Contemporary crafts in action at Hatfield House

From 10th – 13th May Living Crafts celebrates outstanding British craft culture in an event buzzing with demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses, giving you a fantastic value day out. If you are a lover of crafts looking for a creative and inspiring experience, come and meet the makers and buy direct or commission a special piece at one of the leading craft events in the UK.

Organiser Robin Younger comments, ” This is a true celebration of British craftsmanship selected for its quality, design and individuality, with gifted makers coming from across the UK to showcase the very best from the world of art, craft and design. We hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy the festival vibe with live music, entertainment and dancing. Don’t miss the delicious refreshments from Pimms and traditional cream teas to wood-fired pizza and artisan ice creams!”

We are very pleased to welcome the expert makers in the Craft&Design Month marquee with crafting masterclasses ranging from enamelling, silver clay jewellery and hand built ceramics to amazing blacksmithing and a working forge. We are also keen to support so much talent and innovative design in the Emerging Designers Pavilion, with newly qualified makers exhibiting their work.

This is a festival of craft, set in pavilions in magnificent parkland and show highlights include a Sculpture Spectacular, a dramatic outdoor gallery around the showground, specially chosen craft in the Showcase Pavilion, the Art Centre, a Living History village, master glassblowing and the ever popular Food and Drink tent with specialist producers. Raku firing, cider making, ceramics, hurdle making, trugmaking, silversmithing, quilting and so many more demonstrations take place throughout the day.

Relaxed and informal workshops are led by experienced teachers,for both adults and children. Have a go at paper cutting, creating a lampshade and shoe making, newly introduced workshops for 2018, with no experience needed! You will be spoilt for choice in the huge variety of workshops available from feltmaking, willow weaving, throw-a-pot, wire sculpture and stone carving to papermaking, textile block printing and decopatch. (Workshops can prebooked at www.livingcrafts.co.uk)

Admission to the award-winning gardens surrounding the Old Palace, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, is also included with your ticket. With so much to see and do together with the very best of British craft, Living Crafts is a perfect creative day out in a beautiful historic setting for serious craft collectors and visitors of all ages.

Book tickets in advance and save money at livingcrafts.co.uk where further event information is available and please follow us on Twitter: @LivingCraftsUK

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