THE Rheged Centre near Penrith will host its first ever two day Home and Interiors exhibition this weekend.

The free event will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, and is showcasing the work of home, garden and interior companies from throughout Cumbria.

Carina Lightbody, Rheged’s conference and events executive, explained: "The aim of this exhibition is to showcase the amazing skills and products in the county which can transform a home.

"With spring just around the corner and everything starting to brighten up, it is a perfect time to come along and get inspired for a new project or those finishing touches to the home."

Of the companies taking part, they include Whitemore & Thwaytes, proud members of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers; whose co-owner Maureen Whitemore has been involved in interior design and soft furnishings for 43 years.

There is a strong representation of furniture makers including Peter Hall & Son from Staveley - one of the leading bespoke furniture, cabinet makers and wood turners in the country, and a family business with 40 years experience.

Cumbria Oak, which specialise in oak furniture for the bedroom, lounge and dining room, and Daniel Lacey Bespoke Interiors, will also be attending.

For some unique extra features for your home why not come and meet Thuline de Cock, an artist and gallery owner from Kendal, specialising in striking cow prints, animal paintings and buildings.