Living Crafts at Cirencester Park Blog
Saturday 7th March 2020
Living Crafts Cirencester Park
As well as sharing news about the upcoming Living Crafts event at Cirencester Park in May we are also excited to be diving a little deeper into the stories of some of our wonderful crafters.
Meet the maker: Angels and Co
Handmade jewellery inspired by nature
Meet Emma Johnson from Angels and Co, whose stunning collection absolutely personifies everything Living Crafts is about – handmade, sustainable and British.
Emma creates unique handmade silver jewellery inspired by the beauty of nature. She also designs and creates a fabric range for the home, and gifts inspired by her love of vintage.
We’re so excited to welcome her to our first ever event at Cirencester Park this May, so we thought we’d asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better.
What makes your products unique?
With my jewellery being inspired by nature and my use of real leaves, petals and plants for their textures, every piece is unique. I love to incorporate gemstones and British handmade glass beads.
For my fabric designs I make limited editions for each season and use vintage fabric where possible which gives them their unique style.
Are your products sustainable?
Most of my jewellery contains recycled silver, and where possible I upcycle fabric for my designs. This includes my display stand which has been made with upcycled items.
What do you like most about Living Craft events?
Living Crafts events are always very well organised, and the shows always contain the very best of British crafts.
Will you be showcasing any new products for shoppers at Cirencester Park this May?
Yes. I will be making a new range of jewellery and fabric designs especially for this event.
We think that Emma’s collection reminds us that we are part of a naturally beautiful world and each piece connects back to our environment. Every intricate design has deep meaning and its own story to tell. It’s our privilege that she is attending our show and we can’t wait for you to see her collection.
You can meet Emma in person and see her work, along with our other designers, food vendors, entertainers and demonstrators, at the Living Crafts event at Cirencester Park on the 23rd – 25th May. The show is open 10am until 5pm each day and tickets are available here.
Sunday 23rd February 2020
The Living Crafts experience comes to the Cotswolds!
For decades, the Living Crafts event has been thrilling visitors at Hatfield House, and more recently the hugely popular Blenheim Palace Christmas event. This year, craft-lovers will be delighted to learn that the iconic event is coming to the Cotswolds for the very first time.
The 23rd until 25th May 2020, is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the UK’s best-loved British craft experience at the stunning Cirencester Park.
Family-run business, Living Crafts, has been at the forefront of promoting handmade British crafts for almost 50 years. Unlike other events, this unique show is an immersive, creative and educational experience for visitors.
“Both of my parents had a passion for handmade British craft and in 1974, organised their first show to support and promote local craftsmen and women. I have been involved in the shows since I was a child and share their passion and love for beautiful handmade British creations.
Now, in 2020, what better place to host an event than in the heart of the Cotswolds where people have a genuine desire for high-quality handmade products not found on the high street? And to continue our tradition of promoting the very best local craftspeople, we are featuring a ‘Crafts in the Cotswolds’ pavilion. Here, local art and craft organisations will be showcasing their work to an appreciative audience and highlighting the best of the Cotswolds craft scene.”
— Robin Younger, Living Crafts
What you’ll experience
Over 100 carefully chosen exhibitors have been invited to share their personal stories and show you how their products are transformed from raw material to the incredible pieces you’ll see on the day. And of course, you’ll have the opportunity to buy gifts for yourself and your home and garden. Each with a treasured memory of the maker and a unique insight into its making.
There will be exciting demonstrations such as the age-old tradition of glassblowing. And the chance to meet the new generation of talented British designers and their unique hand-crafted creations. Plus, workshops which allow you to get hands-on yourself with everything from chocolate making and willow weaving to stone carving and raku firing.
You can’t avoid the dedication, passion and enthusiasm of everyone you’ll meet on the day. The excitement at the show is contagious! The whole family will enjoy an uplifting and positive experience and leave with a renewed appreciation and inspiration for craft skills.
On top of the shopping and learning experiences on offer you can take your pick from the wonderful street vendors who will be creating irresistible artisan food and drink for you on the day. Or why not take afternoon tea and enjoy the splendour of Lord and Lady Bathurst’s 3,000 acre parkland? And of course, there will be music and entertainers to accompany the jubilation.
Get your tickets now!
The show is open from 10am until 5pm every day, parking is free of charge and involves a short walk to the event.
Parking for disabled visitors is right next to the entrance and you can hire mobility assistance to navigate the easily accessible exhibition areas.
Though dogs will not be permitted in the refreshment tent there will be designated walking trails through the parkland which dogs on leads are very welcome to enjoy. As an exception for the event Broad Avenue which runs from Cecily Gate to Seven Rides is being opened to dogs on leads for the three event days only. Normally they can only go half way!
“Crafts are an essential part of a creative and rich life and Living Crafts celebrates this gloriously.”
— Monty Don, TV Presenter
This May bank holiday weekend, indulge in your love of crafts with us for just £9 for adults, £8 for seniors and only £5 for children, when you book in advance. Under 5’s go free. There are also discounts for groups – book your tickets now.
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