The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth.
The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more.
Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor and purchaser, helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
Personally fun fairs are not my cup of tea...but Pinner fair has been in existence since the 14th century 700 hundred years ago it has a royal charter for anything to be going that long has a lot going for it originally set up for farmers to sell their live stock and produce and men used to go there to pick up work it was the most important event of the year the story goes...everyone would gather the evening before to witness the rush in At six oclock a police sergeant would blow his whistle and everyone would rush into the parade ... read more >
Over the years we have added several new ways for people to find listings added by members. The most recent is the Craft Directory. The Craft Directory pulls all the different listing types together into one easy to navigate list. When you first enter the directory, you will see the countries and categories, along the top. Click on the link you want to follow and away you go. Then select a region, county and down to town level. We have pulled everything together so that we can focus on some new functionality, to help visitors ... read more >
Your blog is like hungry children, waiting to be fed... and of course needs to be fed. At times there doesnt seem to be anything to write about but once you have written one blog you feel it needs to be fed. I love history... and along with another love of mine craft and with the launching of loadofhay in Pinner Village I would love to give you an insight into Pinner and notable people who was in residence... Pinner is centuries old, once a hamlet of medieval Harrow, records showing a church was here in 1230 the notable people... ... read more >
So here it is. The launch of another craft market. This time in beautiful Pinner. Pinner Village with loadofhay craft market on the 28th October. Not the easiest thing to do right? A number of emotions sweep over me. I tell myself I have done this before predominantly I feel elation it really is an exciting time. This no doubt will be fun and very fulfilling as another creative venture. Curation..de jour ... process of selection getting the right balance, variety, a mixed bag, eclectic! Call it what you want, its got to be right. ... read more >
When you add or link to events you are attending, you can print out an A4 poster to put up on notice boards, in shop windows or hand out to customers. The best part about it, is you donít need to do anything more than just print it out. We pull in your main image, business name, biography, and in addition, up to seven items from your shop window. The page will list up to six events. All you need to do is: log in, go to the referral page, click the link to the A4 leaflet then print. This is a fully automated service, aimed ... read more >
STUFFY! UNINSPIRING! This is how a craft market might have been seen once... People might have conjured up an image of unflattering jumble sale type events!!! Un-drinkable tea from polystyrene cups come to mind, Crafters now THANKFULLY are a new breed, markets popping up all across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and not forgetting fair trade craft and produce with crafters being very skilful in their chosen craft and producing exceptional work all made with love. Craft Market are now very high in peoples estimation getting ... read more >
Have you ever had moments when you have time after all the administration is done the mundane chores are once again finished when you collect all your thoughts thinking about this and that, at the moment I am looking at images of all you very talented people your expertise, from the science of producing those heavenly aromatic soaps and candles to the intricacies of different components of an earring or bracelet the expertise of turning wood making delicious creamy fudge, gorgeous casmere garments just to mention a few but all deserving ... read more >
Pinnora!!! your saying... a hill surrounded by oak trees Pinner derived from this word you can imagine a quiet hamlet which Pinner once was on a hill surrounded by beautiful oak trees now a village a large community living and working here and the surrounding areas lots of small businesses a community that gets involved with all the events and there are lots... which take place in Pinner Village a thriving bustling high street a village hall where amazing amateur productions are shown and a wonderful craft market once a month will ... read more >
What is craft ? Something that has been made with love? an object of beauty? ethical? uniqueness? loadofhay is filled with items with these descriptions and more, our prices are lower than most craft markets but we strive to make sure our standards are not our exhibitors price and quality of their craft with their approach to customers make sales... Are there still people that prefer Individuality rather than mass produced goods? I am sure there are, our exhibitors go out of their way to bring crafts which are not available on ... read more >
We are demonstrating some green woodworking and exhibiting / selling our pieces at the kind invitation of Mayfield Lavender Farm on Thursday 26 July from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Set amidst 25 acres of stunning lavender in full bloom in Surrey, the lavender farm is itself a major attraction with its own features for all ages to enjoy including shop, cafe, walking the beautiful rows of lavender and tractor rides. So a delight for us to be in this setting and our gazebo will be close to the cafeteria tables. Entry to the farm £2 per person ... read more >
I am doing an in-depth look into colour based on the freshness of early Spring, through the hot reds and golden grasses of Summer, Autumns colours of old age to the neutral tones of Winter. Well look at natures colour palette and how there are several ways to get from one colour to another, how light and shadow can change a colour, tints, tones and shades and the importance of colour associations and harmonies. Orange is an intense colour, powerful enough to increase the oxygen supply to the brain and reminds us of the sun, fire ... read more >
As Im new to selling at markets and engaging with market organisers I searched the internet for listings, dates and contact information to attend markets. Thats when I found UKCraftFairs site, it seemed to be all I needed to do everything I wanted at the time. Since joining over three weeks ago I have been in contact with market organisers and booked in this years markets, sometimes through the site and sometimes by visiting their web site when I have had no response, its gone well so far. But something unexpected happened too, ... read more >