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Top 5… Craft Events for 2015

There are hundreds of craft fairs and events running up and down our country, all throughout the year – with independent producers selling their individual, creative and interesting wares. From local fairs in your village hall, to internationally recognised events at huge venues – there will never be a time when you can’t find a different gift for your loved one, try a new skill – or find a new interest! Keep up to date with what’s on in your neck of the woods with ukcraftfairs.com. From looking around to source what exciting events are coming up – here, in my humble opinion – are the events not to be missed this year!


1. Further to my post about Kirstie Allsopp hosting the The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace (18th-20th September 2015) – there has also been a new announcement – that she will also be doing a Handmade Christmas Fair, to be held in Manchester 20th-22nd November 2015. Kirstie? Craft? Christmas? Sounds epic! Keep up to date with future information on Kirstie’s Facebook site here.


2. A bit closer in time – (only the week after next!) is the Renegade Craft Fair, April 11th and 12th 2015 at the Old Truman Brewery, London. What a brilliant venue (I actually did my final London textile design degree show here!) – and right bang smack in the middle of Brick Lane – make sure you browse a whole multitude of vintage clothing stores while you are in the area, and treat yourself to a good curry too! Brick Lane is renowned for good Indian restaurant, after restaurant, after restaurant…! Getting back to the very exciting fair – there will be over 100 independent crafty makers and bakers with goodies for sale, DIY workshops, installations – AND is free to attend – bonus!


3. Outlaw – ‘Celebrating the Handmade and Artisan’ – at The Passenger Shed, Bristol on 2nd and 3rd May 2015, also looks really, and simply – amazing. They have ‘taster workshops’, a ‘demo theatre’, ‘over 80 artisan makers’, a ‘supplier zone’ (ready for you to buy all the things you need to make your own lovely things.) This one’s got the lot! Bristol is such a vibrant, exciting city (it was the venue for my own hen do…!) with good bars, restaurants, shops, and with it being a Bank Holiday weekend – why not make a little trip away out of it?


4. Just up the road, in another of our wonderful cities in the UK – is the Creative Crafts Show 23rd-26th April 2015 at the The Bath & West Showground, Bath.”The show provides the perfect opportunity to gather inspiration, pick up some new materials and exchange ideas and tips to try at home. All types of crafts are catered for at the Show including paper craft, beading, ribbon craft and embroidery. There is something to suit any expert or beginner with a wonderful variety of workshops.” Sounds like it’s got it all!


5. Finally, going back to the Christmas theme (it is NEVER too early to start planning I reckon!) I couldn’t miss out the wonderful, and in my opinion – BEST – city of the North – Harrogate. The Country Living Christmas Fair from 3rd-6th December 2015. Tickets go on sale in May – and I think it has everything you could ever want from a Christmas fair! Craft Workshops, Food Theatre and literally hundreds of exhibitors. No excuses not to buy some nice presents this year!


So, get the dates in the your diary and get crafty! 🙂

Categories: Christmas, General Craft, Places to Go & Things to See, Top 5

Brackley Farmers Market

Well, another cold and grey day over the lovely Northamptonshire market town of Brackley. There have been quite a few of these recently. (Did anyone see the eclipse yesterday??) I said this in an earlier post – but where exactly is this thing called ‘Spring’? It seems to have gone A.W.O.L. I have also been feeling a little under the weather these last few days, and could do with a good hearty dose of sunshine to perk myself up!

This morning, I bared the cold and headed into town and to the market square to have a lovely mooch around our monthly farmers market. The local producers are here, come rain, come shine, come snow, come hail. Today they were like their own little ray of sunshine!

Being a market town, to state the obvious – it is just MADE for a market. The whole town just lifts when the farmers market is in situ. There is a happy hustle and bustle, people buying stuff not just from the standard supermarkets, supporting local producers, getting some tasty tucker and treats. Yes, there aren’t a HUGE amount of stalls, but there doesn’t need to be – a lot of markets I have been to offer very similar stuff across the stalls – providing competition yes, but not always new products. Here there is a wide enough range of stalls offering a nice selection of quality produce – from freshly baked bread from our local bakery, sumptuous – and absolutely delicious – cupcakes, delicate desserts, vegetarian, gluten free, coffee, beer, everything you would expect from a good market!

Each month, they run a new competition. Last month, I was extremely lucky to WIN! And, it was a whole (HUGE) hamper of stuff – worth around £70! Very lucky, very happy, and very full… There were cakes, cupcakes, bread, welsh scones, pies, chicken, beef, sausage rolls, cheesecakes, cheeses, scones, chutneys, relish, beer (and beer glass!), handmade soap… and a lovely hessian sack to keep it all in. I was definitely an over excitable foodie lass that day – calling my husband up listing all the produce we had to (couldn’t wait to!) consume! I ended up sharing with friends and neighbours too – share the wealth!

There is only one downside to this market – and it is that it is only on one Saturday a month! I personally am counting down til the next one on April 18th. In the meantime, I am off to enjoy a Saturday afternoon treat of a cupcake or two from the fabulously pink Wonder Kitchen!

Categories: Foodie Delights, Places to Go & Things to See