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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.

The Creative Market

The Creative Market

The Creative Market, Tenterden, Kent

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Curios and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 4 July 2021

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, 24 July 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Folkestone Festivals Music Weekend with Art on the Railings

Folkestone Festivals Music Weekend with Art on the Railings

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 7 August 2021 (2 day event)

Folkestone Festivals Vintage Music Weekend with Art on the Railings

Folkestone Festivals Vintage Music Weekend with Art on the Railings

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 7 August 2021 (2 day event)

Coastal Crafty Crew

Coastal Crafty Crew

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 15 August 2021

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, 21 August 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 5 September 2021

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, 11 September 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Sevenoaks Christmas Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Christmas Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Monday, 23 May 2022

The Kent County Show

The Kent County Show

Kent Showground, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent

Friday, 8 July 2022 (3 day event)

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, ...

RainbowFox Studio

RainbowFox Studio

Kent, Kent

Welcome to RainbowFox Studio. Its so lovely to meet you and I hope that you enjoy finding out a little bit of what I do. I hand make ...

KISS CANVAS CREATIONS

KISS CANVAS CREATIONS

Swanley, Kent

I have painted on and off for 30 years and have my art work scattered around the Middle East and England but friends and family nagged ...

Ginger Squirrel Makes

Ginger Squirrel Makes

Sevenoaks, Kent

Traditional, handcrafted British woodland creatures and birds classified as at risk as well as well-loved and familiar animals and woodland ...

MaggieHart CreativeatHart

MaggieHart CreativeatHart

West Wickham, Kent

My first passion is all things jewellery, having started my jewellery journey at the age of 15 at school which inspired me to go onto study ...

ffrangcon

ffrangcon

Faversham, Kent

Ffrangcon has been set up by Sian Ffrangcon Lewis to showcase her digital textile print designs and handmade accessories. She has also ...

Pats Petals

Pats Petals

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 ...

Dione Jewellery

Dione Jewellery

Sevenoaks, Kent

My hand-made silver jewellery is mostly quite substantial and tactile and highlights the contrast between smooth and textured surfaces. ...

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 ...

Ciao Candles

Ciao Candles

Bromley, Kent

I started making candles as a hobby, I then began receiving requests to make candles for sale, my candles burn for 25+ hours and the scent ...

Faningham Kitchen

Faningham Kitchen

Farningham, Kent

A small local business designed to bring you the best products, using only fresh ingredients. From the local farm to your table. Farningham ...

Mary bentley

Mary bentley

Canterbury, Kent

I have started a small business to complement my love of Succulents, jewellery and cake Stands.. My Succulents are grown from scratch, ...

Vivian Riches Art

Vivian Riches Art

Margate, Kent

Painting makes me happy. I find it engrossing, exciting and compelling - and sometimes even frustrating! Painting to me, is not always ...

Fairfield Handmade Soap and Body Products

Fairfield Handmade Soap and Body Products

Cranbrook, Kent

I started making my own soap 2 years ago, after studying the components of commercial soaps I decided I would prefer to use products on ...

SkyeT Art

SkyeT Art

Canterbury, Kent

I work with acrylics and acrylic mediums. I am passionate about my artwork, and love painting in my spare time. I am very detail orientated ...

ART Salvation

ART Salvation

Elham, Kent

We are ART Salvation. We design in many forms of Mixed Media and Specialise in Steampunk Design with a large range of Hats, Masks, Canvases, ...

Lily Maxted Designs

Lily Maxted Designs

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Hello! I’m Lily Maxted and I’m a young greetings card designer based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I have been producing digital art since ...

Amanda Penney

Amanda Penney

Barnehurst near Bexleyheath, Kent

I have been in love with carpet bags for as long as I can remember and eventually made one for my myself. After many admiring comments ...

Wooden Bell Crafts

Wooden Bell Crafts

Maidstone, Kent

I started crafting two years ago and ...yes!...I have the bug!!. I used to go to craft fairs with my partner, and she would say You could ...

Tamsin Steel Art

Tamsin Steel Art

Lyminge, Kent

Tamsin is a coloured pencil and graphite artist who draws all creatures great and small and even dabbles in botanicals from time to time. ...

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 ...

S A Krafti Sisters

S A Krafti Sisters

Folkestone, Kent

Artistic handmade unique floral creations and themed gifts for any occasion, using a high percentage of recycled and up-cycled materials. ...

More than wax melts

More than wax melts

Maidstone, Kent

Luxury soy wax melts, candles, diffusers and car diffusers using high quality fragrances. All items are available in all the scents below ...

Glennis Cane

Glennis Cane

Margate, Kent

I produce pictures for the home. Original paintings and drawings as well as photographs. Occasionally I produce hand painted tote bags. ...

Cherish and Glow

Cherish and Glow

Sevenoaks, Kent

I pride myself in blending the finest quality soy wax along with highly scented fragrance oils to produce my hand made, hand poured wax ...

Rainbow Rebel

Rainbow Rebel

Maidstone, Kent

Rainbow rebel started out as a side hobby, for a slightly depressed single mum looking for a creative outlet. I was mainly making bits ...

Farningham Kitchen

Farningham Kitchen

Farningham, Kent

We take our passion for great homemade food, add support for local farmers, and as a result Farningham Kitchen makes jams, preserves and ...

JC Ceramics

JC Ceramics

Hythe, Kent

My passion for pottery and ceramics started on a family holiday to Pennyghael on the Isle of Mull when I was nine years old. Over the past ...

Lisa Little Handmade in England

Lisa Little Handmade in England

Sevenoaks, Kent

I have been designing and making semi precious beaded jewellery for over 12 years. The jewellery I make is unique in every respect. Each ...

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 ...

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 ...

KNOTT in WOOD

KNOTT in WOOD

Gravesend, Kent

As a qualified woodwork Teacher and a background in architectural design I have a very good eye for design, I make and sell a range of ...

Molly and Grace

Molly and Grace

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Were Molly and Grace, a small-batch skincare company based in Tunbridge Wells. We believe that everyone has a duty to care for our planet, ...

Tashs accessories

Tashs accessories

Hever, Kent

I am a 22 year old that has just finished university after studying music and live events management. Due to the current situation I am ...

Belladonna

Belladonna

Canterbury, Kent

We are a small newly formed business who makes wearable items and home wares. Our products include designer acrylic jewellery and T-shirt’s, ...

Crafting and wellbeing...

Crafting and wellbeing...

Kent, Kent

I havent actively put time aside for craft in a long time, and so something that has come out of the lockdowns (all 500 of them!) is the ...

Behind the idea

Behind the idea

Farningham, Kent

Here is our little business. It all started a year ago. We were thinking “we’d come up with a little business” but not a business built ...

Personalise your candle for a gift

Personalise your candle for a gift

Bromley, Kent

At Ciao Candles we can personalise your candle with a wooden initial free of charge. All eco friendly from start to finish

Looking for something jammie

Looking for something jammie

Farningham, Kent

Looking for a last minute gift for you or someone you love? Our jams are made in Farningham using fruit grown locally. The finest Kent-grown ...

New to Uk Craft Fairs

New to Uk Craft Fairs

Bromley, Kent

A quick introduction to my new venture. I started making candles as a hobby after much testing and not always getting the end result right, ...

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

Elham, 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

Elham, 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

Elham, 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 ...

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 ...


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.