31 October-3 November 2019 · NEC · Birmingham

Opening times 9.30am - 5.00pm (4pm Sunday)
Event Hall: 19 & 20

It’s the biggest hobby event of the year! Join us and other like-minded crafters for our flagship show with unrivalled features, workshops, shopping, demonstrations and more! What’s more you’ll gain access to three shows for one ticket (includes access to Simply Christmas and Cake International)

MOBILITY: The NEC operate a telephone booking line for mobility equipment Monday to Friday 0900hrs-1600hrs on 0121 780 4141 (Option 2 and then Option 7) alternatively you can email InfoEmailAccount(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

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At the show

The Modern Calligraphy Co.

Come and join The Modern Calligraphy Company for their pop up nib and brush taster workshops and find out why the nation’s fallen in love with this creative and relaxing skill. Using templates and worksheets developed by world renowned calligrapher Kirsten Burke, you’ll be introduced to the tools and techniques used to create modern calligraphy. Before you know it, you’ll be designing greetings cards, party invites and motivational artworks to give to the ones you love! Book Here.

Bert & Gert’s Markets

Started through a love of arts and crafts in 2012, Bert and Gert’s is run by Birmingham based brothers Mark and Jason Wilkes. They will be bringing a traditional market style space to our Simply Christmas show which will hold over 30 handcrafted / artisan stalls from exciting makers across the UK. Come along and pick up some truly unique gifts.   

The Pebeo Zone

This art zone will feature Derwent stand, Deco by Pebeo, the Artshop by Skipton area, Pebeo Mixed Media and the Art Experience! Demonstrations and workshops will be running throughout each day. An unmissable chance to try products, ask questions, learn and enjoy!

SAA Zone

Artist Matthew Palmer will be running taster workshops each day of the show at the SAA stand, come along for inspiration! The SAA will also be showing their Artist of The Year 2019 gallery of finalists in the entrance.

Live Demo Art Area

Join us for live demo art sessions on Thursday and Sunday with Stephen Coates, Matthew Palmer, Alison Board, Rebecca De Mendonca and more! Come along and gain inspirations, ask questions and learn new skills. 



Rock Choir comes to the NEC!

Rock Choir is the UK’s largest and most popular contemporary choir with more than 30,000 members in over 300 local communities nationwide. It offers adults the chance to sing and perform popular contemporary songs, with no auditions and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience. New members are always welcome and anyone interested in joining can try a free 90-minute taster session. 50 members of Rock Choir will be joining us in Birmingham and singing festive tunes between 9am-1pm. 

Queen Elizabeth II at a Craft Show?

Be amazed by this incredible life-sized model of Queen Elizabeth II in her coronation gown from 1953, created by the Petal & Purl group. Techniques on display include knitting, embroidery, felting, crochet, beading and weaving and took the group over 6 months to produce! She has appeared on various TV channels and has created quite the media buzz!

Search Press meet the author

Come and get advice and inspiration from the biggest names in craft. We will have Helen Rhiannon, Tilly Rose, Claire Gelder, Sarah Ditchfield, Jenniffer Taylor and Mr X Stitch! They will all be running a range of exciting make and takes on the stand. More information to come very soon… 

Annette Smyth Art & Craft Workshops

Annette Smyth and Ross Ingram provide workshops in fabric sculpting, air-drying clay, ceramics and printmaking. During the show the will be running a selection of small workshops on their, stand. Book your tickets today!

Urban Studio

Leah Higgins runs a dedicated textile surface design studio in Manchester. She will be coming to Birmingham to share everything she knows about textiles and stitch, colour and everything in between. Leah will also be running a hand printed cotton tote workshop with different text, color and shape options! Book here.    




Includes: Fast Track entry | Mollie Makes magazine and a free gift | Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!) | VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks | A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon | Complimentary show guide| VIP passes £35 per day | Please note: includes standard access to Cake International

VIP Mini Makes & Takes Programme

Hochanda – Interactive Area!

Join us at Birmingham NEC and discover our most interactive Hochanda Hub ever! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be inspired and entertained by some very recognisable faces from the world of craft. Demonstrations will be taking place all day every day with opportunities to meet and greet your favourite presenters! 


The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

Join us for something exciting as members of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain demonstrate the endless possibilities that can be achieved with this time honoured technique; and take a look at their travelling gallery – showing their best pieces and different styles.  

Art Materials Live is back!!

Don’t miss our Art Materials live area at Birmingham NEC. We will have everything you could possibly need to fuel your art obsession, plus plenty of breathtaking demonstrations and advice from the experts. You will come away feeling inspired and ready to create your own masterpieces. 


Get access to Simply Christmas with your Creative Craft Show Ticket. Step into a winter wonderland with exhibitors showcasing exclusive ranges of bespoke and unusual gifts including glassware, jewellery, art, candles, ceramics, clothing and more. Sort your craft haul and christmas shop in one! 

Team Crafty Beggars VIP Make & Takes

Don’t miss our exclusive Make and Takes for VIP customers only. The Crafty Beggars will be bringing a whole range of exciting Christmas makes from baubles to festive cards and bracelets and so much more! VIP passes are £35 per day and include: Fast Track entry, Mollie Makes magazine and a free gift, Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!), VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks, A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon and a complimentary show guide.

VIP Mini Makes & Takes Programme

FREE access to Cake International

Don’t forget, your Craft Show ticket includes access to Cake International, a must- attend event for all creatives and cake lovers! It is the show that shapes trends, discovers stars and keeps cakers from around the world inspired! Marvel at the competition pieces, take part in workshops, watch celebrity baker demos and shop in the world’s biggest cake shop – over 100 stands with all your favourite brands, products and tools!  

You won’t bee-lieve it

If you enjoyed Grans on The Make’s  2018 Poppy display, then you’d be crazy to miss the culmination of their 2019  feature all about bee conservation! Head along to their stand for felting, knitting, crochet and more. Help raise money for charity and find all the information you need to get involved with the Gran’s amazing ICHF journey. See More about how to get involved

The Marquetry Society

The Marquetry Society is the foremost organisation promoting the art and craft of marquetry. They will be displaying a range of marquetry pictures from simple beginners work through to award winning examples, and demonstrating the techniques used to make them. Experience the diversity and quality of work produced by the members.


Create & Craft at the NEC!

On the Create & Craft stand you will find fantastic show offers, live demonstrations, competitions, money off vouchers and meet and greets with Create & Craft celebs. Why not enrol yourself on one of our amazing workshops with our crafty celebs and learn a new skill? Visit us at stand M01



You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!

A VIP Ticket includes:

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Fast Track entry

Mollie Makes magazine and a free gift

Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon

Complimentary show guide

VIP passes £35 per day.

Please note: includes standard access to Cake International

Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 (£6 tickets include shop & drop & drinks only).


Stalls & Shopping

Stalls & Shopping

Browse aisle and aisles of stalls and stands packed with brand-new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow!

With experts manning each stall – you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!



Getting There

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

The NEC is at the heart of the UK’s transport network. CLICK HERE for road, rail, bus and flight directions.

By Rail:
Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show.

Discount travel with Virgin trains. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance virgin train west coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.

By Car:
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.

Daily car park charges apply. Pre-pay for parking and save on daily rates HERE.


Resorts World Birmingham offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show with restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.