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Arts and crafts in Essex

Essex (including Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Tendring, Thurrock and Uttlesford.) is in the East of England of England. It has a population of around 1,725,000 and covers approximately 367,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Middlesex, Suffolk.

County flag of EssexDating back to the Anglo Saxon period, Essex is among the oldest counties in Britain and with little locally available stone, many of the counties older buildings were constructed using timber or bricks. The county town of Essex is Chelmsford, where visitors to the local museum can see exhibits reflecting the areas history and heritage, as well as pieces of pottery and glass work. Colchester is considered to be the oldest recorded town in the country, pre-dating the Roman conquest, when it had the Celtic name Camulodunon. In Colchester you can visit Hollytrees Museum, which is located in a Georgian house and runs arts and crafts workshops, events relating to local history and has exhibits including costumes, clocks and watches. Performing arts venues in Essex include the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, Colchester Arts Centre, the Palace Theatre in Southend-on-Sea and the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford.

Ingatestone Hall is a Tudor house built during the 16th century and decorated with furnishings reflecting its history, such as paintings, tapestries and wood panelled walls. Coggeshall Grange Barn dates back to the 13th century, making it one of the earliest remaining timber framed buildings in Europe and exhibited within it are a number of old farming machines and tools. Visitors to the popular coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea can walk along the longest pleasure pier in the world, which is 1.34 miles long and stretches out into the Thames Estuary. Eastbury Manor House is an Elizabethan merchants house in Barking built during the 16th century and extensively restored during the 20th century. The house is owned by the National Trust, though managed by the local borough council and is used as a community heritage resource. Other attractions in Essex include Chelmsford Cathedral, Dedham Art and Craft Centre, Mountfitchet Castle, The Saffron Walden Gallery, Castle Park in Colchester and Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood.

CRAFT and DESIGN SHOW at RHS HYDE HALL

CRAFT and DESIGN SHOW at RHS HYDE HALL

RHS Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex

Thursday, 7 May 2020 (4 day event)

The Weald Park Country Show

The Weald Park Country Show

Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex

Friday, 8 May 2020 (3 day event)

Simply events...Autumn craft market

Simply events...Autumn craft market

Venture Centre 2000, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Beginners Sewing Course

Beginners Sewing Course

Elm Farm Studio, Little Tey, Colchester, Essex

Monday, 14 September 2020 (5 day event)

The Essex Country Show

The Essex Country Show

Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex

Saturday, 26 September 2020 (2 day event)

Essex Autumn Craft Food and Gift Fair

Essex Autumn Craft Food and Gift Fair

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Braintree, Essex

Saturday, 26 September 2020 (2 day event)

we are handmade early bird Christmas Craft Fair

we are handmade early bird Christmas Craft Fair

Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall, Essex

Saturday, 10 October 2020

we are handmade Christmas Craft Fair

we are handmade Christmas Craft Fair

Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Essex Christmas Fair at Cressing

Essex Christmas Fair at Cressing

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Braintree, Essex

Saturday, 7 November 2020 (2 day event)

The East Anglian Winter Fair

The East Anglian Winter Fair

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Chelmsford, Essex

Saturday, 14 November 2020 (2 day event)

Braxted Park Christmas Market

Braxted Park Christmas Market

Braxted Park, Great Braxted, Essex

Friday, 27 November 2020 (3 day event)

Simply events...Christmas craft market

Simply events...Christmas craft market

Venture Centre 2000, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Pywright

Pywright

Chelmsford, Essex

Pyrography is the process of burning a picture or pattern into wood or leather, possibly since man first discovered fire, by means of a ...

Nanny Bons handmade teddy bears and gifts

Nanny Bons handmade teddy bears and gifts

Harlow, Essex

I have made soft toys from an early age as a hobby and then went on to making toys for my two grandchildren. A great deal of people have ...

Bows by Mums Ks Craft Fairs

Bows by Mums Ks Craft Fairs

Leigh on Sea, Essex

Welcome Crafters. I have 2 sides to my crafting, I have my Craft, Bows by Mums and I have my Craft Fair Organising, Ks Craft Fairs. ...

PreciousPawsGifts in Aid of Rescue Dogs and Cats

PreciousPawsGifts in Aid of Rescue Dogs and Cats

Loughton, Essex

My aim in life is to help as many abused and abandoned dogs and cats as I can. My handmade bows and bandanas for dogs and cats are created ...

Heart with Love Ltd

Heart with Love Ltd

Woodford Green, Essex

Our approach to work is to create tailored and timeless gifts, objects and peaces of art with a signature elegant and profound style with ...

Gofluidart

Gofluidart

Chigwell, Essex

We are Gofluidart. We are husband and wife, Robert and Mandy, fluid artists and crafters, who love creating unique, bespoke and beautiful ...

Kool Kraft

Kool Kraft

Romford, Essex

We bring you one step closer to the world of handmade, in an era driven by industry. We aim to source unique, high-quality products that ...

Mae Kandoo

Mae Kandoo

Brightlingsea, Essex

Mae Kandoos hand made home wares and gifts have an immediately identifiable style. Inspired by vintage patterns, Mae Kandoos designs provide ...

The Eternal Landscape

The Eternal Landscape

Waltham Abbey, Essex

The Eternal Landscape - a journey in paint and poetry... and more. The Landscape paintings morph across canvases through the seasons ...

Peter Herridge Upcycled Crafts and Photographs

Peter Herridge Upcycled Crafts and Photographs

Harwich, Essex

I have always had a love of wood, what you can see in it and what it could become, so I decided to put my ideas and feelings in to action. ...

Its Only Words Design

Its Only Words Design

Manningtree, Essex

I wanted to create occasion cards which were personalised to the giver and the recipient through my drawings. I initially started building ...

Jewellery My Passion Your Beauty

Jewellery My Passion Your Beauty

Harlow, Essex

In 2016 I set out to make some special gifts for my daughter’s bridesmaids. Hand-made beaded jewellery became my inspiration. I have never ...

Jason Keith Jewellery Ltd

Jason Keith Jewellery Ltd

Chelmsford, Essex

Jason Keith designs bespoke jewellery and specialises in creating unique wedding rings and engagement rings. Harmoniously blending your ...

Dirah Exclusives

Dirah Exclusives

Colchester, Essex

Sewing and creating is something that we have done for many years. We have experience in making made to measure clothing and accessories ...

Penibeads Crafts

Penibeads Crafts

Basildon, Essex

Dealing and creating all sorts of beaded jewellery. Ranging from Gemstones, Glass Beads and Findings. I have recently added other crafts ...

Vixx craft storage

Vixx craft storage

Southend on sea, Essex

We make by hand:- Pro-marker and Copic pen storage units in various sizes Ribbon racks to hold reels of ribbon in various sizes Colouring ...

Poppys Handcrafted Gifts

Poppys Handcrafted Gifts

Holland on Sea, Essex

My aim is to create one-off pieces that are perfect gifts for all occasions. My boxes are not intended as toys, and are for light domestic ...

Created by Ruth Carter

Created by Ruth Carter

Frinton on Sea, Essex

I have been making jewellery for many years and designs have gradually evolved to incorporate my own, original handmade lamp work glass ...

LumenArt Oil paintings

LumenArt Oil paintings

Saffron Walden, Essex

Oil paintings for home and organisations decor. Small, big, dark, light - art that fills life with fillings. Texture of oil strokes, visible, ...

DONNA

DONNA

Colchester, Essex

HELLO ALL I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE ORIGINAL ART AND CRAFT ON THIS SITE , IM AM A PET CREMATION BUSINESS , LOOKING FOR CRAFTS OF PERSONS ...

3D Frames by Subbuteo Art

3D Frames by Subbuteo Art

Saffron Walden, Essex

3D frames by Subuteo art Hi my name is Leigh and I’m have a passion for model making. As a small child I had a fascination with subuteo ...

Qryztal Crafts

Qryztal Crafts

Frinton on Sea, Essex

Small Family business specialising in Swarovski, Crystal and Czech Faceted Goddess Bracelets and Necklaces” Qryztal Crafts is a revamped ...

Medieval Images

Medieval Images

Brentwood, Essex

These are traditionally made medieval illuminations from manuscripts, created using medieval techniques. The image is drafted onto vellum ...

Sea Glass Jewellery and Charms

Sea Glass Jewellery and Charms

Clacton on Sea, Essex

We make unique one off heavily frosted, wire wrapped Sea Glass and Sea Pebble jewellery. Naturally produced genuine sea glass originates ...

ShedSpun

ShedSpun

Colchester, Essex

Handmade gifts using high quality all natural fabrics. Beautiful cushions, purses and home accessories , some hand stencilled, some appliquéd ...

The Artisans Realm

The Artisans Realm

Hockley, Essex

The Artisans Realm draws on the imaginative world of fantasy art and film to reproduce scenes, characters and artifacts through mixed media ...

Essential By Nature Limited

Essential By Nature Limited

Rainham, Essex

Essential By Nature Ltd was incorporated on 6th April 2016 as a UK Limited Company. The company prides itself in manufacturing and selling ...

Halls designs

Halls designs

Rainham, Essex

Hand made wooden quality products crafted from reclaimed solid wood using an ancient japanese method of wood preservation by burning and ...

Cleoscc

Cleoscc

Grays, Essex

Cleoscc is a family run creative business predominately we produced original artwork, prints of the artwork, crochet items, customised ...

Stapleface Studio

Stapleface Studio

Colchester, Essex

Hi and welcome to my shop! I create an array of different collaged mixed media artwork– I have an eclectic style and a love of geometric ...

The Big Scary Bear

The Big Scary Bear

Chelmsford, Essex

We have our own herd of Alpacas at home in Essex and from that we have produced our own luxury yarn, some delightful stuffed toys and knitting ...

Prim and Pretty Designs

Prim and Pretty Designs

Wickford, Essex

I create bespoke Keepsake Frames for all occasions such as Weddings, Anniversarys, Engagement, Christenings, Birthdays, New Baby, Mothers ...

Olga Graham

Olga Graham

Braintree, Essex

ArtRocks is a highly unusual, concept of creating stunning, fine artwork pieces painted in acrylic on an art board panel. ArtRock art ...

David Dowson

David Dowson

Haverhill, Essex

We supply hand-made, organic soaps, creams and shampoos using traditional recipes and essential oils. We hand-make candles and T-lights ...

Crafty Cards by JoJo

Crafty Cards by JoJo

Witham, Essex

Starting in 2017 as a handmade card business I have expanded into a range of decorative items for the Christmas season. Cards are either ...

Retro Barb Furniture

Retro Barb Furniture

Harwich, Essex

I love to upcycle various objects of all shapes and sizes. I take preloved items, such as small pieces of furniture and home accessories ...

Accessorise

Accessorise

Hockley, Essex

I am continuing to make smaller items for sale that complement the larger pieces. The handmade Fimo characters sell particularly well, ...

Accessorise

Accessorise

Hockley, Essex

I include accessories with the fairy houses, most often a fairy figurine to lend scale. The most recent house is a 3 storey that is hinged ...

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas

Frinton on Sea, Essex

Hi, my name is Ruth and this is my first blog for UKcraftfairs. Now the nights have started getting a little darker I started to think ...

Tidy Bot Range

Tidy Bot Range

Colchester, Essex

Very new to all this craft business but loving every moment I get to work on my wood wonders. Working full time in stressful management ...

How to care for your favourite pieces of jewellery

How to care for your favourite pieces of jewellery

Chelmsford, Essex

I often get asked about Cleaning and Caring for Your Jewellery, whether its for a piece I’ve made or not. It really goes without saying ...

Handwoven Kutchi Shawls

Handwoven Kutchi Shawls

Romford, Essex

Vibrant and stunning, handwoven shawls have been a cultural identity for many communities of Kutch district in western part of India. The ...

Organising Craft and Clock Fairs

Organising Craft and Clock Fairs

Colchester, Essex

I am just starting to organise Craft Fairs to complement the Clock Fairs I already run. It became obvious that most of the people who ...

My Easter Craft Fair

My Easter Craft Fair

Leigh on Sea, Essex

So I have managed to secure and hire my venue of choice and I am hosting an Easter Weekend Craft Fair. I am currently booking out stalls ...

Havvanah range

Havvanah range

Frinton on Sea, Essex

We have a change to our organisation in that we have a range for teenagers. This is available on our Facebook page Havvanah. Did you also ...

Indoor Craft Market

Indoor Craft Market

Leigh on Sea, Essex

Ok so here it goes, my first blog. I apologize for any mistakes, (I can sew, create, design but spelling isn’t a strong point) I’m one ...

Greetings All

Greetings All

Chelmsford, Essex

Just joined the site today and very excited to chat and meet with fellow members. We are Karen and Richard and we own Alpacas- 13 in fact ...

segmented woodturning

segmented woodturning

Hockley, Essex

i have been doing segemented woodturning for coming on five years now. i joined sandon woodturners club in chelmsford when i retired . ...

First Fair

First Fair

Colchester, Essex

Well Ive now got my first fair under my belt so thats another first done. Eveyone taking part was really helpful and gave me lots of advice, ...

Newbie

Newbie

Colchester, Essex

Hi everyone out there in the blogging world. Im a total newbie to this crafting site and also not used to blogging. My daughter and I have ...

Bespoke individual hand blended clay and upcyclin

Bespoke individual hand blended clay and upcyclin

Maldon, Essex

I love the magic of hand blending designs with polymer clay and I create bespoke pieces mixed with upcyled glass, silk or beads. I do 3 ...

Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market

Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market

Brightlingsea, Essex

Put some Yay! into your day...one of the tag lines used the Snape Maltings Vintage and Makers Market this Sunday. For Mae Kandoo it is ...

Simply events...2016 dates

Simply events...2016 dates

Stambourne, Essex

We do have a few spaces at some of our 2016 dates still available, please get intouch if you are interested in booking a stall with us. ...

Christmas at Waterside Gallery

Christmas at Waterside Gallery

Brightlingsea, Essex

This annual event has become increasingly popular with local shoppers and visitors to the town. Waterside Gallery is situated on the front ...

Now Strike takes on an apprentice

Now Strike takes on an apprentice

Chelmsford, Essex

After many months of searching Now Strike Archery Ltd are proud to announce that Heather Macdonald has started work with us as an apprentice ...

Peridot August Birthstone and Stone Of The Month

Peridot  August Birthstone and Stone Of The Month

Braintree, Essex

Peridot, Augusts birth stone, is a mineral of a magnesium/iron silicate composition, with green hues from lime green, olive to slightly ...

Crafty Mums

Crafty Mums

Brightlingsea, Essex

Crafty Mums is a joy of a shop! It provides a great opportunity to retail hand made products with shelf rental prices that are affordable ...

Make just one someone happy...

Make just one someone happy...

Brightlingsea, Essex

Having just posted the last of Mae Kandoos Christmas orders,beginning to reflect on 2014s makes, workshops and events. In light of one ...

Things British

Things British

Brightlingsea, Essex

Having recently visited Greenwich Market and the surrounding shops, I was delighted to see a branch of Things British has opened there. ...

How it all started

How it all started

Holland on Sea, Essex

I started making Wreaths as gifts for family and friends. Then it got to the stage where I couldnt walk past a fabric shop without buying. ...


Edward Bawden

(Born 1903 in Braintree in Essex), Illustration, Painting

A graphic artist, illustrator and painter. He was a war artist during the World War II.