Celebrity Kirstie Allsopp has launched a new craft fair, which will take place in Hampton Court Palace in Surrey from September 19 to September 21.
Organised by Brand Events, The Handmade Fair will gather together experts to create ‘a learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products’.
The event, which is is sponsored by Hobbycraft, will give visitors the opportunity to make something in a craft workshop, listen to presentations, enjoy food in the palace gardens, and buy products from hand-picked sellers.
“My hope is for The Handmade Fair to be a gathering of all the wonderful people I have had the huge privilege of working with over the years and many more. I want it to be a place where everyone can come to learn, be inspired and meet kindred spirits,” said Kirstie.
The Fair will offer six learning workshops, known as ‘Craft Banquets’. Each tent will seat 100 attendees for six sessions per day, covering knitting and textiles, jewellery making, paper craft, food, upcycling and seasonal crafts.
A demo theatre will stage conversations with craft experts passing on their skills, inspirations and experience to the audience. The theatre will seat 600 attendees for six sessions per day across the three-day event.
Catriona Marshall, chief executive of Hobbycraft, commented: “We’re really excited to be involved in this fantastic celebration of craft. At Hobbycraft our mission is to get the country ‘making’, and our colleagues, throughout our 79 stores, have a passion to get crafting, so this is the perfect event to be involved with. Our customers have the same love for Kirstie’s crafting as us and we’re delighted to share this event with them.”
Kirstie is best known for presenting C4’s ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’; ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Britain’; ‘Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas’; ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas’; ‘Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas’; ‘Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free’; and long-running property series ‘Location, Location, Location’.