THE UK's largest arts and crafts retailer is opening a new store in Newbury.

Hobbycraft will be opened on Tuesday, August 27 at 9am, and will be celebrating on Saturday, August 31 with exclusive offers and activities.

The new store at Unit 8A, Newbury Retail Park, will create 16 new jobs in the area.

On August 31, the new Newbury store will be opened by store colleagues, who will assist the Mayor of Newbury for the customary ribbon cutting.

The first 100 customers in store will also receive a free goody bag.

Store manager, Ashleigh Gray, said: "We're really looking forward to opening the doors to our Newbury store and share our passion for arts and crafts with the community.

"We've been working really hard to ensure that the store will be packed full of the most exciting crafting products, which will help our customers create handmade masterpieces.

"Our new colleagues are all dedicated crafters and are ready to inspire and share their knowledge with locals of all crafting abilities."