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Handmade Oxford

The International Contemporary Crafts Festival

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Eat, drink, shop exquisite British craft and get involved in craft workshops, demonstrations and talk programs in the historic setting of Waterperry Gardens.

Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 June 2022

The hugely anticipated Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Crafts Festival, will be returning this June, allowing visitors to try delicious treats, shop for unique British crafts, and engage in a packed program of fun workshops, craft demonstrations, and talks programmes.

This year, the festival will welcome new and returning exhibitors with handmade jewellery, unique ceramic pieces, and must-have fashionable items. The wide range of disciplines on offer will ensure everyone will go home with something for themselves or a loved one. Meet the makers themselves throughout the festival whilst shopping and browsing exquisite, contemporary British craft. Click here to see the full list of exhibitors. This list is updated weekly.

Helen Chatterton Textiles, one of this year’s exhibitors said, “I'm really looking forward to Handmade in Britain at Waterperry Gardens at the end of June. It's a stunning location and the highest quality show. A great way to meet existing clients and maker friends and to meet new ones”.

From tempting treats to devilishly delicious vegan-friendly food, the wide range of artisan food and drinks on offer will ensure there is something for everyone. From boutique craft spirits Artisan Drinks, award-winning organic cheddar from Godminster, tasty plant-based food Greenbox Food Co, refreshing spirits from Highland Boundary, Artisan bakery Hush Hush Chefs, to Scandilicious serving freshest and Scandinavian food. You will also find Riverford Organic Farmers and more. Click here to see the full list of artisan food and drinks. This list is updated weekly.

Visitors will be able to find plenty of inspirational crafting ideas with live craft demonstrations hosted by our bespoke artists. Within their craft discipline, they will share their expertise, giving a chance for visitors to get hands-on with them whilst demonstrating in-person techniques such as printmaking. Perfect for families, eco-artist Jen Winnett will have coffee painting demonstration sessions with watercolours and Gemmeus will be showing how to make jewellery throughout the festival.

Visitors will also have a chance to join in and learn something new with our variety of workshops, including woodworking and marbling with Marbling 4 Fun, creating memorable experiences. Families can get creative together in ceramic painting with Emily Dawe of Oh Hello Maker and creating original drawing portraits with Gina Ferrari. Other engaging workshops include, an introductory class in lino cutting, learning how to makefibre from local stinging nettles, and more. Click here to see the full list of learning workshops. This list is regularly updated.

With a chance to learn from experts, our engaging talks program includes Craft in Conflict with Dr. Neelam Raina and Ms. Fatima Hussa, who will share their insightful research project on cultural mapping methodology. Helen Keys from Mallon Linen will share the fascinating journey of flax with live demonstrations and Justine Lee from Ossian Knitwear will share insights on diverse sheep breeds. Click here to see the exciting program line-up so far.

Various ticket offers are available, including family tickets and group bookings. The full exhibitor list, workshops, and talks are updated weekly on our website. Tickets are available now and can be purchased on handmadeinbritain.co.uk.

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