uk craft fairs and events

This blog hopes to bring you info on craft fairs and markets happening in the UK.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Craftwerk London

23rd November, 12.30p.m - 6p.m

East London Christmas Design Market

East London Christmas Design Market is back with host Knitwear Designers Chezzle and V Louise alongside other up and coming Designers and Artists. It will be taking place on Sunday 7th December 11:00am - 5:30 pm at Rich Mix 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA . For more information check out Facebook at and Myspace events page and

Myself and a friend, Victoria Nicholls, have set up this market as an affordable platform for up and coming designers and artists to sell and promote their work. This is the second year running and we have stalls across clothing, accessories, toys, homewares, gifts and greetings cards.

the Star and Shadow Market

An art, craft & flea market on the 30th November from 11am - 4pm in the Star and Shadow Cinema, Ouseburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
There will be 20 stalls offering a diverse range of goods from craft sellers and second hand traders. There will be vintage bargains up for grabs alongside handcrafted jewellery, clothing, illustrations and photography, second hand music and books.
A few of the sellers we will have this time are:
Thunderheart - illustrations from Leigh Pearson
Stella My Star - handmade and vintage jewellery
Black Flame Books - second hand and hard to find books
Alan Edge - music promoter selling 2nd hand and rare vinyl
Doris Illustrated - handmade accessories
My design Made - bespoke t-shirts, accessories.
and loads more

We will also have some live music from ' Dirty Diamonds', and the bar will be open for hot and cold drinks and cake.
Money generated from stall hire will go to the upkeep of the voluntary run Star and Shadow Cinema.

This market will also be run alongside the Ouseburn Open Studios event, so there should be a free bus which will run from the city centre. Otherwise the venue is only a few minutes walk from Manors metro station, along New Bridge Street towards Byker.
The venue is wheelchair friendly and of course the event is free entry to the public.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

The November date for the Craft Guerrilla Chrimbo Designer Market is now set. Saturday the 22nd of November from 1pm to 6pm in Wanstead, East London.We need all you lovely designer makers, vintage clothing sellers and vintage record sellers. If you know any other crafty creatures then please pass on this email to them. If they are selling with us for the first time then I need a brief description and a few jpegs of their work. To apply for a stall please e mail me. Bookings open next Monday the 3rd of November.
So a little bit about the venue...
It's at the Wanstead United Reform Church main hall. It has it's own entrance, wooden floors and...heating!
Wanstead is a very nice part of town and the venue is located off the High Street between two tube stations so getting there should be easy!
It's a very chi chi part of town with quite an affluent population so here's hoping we can all sell a few more bits for Christmas and shower all those lovely shoppers with gorgeous hand made loveliness! I'll e mail all details,stall prices,relevant details etc. very soon and sorry that it's taken a while but the D.I.Y. craft nights have grown into a fun and fab event but taken a bit of time and planning!

Christmas BUST magazine is bringing its unique, alternative take on a craft fair to London and we are currently looking for the hottest UK makers to take part in this exciting event taking place on December 6 at St Aloysius Social Club. It would be great if you could post this up on your blog!
Yep, so it's a Craftacular! That’s a shopping bonanza running from 12pm until 11pm at St Aloysius Social Club in Euston, London, featuring crafters, classes, DJs, drinks and dancing. Down a pint as you learn to cross-stitch and work through your Christmas shopping list as you browse through hundreds of the best in handmade gifts and winter wares, from handbags and ornaments to jewelry and cards…

We have just opened the call for vendors and the deadline for applications is November 14, so get on it! Stalls cost £45 for a table approx. 150cm by 75cm.

To apply and for further info, please see this page:

If you have any further queries, drop me (Victoria Woodcock – editor of Making Stuff: an alternative craft book and Making Stufff for Kids by Black Dog Publishing) a line.

The sudio Craft Fait

Sorry have been really busy lately and haven't had much time to update the blog.

I have had this message from Liz Carter . . . . .

"We are a small charity and are holding two craft fairs at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool on Saturday 22nd November and Saturday 13th December from 10.30 - 4pm. Spaces are £10 each.

I would be extremely grateful if you could forward this to anyone you think might be interested in exhibiting.

Thanks, Liz Carter - Studio Manager
01429 424440"

Monday, 20 October 2008

The Living Market

The Living market returns for the 3rd year with winter markets held each sunday at Liverpool's Wolstenholme square, L1, from 11- 4pm.
Unique art and craft made locally for sale in the capital of culture!!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

WeMake London Christmas 2008

Manchester Craft Mafia Christmas Market

put the needle on the record

Join us for our second D.I.Y. craft night "put the needle on the record" on Wednesday the 22nd of October at The Castle (Eden Road/Grosvenor Rise East, Walthamstow Village E17,London). Come along and craft to crafty beats!
From 8PM. Free entry.
Guest DJs: including the ever so fab DJ-ing gang "crimes against pop " ,DJ VAO aka Miss Lisa Margreet,"Guilty Pleasures" bring your own love to hate records courtesy of the "handsome twins", D.I.Y. Craft* projects, in house tutors, selection of board games,Halloween treats and lots of FUN,FUN, FUN!!!
For more information and venue map visit
or our web site"

Downs Syndrome Association - Christmas Craft Fair

This year’s event will take place on Sunday 30th November from 11am – 4.30pm. There will only be 25 tables available to hire. Table costs this year are £15 each.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Tables will be sold on a first come, first served basis and I will notify you as soon as your booking form and cheque are returned. Please pass the information onto anyone you think may be interested in trading at our fantastic fair.

Friday, 5 September 2008

The Hollies Farm Shop is hosting Vale Royal's Food and Garden Festival 2008, on October 18th and 19th.

There will be food tastings, food sales, demonstrations, garden demos, plant sales, craft stalls, entertainment and eateries.

I'm going to be showing at this one, so I'm quite excited. For more information visit the website at

Handmade Oxford Fair



"For the solution to all your gift buying conundrums this year visit the Handmade Oxford fair. Organised by a group of designer/makers for small scale artisans like themselves, who create one of a kind items or limited editions; beautiful pieces, from jewellery to bags and everything in between.

At Handmade Oxford you will find everything from the just right gift to the potential heirloom for friends, family, or yourself: gifts in vogue, ahead of vogue, and certainly not on the high street."

We have a great range of stallholders already booked – from clothing, jewellery, bath and body, photography, stationary and paper, toys, textiles – and more!

We do still have the last few stalls to book. Prices are:

- Half stall = £17.50
- Half stall with insurance for this event only = £25.00
- Full stall = £35.00
- Full stall with insurance for this event only = £42.50

Currently, we are not taking any more applications for jewellery but all other kinds of stalls are still available – baked goods, potters, wood turners etc!

Please contact OxfordCraft [!at] for an application form, or if you have any other questions or queries!
You can also visit the flickr group…

If you are planning on coming along on the day, why not bookmark to keep updated

Monday, 1 September 2008

I'm sorry that i've been away from my computer for most of august and haven't had chance to add some information that has been sent to me for that month, I'm really sorry if I haven't mentioned your event.

Star and Shadow Market

An arts, crafts and flea market on the 14th September from 11am - 4pm in the atrium of the Star And Shadow Cinema, Stepney bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Less than 10 mins walk from Newcastle city centre. A cross between a craft and flea market there will be plenty of bargains available from 2nd hand and vintage traders as well as unique handmade goodies from indie designers. With 15 new stalls:
Heres a preview of whats in store:

Miso Funky - Handmade accessories
Richard Hall - Photography
Accordion Apparel - Funky clothes from independent designers
Doris Illustrated - Handmade vintage bags and art

...........and much more.

There will also be cakes and drinks on sale at the bar area. We will also have a live accoustic set from The Dirty Diamonds

A cross between a flea market & craft market, there will be plenty of bargains to be had as well as lovingly handcrafted goodies which you won't see on anyone else.

Not only id this a place to showcase emerging creative talent but it's also a fundraising event for the cinema (run by hard working volunteers), so you can feel like you're doing your bit, while you shop.

The Star And Shadow is at the top of Ouseburn Valley, opposite the Tanners pub at the city end of the Byker bridge, so not far from town. The venue is wheel chair and buggy friendly.

For further info please visit :

Monday, 28 July 2008

Grimsby Craft Fair

Craft Fair, all handmade items such as woodwork, artwork, greeting cards,
knitting, facepainting, phone charms, jewellery and clothing.

Saturday 2nd August 2008
10am - 2pm

Saint Augustine Community Hall
Saint Augustine Avenue,
Grimsby, DN32 0JL

Free admission, refreshments available, everyone welcome

For more information please contact:
Georgina Daines 07731683505,,

Saturday, 21 June 2008

WeMake London

Lots of etsy sellers will be selling fantastic homemade items in London this Sunday. More details can be found at

Date: Sunday 22nd June 2008
Time: 11.00am – 17.00pm
Where: Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street London, WC2B 5LT
Nearest tube: Holborn, Covent Garden

Handmade in Britain

Assembly rooms, Bath: 20th - 22nd June 2008

the Star and Shadow market

The Star and Shadow Market, 13th July - from 11am - 4pm in the atrium of the Star And Shadow Cinema, Stepney bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

An independent art, craft and flea market with 15+ stalls offering a diverse range of products from independent designers and artists as well as private traders offering good quality second hand and vintage goods.

You can find anything from beautiful handmade clothing and jewellery to rare vinyl, books and homewares, so its a great place to grab a bargain or pick up something a bit different and satisfy your individuality.

Entrance is free to the public, there will be hot and cold drinks available from the bar area and we will also have a DJ doing a set from 1pm.

The venue is located at the top of Ouseburn Valley opposite the Tanners pub and wheelchair friendly.

Less than 10 mins walk from Newcastle city centre.

The Star And Shadow is a volunteer run, community organisation somewhere between a normal company and a charity. Money generated from the cost of stall hire will go towards the up keep of the venue.

For further info please visit

or email

Monday, 16 June 2008

Robson & Mason Haberdashery

I have been emailed by a company Robson & Mason who sell a great range of haberdashery that they would like me to spread the word about.

"We have a Haberdashery and we support the Independent Artist, Students and Designer / maker by keeping our prices as low as possible. We are between 30-60% cheaper than almost everywhere else in the UK, and we ship Next Day Recorded for £3.95."
Sound good to me!


Clutter city market (DIY arts/crafts fair)

Please find details about a new DIY arts / crafts fair that has just started in Norwich
on the website

Next set of dates are:

Saturday 24 May 2008

Saturday 26 July 2008

Saturday 27 September 2008

Saturday 22 November 2008
Sorry for not posting for a while, I've been a bit busy lately and must apologise to those who e-mailed me about events which I haven't posted.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

"The East London Craft Guerrilla and Penny Fielding present...

(Sorry this one is a bit late and so the first date has gone, but they are on monthly)

"The East London Craft Guerrilla and Penny Fielding present...
monthly craft markets in the Beautiful Interiors shop garden.
Quality hand made goods,art, craft and more direct from the makers!
Come join us for the launch of the "First Edition" on Saturday the 26th of March
from 10 am to 5.30pm.
Free refreshments,fairy cakes and lots of merriment!
Our monthly craft markets take place every last Saturday if the month until September.
34 Orford Road,Walthamstow village,London E17 9NJ
T: 020 85090039.
Visit our web site for more dates and information"

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

London Craft Fair

Etsy seller The Birch Tree, is busy organising a craft fair in Covent Garden's Dragon Hall which is behind Drury Lane and High Holborn on Sunday 22nd June. It will be on between 11am and 5pm and will be hosting the work of between 20 to 30 craft makers.

For more information on who's attending or if you would like to help promote the event see

I will update with more information about the event closer to the date.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Horbury Village street fayre

21st - 22nd June Street Fayre Horbury Village, West Yorkshire

"A street fayre that has been in existance for 26 years, there are aprox 78 stalls selling hand made crafts and local produce. All the towns shops and public houses get involved in this annual event. We also have street entertainers and local majorettes together with our own Horbury Brass band.One of the highlights is a perfect location on the Horbury Church steps for local pop groups next to the Cherry Tree Inn such as the Ageing rockers and The Midlife Crisis ! "

For the latest information, visit "".

Monday, 18 February 2008

Glasgow Craft Mafia Indie Markets

Information SENT by Carrie Maclennan, about the GLASGOW CRAFT MAFIA INDIE MARKET

The Glasgow Craft Mafia Indie Market

Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow

Saturday 15th March, 2008


Following the success of last year's festive Indie Markets, the Glasgow Craft Mafia are excited to announce details of their springtime market event. Taking place on Saturday 15th March at Hillhead Library (Byres Road, Glasgow), the plucky collective of independent designers and makers will provide Glasgow's stylish, savvy shoppers with all the quirky handmade one-offs necessary to overhaul and revamp just about anything in time for spring!

This talented group of Glasgow based artists, makers & designers sell a range of unique, handmade products; from glassware, art & vintage inspired homewares; to bespoke jewellery, fashion accessories & luxurious bath products. Every treasure unearthed at the Glasgow Craft Mafia Indie Market is lovingly created by hand and embraces inventive methods of twisting & reworking traditional craft. With the current growing concerns of waste and recycling, buying handmade is becoming more and more popular. There's never been a better time to support your local crafters.

Proving that easy to find and affordable alternatives to high street chains and fast fashion do exist and proving that Ebay is not the be all and end all when it comes to searching out unique bargains, the Glasgow Craft Mafia challenge the preconceptions of craft and rid pastimes such as knitting, cross-stitch and embroidery of their stuffy W.I connotations! Set on promoting new-wave craft, DIY ethics and bona fide handcrafted work, the Glasgow Craft Mafia is working hard during 2008 to protect grassroots culture and independent creative businesses.

Hop along to Hillhead Library on Saturday 15th March between 10.30am-4pm to find out for yourself that a fresh & contemporary spring has sprung!

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

East London Craft Guerilla

Francesca, who's wonderful site's include, & www. , e-mailed me with information about a group called The East London Craft Guerrilla. They are made up of crafts people, artists and designers who make hand made original goods, and they will be hosting a number of markets through out the year. Check out the blog for more details

SPRING/SUMMER Craft Markets dates:

Held at Beautiful Interiors, Walthamstow Village, London
Saturday 26th April on from 10 am to 5.30pm
Saturday 31st May on from 10 am to 5.30pm
Saturday 28th June on from 10 am to 5.30pm
Saturday 26th July on from 10 am to 5.30pm
Saturday 30th August on from 10 am to 5.30pm
September date yet to be confirmed.

Events call for 2008!

It seems quite quiet after the Christmas build up, for craft events. So if your taking part in any events this year please let me know, and I'll be happy to put it on the blog.