YES! I’ve got my tickets in hand and my shopping list sorted out. Tomorrow I’m off to the International Craft & Hobby Fair Show at the NEC Birmingham, UK. This year there are three, yes, three exhibits for the price of one.
Crafts For Christmas will have exhibitors showing and selling crafted jewellry, festive food and drink, toys and games, art and fashion…everything you’d want for the holiday season either as gifts or for giving your home that festive feel.
Art Materials Live with free demonstrations by leading artists, workshops, a chance to win a painting weekend in the French Alps and dozens of stalls selling everything a beginner or expert could possible need to pursue their interests.
And, my favourite, Hobbycrafts. All manner of supplies, kits, services and ideas for projects can be found here. The exhibitors offer demonstrations in all kinds of crafts including cardmaking, papercraft, cross-stitch, beading and woodcrafts and so much more. And, Faye Whitakker, the British artist who created the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ range will be there. Yay!
I adore this craft fair. It’s not just about hobbies. There are also food stalls where you can sample their mouth-watering wares before you buy. Workshops where you can try something new and maybe walk off with a new way to get creative. And if you do develop a new interest or two, there are plenty of stalls where you can stock up on supplies at very reasonable prices. Usually better than you can find in shops.
With three exhibit halls and 200 stalls too visit, it’s going to be a long, tiring wonderful day. I can’t wait.