Saturday December 15th
(Map and artist profiles at the AOH listings site)
Today kicked off with a walk along the seafront between the piers. The old fisherman’s workshops in the arches under the road opening onto the beach have been sympathetically restored and colonised by cafés and artists, many open all year round. We visited two neighbouring arches exhibiting in the Christmas AOH; starting with Little Beach Boutique . Featuring handmade glass, I most liked Suzanne O’Leary’s frozen blue slice of wave, complete with bubbles, capturing the spirit of the sea. Some very charming children’s felt character slippers from Charlotte Macey, too.
Then to 229 Ceramics , home to the work of a group of ceramicists. A great selection on offer; the silver birds, miniature egg cups for quails’ eggs and the polka dotted milk carton milk jugs all caught my eye.
Into town next, to Limited Editions  housed in Wagner Hall just behind Churchill Square. This venue houses work by users of mental health services and people with learning difficulties, and proceeds support skills and confidence building projects. They are joined this year by Dee Williams, stained glass artist who can create an impression of your cat in stained glass, and also specialises in renovating vintage stained glass.
Then up to Alejandro Martinez Art . Martinez is an architect and artist in pen and ink watercolour and computer print, specialising in animals, architectural drawings and landscapes. Loved the simplicity of “Beachy Head”, muted, delicate washes of watercolour and free flowing lines.
The Thistle House  Enjoyed tea and ginger shortbread on the sofa in front of the lovely fireplace at this warm and welcoming house. Liked the scented handmade candles in vintage cups and glasses’ fabric animal sculptures and printed bedlinen.
Finally today as the rain set in to Artbelieve , a tiny and very attractive flat housing contemporary work inspired by urban life and landscape. Particularly liked Daniel Doherty’s prints and collages and some teeny boxed hangings of bats and seagulls. PH