A pocket history of UKCraftFairs with a description of its current focus and objectives, plus testimonials.
We feel that the arts and crafts movement has helped to define a large part of the countries identity. Many of the famous names of the past were writers, painters, sculptures and makers of all kinds. This site is a celebration of that artistry, independence and entrepreneurship. Our aim is to help contemporary artists and crafts people in the UK to find a vision and realise those ambitions.
Arts and crafts people have been joining the site for more than 12 years, since the site was launched back in 2004. During that time the site has changed a lot and continues to adapt and improve based on feedback. The site has been at or very near the top of search engine results for key arts and crafts terms for many years. This coupled with word of mouth and shared advertising helps to attract hundreds of thousands of targeted visitors to the site.
The membership of the site, has continues to grow. To join thousands of active contributing members and become a part of the community, sign up as a member today.
“We believe in the UK arts and crafts community and our original aim was to build a site that helped that community to connect and grow. We know that the individuals in the community when grouped together can make a real difference.
Working for yourself in arts and crafts is a rewarding, challenging and exciting pursuit. If you are able to achieve success by doing what you love, then you may be rewarded with two of the most important things in life; time and the ability to say no.
We trust the site will serve you well. ” Michael Riley, founder UKCraftFairs
Attending arts and crafts events, both as customers and exhibitors, a question was often asked by ourselves and other people we met. Where can I find more craft fairs? Based upon such experiences, we decided in 2004 to create this Website. The site has since grown and we work hard to understand and meet the needs of people using the site.
We continue to find inspiration from others who share our passion to support the growth of handmade arts and crafts in the UK.
The site is designed for the UK arts and crafts community. Members can create pages promoting themselves and their work and communicate with each other through the site. Shared resources are designed to help people grow their business and find customers for their craft work or services they provide. Members do not need to be attending craft fairs but they do need to be promoting, supporting or creating handmade work in the UK. You can hover over the elements of the graphic below for additional information.
New members who add good quality listings and we feel are a credit to the community may be graded higher than other listings. This is a 100% manual process, where a member of the team reads through the listings and grades them accordingly. At the time of signup.
Hundreds of thousands of people visit the site looking for arts and crafts related information, like craft fairs to attend or courses to take.
Every time you purchase a work of art of a handcrafted piece you are helping to support this community. It is really that simple. You can not purchase directly from this site but you can find artists and crafts people attending events near you. As well as searching the site, you can also receive Craft Weekly. It is sent each Thursday and lists craft events that you might like to visit in your chosen region, during the week ahead.
Throughout the course of a year, members of the site list many thousands of events that they are both running and or attending. The site displays the events in three sections; craft fairs and shows where you can either buy or sell arts and crafts, courses and workshops where you can learn a craft and galleried exhibitions where you can views arts and crafts. In addition to those events, members often include a list of the events they are attending on their own page.
All members can list any craft related event they are running where there will be a significant number of handcrafted items on sale. For example craft fairs, craft fayres, craft shows, agricultural shows, county shows or country fairs where there is a craft hall or craft marquee.
Makers and artists list their details on the site, including pictures of their work. They may also be writing a blog and including a list of the events they will be attending.
We encourage quality suppliers of arts and crafts materials (locate in the UK) to promote themselves with a listing on the site. Suppliers can write a blogs, add events they are running (fairs, courses or workshops) and highlight any events they are attending. In addition, suppliers can add links to both there own website, social media sites and online stores. If the supplier has a shop they can include the full address and the site will include a map.
Our aim is to enable maker to find the supplies they need, who offer quality products and value for money prices.
People and organisations that own venues that are suitable for craft events and would like to attract organisers, add listings to the site. They often include events that they are organising along with details of the venue. All sorts of venues can be listed, like school halls, castles, village halls, stadiums etc..
Arts and crafts clubs, associations, guilds and societies are always looking for new members. They are a great way to meet like minded people, share ideas and get support.
Over the years, we have written a large number of pages about arts and crafts in the UK. These pages are all accessible via the publications section.
We are 100% focused on improving and developing the site further to help current and future members. We are always listening to feedback from members and improving and developing ideas.
This site has been a labour of love for over a decade and with the help, support and patronage of the arts and craft community will continue to be so.
“UKCraftFairs do not only advertise fairs they advertise courses as well. I have had quite a few people book on my courses from the UKCraftFairs website.“
“Being part of UKCraftFairs is excellent. We advertise all our events on here. We receive many requests for information“
“I have always found this site to be a frequent and reliable source of high quality exhibitors who will be booked if dates are still available.“
“It has been great as a trader, with many invites from craft organisers. Its also been great for my market, as many people have come across it and enquired about getting a pitch.“
“UKCraftFairs has given me my own shop front to showcase my jewellery, a blog to let people know more about me and my work, the ability to publicise craft fairs I am attending and much more. I have been invited to attend events as a direct result of this site. Easy to use, great source of information and great to be a part of.“
“Since becoming a member of UKCraftFairs I have found craft fair listings in Lancashire and N Yorkshire that I would never have found on a single web site. I have recently attended craft fairs and made contact with members of UKCraftFairs that has strengthened the client base of my business. I have also made business contacts on craft fairs.“
“As a disabled artist craftmaker and tutor UKCraftFairs is by far the best most accessable and important site for me to get my events and classes published and seen. it is also the go to site for looking to find local craft fairs and events :)“
“We have found that being members of UKCraftFairs has opened up many opportunities that we would never have known about otherwise. I have been invited to many different events, and although we have not been able to attend all of them, the ones we have have been too have been a real boost to our business. Personally, it is one of the best moves we have made.“
“Being a member means that my products are seen all over the country. Event holders can contact me easily, and I can find out about different events all over the UK. Messaging event organisers directly is a huge advantage and gets my name and product known. Being a relative newcomer to this, membership offers me lots of opportunities.“
“We have benefited from being a member by finding out about local craft fairs and easily being able to make contact with the organisers.
Its a great site and we enjoy looking at the other talented members profiles and hope to meet some of them and purchase their products at local craft fairs.
“Ukcraftfairs is very useful site for stall holder like me.It gives a lot of information about craft events and crafty people.
.Since I joined Ukcraftfairs, I had several interactions from event organizers asking me if I could possibly sell in their events.“
“My business has definitely benefited from being a member of UK Craft Fairs as it has given my passion a greater exposure. I have had many contacts via the website that have led to some great collaborations. The site is used as a research tool by many in the Arts and Craft world, looking to purchase quality work, or to invite makers to attend their fairs.“
“Since becoming a member I have benefited from exhibiting at a variety of craft fairs. Having access to venues and providers locally has enabled me to trade. The opportunity to include a shop window has raised the traffic directed to my other selling platforms. As a new crafter UKCRAFTFAIRS has provided a foundation to build up my own ventures and experiences“
“I have had people phone or email me for information on workshop availability. The craft fair section and blogs are both very good. I like to look at other genres occasionally too. My overall experience has been good, I am sure I get people looking on my page Wool n Felt UK on Facebook because of being on here. I do need to look at your scheme for Insurance.“
“This is an excellent site for making ones work known - Ive received invitations to exhibit at craft events since joining. I can also check to see what is going on locally in the way of craft fairs, and contact organisers to obtain more details and book space. A great help, particularly to craftspeople just starting out, who have yet to become established“
“I have enjoyed being a member of the UKCraftFairs site for a couple of years.
The Site is very easy to use and allows you to search for events in your area and contact the organisers directly.
You can also update your home page really easily and add items to your shop window.
As a member my overall experience has been excellent.“
“I joined UKCraftFairs earlier this year and have found it extremely useful for getting in touch with event organisers.
It is easy to use to find local events and to contact the appropriate people. Every person I have dealt with has been professional and very helpful.
I have found it extremely helpful and will continue to use the group to grow my business.“
“I have found the general information most helpful in planning my diary. It is useful to keep abreast of what is going on and the number or events in the local area. Although that said, I do feel that too many people are holding craft fairs and as a result the footfall at many drops.“
“I have found this site very useful for information. I like being able to have my own page to show what crafts I do but also being able to see other crafters around the county.“