Festival of Living Crafts 2017


Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts AL9 5AB



Open to the Public


Craft Fair

Hundreds of designer-makers will be showcasing British crafts in action at Hatfield House in
Hertfordshire from the 4th to 7th May.

This four day craft extravaganza is dedicated to promoting cutting edge creativity and excellence in craftsmanship. Pavilions are packed with established makers, carefully vetted for their individuality and innovation with a festival atmosphere combining craft demonstrations, workshops and entertainment.

Visitors will be immersed for the day in British contemporary craft of exceptional quality, meet the friendly exhibitors who are passionate about their creative talents and enjoy watching craft masterclasses.

This is the perfect opportunity to buy handmade gifts with original designs and commission bespoke pieces of work direct from the makers. A huge range of craft will be exhibited, both contemporary and traditional ranging from studio glass, ceramics and designer jewellery to textiles, art, metal and wood.

Highlights for 2017 include a new Sculpture Spectacular, an open air 3D gallery featuring dramatic contemporary sculpture around the showground, celebrating the skills of carving and casting, the Art Centre, Showcase Pavilion, Living History 'Crafting Village' and the ever popular Food and Drink Marquee.

Don't miss the Craft & Design Pavilion - with the chance to get up close to highly skilled craft
demonstrations and the Emerging Designers Pavilion which supports recently qualified designer-makers and their amazing new talent. Living Crafts is an event true to its name with demonstrations taking place throughout the day, so enjoy meeting the makers and enjoy watching the skills of bodging, blacksmithing, basket making, studio ceramics, sculpting, bow making, jewellery making, glassblowing and so many more...

Living Crafts is fabulous, creative experience for all the family where British crafting traditions and contemporary skills are celebrated in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere in a magnificent parkland setting. Hatfield House is an outstanding historical venue, being the childhood residence of Queen Elizabeth 1 and renowned for Jacobean craftsmanship. Event tickets include admission to the beautiful West Garden surrounding Hatfield House and over 1,000 acres of parkland. 


4 - 7 May 2017

10.00am - 5.00pm daily


Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts AL9 5AB