Craft lovers will be delighted to learn that tickets for The Handmade Fair are now on sale for September 2016! Having gone from strength to strength, Kirstie Allsopp’s three-day fair is back for its third consecutive year between 16-18th September on The Green at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey.
I’ve gone along with my sister for the last two years, and it is invariably always a fun day out. You can read about my experiences at the inaugural event in 2014 here, and also at last year’s event here.
As with previous years, your ticket price (£32) grants you access to 1x Grand Makes, 1x Skill Workshop, and 1x Super Theatre session, and additional Skills workshops (spanning Accessories, Celebrations, Home & Garden, and Upcycling) can be purchased on the day (subject to availability). You can also roam the shopping tents that are not to be missed – especially if you’re a sucker for crafts like me.
Planning your schedule is always the hardest part of any Handmade Fair, especially if you’re going in a group, as everyone will want to do different things, and sometimes the things you want to do will clash, resulting in the dreaded ‘compromise’. This year, I’ll be going with my sister on the Friday. This also happens to be the day before her birthday, so we’ll have to find some cake at some point!
This is our proposed schedule for the day:
- 10.00 – 10.40: GRAND MAKES: Toadstool Magic with Quilting Antics
- 11.30 – 12.30: SKILLS – Home & Garden: Mug painting with The Lovely Drawer
- 13.00 – 14.00: SKILLS – Celebrations: Confetti Crackers with Zeena Shah
- 14.00 – 14.45: SUPER THEATRE: Kirstie Talks to Crafts Council (Annie Warburton)
- 16.00 – 17.00: SKILLS – Home & Garden: Clay Hanging Hearts with Elit Tile Design
I’m really looking forward to the mug painting with Teri from The Lovely Drawer, as she writes a blog that I’ve long admired, and the sneak preview looks really cool. I was also really tempted by the ‘Painted Biscuits’ with Natasha Collins of Nevie Pie Cakes, but my sister and I had to concede that our biscuits would probably never look quite as good as Natasha’s, and it would be a shame to eat them!
If you’re thinking about going this year, do look out for offers from the Hobbycraft Club, and also from The Handmade Fair if you subscribe to their newsletter. That way you should get the Full Experience ticket for £24. Let me know what day you’re going, and what activities you’re planning on doing?
Hope to see you there!