KIRSTIE ALLSOPP LAUNCHES A NEW EXCITING EVENT FOR THE CRAFT CALENDAR: THE HANDMADE FAIR
Today marks the official launch of The Handmade Fair, proudly sponsored by Hobbycraft, which will take place in the beautiful historic park of Hampton Court Palace from 19th to 21st September 2014, organised by Brand Events.
Having spearheaded Britain’s craft revolution for the last 5 years, Kirstie Allsopp has gathered together the best experts in the land to create a learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products, making The Handmade Fair the first and only event to put making AND learning at the heart of the show. This fantastic day out will give every visitor the opportunity to make something in one of our craft workshops, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the Super Theatre, enjoy great food in the palace gardens, and buy beautiful products from handpicked sellers.
“My hope is for The Handmade Fair to be a gathering of all the wonderful people I have had the huge privilege of working with over the years and many more. I want it to be a place where everyone can come to learn, be inspired and meet kindred spirits.” Kirstie Allsopp
The Handmade Fair will provide 6 learning workshops, known as ‘Craft Banquets’, where attendees can learn and make with the best experts in the industry. Each tent will seat 100 attendees for 6 sessions per day, covering knitting and textiles, jewellery making, paper craft, food, upcycling and seasonal crafts.
A super demo theatre will stage conversations with the best experts in craft passing on their skills, inspirations and experience to the audience. The theatre will seat 600 attendees for 6 sessions per day across the three day event.
There is nothing better than learning and sharing your crafts with fellow enthusiasts – 250 of them! In our Grand Make tents you will be inspired and taught how easy it is to make something in a few minutes, creating beautiful products to use in your home, at a party or as a gift.
Catriona Marshall, Chief Executive of Hobbycraft, comments on the sponsorship: “We’re really excited to be involved in this fantastic celebration of craft. At Hobbycraft our mission is to get the country making and our colleagues, throughout our 79 stores, have a passion to get crafting, so this is the perfect event to be involved with. Our customers have the same love for Kirstie’s crafting as us and we’re delighted to share this event with them.”
An amazing day out for any craft enthusiast or someone having a go for the first time – tickets go on general sale in May and will be available from www.thehandmadefair.com
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Notes to Editors
Kirstie Allsopp lives between London and Devon with her partner Ben Andersen, two sons and two stepsons. Best known for presenting C4’s hugely successful craft series; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Kirstie’s Handmade Britain; Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas; Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas; Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas; Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free; and long-running property series Location, Location, Location. She has invigorated the world of crafting, inspiring us to dig out forgotten treasures and with a bit of imagination, create something new and beautiful for our homes. Kirstie has also written the books; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Craft; Kirstie’s Vintage Home; and Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas.
Kirstie gives a great deal of time to various charities but her main focus is promoting the work of HomeStartUK, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities and Keep Britain Tidy. All of these charities encourage people to take back control of their lives, their homes, their streets and their communities.
Kirstie is allergic to unplumped cushions & tinsel free trees.
Based in London, Brand Events is one of the UK’s most successful consumer events companies, renowned for launching ground breaking events. Brand Events portfolio includes; Top Gear Live, the world’s leading motoring theatre show which has travelled to 15 countries, 21 cities and entertained over 1.8 million fans; CarFest, the brain child of Chris Evans which so far have raised over £2million for BBC Children in Need; Taste Festivals, the world’s greatest restaurant festival which since its flagship event has been launched in over 16 cities including Rome, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, and Dublin.
- Hobbycraft is the UK’s leading out of town art and craft retailer, offering over 30,000 arts and crafts products in-store and online.
- Hobbycraft products are available from 79 stores nationwide and online.
- For more information visit: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/