Tuesday, 3 September 2013

What's on this Autumn/Winter?

It's that time of year again... my inbox is chockablock with details of different craft shows and festivals taking place in the run up to Christmas. Below is a brief summary of the main events coming across the UK this Autumn/Winter.

September 12th - 14th, Manchester***- This popular show has lots of exhibitors, free workshops/talks/demonstrations (everything from mixed media to quilting, paper crafts to lucet braiding) plus lots of special features including costumes from My Fair Lady and a life-sized knitted garden! A valid ticket to Creative Stitches & Hobby Crafts also grants access to the Women's Weekly Live show. Find out more/ book tickets here.

September 26th to 29th, Exeter***- over 180 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest products and gadgets at Stitch, Sew and Hobbycrafts and there will be plenty of experts on hand who aim to inspire your own creativity. You'll see an exhibit of giant textile books, walk through a knitted aquarium and view a selection of costumes from the Les Miserables film. There is also a 'Handbags & Gladrags' exhibit and the lovely Ruth and Belinda will be showcasing their latest projects too. Lots more details and ticket reservations can be found here.

September 28th & 29th, Skipton - This year sees the launch of Yarndale festival of craft and creativity. If you follow Attic 24, you will know about this event, but here's the low-down for those who haven't heard about it yet:
Held at Skipton Auction Mart, Yarndale is an exciting new venture which aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of wool, cotton, linen and silk fibres in all their forms. The event will bring together an inspiring mix of retailers, manufacturers, craft workers and artisans from all over the country who are passionate about beautiful yarns, threads and textile treasures. 

Find out more at the Yarndale website and Facebook Page.

October 10th to 13th, London / 31st October to 3rd November, Dublin / November 21st to 24th, Harrogate - The Knitting & Stitching show is very well known and  widely regarded as one of the premier textile and craft events in the UK and Ireland. It takes place in London, Dublin and Harrogate and there are a huge number of exhibitors and galleries showcasing various crafts. My personal advice is to go on a weekday if you can as it gets incredibly busy at weekends - I was unable to get close enough to some of the stalls I wanted to visit last time I went but there are some wonderful things to see and lots of vendors including some great yarn stores. You can find out more and book tickets at the Twisted Thread website and the facebook page

October 26th & 27th, Birmingham - Fibre Flurry is a fibre-arts based business which hosts this fabulous annual event. There are some really great exhibitors and tutors this year and a whole list of workshops including just about everything you could possibly want to learn about knitting and spinning - and I really mean it when I say just about anything - Norwegian purling, steeking, cables, spinning silk, beaded knitting and even digital camera secrets for knitters! You can book tickets here.   

October 24th - 27th, Glasgow*** / November 7th - 10th, Birmingham***- With over 200 exhibitors displaying their festive wares and gift ideas at Crafts for Christmas and Hobbycrafts, you will be sure to get into the Christmas spirit here! The exhibits include crafts, food and drink, gift wrapping and plenty of workshops as well as the Scandinavian Christmas market, which is a real treat. I heard some great feedback from last years show from some friends who absolutely LOVED it! You can find the full list of exhibitors and book your tickets here.

EDITED: For additional events in October and November and forward planning for Unravel 2014, please see What's On Part 2

The giveaway is now closed - check your inbox if you entered! 
ICHF Events who organise the events marked with *** have kindly offered FIVE readers the chance to win a PAIR of tickets to the event of your choice. To be in with a chance to win, simply leave a comment, stating which (OF THOSE FOUR EVENTS) you would prefer to attend if you win. Be sure to leave your email or Ravelry name so I can contact you if you are lucky enough to get a pair of tickets - the draw will take place on Sunday evening, 8th September. Good luck!


  1. I would love to attend the Crafts for Christmas event at Birminham. That would be amazing! My email is [email protected]

  2. One word: jealous!


  3. I'd love to attend the Glasgow event.

  4. Hello I would love to attend the Manchester event if I was lucky enough. My email is [email protected]. Many thanks for the chance. X

  5. I'd love to attend Crafts at Christmas @ Birmingham.
    SandraRum - Rav. I.D.

  6. Christmas has it for me too....given the choice, I would pick the Birmngham Christmas event....thank you!

  7. I would love to attend Fiber Flurry, thanks for the chance. Ravelry- Tinkhickman. X

    1. Hi Deb, unfortuntely that event isn't included in the giveaway, so if you're selected I'll drop you a line to choose something else :D

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