Living Crafts brings you beautifully crafted designs chosen for their high quality and innovation. More than just a craft show, this is creative day out for all the family with hundreds of designer-makers, masterclasses, workshops and spectacular craft demonstrations. The event takes place in matted pavilions on the Queen Elizabeth Oak Showground, in the magnificent parkland at Hatfield House and admission includes entry to the West Gardens.
Featuring the best of contemporary and traditional craft from jewellery-making, ceramics, studio glass, art, woodworking, designer fashions and textiles to bodging, besom making and cider pressing, Living Crafts celebrates an inspiring range of craft. New for 2017 is the Sculpture Spectacular, an exhibiton of contemporary pieces around the showground. Also don't miss the popular marquee dedicated to food and drink producers with foodie treats...
Living Crafts will be featuring a special Craft&Design marquee with established makers displaying their work and giving masterclasses and demonstrations, supporting an exciting nationwide project.
The ‘Art in Herts’ marquee will be buzzing with activity giving visitors the opportunity to meet enthusiasts from amateur art and craft groups from across Hertfordshire, who are keen to recruit new talent! National and regional organisations will also be represented at the show with spinning and weaving, marquetry, quilting, embroidery, machine knitting and photography. Members of the British Woodcarving Association will be creating intricate designs and Alban Lacemakers will be making traditional bobbin lace.
Bringing traditional crafting skills to life, the Living History Village will be a reenactment of ancient techniques, offering an insight into the importance of craft in daily life.
A brass band and traditional Maypole and sword dancing add to the festival atmosphere at the weekend. Maypole dancing will be performed by local children on the Thursday and Friday, together with live jazz. Historical storytelling by yarnsmith Dave Tong will entertain visitors of all ages throughout the show.
A short walk or shuttle bus ride away through the beautiful parkland leads you to Hatfield House, a Jacobean masterpiece which is the home of The Marquess of Salisbury. Admission to Living Crafts also includes entry to the renowned West Gardens surrounding The Old Palace, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, which open from 10.00am - 5.30pm. Hatfield House will be open from 11.00am - 4.00pm for an additional charge. Please see www.hatfield-house.co.uk for further information.
Seven acclaimed British sculptors will be exhibiting in the new Sculpture Spectacular around the showground giving you the chance to get up close to the inspiring forms. This open air gallery features contemporary work, from abstract to figurative in wood, stone, resin and bronze, celebrating the amazing skills of carving and casting.