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SCENE: Handm@de Craft Fairs – Winchester

by Deepa of www.lazygiraffe.com

Handm@de craft fairs started in 2008 in Oxford, in response to growing requests for more high quality craft fairs focussing entirely on handmade crafts and the people who make them.

To date, the fairs have taken place in the beautiful cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Winchester in their central town halls. These large cities are a perfect choice - with a bustling tourist scene, beautiful big venues and good culture of local shopping and supporting local businesses.

Handm@de craft fairs began when four women who each run their own creative businesses decided they wanted a craft fair that was accessible, high quality and really appreciated the growing handmade scene in the UK.

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When starting out, it became apparent that many other artists and crafters were looking for a similar kind of fair. Starting via handmade sites such as Etsy, Folksy, MyEhive and Coriandr, the organisers found that many people were interested in taking part in a fair like this.

Each Handm@de fair also supports a local charity by offering them a free table and the chance to run a raffle. Handcrafted items are donated to the raffle by the exhibitors and other artists from around the country.

The first fair was held in Oxford in 2008 and drew an impressive crowd of 1,300 people in the course of one day! The Handm@de team has now grown to 8 and all the people involved run their own creative businesses and sell their own work at the fairs.

The next fair takes place in Winchester on the 4th July, with a further Christmas fair in the pipeline for Winchester later this year.

The Winchester summer fair will feature a wide variety of stalls, something which the Handm@de organisers always strive to achieve for every fair. Handm@de Winchester will feature everything from glowing handmade lanterns, sweet and indulgent cupcakes, silversmithed Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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