Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 May 2025

An inspirational day out for your group

Whether you are a coach tour organiser or local group, Living Crafts is the perfect destination for a day trip. Our quintessentially British festival offers your group an immersive craft experience discovering contemporary and heritage arts crafts.

It's an opportunity to meet and talk to over 200 hundred talented artists and designer makers from across the UK, to be amazed by live demonstrations, have-a-go at a new skill and shop for something handmade and unique. Living Crafts is a one-stop creative shopping experience, showcasing contemporary arts and crafts of an exceptional standard and celebrating the talents of the UK's most highly acclaimed designer-makers.

Living Crafts is the longest running craft festival in the UK and we are committed to bringing you the best craft experience. We look forward to welcoming your group in 2024 when we will be celebrating the 50th year of our premier event at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

Please call us on 02392 863871 for more information.

Live Glass blowing demonstration
Glass Blowing Theatre

Group bookings can be made at a discounted rate for 15 or more people. Prices for 2025 will be published in the Autumn.

Around the showground

  • Over 200 of the UK's leading creatives, artists, and designer-makers
  • A one-stop creative shopping experience, showcasing beautiful arts and crafts
  • Inspirational demonstrations including a glass blowing theatre.
  • Dozens of exciting workshops and activities to choose from
  • Mouthwatering treats from artisan food and drink producers
  • Delicious refreshments options for all dietary needs
  • Live musical entertainment by local bands and choirs
  • Complimentary entry to the gardens of Hatfield House
  • Free shuttle between the showground and Hatfield House
  • Easy access from major road networks
  • Parking for coaches next to the showground
Making memories at Living Crafts

Make the most of your day

Entry to our Festival of Living Crafts, tickets includes access to the extensive parkland of Hatfield House, beautiful woodland walks, and the Elizabeth Oak.

There will be a free shuttle running between the showground and the Stable Yard and the famous West Garden of the Old Palace including the Knot Garden. The Old Palace was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.

Your group will be able to join one of the hourly guided tours of the gardens with either a horticultural or historical focus. These run on the hour from 11am to 3pm and there is no need to book.

WEST gardens

Enhance your day

Group members can book to take part in one of a wide variety of fascinating and fun workshops with our expert tutors.

There are dozens of workshops to choose from, including watercolour painting in the Art Centre, jewellery making in the Workshop Pavilion and stone carving on the Showground.

The full list of workshops will be published on the website nearer the show dates; in the meantime the list of workshops that ran in 2024 are shown here.

There are usually some places available to book on the day but we do advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Stonecarving with sebastian rasch

Ready to Book?

You can register your interest now by calling us on 02392 863871.

Coach groups will be welcomed to the show by one of our event team with coach parking near the show entrance.

Hatfield House is just 2 miles from the A1(M), 20 miles north of London. Please note that coaches enter via the Sawmill entrance off the West bound carriageway of the A414. A map and full instructions will be provided when you book.

You can find more information about the location and visiting the event, on our Visitor Information page.