Brilliant craft shows to get in your diary

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Whatever your plans are for 2024, you don’t want to miss out on visiting these craft shows! We’re big fans of craft shows, craft fairs and craft festivals. Visiting a craft show is a great was to get creative inspiration, stock up on your craft supplies, try craft workshops, visit craft exhibitions and even meet your craft heroes.

Going to a craft show is a whole day trip so take some time to book in the craft events that you’d like to attend over the next few months. To make it easier for you we’ve compiled a list of the best craft shows across the UK that are taking place throughout 2024 – and there's something to appeal to everyone.

If you’re wondering "are there craft shows near me?" then rest assured you’ll find one. We’ve selected over 15 craft shows taking place throughout the UK. From craft shows at the NEC in Birmingham to the legendary quilt fairs in Harrogate in Yorkshire, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you visit a craft show on your own to enjoy some ‘me time’ or you visit with friends, every creative crafter should put a craft show in their diary at least once a year so you can stay on top of the craft trends, try your hand at new crafts and enjoying being surrounded by other people that share your passion.

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Visiting craft shows is a great way to meet fellow craft enthusiasts and buy handmadeSolStock - Getty Images

It’s also satisfying to meet stallholders, put a name to the face of a designer or small business you may be following on social media and feel proud that you’re supporting them directly.

So take a look through our extensive list of craft shows below that are taking place in the UK in 2024 and get ready for a fun day out (or two!)


May

Craft Show: Living Crafts Festival, Hatfield
Dates:
9th-12th May 2024
Venue:
Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire
This festival is one-stop creative shopping experience, showcasing contemporary arts and crafts and celebrating the talents of British designer-makers. You can even commission artists, watch demonstrations and take part in enjoyable crafts workshops in a beautiful setting.

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June

Craft Show: Crafterama
Dates:
8th June 2024
Venue: Kent Event Centre
This month, the travelling multi-craft show Crafterama heads to Kent. Take part in make and take workshops and discover new craft techniques you may not have tried before like encaustic art and resin.

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Craft Show: Handmade Oxford
Dates:
21st - 23rd June 2024
Venue:
Waterperry Gardens, Oxford

A mix between a craft show and a summer festival, there’s a wonderful atmosphere at this event where as well as workshops and a programme of artist talks there’s an artisan food market.

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July

Craft Show: Exeter Craft Festival
Dates:
4 - 6th July 2024
Venue:
Exeter Cathedral
This three day craft extravaganza has taken place for over 40 years and in that time it's seen many crafts come and go! But all the classic crafts are represented. There's over 100 stalls to browse, a perfect tie into to a summer holiday visit to the South West coast.

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Craft Show: Craft On Crafting
Dates:
20th - 21st July 2024
Venue:
South of England Showground, East Sussex
If you love crafts, crafting classes, craft demos, craft supplies and great food then this is the craft show for you! It’s also one of the only craft shows in the UK you can camp at, motorhomes, caravans and tents are welcome.

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Craft workshops are often the highlight of visiting a craft show Maskot - Getty Images


August

Craft show: Contemporary Craft Fair, Essex
Dates:
23rd-26th August 2024
Venue:
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex
Come and discover British crafts at their finest at this annual event that brings professional crafters and craft lovers together to share in the joy of the handmade. You can shop for contemporary crafts and place orders for your own special commissions, ideal if you want to buy an heirloom gift for a loved one.

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September

Craft show: The Scottish Yarn Festival
Dates:
7th September 2024
Venue:
Dewars Centre, Perth
A knitter and crocher's dream, formerly known as the Perth Festival of Yarn, this is Scotland’s best contemporary yarn and fibre festival. Each year they're joined by specially curated independent businesses so you can explore and discover some of the most unique new yarns on the market that you won't find anywhere else. Look out for a programme of fridge events too including lectures from crafts experts.

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Craft show: Craft In Focus Contemporary Craft Fair
Dates: 12th-15th September 2024
Venue:
Hever Castle & Gardens
A craft show with a contemporary twist, this is an event where professional crafters can showcase their work and hobbyists can come along and get inspired. Meet experts, buy crafts directly from designers and enjoy a fun day out in a beautiful location.

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October

Craft show: The Knitting & Stitching Show (London)
Dates: 10th- 13th October 2024
Venue: Alexandra PalaceCraft fans travel worldwide to be at this epic show, which is one of the largest annual craft shows in the UK. Alongside stalls and specialist craft workshops there's the chance to meet craft guilds to see world-class craft exhibitions.

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Craft show: Festival of Crafts
Dates: 12th - 13th October 2024
Venue: Farnham Maltings
It's the 28th year of this special festival which showcases the work of leading makers and designers. Shop for one-off crafts includinghomewares, jewellery, ceramics, stationery, and textiles.

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November

Craft show: The Knitting & Stitching Show (Belfast)
Dates: 7th - 10th November 2024
Venue: Titanic Exhibition Centre, NI

For the first time, the legendary Knitting and Stitching Show is coming to Northern Ireland. Just like its sister shows around the UK, visitors can enjoy exploring cross stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, dressmaking, sewing, patchwork and quilting and all crafts in between.

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December

Craft show: Folk and Bespoke Artisan Craft Fair
Dates: 14th December 2024
Venue: The Leigh Community Centre, Essex

Enjoy a seasonal shopping experience while meeting the creatives behind the designs. There are over 40 stalls showcasing local crafted products, just in time to buy before Christmas.

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Get into the festive spirit with a visit to a Christmas craft showYifan Zhang - Getty Images

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