Preparations for the Great British Craft Fair are unfolding at speed as designer makers line up to join the new Christmas selling events, which are being organised by British Craft Trade Fair owner, Kerrison Exhibitions.
The three fairs already in the pipeline will showcase the very best of traditional and contemporary British crafts, designed to entice shoppers on the hunt for authentic handmade gifts and homeware that are guaranteed to be 100% made in Britain.
Up to 100 applications from designer-makers will be accepted at each venue, ensuring a curated showcase of a strong range of exhibitors, whilst the exhibition halls themselves have plenty of space to allow for a safe and comfortable shopping environment for visitors.
Available spaces are swiftly being booked and makers interested in participating should register their interest ASAP to avoid missing out.
Pictured above and below are some of the amazing British designer makers already signed up to participate, they include: Anna Cook Paper Art, Circle & Dash, Clock Quirks, Crafty Zebra, Dormouse Jewellery, Erum Aamir, Gaye Daniels, Holy Loch Pottery, Jemma Daniels, Jennifer Tetlow, John Townsend (top picture), Laura Pennell, Laurens Cows, Nicola Kevane, Phil Cook, Pippin Scottle Artworks, Quo Vadis Jewellery, Ruth Haldon, Sarah Perry Fine Art, Silver Kupe, Stitched up and Fleeced, The Loft Clay Studio, The Log Yard, Umbelifer and Wendy Bell Designs.
EventCity in Manchester will host the first of the consumer selling shows from November 20-21, followed by a second market at Wetherby Racecourse on November 27-28 – the start of Advent – and rounded off by a third event at the East of England Arena in Peterborough from December 4-5.
Three venues have been carefully selected to ensure the new events can serve proven affluent markets in the Northwest, East of England and Yorkshire, with each one being very easily accessible by car with lots of free parking. The shows themselves will provide a premium shopping experience for visitors to browse unique and show-stopping pieces for the home and garden, combined with beautiful gifts for Christmas.
Product categories will include ceramics, jewellery, textiles and fashion accessories, toys, woodwork, glasswork, metalwork, paper and print, fine art, furniture and home accessories, home fragrance, specialty food and other artisanal products.
Matt Miller, the owner of Kerrison Exhibitions said, “There will be no better place for consumers to do their Christmas shopping this year, as the appetite for locally-made British products grows bigger than ever and designers line-up to bring their wonderful crafts directly to market.
“We have an experienced team with proven credentials and knowledge about this world-renowned sector. Our expertise is in creating valuable and trusted platforms which makers can rely upon to promote and sell their crafts successfully. The events planned for this coming season have the capacity to safely host 2,500 shoppers over each two-day show, offering a fantastic opportunity for designer-makers seeking to make bumper sales ahead of Christmas 2021”.