Made with Care - Artisan Craft Fairs for 2022
We have been living in a world of fast fashion and mass production of cheap, throwaway items for many decades now but in recent years there has been a resurgence in craft making, products designed to last and made with care by artisans.
In 2019 the craft sector accounted for some £3bn in the UK and €2.9bn in Ireland.
Here are some of Ireland and Britain’s best Christmas and Winter Craft Fairs.
Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
Haddon Hall in Derbyshire has made quite a name for itself in recent years with the quality of its Mercatum artisan markets that feature the best of local, regional and national craft makers. Browse and shop as you wend your way through the romantic Haddon Hall, its courtyard and terraces.
When: 24 Nov, 25 Nov, 26 Nov, 27 Nov and 1 Dec, 2 Dec, 3 Dec, 4 Dec
9.30 am to 5.00 pm (last entry at 4.00 pm)
Where: Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1LA – see map below
Social: Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/haddonhall/
Ballymaloe, Cork, Ireland
Ireland is home to many fine artisans and the world-renowned Ballymaloe House have over recent years carefully curated a fine artisan craft fair over two weekends in November. Featuring activities for children, live music, craft making demonstrations and mulled wine.
Who: Classic silver, gold and gemstone jewellery by Christina Keogh – https://christinakeogh.ie
Silk scarves by Clare O’Connor – https://www.clareoconnor.net/shop-silkscarves-cashmerescarves
Ireland’s only vermouth – https://valentiaislandvermouth.ie/
When: 18 Nov, 19 Nov, 20 Nov and 25 No, 26 Nov, 27 Nov
Where: Ballymaloe Grainstore, Co. Cork, Ireland
Social: Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ballymaloe_grainstore/
Set in a fine 18th century mansion, Holkham Hall close to Blakeney in Norfolk is home to the Earl of Leicester and in December offers the region’s finest artisan products accompanied with live music.
Who: Stoneware by Kat Wheeler Ceramics
Artisan chocolate by Cocoa Collective
When: 10 Dec, 11 Dec
Where: Holkham Hall, Norfolk
Featuring more than 30 Scottish artisans Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries hosts a visual arts and craft fair in November.
Who: Slipware pottery by Fitch and McAndrew
Cushions and scarves by Jo Gallant
When: 5 Nov, 6 Nov
Where: Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, Scotland
Portmeirion Christmas Food and Craft Fair
The pretty seaside heritage village of Portmeirion in Wales is once again hosting its Christmas food and craft fair featuring the best of local artisan craft makers and food producers.
When: Dec 2, Dec 3, Dec 4
Where: Portmeirion, Wales