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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.

Faversham Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Indoor Market 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Indoor Market 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 and Gift Market 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Market 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Market 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Market 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Arts and Crafts Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair

Burlington Hotel, Folkestone, Kent

Sunday, 28 November 2021

The Creative Market

The Creative Market

The Creative Market, Tenterden, Kent

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Market 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Market 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2021

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2021

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Sevenoaks Christmas Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Market

Sevenoaks Christmas Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Market

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

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 12 March 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 7 May 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchington on sea, Kent

Monday, 23 May 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 18 June 2022

The Kent County Show

The Kent County Show

Kent Showground, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent

Friday, 8 July 2022 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 18 September 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 1 October 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 16 October 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 30 October 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 5 November 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 6 November 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 12 November 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 13 November 2022

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Stag Plaza Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 20 November 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 4 December 2022

Sevenoaks Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 10 December 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fairs 2022

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 11 December 2022

Sevenoaks Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

Sevenoaks Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Fair

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

Saturday, 17 December 2022

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 18 December 2022

LB Clay Crafting

LB Clay Crafting

Rochester, Kent

Uniquely designed handcrafted Clay products made by myself a visually impaired Potter. ...

Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes

Ashford, Kent

Brushstrokes (Lucy) is a Kent based artist who specialises in Pencil drawings. As well ...

RainbowFox Studio

RainbowFox Studio

Edenbridge, Kent

Welcome to RainbowFox Studio. Its so lovely to meet you and I hope that you enjoy finding ...

The Yogi Fox

The Yogi Fox

Westerham, Kent

The Yogi Fox creates yoga pants/leggings that are extremely comfortable but also look ...

HMAC Artistry

HMAC Artistry

Maidstone, Kent

At the beginning of July 2020 I began my business, after finishing 6th form sooner than ...

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 ...

MaggieHart CreativeatHart

MaggieHart CreativeatHart

West Wickham, Kent

My first passion is all things jewellery, having started my jewellery journey at the ...

Ginger Squirrel Makes

Ginger Squirrel Makes

Sevenoaks, Kent

Traditional, handcrafted British woodland creatures and birds classified as at risk as ...

ffrangcon

ffrangcon

Faversham, Kent

Ffrangcon has been set up by Sian Ffrangcon Lewis to showcase her digital textile print ...

Pats Petals

Pats Petals

Tonbridge, Kent

Hi my name is Tricia. I make designs using artificial flowers and craft work and have ...

Lindsay May

Lindsay May

Sevenoaks Kent, Kent

We make hand poured candles using ethically sourced, premium coconut and rapeseed wax. ...

Artidora

Artidora

Herne Bay, Kent

Artidora was born from my love for nature and art. I am a positive person. I have always ...

Latchford and taylor

Latchford and taylor

Broadstairs, Kent

We make bespoke items from metal weather vanes...hand painted wood crafts, stools with ...

Kimmys Angel emporium

Kimmys Angel emporium

Ashford, Kent

Hi there. Im Kim. I hand make all my craft. Ranging from healing jewelry to angel wingels, ...

Purple Octopus Handmade Jewellery

Purple Octopus Handmade Jewellery

Margate, Kent

Beautiful and unique jewellery pieces, using semi-previous stones, copper, silver, and ...

Dione Jewellery

Dione Jewellery

Sevenoaks, Kent

My hand-made silver jewellery is mostly quite substantial and tactile and highlights ...

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 ...

Vivian Riches Art

Vivian Riches Art

Wingham, Kent

I world describe myself as a colourist and painter of vibrant, loose impressionist florals ...

Pinceaux et Toiles

Pinceaux et Toiles

Sevenoaks, Kent

My name is Emily Wiles and during lockdown I decided to finally build up my portfolio, ...

Ciao Candles

Ciao Candles

Bromley, Kent

I started making candles as a hobby, I then began receiving requests to make candles ...

Faningham Kitchen

Faningham Kitchen

Farningham, Kent

A small local business designed to bring you the best products, using only fresh ingredients. ...

Mary bentley

Mary bentley

Canterbury, Kent

I have started a small business to complement my love of Succulents, jewellery and cake ...

SkyeT Art

SkyeT Art

Canterbury, Kent

I work with acrylics and acrylic mediums. I am passionate about my artwork, and love ...

Lily Maxted Designs

Lily Maxted Designs

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Hello! Im Lily Maxted and Im a young greetings card designer based in Tunbridge Wells, ...

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 ...

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 ...

SAFS

SAFS

Broadstairs, Kent

SAFS is a small family business located in Broadstairs, Kent by the seaside. We lovingly ...

Tamsin Steel Art

Tamsin Steel Art

Lyminge, Kent

Tamsin is a coloured pencil and graphite artist who draws all creatures great and small ...

Sally Aviss

Sally Aviss

New Romney, Kent

Sally Aviss comes from East Kent, but her love of sailing has taken her to many coastal ...

S A Krafti Sisters

S A Krafti Sisters

Folkestone, Kent

Artistic handmade unique floral creations and themed gifts for any occasion, using a ...

More than wax melts

More than wax melts

Maidstone, Kent

Luxury soy wax melts, candles, diffusers and car diffusers using high quality fragrances. ...

Honey Moon Design

Honey Moon Design

Maidstone, Kent

Hello, we are Ruth and Vanessa and we started Honey Moon Design in 2020. We have both ...

Fairfield Skincare

Fairfield Skincare

Cranbrook, Kent

I started making my own soap 2 years ago, after studying the components of commercial ...

Lynns Crafts N Creations

Lynns Crafts N Creations

Swanley, Kent

We are a small business selling all Manner of Handmade Gifts, Handpainted Ornaments, ...

Inspire positive love

Inspire positive love

Dartford, Kent

We have designed and created our own books filled with short quotes, by ourselves and ...

Pretty little pendants

Pretty little pendants

Tonbridge, Kent

As a busy working mum, my crafts is my haven, I enjoy designing and making one off jewellery ...

Crafting and wellbeing

Crafting and wellbeing

Edenbridge, Kent

I havent actively put time aside for craft in a long time, and so something that has ...

Behind the idea

Behind the idea

Farningham, Kent

Here is our little business. It all started a year ago. We were thinking wed come up ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Horizons 2014

New Horizons 2014

Bromley, Kent

I am experimenting with different colours and textures such as Gesso, Medium Grain Gel ...

Jane Verrell Landscapes

Jane Verrell Landscapes

Bromley, Kent

Welcome to my vibrant landscape paintings using acrylic. In my paintings I mix and ...


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.