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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.

Retro and Vintage All To Discover Fair

Retro and Vintage All To Discover Fair

Discovery Event Centre, Sandwich, Kent

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 29 June 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 30 June 2018

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, 7 July 2018

The Danson Park Country Fair

The Danson Park Country Fair

Danson Park, Bexleyheath, Kent

Saturday, 7 July 2018 (2 day event)

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Folkestone Festivals Music Day

Folkestone Festivals Music Day

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Folkestone UK Strongest Man Competition

Folkestone UK Strongest Man Competition

The Bandstand, Folkestone, Kent

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 27 July 2018

Carano Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

Carano Arts Crafts and Vintage Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Monday, 27 August 2018

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 31 August 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Meopham Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Meopham Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Meopham Village Hall, Meopham, Kent

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Steampunk All To Discover Fair

Steampunk All To Discover Fair

Discovery Event Centre, Sandwich, Kent

Sunday, 16 September 2018

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, 22 September 2018

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 28 September 2018

Folkestone Cake Bake Fun Day

Folkestone Cake Bake Fun Day

The Stade, Folkestone, Kent

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Eynsford Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Eynsford Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Eynsford Village Hall, Eynsford, Kent

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Arts and Crafts Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair

The Grand, Folkestone, Kent

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 13 October 2018

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, 20 October 2018

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 26 October 2018

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Carano Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair

Carano Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair

Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa, Hythe, Kent

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 10 November 2018

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 November 2018

Meopham Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Meopham Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Meopham Village Hall, Meopham, Kent

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Tonbridge Artisan Crafts  Vintage and Gift Fair

The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Folkestone Festivals Christmas ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals Christmas ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 30 November 2018

Eynsford Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Eynsford Village Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Eynsford Village Hall, Eynsford, Kent

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Christmas All To Discover Fair

Christmas All To Discover Fair

Discovery Event Centre, Sandwich, Kent

Sunday, 2 December 2018

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 December 2018

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

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Folkestone Festivals Christmas ArtMart

Folkestone Festivals Christmas ArtMart

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, Kent

Friday, 14 December 2018

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

Faversham Artisan Crafts Vintage and Gift Fair

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 15 December 2018

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 ...

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 ...

Primary Science Resource Packs

Primary Science Resource Packs

Maidstone, Kent

All items come in kit form with instructions. Further instructions and help can be obtained from my web page. Providing the following ...

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 ...

DiLi Design

DiLi Design

Gravesend, Kent

Im a clay artist and jewellery maker. I love my job from the design creation to the finished product. DiLi® is registered trademark. Each ...

Callumjtphotography

Callumjtphotography

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 ...

Barry Feldman

Barry Feldman

Canterbury, Kent

I have been designing and making furniture and garden products for nearly 40 years under the name woodworks designs with the emphasis on ...

Carolines Quilts

Carolines Quilts

Gravesend, Kent

I make quilts of all sizes from babies to king size, fabric pictures, bags and other related items. I sell at craft fairs in the past ...

Moneh Art

Moneh Art

Beckenham, Kent

My inspirations come from rich, vivid colours and textures of nature. My work is fascinated by interplays of colour, light and movement. ...

Cannelle et Chocolat

Cannelle et Chocolat

Sevenoaks, Kent

Cannelle et Chocolat is a small husband and wife business that started as a ‘gift’ for our first niece. Our intention was to create something ...

ChineseEmporium

ChineseEmporium

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. ...

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 ...

Crafty Lane

Crafty Lane

Dartford, Kent

I love designing and making vintage style accessories, these include combining vintage china with fabric and crochet flowers, fabric/embroidered ...

Ocean Photo Services

Ocean Photo Services

Chatham, Kent

I am a professional photographer based in Kent. I shoot land/cityscapes primarily of London, most of my work is based around the Royal ...

Marty Knitwear Designs

Marty Knitwear Designs

Tonbridge, Kent

Marty designs knitwear with a passion for lacy knits in natural quality fibres sourced from British and Italian suppliers. Her original ...

Berties Bits

Berties Bits

Deal, Kent

We are a mother and daughter small home business, hand making cushions, aprons, draught excluders and door stops. These are all on a doggy ...

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 ...

Michael Ashlar

Michael Ashlar

Longfield, Kent

I started making jewellery about four years ago. Its a spare time hobby that I took up after retiring from working in mechanical engineering ...

RosannaClare

RosannaClare

Gravesend, Kent

With a background in teaching Design and Technology (mainly Textiles and woodwork), I make a range of accessories and bags made predominantly ...

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 ...

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 ...

Garrard Prints

Garrard Prints

Bromley, Kent

We are a husband and wife team and we sell fun, creative, typographical prints. All our prints are professionally digitally printed onto, ...

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 ...

Sandhu Designs

Sandhu Designs

Westerham, Kent

I have always enjoyed making jewellery, I started off using glass beads, but my passion began when I came across genuine gemstones. I use ...

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. ...

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, ...

Shopping Evening

Shopping Evening

Bromley, Kent

We are now taking booking for our Shopping evening. Lots of homemade products including: cakes, cards, arts and crafts, jewellery, soaps, ...

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 - ...

14th and 15tf November exhibition

14th and 15tf November exhibition

Gravesend, Kent

Held in Gravesend at Saint Andrews center. I sold some Christmas items and have been comissioned to do 3 pictures in fabric for a client. ...

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 ...

The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace

Gravesend, Kent

I am heading to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court this weekend. Hope it will give me some ideas on tips about running my own creative ...

Getting ready for bow tie creations

Getting ready for bow tie creations

Deal, Kent

As the Hythe Carano Fair is fast approaching, Im having a real push on trying to get dog bow ties ready. My co worker and mother, is currently ...

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 ...

Creation

Creation

Welling, Kent

My Planet, slowing grows from an idea into a reality. Images captured on photography trips are changed into tiny worlds. An idea seen on ...

Raring to go

Raring to go

Ashford, Kent

I have just joined UK Craft Fairs and am now raring to go. I have been designing and making jewellery forever but not really got into the ...

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. ...

Fun with Science

Fun with Science

Maidstone, Kent

I have been a childrens entertainer for over 35 years and have been communicating science and maths in the form of workshops and shows ...

great shop to support

great shop to support

Sittingbourne, Kent

I have out some of my pieces in the Arty Crafty Gift Shop in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey. It is a great shop to support and sells ...

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 ...

Hello everyone

Hello everyone

Sevenoaks, Kent

This would be so much easier over a cup of coffee! We have never been great at introductions, so we will try to keep this short and sweet. ...

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.