Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 May 2025

Make the most of your day at Living Crafts

Living Crafts is a creative day out for all the family and showcases hundreds of our much-loved designer-makers. Come and enjoy masterclasses, spectacular demonstrations and dozens of workshops. This guide will help you to see what's on and find your way around the showground.

Ash, Elm & Yew - The Shopping Pavilions

A shopping experience like no other, this is your opportunity to buy direct from designer-makers, add to your collection and commission bespoke pieces you won't find anywhere else. Take time to chat to exhibitors, discover what inspires them and understand their creative processes. You can browse beautifully crafted work and support talented designer-makers from across the UK. Also look out for exhibitors in their own gazebos around the showground.

In our shopping Pavilions you will find ceramics, crochet, embroidery, fashion, furniture, hand-poured candles, homewares, knitwear, glass, jewellery, leatherwork, marquetry, millinery, original art, photography, pottery, skincare, textiles, weaving, wood-working and much, much more.

Ladies shopping
Food and drink
LIME - The Food & Drink Pavilion. Always a favourite, the food and drink pavilion offers sweet and savoury treats from across the UK and Europe. Tantalise your tastebuds, sample fabulous food and delicious drinks and meet artisan producers. Look out for more foodie treats in gazebos around the showground.
Calligraphy square
CHERRY - Visit The Art Centre for all your artist materials and supplies, including paints developed and produced in the UK. This is also your destination if you have signed up for a painting, drawing or calligraphy workshop.
St albans upholstery
FIR - The Masterclass Pavilion. Meet a group of master craftsmen and women, selected for the high level of expertise in their chosen craft discipline. They will be demonstrating their skills throughout the day and will be happy to answer your questions and explain their creative process.

BIRCH - The Workshop Pavilion

Always a hive of activity, Birch is where you will find most of the workshops. The majority are pre-bookable through our Workshop Page, but most of our tutors keep a couple of places for you to book on the day. Be quick because they are usually snapped up early! There are a few drop-in activities including chocolate decorating for children and marbling. You can also browse work by our expert tutors and do some shopping.

See all the Workshops & Activities here

Block printing workshop
Glass blowing demonstrations
The Glassblowing Theatre - a unique opportunity to see live glassblowing. Join the Burke family as they demonstrate their amazing skills with timed demonstrations throughout the day.
Draw knife demonstration
Traditional Woodworking - the world of woodworking comes to life with a variety of demonstrations. Look out for horse logging, pole lathes, green woodworking, woodturning, woodcarving, trug making & willow weaving.
Living history demonstration
Living History Village - Step back in time to meet artisans bringing traditional crafting skills to life, re-enacting ancient techniques and offering an insight into the historical importance of craft in daily life.

Maple - Art in Herts

The ‘Art in Herts’ marquee will be buzzing with activity giving visitors the opportunity to meet enthusiasts from amateur art and craft groups across Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties. They are always keen to recruit new members!

National and regional organisations will also be represented at the show with spinning and weaving, marquetry, quilting, embroidery, machine knitting and flydressing. Herts & Essex Woodcarvers will be creating intricate designs and Alban Lacemakers will be making traditional bobbin lace. You can also meet members of the International Feltmakers' Association in their own pavilion and have a go at feltmaking.

We are excited to be hosting the 72nd International Exhibition of the Marquetry Society, offering you an exceptional opportunity to marvel at world class marquetry, meet the artists and see them at work.

Egg by Ivor Bagley
Workshops for children
For all the family - Living Crafts is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to discover how things are made and to be inspired by craft. There are lots of activities for them to have a go with more information on our Workshop and Activities page
Showcase Pavilion
The Showcase Pavilion - where we have curated a special 50th Anniversary exhibition of beautiful work for you to browse. Meet the Living Crafts team and have your show queries answered.
Delicious street food square copy
Food & Drink - Choose from a selection of delicious festival food options around the showground to suit all tastes including street food, artisan producers and Eaton's where you can sit down and relax with your friends and family.

Hatfield House and Gardens

Entry to Living Crafts includes access to the extensive parkland of Hatfield House with the famous Elizabeth Oak and beautiful walks.

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

Enhance your Living Crafts experience with a complimentary tour of the Old Palace gardens led by expert guides from Hatfield House. Alternating, between a horticulture or history-focused tour and running hourly from 11am to 3pm. No booking necessary.

WEST gardens

Entertainment

Jupiter singers

We’re 50 and Living Crafts is celebrating this marvellous milestone with some great entertainment at the show. Pick up a Pimms, relax and enjoy!