Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival 2018

Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival 2018

Head to Devon for this year's festival of contemporary craft where you'll be in amazed at the creative genius alive and well in the UK

By Noah Dugall
Susie Vaughan basket

The Bovey Tracey Contemporary Crafts Festival takes place 8-10 June and is not to be missed if you love craft, want the chance to learn a new skill or two, and be able to acquire a unique piece that you won't find anywhere else. Pictured above: hedgerow basket handmade by Susie Vaughan. The event also offers free workshops for children aged 2-14. So summer fun in the West Country...come rain or shine. (Adult) Day Tickets £9

Now in its 15th year, this contemporary crafts fair has become hugely popular, with people descending on Bovey Tracey from all over the UK. It's renowned for bringing together talented artists and craftspeople and it's become something of a destination for collectors.

The festival takes place at Mill Marsh Park from 8-10 June and yes, it really does offer fun for all the family. Children can enjoy a wide variety of free workshops, while adults wanting to try their hand at a craft can enjoy workshops led by experts (bookable at a cost of £15). So you can learn about book making, paper cutting, papermaking with plants and silk flowers, and hammered flower printing, for example.

See decorative pieces made from wood, ceramics, glass, textiles and paper - look out for porcelain lights by Alison Graham and vessels by ceramicist Abigail Leach. Emily Notman's textiles are exquisite while Ruth Green's prints are exuberant and fun. Find pieces large and small to suit all pockets.

Last year's event attracted some 10,000 visitors over the three days
Ritualform iv by mixed media artist Gizella K Warburton. She used cloth, paper, wool and weathered wood
Broken ceramic vases recovered with textiles and stitched together by Zoe Hillyard
Fish Crate, mosaic and wood, by Lincs-based Angela Ibbs. www.angelaibbsdesigns.co.uk
Papier mâche animal head by Hereford-based Anya Keeley

You'll find modern wood furniture and accessories from exhibitors including Susie Vaughan, who uses wood collected from hedgerows to make her beautiful baskets.

Enjoy live music, craft demonstrations, talks and events in the town itself - in short an eco-friendly action-packed weekend is in store for all comers.

The fair funs from 8-10 June, adult day tickets cost £9 and accompanied children under 14 are free. For more info see the website.

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