Craft Fairs are a really important element of my work - not only as an opportunity to sell my work but also because they provide a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow makers and to build ongoing relationships with my customers. They area social and networking (did I mention shopping...) opportunity - which is really important to me, especially as 'making' can be quite a solitary affair if you work from home rather than in a communal studio or workspace.
I've noted below details of some of the Markets I try to attend on a regular basis. This year I have reduced the number of Markets I go to in order to focus on online sales, my Workshops and also to try to balance my family-worklife balance more successfully!
National Trust Tyntesfield
Tyntesfield Market runs on the first Sunday (10-3) of each month from March through to December. Tyntesfield also hosts the 'Made in North Somerset' Fair in October each year - a spectacular two day event which celebrates the best of local and handmade produce in North Somerset.
The Market is bursting with beautiful local and handmade produce, including arts & crafts, photography, jewellery and delicious food. You do not need to be a National Trust Member to visit the market - entry is free and there is plenty of free parking. Normal entrance fees to the House and Garden apply.
Made in Bristol Fair
The Made in Bristol Fair is held at the Colston Hall in Bristol, over 2-3 dates during December each year. It is possibly the highlight of my year in terms of events - imagine a beautiful, light-filled contemporary venue, with four floors of exquisite handmade and artisan craft...Christmas shopping doesn't get much better.