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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 and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 2 March 2024

BLUEWATER ARTISAN FAIR

BLUEWATER ARTISAN FAIR

Bluewater, Dartford, Greenhite, Kent

Saturday, 9 March 2024 (2 day event)

Keep it Local Craft Show

Keep it Local Craft Show

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 15 March 2024 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 16 March 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 17 March 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 April 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 7 April 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 20 April 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 21 April 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 4 May 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 12 May 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 18 May 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 19 May 2024

The British Country Show Kent

The British Country Show Kent

Wings of the Morning Field, Wrotham, Kent

Sunday, 26 May 2024 (2 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 1 June 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 2 June 2024

Kent Bead Fair

Kent Bead Fair

Farringham Village Hall, Farningham, Kent

Saturday, 8 June 2024

BLUEWATER ARTISAN FAIR

BLUEWATER ARTISAN FAIR

Bluewater, Dartford, Greenhite, Kent

Saturday, 8 June 2024 (2 day event)

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 9 June 2024

Keep it Local Craft Show

Keep it Local Craft Show

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 14 June 2024 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 15 June 2024

Kent County Show

Craft Fair

Kent Showground, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent

Friday, 5 July 2024 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 6 July 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 7 July 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 21 July 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 8 September 2024

Keep it Local Craft Show

Keep it Local Craft Show

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 13 September 2024 (3 day event)

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 21 September 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 22 September 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 5 October 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 13 October 2024

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 19 October 2024

Stag Theatre Sevenoaks Artisan Craft and Gift Fayre

Stag Theatre Sevenoaks Artisan Craft and Gift Fayre

Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks, Kent

Saturday, 26 October 2024

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 27 October 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 2 November 2024

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 3 November 2024

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, 9 November 2024

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 10 November 2024

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, 16 November 2024

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 17 November 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 23 November 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 24 November 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 24 November 2024

Keep it Local Craft Show

Keep it Local Craft Show

Coolings Nurseries, Knockholt, Kent

Friday, 29 November 2024 (3 day event)

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

Tunbridge Wells Christmas Artisan Craft and Gift Markets

One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Sunday, 1 December 2024

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, 7 December 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Sunday, 8 December 2024

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

Faversham Christmas Artisan Crafts and Gift Markets

The Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent

Saturday, 14 December 2024

Choughed Online Art

Choughed Online Art

Bromley, Kent

Hello. I am Paul, and I run Choughed, an online art gallery based in Bromley, Kent. I ...

Lilli Creative

Lilli Creative

Orpington, Kent

Firstly, I extend a warm welcome to Lilli Creative’s range of unique home decor. It has ...

Brushstrokes

Brushstrokes

Ashford, Kent

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

Warm Woolies

Warm Woolies

West Malling, Kent

I was taught to knit quite a few years ago by my grandmother, we spent many hours making ...

Alison Trimble

Alison Trimble

Ramsgate, Kent

ACPT Welcome to my page. Here you will find a variety of art and craft pieces, created ...

Emreyhill Jewellery

Emreyhill Jewellery

Sevenoaks, Kent

Emreyhill is a unique creative small Family business based in Kent. We use ethical antique ...

The Yogi Fox

The Yogi Fox

Westerham, Kent

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

Meyer van Rensburg

Meyer van Rensburg

Edenbridge, Kent

Meyer van Rensburg paints in oils and does charcoal sketches. He has been drawing ever ...

Alexandra Moraru

Alexandra Moraru

Maidstone, Kent

I have always thought I could never come up to that stage where my art would be appreciated ...

Everything flowers by Tricia ann

Everything flowers by Tricia ann

Tonbridge, Kent

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

Lesley Anne Legg

Lesley Anne Legg

West Malling, Kent

I first started my passion for pottery whilst studying at Goldsmiths College, University ...

Aztec Kreative Studio

Aztec Kreative Studio

Edenbridge, Kent

Aztec Kreative Studio Edenbridge. There are so many ways to be creative, we hope to help ...

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 ...

Handmade by Melody

Handmade by Melody

Oxted, Kent

Welcome to my little crochet space! I’m Melody… the maker behind ‘Handmade by Melody’. ...

JAQ CANDLES

JAQ CANDLES

West Wickham, Kent

A family run business born from the love of a great candle! Our exquisite Soy Wax candles ...

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 ...

Iteka Scents

Iteka Scents

Swanley, Kent

Welcome to Iteka. My name is Diane, I grew up in France and I have been living in London ...

Jan Tomei Ceramics

Jan Tomei Ceramics

Orpington, Kent

Having graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a BA in Ceramics back in 2000 I ...

Ant Kelly Creations

Ant Kelly Creations

Bexley, Kent

Hello, this is Ant (short for Antoinette). I have been working with clay since the autumn ...

Core Belief Natural Beauty

Core Belief Natural Beauty

Kemsing, Kent

Handmade luxury natural skincare and bath indulgence. Perfume, candles and made to order. ...

Ciao Candles

Ciao Candles

Bromley, Kent

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

Leather Revived

Leather Revived

Maidstone, Kent

Making leather handbags and other goods from recycled and offcut leather

Val

Val

Orpington, Kent

Hi Im val i started crafting with painted pots for my garden then porgessed onto over ...

JTK Candle Co

JTK Candle Co

Edenbridge, Kent

My name is Natalie and I am the chandler and creator of JTK Candle Co. JTK is inspired ...

Faraway forest

Faraway forest

Dartford, Kent

Hand created fantasy lantern art specialising in woodland scenes incorporating miniature ...

Kelly Feast

Kelly Feast

Tonbridge, Kent

I like to capture depth, perspective and colour in my work. I try to bring nature to ...

Eloises Little Crafts

Eloises Little Crafts

Folkestone, Kent

I handmade crochet crafts, ranging from baby gifts and snuggies to keyrings to toys. ...

Green is the glass

Green is the glass

Bexley, Kent

Here at Greenistheglass, we offer beautiful fused glass artefacts often inspired by Melissa’s ...

Pinceaux et Toiles

Pinceaux et Toiles

Sevenoaks, Kent

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

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 ...

Fairfield Skincare

Fairfield Skincare

Folkestone, Kent

I started making my own soap over 3 years ago, after studying the components of commercial ...

Huskii Cabin

Huskii Cabin

Swanley, Kent

I make a range of products, much from wood that would otherwise end up in a fire. I ...

Noahs art designs uk

Noahs art designs uk

Dartford, Kent

Hi my name is Greg Shrubsole, I set up Noahs Art Designs UK through inspiration from ...

Tamsin Steel Art

Tamsin Steel Art

Ashford, Kent

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

Dotty Love

Dotty Love

Edenbridge, Kent

Welcome to Dottylove! It is so lovely to have tou drop by...in the real world Id put ...

Beautiful unique dish

Beautiful unique dish

Willesborough, Kent

Homemade pottery made and fired at home in my small studio

TP Pottery

TP Pottery

Willesborough, Kent

I have an Etsy shop and instagram

TP pottery

TP pottery

Willesborough, Kent

My name is Tina I have a small studio at home where I create my pottery. Each item is ...

Autumn at the Studio Edenbridge

Supplier

Edenbridge, Kent

Autumn and winter are the most likely seasons for people to be more creative in doors ...

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 ...

Personalise your candle for a gift

Exhibitor

Bromley, Kent

At Ciao Candles we can personalise your candle with a wooden initial free of charge. ...

Aztec Threads and Mabels Emporium

Aztec Threads and Mabels Emporium

Edenbridge, Kent

We that is Aztec Threads are pleased to tell all our customers that from Saturday the ...

Aztec Threads

Aztec Threads

Edenbridge, Kent

We had a late Summer break and so are now refreshed, with lots of great new ideas for ...

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 ...

Who are we Aztec Threads

Who are we Aztec Threads

Edenbridge, Kent

Although we have been on this site for some years this is the first time I have done ...

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

Exhibitor

Bromley, Kent

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

Fun with Science

Exhibitor

Maidstone, Kent

I have been a childrens entertainer for over 35 years and have been communicating science ...

Jane Verrell Landscapes

Exhibitor

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.