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 11 years, since the site was launched back in 2004. During that time the site has changed a lot and continues to addapt 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.
We now have a policy of not charging for pole position in our listings. New members who add good quality listings and who 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.
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 for free. 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 materails (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.
“UK Crafts has brought our events more contacts with both crafters and customers.
The interactions on the site have been most useful. I found the advice on setting up a fair absolutely invaluable. Generally I find this an expertly run organisation.“
Ros Sharman, Exhibitor - Ros Sharman Bead Jewellery
“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.“
Ann Lown, Exhibitor - Kayanne Kreations
“UKCraftFairs has been brilliant for us. Its easy to find craft fair events, and to contact the relevant person. We have been invited to events, and our products have been admired and recognised too! Its great for communicating easily, and to be part of the craft network.“
Nina Baker, Exhibitor - Buttons and Bows Hand Craft
“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“
Valerie Emmons, Exhibitor - Valeries Crafts
“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.“
Emma Watson, Exhibitor - Emma Watson
“Since joining, I have been contacted several times and asked to attend Craft events. I must admit, I do not fully use the site to my advantage as I have not got to grips with it yet. It has broadened my circle of craft friends.“
Pauline Cromar, Exhibitor - Button Craft
“This is a very useful site, well run and easy to use“
Pete Coneybeare, Exhibitor - Pete Coneybeare
“UKCraftFairs is the most amazing community of people who love Arts and Crafts. Since I joined I have been able to expand my passion for hand crafted goods into a bespoke service. Use the Blog tool to increase exposure.
Thank you UKCraftFairs for a great site and giving us crafty folk a platform to share our work with a whole community!“
Samantha rosa Leftwich, Exhibitor - SRLmadewithlove
“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.“
Anne Davis, Exhibitor - CranBeatha Jewellery
“I am quite new to being on UKCraftFairs site, I have found it very helpful, especially that I am holding a craft fair in July and I can let the public know on this site, that is great !! Also, I can see where other craft fairs are held. I highly recommend this site and encourage others to Join. Sue Beacham“
Sue Beacham, Exhibitor - darinecraftyshop
“To know exactly what is going on in the craft fair community, this is the place to be! No other website can give such a comprehensive list of craft venues or so much in advance“
Sandra Bean, Exhibitor - Squiddly Bean Aran Knitwear
“I have been pleased to be contacted by organisers of craft fairs, asking me if I would like to have a stall. It is very useful to have a list of local craft fairs for me to choose from.“
Jane Wallbank, Exhibitor - Rosydale
“By advertising my jewellery business on this website, it has helped me receive several offers to attend craft fairs that are local to me. It is also a great source to search for local events myself and has made it very easy for me to contact potential organisers. I think its a fantastic website and I would be lost without it! Thank you UKCraftFairs!“
Nicola Bradbury, Exhibitor - Nikkis Jewellery Box
“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.“
Gail Banham, Exhibitor - Gailbs handmades Gail Banham
“I am happy to be a member, because I had the chance to be contacted by market organizers and become one of their vendors in the shows! Thank you :)“
Sara Baruffaldi, Exhibitor - Mantra Design
“The list of events in my area is very useful to me and I often get contacted by organisers to attend an event.“
Daisy Papila, Exhibitor - Handmade Soap by Daisy
“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.“
Allie Perkins, Exhibitor - Bowbags
“I find the site very informative and easy to navigate“
Patricia Bacon, Exhibitor - Buttons and Bows
“Hi, I have booked a few Craft Fairs for this Year, if we would not have this Craft Fairs site it would be impossible, I have met lovely people, we started the fairs from March, so it is lovely.
Dana Norman, Exhibitor - I have been doing 2 or 3 Fairs With MyntImage
“I have benefited from becoming a member of UKCraftFairs.com by having access to Craft Fair Dates and making new friends“
Lynda Marshall, Exhibitor - Shore Things