Yes, it’s that time of year again to research and apply for craft and design events, especially the best ones for Christmas!

The Design Trust has done the hard work for you … and we have selected the best craft & design selling events in the UK in 2022, with the event dates and their application deadlines too.

We recommend that you do some research and before you apply to these craft and design fairs to see if they are a good fit for you and your business. It’s always a good idea to visit the events (if at all possible) before you apply.

Beautiful & Useful, Sussex Prairies, near brighton

Dates: 17 – 18 September, 2022.

Event details: A boutique craft fair held in inspiring settings around the country. First held at the Garden Museum in London and now expanded to the beautiful gardens of Sussex Prairies in Henfield, near Brighton. Each fair sees a maximum of 24 of the country’s finest designer-makers selling a wide range of handmade ceramics, textiles, basketry, jewellery and more.

Stand prices: From £175

Where to apply: www.beautiful-useful.co.uk and email [email protected]

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2022

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Beautiful & Useful at Sussex Prairies (Sarah Angel Photography)

Celebrating Ceramics, Waterperry Gardens, oxford

Dates: 15 – 17 July 2022

Event details: A festival of ceramics showcasing the very best in the world of contemporary ceramics where visitors can meet, engage with and purchase from a diverse selection of makers including some of the contestants from The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Stand Prices: From £700.

Where to apply: On the Celebrating Ceramics website

Deadline for applications: Applications now closed but will accept interest in cancellation spaces.

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Celebrating Ceramics at Waterperry Gardens

contemporary craft fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

Dates: 26 – 29 August 2022

Event Details: A mixed discipline contemporary craft fair held in carpeted marquees within the gardens of Hyde Hall near Chelmsford in Essex.

Stand Prices: From £600.

Where to apply: on the Craft in Focus website

Deadline for applications: No official deadline but early application is advised.

contemporary craft fair, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Dates: 9 – 13 November 2022

Event Details: A mixed discipline contemporary craft fair held in carpeted, floored and heated marquee within RHS Garden Wisley, near Woking held alongside a Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair held in an adjacent building. 

Stand Prices: From £1500.

Where to Apply: on the Craft in Focus website

Deadline for applications: No official deadline but early application advised.

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Contemporary Craft Fair, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Contemporary Craft Pavilion with the Flower Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

Dates: 3 – 7 August 2022

Event Details: A small mixed discipline craft event representing the best of UK contemporary craft held in a floored and carpeted pavilion within the Flower Show at RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford in Essex.

Stand Prices: From £500.

Where to apply: on the Craft in Focus website

Deadline for applications: No official deadline but early application advised.

Country Living Summer Shows, Various Locations

Dates: RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival (4th – 9th July), RHS Tatton Park Flower Show (20th – 24th July), Burghley Horse Trials (1st – 4th September)

Event Details: Country Living Pavilions at various events around the UK offer the opportunity for visitors to shop from hand-picked artisan makers and small businesses. All the events also make a wonderful day out in beautiful surroundings.

Where to Apply: https://www.countryliving.com/uk/out-and-about/country-living-fairs/news/a477/country-living-shows-events/

Deadline for Applications: No official deadline

Country Living christmas fairs, Various Locations

Dates: London (9th – 13th November), Glasgow (17th – 20th November), Harrogate (1st – 4th December)

Event Details: Country Living Christmas Fairs feature a festive line-up of hands-on workshops, talks from County Living experts, seasonal inspiration, decorating ideas and wonderful shopping from talented designer makers.

Where to Apply: https://www.countryliving.com/uk/out-and-about/country-living-fairs/news/a477/country-living-shows-events/

Deadline for Applications: No official deadline

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Country Living Christmas Fair

Craft Festival Cheltenham at Christmas

Dates: 26 – 27 November 2022

Event Details: A new event for Cheltenham. A curated collection of 100 makers presented in the beautiful surroundings of Cheltenham Town Hall. Accompanied by a full programme of festive workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities and in-house café.  

Stand Prices: From £430 + VAT

Where to Apply: www.craftfestival.co.uk

Deadline for Applications: April 2022

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Craft Festival Cheltenham

crafT FEstival bovey tracey, devon

Dates: 17 – 19 June 2022 (9-11 June, 2023)

Event Details: One of the UK’s largest, most loved and prestigious craft events, set in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon. Representing a curated collection of over 200 contemporary makers plus a full programme of workshops, demonstrations, talks, family activities, street theatre, live music and street food. 

Stand Prices: From £470 + VAT (StartUP from £270 +VAT)

Where to Apply: www.craftfestival.co.uk

Deadline for Applications: Applications now closed for 2022 but will open in September for 2023 with deadline Friday 2 December, 2022

Crafty Fox Market at We Out Here Festival, Cambridgeshire

Dates: 24 – 28 August, 2022

Event Details: We Out Here festival is a Worldwide family gathering brought to you by DJ Gilles Peterson. 2022 is the 3rd year of the festival and the 2nd time that Crafty Fox Market has had a presence there.  It takes place on a beautiful site 20 mins north of Cambridge, in Abbotts Ripton. The capacity is in the region of 15,000 and the crowd is varied with all ages represented. The trading hours are from 2pm – 6pm on Thursday 25th Aug and 11am – 6pm from Friday to Sunday.

Stand Prices: From £300

Where to Apply: https://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk/we-out-here-2022

Deadline for Applications: Open now until 15 June 2022

decorex, the international interior design event, olympia, london

Dates: 9 – 12 October, 2022

Event Details: A high-end interior design exhibition which has bought together the best of the design community each year for 43 years. Decorex hosts the industry to connect with one another and be inspired by the beautiful products on show.

Stand Prices: From £400 per square metre

Where to Apply: https://www.decorex.com/en/apply-to-exhibit.html

Deadline for Applications: Open now

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Desire at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair, RHS Garden Wisley, WOKING

Dates: 9 – 13 November 2022.

Event Details: A silversmithing and jewellery fair held in the Hilltop Building within the RHS Gardens Wisley.  This event is held alongside a mixed discipline craft fair held in an adjacent marquee.

Stand Prices: From £1200

Where to apply: On the Desire Jewellery website

Deadline for applications: No official deadline but early application advised.

Frome Independent Market, somerset

Dates: Monthly

Event Details: An outdoor, monthly street market. which spans the whole of Frome town centre and attracts around 80,000 people per year. There is space for over 200 traders each month across 6 sections; designer-maker; flea market; homes and gardens; street food; food producer and suitcase traders.

Stand Prices: From £55

Where to Apply: https://thefromeindependent.org.uk/trade-with-us/

Deadline for Applications: Open Applications

Goldsmiths’ Fair, London

Dates: 27 September – 9 October, 2022

Event Details: The primary destination to discover the finest jewellery and silversmithing in the UK today. Visitors browse and learn about over 130 master craftspeople making extraordinary pieces, available to purchase directly from them at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.

Stand Prices: From £1100

Where to apply: on the Goldsmiths’ Fair website

Deadline for Applications: Monday 28 February 2022

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Kayo Saito Jewellery Designer for Goldsmiths Fair

great northern contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF), Victoria Baths, Manchester

Dates: 13 – 16 October 2022.

Event Details: Now in its 15th year, GNCCF Manchester is the most prestigious selling fair for contemporary craft in the North of England. It features over 150 selected makers from new graduates to seasoned professionals selling a diverse range of crafts direct to the public and trade..

Stand Prices: GNCCF has a range of stand options from table tops/space only from £220+VAT to shell scheme stands from £330+VAT. Stands are subsidized for new makers in business less than three years.

Where to Apply: www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 February 2022

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Victoria Baths, Manchester

GNCCF online CHRISTMAS Edition

Dates: 3 – 4 December, 2022.

Event Details: An online selling fair for 60 selected makers. Each maker gets a shop window featuring 8 products to “Buy Now” and link to their full collections in their online store. A great opportunity to raise your profile online under the GNCCF brand and showcase your work to their discerning audience.

Stand Prices: Participation fee is £75+VAT

Where to Apply: www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 February 2022

Handmade Chelsea The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair , chelsea old town hall, london

Dates: 11 – 13 November, 2022.

Event Details: One of the most established and longest running events in the UK craft calendar, featuring the very best of over 100 UK-based contemporary designer makers, both established and emerging, This year, Handmade Chelsea will be celebrating fifteen years and will take place in the form of a dual-model. Those taking part will be able to do so both in-person at Chelsea Old Town Hall and/or digitally through a dedicated online platform..

Stand Prices: From £350 per square metre

Where to Apply: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk

Deadline for applications: None stipulated

Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival , WATERPERRY GARDENS, OXFORD

Dates: 23 – 26 June, 2022.

Event Details: A lovely outdoor event showcasing hand-crafted work from over 120 independent makers with workshops, craft demonstrations, and an engaging talks programs.

Stand Prices: From £330 per square metre

Where to Apply: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk

Deadline for applications: None stipulated

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MADE BRIGHTON at ST BARTHOLOMEW’S CHurch, Brighton

Dates: 25 – 26 November, 2022.

Event Details: This craft show is a little different in that whilst still showing the best makers in the country, it is a down to earth ‘Village Hall’ two day, table-top selling event. Perfect for Christmas shoppers.

Stand Prices: From £269 + VAT

Where to Apply: https://www.madebrighton.co.uk/

Deadline for Applications: None stipulated

nourish festival, bovey tracey, devon

Dates: Saturday 10 September 2022.

Event Details: A one day festival dedicated to food, craft and music. Set in the streets and various venues of the Dartmoor town of Bovey Tracey. Nourish Craft Fair is curated by Craft Festival and forms an important part of Nourish.

Stand Prices: From £85

Where to Apply: www.nourishfestival.org

Deadline for Applications: Monday 28 February 2022

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London

Dates: 6 – 9 October 2022

Event Details: The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most successful textile exhibition in the UK. In 2019, the show attracted 28,000 visitors, all of whom are committed crafters and textile enthusiasts who visit for inspiration and to shop.

Where to Apply: https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/exhibitor-information/

Deadline for Applications: No official deadline


Did you find this post with the best craft & design fair dates and deadlines useful? Did we miss out your favourite craft fairs or design events? Then do let us know in the comments box below. We will try to keep this post as up-to-date as possible with new events being added later in the year when hopefully Covid restrictions are eased.

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