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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 Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Tenterden Spring Fair

Tenterden Spring Fair

The Assembly Room Town Hall, Tenterden, Kent

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Tunbridge Wells Spring Fair

Tunbridge Wells Spring Fair

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 8 May 2020

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Tunbridge Wells Spring Fair

Tunbridge Wells Spring Fair

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 16 May 2020

SpringSummer Arts and Crafts Fair and fun day

SpringSummer Arts and Crafts Fair and fun day

The Scout Hall, Cuxton, ROCHESTER, Kent

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 29 May 2020

Summer Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Coolings TN14 7NN

Summer Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Coolings TN14 7NN

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 5 June 2020 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Tunbridge Wells Summer Fair

Tunbridge Wells Summer Fair

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Rye Summer Fair

Rye Summer Fair

Rye Community Centre, Rye, Kent

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 26 June 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Kent County Show

Kent County Show

Kent Showground, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent

Friday, 10 July 2020 (3 day event)

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 31 July 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fairs 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Folkestone Festivals Vintage Music Weekend

Folkestone Festivals Vintage Music Weekend

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 15 August 2020 (2 day event)

Rye Summer Fair

Rye Summer Fair

Rye Community Centre, Rye, Kent

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 28 August 2020

The Kent Country Show

The Kent Country Show

Quex Park, Birchington, Birchington, Kent

Sunday, 30 August 2020 (2 day event)

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Monday, 31 August 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Autumn Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Coolings TN14 7NN

Autumn Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Coolings TN14 7NN

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 11 September 2020 (3 day event)

LEA Kings Hill Autumn Craft and Gift Fair

LEA Kings Hill Autumn Craft and Gift Fair

Kings Hill Community Centre, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 25 September 2020

Autumn Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Hawley Garden Centre.

Autumn Keep it Local Handmade Craft Show Hawley Garden Centre.

Hawley Garden Centre, Sutton at Hone, Dartford, Kent

Friday, 25 September 2020 (3 day event)

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, 26 September 2020

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Coastal Crafty Crew Craft Fair

Quex Park Small Barn, Birchingtonon-on-sea, Kent

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

Faversham Viva Vintage Artisan Crafts Gifts Sunday Fair 2020

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Sunday Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Arts and Crafts Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Sunday, 11 October 2020

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, 17 October 2020

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 30 October 2020

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pottery Workshop Bexleyheath

Pottery Workshop Bexleyheath

Bexleyheath, Kent

Pottery Workshop in Bexleyheath welcomes adults and children to learn how to design, model and build items out of clay as well as decorating ...

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 ...

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! Iím Lily Maxted and Iím 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Grandmaís, 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 ...

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 ...

INFUSED Natural Oil based Skincare

INFUSED Natural Oil based Skincare

Herne Bay, Kent

Premium Botanicals and Crystals Infused in Organic blend of Oils and Vegan Wax Hi! My name is Sofia and I have been working in Science ...

Enraptured Elements

Enraptured Elements

Maidstone, Kent

I am a Creataholic. I work with many disciplines. From Hula Hoops to wire wrapped jewellery. Macrame is a return to my roots.

KNOTT in WOOD

KNOTT in WOOD

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 ...

Comfort Candle Range

Comfort Candle Range

Sheerness, Kent

Welcome to The Comfort Candle Range. A range of candles and other wax products inspired by homes and home comforts. Comfort Candle Range ...

Panavisual

Panavisual

Maidstone, Kent

We set up panavisual about a year ago, to exhibit work with a new angle - Art from above. We capture Aerial abstract, seascapes, landscape ...

LadyJade Silver Jewellery

LadyJade Silver Jewellery

Bexley, Kent

We are a new jewellery business, trained in Hatton Garden. We are proud of our wide range of fine and elegant necklaces, bracelets, rings, ...

Wooly Mammoth

Wooly Mammoth

Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Welcome to the Wooly Mammoth! home of beautiful yarn and knitted things and UK home of 100Farbspiele gradient yarns. I am a passionate ...

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, ...

Catnap Stories in Bologna

Catnap Stories in Bologna

Boxley, Kent

On the 1st April 2019, Heidi Bryant will be at the Bologna Childrenís 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

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 ...

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.

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 - ...

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.