The Handmade Craft Fair Heads to Wiltshire’s Bowood

Kirstie Allsopp comes to Bowood! 22- 24 June 2018

The Handmade Fair presented by Kirstie Allsopp is coming to Wiltshire for the very first time this summer, giving craft enthusiasts across the South West the chance to experience the ultimate creative day out.

You can save £4 off the price of a full experience ticket using code BOWOODFULL, when you book!

The fair will take place at Bowood House and Gardens (between Calne and Chippenham) from 22nd to 24th June, where guests can enjoy an array of expert talks and hands-on workshops as they indulge in the perfect day out for craft lovers.

The fair programme will include live ‘craft-offs’ from the experts, Q&As and demonstrations from some of the country’s best-known makers, as well as a series of creative workshops where visitors can learn new skills, and share tips and tricks with like-minded creatives. Workshops will include needle felting, calligraphy, wirework and Indian block printing, to name just a few.

Visitors will also have the chance to purchase some of the finest tools, materials, and beautiful handmade products from a range of handpicked sellers, while sampling delicious artisan food.

TV presenter, Kirstie Allsopp, will top the bill on Friday, followed by Liz Earle, skincare specialist and founder of the multi-award winning Fairtrade jewellery range, and gardening expert, Sarah Raven.

Handmade FairKirstie said: “The Handmade Fair at Bowood is a fabulous way for craft enthusiasts and lovers of all things handmade to get a little taste of everything. So come along, meet like-minded people, and get inspired to build on an existing skill or ignite a brand new passion – we can’t wait to see what you create!”

Freya Kingsley, sales and show manager at Brand Events, adds: “We are thrilled to be taking The Handmade Fair to Wiltshire for the very first time this summer, and Bowood is the perfect setting to share the weekend with guests looking to celebrate the beauty of handmade.

“So, whether you’re looking to learn how to become a maker, upcycle a piece of furniture you already own, or purchase one from our fabulous sellers, we know The Handmade Fair will help you to make your lives and homes even more beautiful.”

Lady Lansdowne said: “The Handmade Fair and Bowood are such a natural fit with a shared intuition for the timelessness of English country lifestyle and a knack for blending the old and the new. As an interior designer and a passionate cook, I am particularly excited that the show has selected Bowood House and Gardens as its Wiltshire venue. The three-day event’s very nature completely plays to my own creative zest. It’s so important to share arts-and-crafts pursuits, and their traditions, between generations and encourage each other towards modernising twists. Spending time doing so with my grandchildren is a tremendous joy and I know that The Handmade Fair will capture this spirit beautifully.Handmade Fair

“It will be marvellous to welcome both Kirstie Allsopp and Sarah Raven back to Bowood too. Our family has known Kirstie since she was a child while Sarah set out the original picking garden for us in our walled garden and just last year gave a wonderful master class on ‘Creative Containers’ at Bowood. It will be the perfect occasion to introduce Liz Earle to what makes Bowood so special and learn more about what inspires her creatively. Equally, everyone at Bowood is looking forward to offering all other returning and new visitors a brand new summer attraction with the arrival of The Handmade Fair.”

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Show details

The Handmade Fair in Wiltshire is the perfect day out with friends or family, mixing shopping, eating and making, all in one place.

Each ticket can be customised to include the sessions you’re most interested in. These include:

  • A Super Theatre session – featuring Kirstie, Liz, Sarah and more
  • A Skills Workshop of your choice – get hands-on and polish up an existing skill, or try something completely new
  • Grand Make – learn and share your skills with over 250 fellow enthusiasts

Handmade FairTicket options include:

  • Entry Only tickets – includes access to the boutique shopping village and artisan marketplace – £12
  • Full Experience tickets – includes one Super Theatre session, one Skills Workshop, and one Grand Make, as well as access to the boutique shopping village and artisan marketplace – £29
  • VIP experience tickets – all the benefits of a Full Experience ticket, plus VIP perks including free-flowing fizz, lunch, exclusive Q&A, priority seating in the Super Theatre, and all day access to the VIP lounge, with refreshments and entertainment – £90

Book tickets to the The Handmade Fair, Bowood, by clicking here.

You can save £4 off the price of a full experience ticket using code BOWOODFULL, meaning it will cost just £25!

In addition to The Handmade Fair in Wiltshire, there will be another show at The Green at Hampton Court Palace from 14th to 16th September. You can book tickets to this event here.

Competition Time

We have a fantastic competition where you can win one pair of Full Experience Tickets, with 4 pairs of Entry only as runner up prizes. To be in with a chance of winning, please send an email to before midnight on 17th June. You can also win by sharing and retweeting our Facebook and Twitter posts.