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, Oak & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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