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for handmade items only and attracted a wide variety of small, that attract tourists but with a
every exhibitor is the designer artisan crafters who you wouldn’t good local culture and student
and creator of the goods they sell. normally see at the larger fairs population too.
The principle behind this is to help due to the cost”
local artists to show their products The fairs are organised by
to a new and exciting audience “We also made sure the fair was designers themselves and
whilst nurturing a culture that well advertised online and offline the fair is a non profit venture
is green and supportive of local in order to attract plenty of visitors. – all the money raised goes into
industry. We gave out goodie bags filled advertising the fair and paying
with small handmade items to for the venue. In addition, each
The first fair was held at the end of the first 200 visitors which meant fair also supports a local charity
November 2008 at the spectacular people were queuing up to get in by offering them a free table to
Oxford Town Hall, which is right in to the fair when we opened the exhibit on.
the centre of Oxford. This location doors!”
was perfect for attracting tourists UK Handmade will be exhibiting
and locals alike. The organisers This year brings new things for at Handm@de Cambridge on the
had expected around 400 - 500 Handm@de - the organising 4th April, come and visit us!
visitors but at the end of the group has grown to 8 with 3 fairs
day more than 1300 visitors had planned for 2009. The first will be
passed through the doors! at the Cambridge Guildhall on the
4th April, the second at Winchester
“The key to the success of Guild Hall on the 5th July and the
the Oxford fair was threefold,” final back at the Oxford Town
commented Rebecca Keith, who Hall on the 29th November. All
helped organise the first Oxford of the events are similar in nature
fair. “The fair was affordable to the original – all the buildings
for artists which meant that it are centrally located, in cities
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