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Arts and crafts in Kent

Kent (including Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 1,728,000 and covers approximately 374,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Sussex, London, Surrey.

County flag of KentKent has a coastline on the North Sea and the English Channel, and its proximity to the continent has helped to shape its history, with the White Cliffs of Dover being famed as the first sight seen by travellers returning to England from across the sea in France. Sometimes referred to as The Garden of England, Kent has a long history of human settlement, which is reflected in the Neolithic Medway megaliths and the many archaeological finds from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon periods, and the centuries since then. Performing arts venues in Kent include the Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks, the Theatre Royal in Margate, The Woodville in Gravesend, The Orchard Theatre in Dartford, The Winter Gardens in Margate and Tunbridge Wells Forum.

The county town of Kent is Maidstone, where you can visit Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, which as well as exhibits reflecting local history, has large collections covering natural history and the arts, including ceramics, costumes, prints, paintings and sculpture. Other attractions in Kent include Turner Contemporary, located on the seafront at Margate, which was inspired by the work of the artist JMW Turner, and offers a range of arts events and exhibitions. You could also visit Red House in Bexleyheath, which William Morris both designed and lived in, and which retains original arts and crafts features, furniture, paintings and stained glass. Other attractions in Kent include Hever Castle, Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Chartwell near Westerham, The Shell Grotto in Margate, Guildhall Museum in Rochester, Canterbury Cathedral and Leeds Castle in Maidstone.

Knole in Sevenoaks has a wonderful collection of art works including paintings, cartoons, sculptures, furniture (including what is believed to be the oldest royal bed in Europe), tapestries and exceptional architecture. Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, has a wonderful Henry Moore statue in the garden and many works of art in the castle. Ightham Mote in Ivy Hatch, has wonderful stained glass windows, bible spine wood panelling, paintings and painted vaulted ceilings.

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Stag Plaza at The Stag Theatre Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 16 March 2019

3 Day Keep it Local Spring Craft Show at Coolings

3 Day Keep it Local Spring Craft Show at Coolings

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 22 March 2019 (3 day event)

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 29 March 2019

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Stag Plaza at The Stag Theatre Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Faversham Artisan Craft Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Craft Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 26 April 2019

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Stag Plaza at The Stag Theatre Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Monday, 6 May 2019

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Stag Plaza at The Stag Theatre Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 25 May 2019

3 Day Keep it Local Summer Craft Show at Coolings

3 Day Keep it Local Summer Craft Show at Coolings

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 31 May 2019 (3 day event)

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 31 May 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Stag Plaza at The Stag Theatre Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 28 June 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 July 2019

The Danson Park Country Fair

The Danson Park Country Fair

Danson Park, Bexleyheath, Kent

Saturday, 6 July 2019 (2 day event)

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Folkestone Vintage Music Day

Folkestone Vintage Music Day

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Folkestone UK Strongest Man Competition

Folkestone UK Strongest Man Competition

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 26 July 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Kent Country Show

The Kent Country Show

Quex Park, Birchington, Birchington, Kent

Sunday, 25 August 2019 (2 day event)

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Monday, 26 August 2019

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 30 August 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 1 September 2019

3 Day Keep it Local Autumn Craft Show at Coolings

3 Day Keep it Local Autumn Craft Show at Coolings

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 13 September 2019 (3 day event)

The Wimbledon Fayre

The Wimbledon Fayre

Quex Park, Birchington, Birchington, Kent

Saturday, 21 September 2019 (2 day event)

Keep it Local Autumn Craft Show at Hawley Garden Centre

Keep it Local Autumn Craft Show at Hawley Garden Centre

Hawley Garden Centre, Sutton at Hone, Dartford, Kent

Friday, 27 September 2019 (3 day event)

Folkestone ArtMart

Folkestone ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 27 September 2019

Folkestone Festivals Big Cake Off Fun Day

Folkestone Festivals Big Cake Off Fun Day

The Stade, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtononsea, Kent

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes

Ashford, Kent

Brushstrokes (Lucy) is a Kent based artist who specialises in Pencil drawings. As well as a range of prints and greeting cards for sale, ...

Fenella Ross

Fenella Ross

Maidstone, Kent

I am a Teacher of Art and Photography, and producing Lino and Collagraph Prints exploring Chine Colle, making original coloured and monotone ...

Patspetals

Patspetals

Tonbridge, Kent

Hi my name is Tricia. I make designs using artificial flowers and craft work and have always had a passion for flowers. I make many different ...

ART Salvation

ART Salvation

Birchington on Sea, Kent

We are ART Salvation, based at Quex Craft Village in Birchington on Sea. We design in many forms of Mixed Media and Specialise in Steampunk ...

helen jewsbury

helen jewsbury

Benenden, Kent

I work from home and have done a few fairs in the brighton and lewes area over the last 3 months. I discovered my love of ceramics when ...

Davidson Crafts

Davidson Crafts

Sturry, Kent

At Davidson Crafts I make a range of gifts using mixed media. My most popular lines include quirky ranges such as polymer clay Sprout Lovers ...

Callum J T Photography

Callum J T Photography

Wateringbury, Kent

I am a photographer based near Maidstone, Kent. I first found photography as a hobby when I was 18, ever since then all I have wanted to ...

Cornwall Cottage Chic

Cornwall Cottage Chic

Dover, Kent

I have a passion for old characterful bits from furniture to chandeliers to bottles to old crates you name it I re-vamp it after some DIY ...

Valentinas Craft and Design

Valentinas Craft and Design

Maidstone, Kent

I am currently making poyler clay designs that are incorporated onto mugs, glass and other ceramic items. I have made a variety of designs ...

Coastal creatives

Coastal creatives

Sittingbourne, Kent

I make pictures and art using natural objects from the beach. Using seaglass, pebbles and driftwood I create pieces that capture the feel ...

Chinese Emporium

Chinese Emporium

Rochester, Kent

Chinese Emporium Ltd (CEL) established in 2014, focuses on design led products that celebrate the very best of Chinese Culture, showcasing ...

linemark crafts

linemark crafts

Maidstone, Kent

Artist and carpenter producing fine art and furniture. As a painter some of the things I make are aimed at the artist, examples being exhibiting ...

Boho Fusion

Boho Fusion

Bromley, Kent

Hello all, Thanks for having a look at my page! My name is Sara and I have been making and selling my pieces for roughly 2 years now. ...

Catnap Stories

Catnap Stories

Boxley, Kent

Catnap Stories is a series of childrens books inspired by the adventures and mischievousness of cats, as well as the authors love of foreign ...

larkiart sculpture and resin work

larkiart sculpture and resin work

Whitstable, Kent

Im an artist based in whitstable kent, i started out making birds from paper and hand drawings/renderings of local and historic places ...

Sally Aviss

Sally Aviss

New Romney, Kent

Sally Aviss comes from East Kent, but her love of sailing has taken her to many coastal areas of the British Isles. In addition to her ...

Marlene

Marlene

Dartford, Kent

I am a self taught, jewellery maker. I would say that my creations are beautiful, chic and unique. I am a perfectionist and do hope ...

Henry George Woodcraft

Henry George Woodcraft

Tonbridge, Kent

Display Original Water colour paintings and Prints. A4 Framed Prints and packs of greeting cards produced from origin paintings, we will ...

Nicky Wilson Photography

Nicky Wilson Photography

Sidcup, Kent

I am a photographer with a passion for all wildlife and nature. I can often be found out and about in my spare time taking photographs ...

Antoinette Luckhurst Jeweller

Antoinette Luckhurst Jeweller

Faversham, Kent

I work from my studio in the beautiful countryside of Oare, near Faversham, on the North Kent estuary. Here I design and create collections ...

Small things Bright and Beautiful

Small things Bright and Beautiful

Crayford, Kent

At Small things Bright and Beautiful We use mainly reclaimed, repurposed or Upcycled materials to create eco friendly and personalised ...

Kates Wildlife Cards and Gifts

Kates Wildlife Cards and Gifts

Sevenoaks, Kent

A range of A6 greeting cards of wildlife taken from images from around the country and even my own back garden. New images are being added ...

LingArt Designs

LingArt Designs

Edenbridge, Kent

Personalised typographic and shape text A4 prints made to order. Bespoke designs using your own words and colours that your friends and ...

a n n i e m a y

a n n i e m a y

Bexleyheath, Kent

a n n i e m a y - beautiful handcrafted designs for you and your home. Named after our dear Grandma’s, Annie Rose and May McFarland, a ...

Jane Verrell

Jane Verrell

Bromley, Kent

Self taught landscape Artist showcasing Seascapes of skies sunsets mountains and water using blue as a therapeutic colour in all its different ...

Decoupage Emporium

Decoupage Emporium

Maidstone, Kent

I am a creative person who like all kinds of art. My parents were actors and Theater was my second home. This background still is an inspiration ...

Ginger Heaven Crafts

Ginger Heaven Crafts

Sheerness, Kent

hi all my name is Janet And I make lots of handmade crafts from home, I enjoy a variety of handmade crafts. But my main one at the moment ...

Colourful Creations Contemporary Homeware

Colourful Creations Contemporary Homeware

Bromley, Kent

The Colourful Collection Homeware collection, designed in the UK handmade in Vietnam. The main material used throughout the collection ...

Nell Weatherley

Nell Weatherley

Ulcombe, Kent

I trained at art school in the early 1980s. I did my foundation course in London, and afterwards studied textile design in Farnham, Surrey.  ...

Vanessa Murray

Vanessa Murray

Westerham, Kent

Unusual handmade stoneware crockery which is individually painted.Pieces complement each other by style of decoration and/ or colouring. ...

Crafts Hollandaise

Crafts Hollandaise

Broadstairs, Kent

I specialise in silver and gold plated beaded jewellery, but have also been commissioned to make a bridal tiaras and flower girl headbands. ...

Sorrell Glass

Sorrell Glass

Sevenoaks, Kent

I became interested in fused glass about 7 or so, years ago. I make all the pieces at home, mainly using Effetre sheet glass and millefiori. ...

The Comfi Cottage

The Comfi Cottage

Orpington, Kent

We sell high quality stylish patchwork quilts and quilted bedspreads in 100% pure cotton, as well as a range of novelty cushions and gifts, ...

KNOTTinWOOD

KNOTTinWOOD

Gravesend, Kent

As a qualified woodwork Teacher and a very good eye for design, I make and sell a range of wooden items using reclaimed materials. The ...

NaturataDesign

NaturataDesign

PADDOCK WOOD, Kent

NaturataDesign was created with a very important ethos sustainability and ethics. Using 100% recycled sterling silver 925, untreated and ...

Crafty Clare

Crafty Clare

Orpington, Kent

welcome to my page clarescrafty . I have always loved anything that I count as crafty which to me the meaning of the word is anything ...

Catnap Stories in Bologna

Catnap Stories in Bologna

Boxley, Kent

On the 1st April 2019, Heidi Bryant will be at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair along with her Catnap Stories books Vince Goes to Paris ...

Catnap Stories in London

Catnap Stories in London

Boxley, Kent

On the 12th and 13th March 2019, Heidi Bryant will be at the London Book Fair along with her Catnap Stories books Vince Goes to Paris and ...

First title being exhibited in Seattle

First title being exhibited in Seattle

Boxley, Kent

We are pleased to announce that our first title The Adventures of Vince the Cat - Vince Goes to Paris was exhibited at this very important ...

Fundraising for charity cats travel and language

Fundraising for charity cats travel and language

Boxley, Kent

Catnap Stories is a series of childrens books to inspire the next generation of children to love cats, meet new friends, travel the world ...

Valentines has a whole meaning.

Valentines has a whole meaning.

Tonbridge, Kent

Hi everyone hope your new year has got off to a great start. I have always loved valentines day as I am an old romantic at heart but this ...

Post Christmas pre new year.

Post Christmas pre new year.

Tonbridge, Kent

Hi Tricia here Its that funny time of year the bit between Christmas and the new year when your thinking of all those new things your going ...

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS AND MAKERS

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS AND MAKERS

Birchington on Sea, Kent

Please contact me if you would like to hold a craft/ makers stall at our annual Christmas Fair. The cost is a £20 donation to our chosen ...

Book a stall at our Christmas Fair

Book a stall at our Christmas Fair

Birchington on Sea, Kent

We are holding a charity Christmas Fair on Sunday 9th December in Aid of Louies helping Hands. If you would like to have a stall the ...

Quex Craft Village Charity Christmas Craft Fair

Quex Craft Village Charity Christmas Craft Fair

Birchington on Sea, Kent

We are planning our Charity Christmas Craft Fair at Quex Craft Village, More details to follow but who would be interested in having a ...

Coolings

Coolings

Tonbridge, Kent

We will be at Coolings on the 17th June come see our bespoke coin rings, come talk to us and buy a piece of history.

February 2017 Updates

February 2017  Updates

Maidstone, Kent

Hi, Creating a new range of printed goods, notebook/sketchbook covers, kiddies aprons, new print in my printmaking series, been a busy ...

Getting there.....

Getting there.....

Maidstone, Kent

Trying to get my head round the numbers to print, such as Christmas card packs, with 3 events to do this side of Christmas , busy , busy ...

New Beginings kind of......

New Beginings kind of......

Maidstone, Kent

6.10.2016 - Ive been a full time Teacher for soooo long, and being creative throughout I really wanted to find time to do my own work again, ...

Hazeedaze News Spring 2016

Hazeedaze News Spring 2016

Sandwich, Kent

Bead weaving classes Classes are available on our premises every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30 - 1 pm and Wednesday evening 6.30 - ...

Reenergising the craft scene

Reenergising the craft scene

Canterbury, Kent

PASSION FOR CRAFT FAIRS provide a new venue for innovative artists/designer makers to showcase high quality crafts to a discerning audience ...

Sewing Machines Repairs and Sales

Sewing Machines Repairs and Sales

Broadstairs, Kent

It is Better to REPAIR than REPLACE. Quality counts, get your classic machine repaired and have it work for you for many many years to ...

A new journey

A new journey

Bromley, Kent

Feeling pretty happy this evening, after what felt like a successful meeting earlier today regarding events and spacing. Ordinarily I ...

Help

Help

Dover, Kent

Am I doing something wrong? I have contacted a couple of people about the craft fairs that are being held, but not heard anything back. ...

Dont miss out keep watching

Dont miss out keep watching

Dover, Kent

Exciting times Im busy making all sorts, feeling like I want to keep most, but that cant happen. Apologies for the photo angles not so ...

New Horizons 2014

New Horizons 2014

Bromley, Kent

I am experimenting with different colours and textures such as Gesso, Medium Grain Gel and a palette knife to lift the paint from the canvas. ...

Jane Verrell Landscapes

Jane Verrell Landscapes

Bromley, Kent

Welcome to my vibrant landscape paintings using acrylic. In my paintings I mix and experiment with many different colours to create ...

New Collection

New Collection

Bromley, Kent

Im so excited :D The past few months I have been building up my fair list and expertise in the handmade market and recently I have been ...

New Swarovski bracelet I made

New Swarovski bracelet I made

Bromley, Kent

A new bracelet I have for sale is a AB Clear crystal Swarovski bead bracelet, with peridot coloured beads. Glittery, dainty and ever ...

Looking forward to events

Looking forward to events

Bromley, Kent

There are many exciting things to do this summer and autumn and I cant wait to get involved! I have only just signed up to this awesome ...


Elizabeth Bartlett

(Born 1924 in Deal in Kent), Poetry

Elizabeth Bartlett was a British poet. She worked for the health service and for the Home Care Service and it was in this environment that she was provided with material for some of her most emotive poems.

Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott

(Born 1865 in Beards Hill in Kent), Stained glass

An architect and artist, responsible for among other buildings the grade 1 listed Blackwell near Lake Windermere in Cumbria. The building boosts most of its original arts and crafts features including the stained glass windows which he paid careful attention to.

Richard Dadd

(Born 1817 in Chatham in Kent), Illustration, Painting

Dadd was a painter who is known for his representations of fairies and other supernatural subjects. One of his well known works is The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke which he worked on between 1885-64.

Thomas Sidney Cooper

(Born 1803 in Canterbury in Kent), Painting

Thomas Sidney Cooper, English artist, is best known for his landscape paintings of farming scenes.

William Alexander

(Born 1767 in Maidstone in Kent), Illustration, Painting

At the age of 15 he moved to London to study art and was later admitted to the Royal Academy Schools. His work included watercolour, drawings and engravings.

Christopher Marlowe

(Born 1564 in Canterbury in Kent), Theatre

Marlowe was a little older than Shakespeare and was also an Elizabethan playwright and foremost writer of tragedy. Which in the end seems to have mirrored his own life, arrested, then stabbed to death some ten days later. One of his plays - The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus - was said to have sent some spectators mad.

Philip Sidney

(Born 1554 in Penshurst Place near Tonbridge in Kent), Poetry

A popular and influential Elizabethan poet best known for his works: Astrophel and Stella, An Apology for Poetry.