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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.

HRCC Vintage Fair 2018

HRCC Vintage Fair 2018

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Braintree, Essex

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Schools Out Craft Fair 1day

Schools Out Craft Fair 1day

The Kursaal, Southend on Sea, Essex

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Summer Craft Fair 2days

Summer Craft Fair 2days

The Kursaal, Southend on Sea, Essex

Saturday, 25 August 2018 (2 day event)

Simply events...Autumn craft fair

Simply events...Autumn craft fair

Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Cressing Autumn Food Home and Crafts Fair

Cressing Autumn Food Home and Crafts Fair

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Braintree, Essex

Saturday, 29 September 2018 (2 day event)

Essex Clock and Watch Fair

Essex Clock and Watch Fair

Marks Tey Parish Hall London Road Marks Tey., Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Food and Craft Fair

Food and Craft Fair

Marks Tey Parish Hall London Road Marks Tey., Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex

Sunday, 30 September 2018

we are handmade early bird Christmas Craft Fair

we are handmade early bird Christmas Craft Fair

Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall, Coggeshall, Essex

Saturday, 13 October 2018

we are handmade Christmas Craft Fair

we are handmade Christmas Craft Fair

Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Essex Christmas Fair at Cressing

Essex Christmas Fair at Cressing

Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, Braintree, Essex

Saturday, 3 November 2018 (2 day event)

HRCC Christmas Fair 2018 Chelmsford

HRCC Christmas Fair 2018  Chelmsford

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex

Saturday, 24 November 2018 (2 day event)

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

The Kursaal, Southend on Sea, Essex

Saturday, 1 December 2018 (2 day event)

HRCC Christmas Fair 2018 Colchester

HRCC Christmas Fair 2018  Colchester

Firstsite, High Street, Colchester, Essex

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex

Saturday, 8 December 2018

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 ...

Katsock Crafts

Katsock Crafts

Chelmsford, Essex

An enthusiastic knitter since my teens, I now concentrate on the cutest baby hand knits up to age 2. All items are machine washable - the ...

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. ...

Lindas Little Gifts

Lindas Little Gifts

Harlow, Essex

I make small pieces for dressing room design, or bedrooms. Pretty little boxes, cute decorated little tins, glass dishes for jewellery, ...

Tuftydawn Designs

Tuftydawn Designs

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

I make all kinds of crafty goodies - from tea cosies and cushions to needle felted brooches and crochet necklaces. Im inspired by bright ...

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

Hi! The Eternal Landscape has been emerging since I was a child who loved drawing and painting and being out and about in the landscape. ...

Hotanicals Heatpads

Hotanicals Heatpads

Colchester, Essex

All Hotanicals Heatpads are handmade by me at home, usually of an evening once the dining room table has been cleared. I work in batches, ...

Qryztal Crafts

Qryztal Crafts

Frinton on Sea, Essex

We are a small business specialising in Jewellery and accessories, such as oils, and specialist items you may see on our stall. At various ...

woollenpleasure

woollenpleasure

Grays, Essex

The products I produce are baby items, various kinds of scarves such as poodle scarves, ruffle scarves etc., beanie hats, wristwarmers ...

Lily Jewels

Lily Jewels

Grays, Essex

Lily Jewels creates beautifully unique handmade pieces of Sterling silver and Semi Precious beaded jewellery each piece is lovingly designed ...

Jemima and Co

Jemima and Co

Romford, Essex

Jemima and Co is the home of delightful, original, handmade rag dolls. I make them carefully and individually using traditional techniques, ...

DeBBees Craft Studio

DeBBees Craft Studio

Brightlingsea, Essex

I like to find good solid pieces of furniture and depending on what I find I will either use stained glass or mosaics giving the pieces ...

AnimalLuv Cross Stitch Greetings Cards

AnimalLuv Cross Stitch Greetings Cards

Loughton, Essex

Animals are my passion and I support many charities around the world who do a wonderful job helping strays and abused animals. My day ...

Qryztal Crafts

Qryztal Crafts

Frinton On Sea, Essex

Here at Qryztal Crafts, we specialise in the healing properties of Gemstone together with essential oils that can complement them in the ...

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 ...

PenibeadsCrafts

PenibeadsCrafts

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 ...

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Grays, Essex

I produce a varirty of things in various mediums including fan art and prints, manga type prints of original art eork, small handmade Characters, ...

The White Candle Company

The White Candle Company

Colchester, Essex

I am a relatively new company, specialising in making homemade Eco Soy Wax fragranced candles and wax melts. In addition, I offer a selection ...

ShedSpun

ShedSpun

Colchester, Essex

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

Painting Your Moments by Kaylie Monk

Painting Your Moments by Kaylie Monk

Shoeburyness, Essex

A perfect and unique gift for you or your loved ones! I believe the soul can shine out of a painting. A story is told and emotions dance ...

Unique crafts

Unique crafts

Romford, Essex

Home crafted items, from glass bottles, vases, photo frames....hand painted glass and canvas art work using assortment of acrylics, paints, ...

staplefacestudio

staplefacestudio

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 ...

GemzBoutique

GemzBoutique

Colchester, Essex

GemzBoutique is the name of my handmade bracelet craft. I try to make each piece unique and never repeat a design exactly. I love using ...

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 ...

Make your Mark Crafts and Design

Make your Mark Crafts and Design

Wickford, Essex

We run relaxed and friendly introductory block printing (on to fabric) workshops using predominantly Indian crafted wooden Hand Blocks. ...

BlackShedStudio

BlackShedStudio

Waltham Abbey, Essex

Home potter hand crafting an eclectic mix of functional and decorative items including jewellery. All created in my studio at the bottom ...

Creative touch

Creative touch

Upminster, Essex

I began decorating ceramics purely to create personalised gifts for family, friends and teachers from my children. I created a range of ...

Carry On Sewing

Carry On Sewing

Chelmsford, Essex

I specialise in fully homemade sewn gifts, home decor (quilted cushions, modern quilts), toys, handbags, patchwork accessories and more. ...

Barbara Chaplin contemporary mosaic artist

Barbara Chaplin contemporary mosaic artist

Colchester, Essex

My objective is to show the diversity of original, contemporary mosaic art work in both 2D and 3D forms. My work is both decorative and ...

RetroBarbfurniture

RetroBarbfurniture

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 ...

ArtShed Hazel K Adlam

ArtShed Hazel K Adlam

Great Dunmow, Essex

I am artist based in Leaden Roding, Dunmow, Essex specialising in original paintings and drawings with orders taken for commissions in ...

The Crazy Patch

The Crazy Patch

Clacton on Sea, Essex

We make personalised , quilted height charts , advent calenders, and christmas stockings . We also have a range of cushions , bags , teddybears ...

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 ...

Healing Properties Gemstones and Oils Fayres

Healing Properties Gemstones and Oils Fayres

Frinton On Sea, Essex

Qryztal Crafts Will be hosting the first of three open Jewellery Craft fayres at 142 Connaught Avenue, Frinton on Sea. It will comprise ...

Exhibiting at Planet Folkestone Sunday 7th May

Exhibiting at Planet Folkestone Sunday 7th May

Grays, Essex

I am happy to say that I will be at the Planet Folkestone sc-fi show on the 7th May 2017. We will be selling a variety of things which ...

Additions on Lindas Little Gifts

Additions on Lindas Little Gifts

Harlow, Essex

Please look out for new items, I am so passionate about decoupage I am constantly on the look out for something to bring to life so I add ...

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 ...

Topsyturvy dolls

Topsyturvy dolls

Romford, Essex

Having made a successful topsyturvy doll back in the summer, I worked to produce some in various color schemes and hairstyles over the ...

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 . ...

My first first prize

My first first prize

Grays, Essex

I entered my tapestry cottage picture in a competition at the Orsett Show in Essex. The event took place on the third of September in 2016. ...

Topsyturvy doll success

Topsyturvy doll success

Romford, Essex

My Rags to Riches dolls are proving popular! Ive made quite a few and I could do with the time to make some more. People who have never ...

Holiday Craftiness

Holiday Craftiness

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

Crafternoons for Kids has been going well this week and everyone has had lots of fun! Weve made decoupage animals, fabric pictures and ...

My first blog .....

My first blog .....

Romford, Essex

Hi everyone. Im new to the site. Im Jenny and for nearly a year Ive been designing and creating beautiful rag dolls. It started as a sort ...

Successful event Dunmow

Successful event Dunmow

Frinton On Sea, Essex

I was really pleased with my own efforts at a recent craft fair at Dunmow at the same time the flitch was happening. This was great because ...

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 ...

Arty Crafty Classes

Arty Crafty Classes

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

The arty crafty classes for children are going really well. This week we made decoupage heart magnets for Mothers Day. The results looked ...

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. ...

Crafty and Arty

Crafty and Arty

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

It was lovely to meet new people this week who popped into the studio to say hi! I enjoyed chatting about retro bargains, arts and crafts, ...

More Vintage Finds

More Vintage Finds

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

I found some more vintage goodies this week- a blue satin lined Pixie suitcase and a few 1970s childrens books. The books were one of Camberwick ...


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.