The Hyde End Craft Fair is a long established event, running for the last seventeen years, during which time there have been several organisers. This year Living Heritage took over the organisation a couple of years ago, and would like to welcome both old and new visitors to the fair, which due to the weather of the past few years, has been moved back into July this year.
For those of you who have visited the show before, a lot of the familiar faces and crafts will be there: quality artists, designers and craftsmen and women are attending this event, giving you the opportunity to buy or commission quality hand crafted items from some of Britain’s finest.
We will have a number of large, undercover craft marquees with a huge variety of different crafters and their work, ideal for Christmas shopping, or going home with a little treat for yourself. Crafts include everything from many different styles of jewellery; pottery; artwork; clothing and homewear as well as some more quirky pieces!
We will also be hosting a food hall, with delicious foods from both local producers and further afield. The second year at Hyde End this year, we know this will again be very popular and are looking forward to the many flavours of sausages, spirits, cheeses and so much more that will be on offer in their dedicated marquee.
Working Craft Demonstrations
In fact there will also be quite a few new faces, bringing with them a whole host of different crafts and skills, with more of an emphasis on working demonstrations. As well as crafters demonstrating smaller crafts, such as jewellery, in the craft marquees, we have a number of demonstration tents and areas featuring some of our ‘larger crafts’ – for example:
One of our most popular demonstrations, Ed and Marg Burke from EM Glass will be doing hourly demos of glass blowing, showing you how one of their stunning pieces is created from a small pile of sand. Worth getting there early, because these are always very popular, you will be amazed at the processes gone through to create the perfect wine glass. And the opportunity to buy some rather unique Christmas presents from their stunning showroom.
A favourite at all our shows, watch these master craftsmen create stunning pieces for your home or garden using nothing but a chainsaw! Demonstrating larger pieces throughout the weekend,our carvers will also be doing twice daily speed carves, where they have just thirty minutes to produce a sculpture then auctioned off to the highest bidder. Fascinating to watch and all too tempting to buy.
Have A Go
We will be giving you (or your children) the opportunity to have a go yourself, throw a pot and see how easy it really isn’t!
There is also a wonderful ‘Make and Take’ area where your children can get involved and their hands painty!
Yes, we have real bees, safely contained of course, but giving you the opportunity to see something of what goes on behind the production of your honey, and of course the opportunity to buy some of that honey, having met the producers! Tracey and Becky Huckstepp.
No craft show would be complete without demonstrating the traditional art of blacksmithing, and we have two of the best in Stokes of England Blacksmiths and Caleys Blacksmiths. A blacksmith is ‘a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut’ – come and see how it’s done.