CRAFT FAIRS – Craft In Focus Returns to Berkshire and Surrey

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Autumn 18 issue.

Craft In Focus is staging two of their contemporary craft events in the area this autumn – one at Wellington College, Crowthorne from 26-28 October and its popular Christmas event at RHS Garden Wisley from 21-25 November. Both events offer a calibre of exhibitor not usually seen at other craft fairs and are worth a visit!

Ring by Alyson Green

Above: Ring by Alyson Green

The Crowthorne event is an indoor event featuring around 100 exhibitors including a selection of food stands with an admission of £5. There is a café available to meet up with friends during or after your visit as well as live music from instrumental guitar duo Aquillo at the weekend.

The event at RHS Garden Wisley will be held in floored and heated marquees within the Garden and features around 190 exhibitors! The event also incorporates a Food Pavilion for a “Taste of Christmas” and delicious food on offer includes handmade chocolates, Christmas cakes and puddings, spice blends, liqueurs, artisan gin, olive oils, nut products, truckle cheeses and fruit infused spirits.

Throughout the event there will be live music which will include The Synergy Live Band, The Corcovado Project and a cutting-edge, all-female string ensemble – Gold Quartet.

Work featured at both events will include artwork, fused and blown glass, woodwork, metalwork, textiles, fashion, ceramics and more all designed and made by some of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftmakers and artists and visitors can be assured they are purchasing from individual and talented UK designer makers.

Wooden Chickens by Jeff Soan

Above: Wooden chickens by Jeff Soan

Both of these events offer a perfect opportunity to see and purchase something special for someone or even treat yourself. It is also possible to commission work from many of the exhibitors if you wish to create a bespoke piece for someone, yourself or your home.

Tregear Ceramics

Above: Tregear Ceramics

For further information contact Craft in Focus on 01622 747325 or visit their website at Opening times for the Crowthorne event are: 26-28 October, 12 noon – 5pm on Friday, 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £5. Venue address: Wellington College, Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 6DY

Opening times for the Wisley event are: 21-25 November, 9am – 5.30pm Wednesday to Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Normal Garden admission applies and includes admission to the craft fair. Free admission for RHS Members and a guest. Venue address: RHS Garden Wisley, Nr Woking, GU23 6QB