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It's the annual 'Holt Lights Switch On' this evening, Friday 19th November, with the festivities starting at 5.30pm. Hoppers Yard has yet again been turned into a magical, winter wonderland and we look forward to welcoming you - we'll be open a bit later than usual!

The gallery is brimming with ...

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary to me :)

I first opened my gallery doors 5 years ago today (photo above) at 3 Hoppers Yard, Holt and moved into 1A in June 2019.

I would like to thank ALL my lovely customers for supporting a small independent business, especially during this last couple of years.


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Was very busy in the studio yesterday, creating these beautiful driftwood succulent planters for your home. You don't even need to water 🤗

Lots more in the gallery. All sizes. Some hanging. Put your wellies on, grab your coat and pop in and have a look.

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Been busy, in what has become, my Santa's workshop, creating all kinds of original and cool, art and crafts for you to enjoy. The gallery is bursting with one-of-a-kind mixed media art and crafts for your home and some FAB ideas for Christmas.


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Say good morning to Moby. He is the latest member of our driftwood family.

If you fancy giving him a new home, email me on


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Been busy as a bee in my studio, creating some beautiful new pieces for you to hang in your home. Each of these unique, one-of-a-kind hearts are made by hand and roughly measure 25cm x 25cm.

Pop in the gallery to see the whole collection ...

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Three guesses what I was up to in the studio yesterday? #christmasfever

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'Silence' driftwood plaque with beautiful quote by St Teresa of Avila (in the writings of St Teresa of Avila by Eugene McCaffey)

15.5cm x 60cm

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'However softly we speak, He is near enough to hear us. Neither is there any need of wings to find...

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This life-size, oneofakind, driftwood Christmas tree, complete with real candles, is going to look very special inside a coastal home or for someone that wants to bring a piece of the North Norfolk coast home.

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This tree has now SOLD.

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2 years ago
Really eclectic mix of art, so friendly and wonderful welcome! Definitely visit this gallery if you're in Holt! Some very tempting art to purchase! Love Tess's work too
- Carolyn B
2 years ago
A lovely little gallery in Hopper's Yard, one of Holt's charming 'lokes', Tess is always welcoming, occupying a small accessible space, where she sells a wonderful variety of original art work, both her own and that of other selected artists, as well as her own delightful and amusingly imaginative cards, with collaged images and messages for every occasion. Highly recommended and well worth a visit.
- Phil B
2 years ago
Love this quirky Gallery in Holt,something different , always enjoy calling in to see art work on display and lovely silver jewellery designs .i always find a nice mix, and great for gift ideas 🙂I have couple of the mixed media pictures ,looking forward to calling in again
- simone m

If you're looking for something a bit different from the mainstream but still affordable and handmade, then this is your one-stop shop ...

Tess Ainley Gallery is an independent, contemporary, artist-run gallery and shop, specialising in original mixed media paintings, art, crafts, driftwood sculpture, books, printed and handmade cards + postcards.

A great place to visit, if you are looking for something a bit different but still affordable, for the home.

You will also find other unexpected vintage treasures and antique jewellery, alongside the artwork.

The gallery and shop are in a small but tranquil and beautiful space, tucked away in centrally located, Hoppers Yard, just off Bull Street.

Tess is happy to post items you see on the website, anywhere in the UK or overseas and also welcomes commissions.

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1A Hoppers Yard
NR25 6LN
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat:10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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