It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to visit a craft fair!

If ever there was a time to support local selling events, makers and artists it’s NOW! Retail sales are continuing to drop, so our small businesses and event organisers need your support and presence this Christmas.

We have compiled a short round up of art and craft fairs taking place across the UK from now right up until Christmas, in alphabetical order. Find the ones near you you and support your local talent and businesses.

Artists & Makers Fair, Lewes – 3 & 4 December 2021

This is such brilliant, local Christmas shopping event that really gets you in the mood for the season.

Artists & Makers was started in 2003 by a parent at Western Road School in Lewes who wanted to raise money for the arts in the school. The Fair has grown enormously since its beginnings and is now a successful and prominent annual fixture in Lewes’ calendar. It is still organised by a small, dedicated group of Western Road parents.

The fair sells work of professional artists and craftspeople whilst maintaining the overall ethos that it is a fundraiser for the school and not corporate or overtly commercial. The café’s prices are reasonable, and the baked goods are made by parents at the school. There is a children’s art activity each year, and the entrance fee is kept low. The vibe is fun, friendly, creative and community-focussed

Beautiful & Useful, Garden Museum, Lambeth, London – 5 December 2021

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Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden Museum, a deconsecrated church with a stunning, copper-clad extension and a Dan Pearson-designed garden, Beautiful & Useful at the Garden Museum offers the opportunity to buy direct from some of Britain’s best designer-makers in the fields of ceramics, wood, textiles, jewellery and more.

The ticket includes entry to the museum’s collections and the award-winning Garden Café will be open serving seasonal lunch, drinks and refreshments. A really enjoyable Christmas shopping experience. around.

Canopy Market, weekly in King’s Cross, London

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A weekly artisan market just off Granary Square in London, N1C 4BH

Under a Victorian steel and glass roof in the heart of King’s Cross, bringing a historic market hall back to life. Individually sourced, selected and supporting independent producers, Canopy Market brings together fresh produce, artisan food, designer-makers and artists alongside street food, craft drinks and music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Charleston Designer and Maker Fair, near Lewes – 27 & 28 November 2021

Beautiful Charleston House in the East Sussex countryside have gathered 30 of the best local designers, artists and makers to showcase and sell their creations. From hand-thrown pottery, one of a kind jewellery and children’s clothes, to colourful woven throws, artful Christmas cards, and stunning embroidery kits, plus much more.

Enjoy festive Italian-inspired wintery treats from the café Caccia & Tails, have your questions answered by the maker experts, enjoy free maker demonstrations, and get tips on flower arranging, creating a Christmas wreath, making your own wrapping paper and decorating your Christmas tree.

COUNTRY LIVING CHRISTMAS FAIRS, various locations & dates

The wonderful Country Living Fairs are back this autumn with three events across the country…

London : 10 – 14 November 2021

Harrogate: 25 – 28 November 2021

Glasgow: 2 – 5 December 2021

The shows offer a brilliant day out not only for shopping but also for home styling advice, for learning a new skill, finding a new passion, for enjoying delicious food and drink made by small artisan producers and for getting inspired for the upcoming festivities with hundreds of incredible seasonal exhibitors

Craft in Focus, Crowthorne, Berkshire – 29 – 31 October 2021

A great craft fair featuring around 80 makers exhibiting in this indoor venue. With live music, a fully licensed café and bar and a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more. All the details here.

crafty fox market, london, various locations & dates

Crafty Fox Market supports emerging designer makers and artists with opportunities to showcase and sell their work. They host quality markets in a variety of brilliant venues across London and beyond. They call their events Modern Makers Markets and this autumn these lovely showcases of modern craft and design take place as follows…

Sun 7th Nov: Christmas Market, Mercato Metropolitano.

Sat 13th & Sun 14th Nov: ONLINE MARKET

Sat 27th & 28th Nov: Downstairs at The Department Store, Brixton

Sat 4th & Sun 5th Dec: Christmas Market, Mercato Metropolitano

Sun 19th Dec: Christmas Market, The Crossing, Kings Cross

dazzle invites, online (& four days at London’s Oxo Tower Wharf) – 16 november 2021 – 9 january, 2022

The second edition of Dazzle Invites is a virtual exhibition showing a curated selection of contemporary jewellery by established and new makers, chosen for their high quality, unique and innovative designs. The online edition gives visitors the opportunity to shop their latest collections safely from their own homes this festive season.

There will also be an exclusive four day shopping event at Oxo Tower Wharf, London from 11 – 14 November, 2021.

Desire at RHS Garden Wisley – 10 – 14 November 2021

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Two events for one admission at this mixed discipline craft fair being held alongside a Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair featuring a diverse selection of fabulous contemporary jewellers and silversmiths at RHS Hilltop within the Wisley Gardens.

Browse and shop from a selection of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more. Full details about both events can be found here.

Festive Design Market, the V&A, Dundee – 6 & 7 November 2021

Curated by pop-up legends Tea Green Events, the V&A Dundee Design Market is packed to the festive rafters with covetable high quality design across a range of prices.

Featuring work from some of Scotland’s best independent designers and makers – and with some exhibiting in the city for the very first time – this is going to be a great event

Pick up all your Christmas treats under one roof and support Scotland’s talented designers and makers at the same time.

Handmade Chelsea – 12 – 14 November 2021

Handmade Chelsea is an established high-end craft and design fair that celebrates the very best of British craftsmanship. Featuring over 75 of the most exciting international and UK-based designer makers who work across a wide range of disciplines – from glass and ceramics, jewellery and fashion, prints and textiles, to sculpture and wood.

This year, Handmade Chelsea will take place in the form of a dual-model. For the first time, visitors can attend both in-person at Chelsea Old Town Hall and/or digitally through the show’s dedicated online platform.

little lustre, lakeside arts, nottingham – 5 – 7 november 2021

Lustre at Lakeside, is an contemporary craft and design fair. At Lustre you can buy everything from artisan jewellery and bags to ceramics, glass and tableware. This year, the show is in a smaller, safer setting, where you buy or commission work direct from 40 of the UK’s finest established and emerging designer/makers, selected for the quality and uniqueness of their craft.

Entry to Lustre is free.

Made Brighton, St Bartholomews Church, Brighton – 26 & 27 November 2021

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Wooden Trees by Forge Creative

MADE BRIGHTON returns on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November from 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Set in the truly stunning St Bartholomew’s Church, MADE BRIGHTON here is a little different – it still shows the best makers in the country, but has a much more down to earth ‘Village Hall’ feel to it.
A two day, table-top selling event. It’s a dream for Christmas shopping!

Making Matters Fair, Farnham until 7 November 2021

Making Matters is an Art & Craft Collective of makers and designers, running community projects and collaborative exhibitions in Farnham. Their pop up exhibition at the Lion and Lamb Courtyard, shows the work of 20 artists and makers (ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, textiles) and is a wonderful way of supporting local community businesses.

Oxford Ceramics Fair – 30 & 31 october 2021

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Ceramics by Justine Allison

Oxford Ceramics Fair is a mainstay in the UK’s ceramics scene, and is coming back this October 2021 with a strong set of more than 70 of the UK’s finest makers of handmade ceramics.

It’s a chance to buy straight from the makers and support the ceramics sector. We can’t wait!!

Simply Christmas, The Creative Craft Show, NEC Birmingham 4 – 7 November 2021

Simply Christmas describes itself as ‘a seasonal dream’ with exhibitors showcasing exclusive ranges of bespoke and unusual gifts including glassware, jewellery, art, candles, ceramics, clothing and more. The show offers the chance to shop but also has workshops and demonstrations too.

And don’t forget the Digital Craft Festival too online 13 – 14 November 2021.

Please share in the comments below, any Christmas events you know of not included in our feature. Let’s get the word out about as many as we can!

One Response to “When is that craft fair? Popular UK craft fairs autumn 2021”

  1. Saturday 4th &Sunday 5th December
    “Midhurst Contemporary Craft Show – The Sussex Guild” https://thesussexguild.co.uk/sussex-guild-events/midhurst-contemporary-craft-show/
    Highly skilled designer makers of the Sussex Guild show a variety of superb, well designed and beautifully made crafts with exciting examples of batik, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, leatherwork, knitwear, patchwork, pewter, silversmithing, textiles, textile art and woodwork at the Rother College Midhurst.

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