About UKCraftFairs

A pocket history of UKCraftFairs with a description of its current focus and objectives, plus testimonials.

Overview

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.

Established 12 years ago in 2004 - improving every day
Search engine friendly - shared advertising - word of mouth - referrals
Thousands of active members and growing every day

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.


The vision

“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


The inspiration

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 aims

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.


Featured listings

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.


Who uses the site

Hundreds of thousands of people visit the site looking for arts and crafts related information, like craft fairs to attend or courses to take.

  • Craft event organisers

    Promote the craft fairs, exhibitions, workshops or courses you are running both on the site and in Craft Weekly. Enable exhibitors looking for events at which to sell their arts and crafts work to contact you about booking stalls. Attract members of the public looking for craft events to attend as customers, or courses where they can learn the skills to create their own arts and crafts.
  • Arts and craft people

    Create your own craft exhibitor page to promote your work and engage with customers who are looking to purchase or commission handmade arts and crafts. Find craft events where you can sell your work and meet other members of the craft community. Find suppliers of materials you use in your work and learn more about what others in the community are doing.
  • Craft materials and services

    If you supply materials, tools or services to people working in UK arts and crafts, you can easily create your own craft supplies page in minutes. Promote your business, enabling arts and crafts exhibitors or organisers looking for what you supply to contact you. If you also run a real world shop you can include a map with useful information such opening times.
  • Clubs, associations, guilds and societies

    If you run a UK arts or crafts group, club, guild, association or society, creating a page on UKCraftFairs can help to promote it, raising awareness and opening communication with other members.
  • Craft event venues

    If you own or manage a UK venue, which is suitable for the running of arts and crafts events, promote them to organisers looking for places to run their fairs, shows, exhibitions, workshops or courses. You can easily create your own page in minutes, providing relevant details of your facilities and information for both organisers looking to hire a venue and event visitors.
  • Craft publications

    If you run an arts and crafts magazine or publish material of interest to the creative community in the UK you can promote them to a wider readership.
  • Customers, visitors or patrons

    Find exhibitors selling their arts and crafts, helping to support work handmade in the UK. Find craft events to visit and sign up for craft weekly, your guide to upcoming events in your region. Read blogs written by our members and guides to a range of arts and crafts. If you are inspired, find resources to get you started the business of arts and crafts.

Customers, visitors or patrons

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.

Organisers of craft events

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.

Artists and artisans

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.

Suppliers of arts and crafts materials

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.

Craft event venues

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..

Craft groups

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.


Craft publications

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.

You can read about your county or your craft, convert weights and measures, find out more about the business of craft, craft insurance and much more.


What can you expect in the future

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.“
“Weve made some great contacts through the UKCraftFairs site and will continue to use it. Its easy to use, practical and informative.“
“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.“
“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.
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“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 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 :)“
“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 have had a couple of bookings through exhibitors finding me and I has worked so far!“
“I have had a couple of bookings through exhibitors finding me and it has worked so far!“