Welcome to the Living Crafts, Art, Design & Innovation website.
Living Crafts, the largest show of its kind in Europe, attracts thousands of visitors each day and is an event not to be missed. The range of crafts is enormous with literally hundreds of designer-makers from across the British Isles. With stunning jewellery, ceramics and art to beautiful fashions, glass and leather, you'll be spoilt for choice. There will be a wide variety of lectures, hands-on workshops and spectacular demonstrations appealing to all ages. As a seasoned visitor or a brand new enthusiast, you can be ensured that your visit to Living Crafts will give you the best possible insight into the world of crafts.
“...the pioneers of sophisticated craft shows” B Chandler (Evening Standard)
“Absolutely amazing; 7 hours going around. We're coming back for two days next year!” L Saggers (Epping)
“A Jewel of a show Ė we have had a wonderful day” Mr Brown(North London)
“I visited as a teenager. I've brought my children and now my grandchildren too” The Styles family (Brentwood)
“There is such a superb standard of work here. We spent far too much!” Mrs Stevens (Welwyn Garden City)
“We had a go at so many new things Ė my favourite was the stone carving” Sophie aged 8
“We loved everything, there is so much to see and so many lovely hand-made things to buy” J Stevens (Milton Keynes)
“I have been coming for the past fourteen years and wouldn't miss it for the world” Mrs Shaw (Chelmsford)
“...absolutely fantastic” J Green (New Zealand)
“...the best ever” J Womersley (Yorkshire)
“...absolutely stunning and an amazing craft show. The best I've ever been to” R Turner (Essex)
“...amazing and brilliant! Such a lovely day out” M Hensman (Essex)
“Best show ever!” W Cawthorne
“Loved the quality and range of the craft” P Hardcastle
“This is a fantastic family day out with lots to workshops for children and adults, we had a great time” S Bretherton
Whether you are a crafts connoisseur or simply looking for a great family day out, Living Crafts is an experience not to be missed and full of activity. Try an oil painting class, join a stone carving workshop, create your own hand-pulled print or have a go at spinning and weaving. Join an oil painting taster session or listen to one of our guest speakers as they bring a painting to life before your eyes. From pyrography to papermaking, these are just some of the many exciting activities to experience and crafts to try at Living Crafts.
Entertainment is provided by jazz bands, together with special art & craft activities and storytelling for children. Over the weekend you can relax to the sounds of a steel band, a brass band and enjoy watching some country dancing.
Parking is adjacent to the showground and historic Hatfield House with its beautiful gardens and the Old Palace, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, is only a few minutes walk awayor short ride on the free shuttle bus.