective equipment, and physical distancing measures to ensure your safety before we open the café, classes and events.

Please keep following us on Facebook or look in the windows for updates www.facebook.com/A-the-Airts-Cafe for activities and updates.

We are open in the shop from 10am until 2pm, please don’t forget your mask, and we have sanitiser, screens and gloves in place if you visit. Please do not hesitate to contact Yvonne Barber (Centre Manager), who is currently working from the Centre, on 01659 50514 or email Yvonne.barber@atheairts.org.uk and she will be only too happy to help with orders for Knitwear or other items. She is available to answer any questions outside of these hours. As soon as things change we will keep you informed. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. Regards Yvonne Barber (Centre Manager)

About A’ the Airts

A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy wonderful refreshments and free WiFi in our café. 

Our shop is a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern knitwear and accessories – some exclusive to A’ the Airts – and a superb variety of wares from local crafters.

In addition, we have a number of facilities such as workrooms and a theatre / exhibition gallery, on offer.

To view and shop the full range of Sanquhar Pattern Designs, please visit the website.