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. Cake International is open 1-3rd November only.)

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

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.   

VIP Make & Takes

Don’t miss our exclusive Make and Takes for VIP customers only. We 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.

VIP Mini Makes & Takes Programme

Happy Half-Term!

Come and join Slime Box UK, one of the UK`s biggest Slime Workshop providers. Watch as your little ones make some amazingly stretchy fluffy slime! Use all the different colours and glitters and learn how to make giant slime bubbles! Then leaving all of the mess behind.

Armadillo Art – Kids Workshops

Come and join the Armadillo Art Experience for some spooky Halloween cartoon drawing fun. Learn to draw some spine tingling characters, and ghostly goings on in these easy to follow illustration workshops. All materials are included to create your fiendish masterpieces. Armadillo Art Experience provide high quality art workshops, where you can be creative, learn new skills and have fun! Book on the day. Stand L34.



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


Come and join us at the Hochanda Hub where you can meet expert presenters, have a go on our famous Tombola and take part in interactive Make & Takes. Demonstrations will be taking place all day every day so come down and say hi!


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.  

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

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! 

bookable workshops

Our workshops are a great way of getting even  more from your day and give you the opportunity to try something new, and come away with a finished piece to keep. They also make great gifts! This year we have nine workshops to choose from, there are several Christmas themed workshops plus others including silk painting, jewellery making, stencilling and sewing and more! To book visit the pink ‘book workshops tab above.

Featured Maker – Mum’s Makery

Mum’s Makery provide unique kits, tools & tutorials for needle felting. 

Perfect for beginners and experienced felters. Spend over £30 at the NEC show and receive the Poppy template set FREE! Make & Takes happening each day on the stall along with demos (book on the stand on arrival (D25)).

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. 

What's in store?

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!

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.


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.

Search Press meet the author

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

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Featured Maker – All Things Sticky

Welcome to allthingssticky who sell loads of clever adhesive products for crafters, creatives, hobbyists, gift makers and those interested in DIY. They will be bringing all of their bestselling products to the NEC at a fraction of the retail price to give you a chance to sample their full range, come and grab a bargain at stand K03

Hobby Art Stamps

Hobby Art Stamps stock a wide range of rubber and clear stamps, stencils, dies and other accessories. Founder Jenny loves demonstrating at craft fairs and showing the endless possibilities that this beautiful hobby offers! Find them at stand C05 at the NEC

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

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!  

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!

WOW Embossing

WOW Embossing make the worlds finest Embossing Powders and Embossing Glitters. Popular with papercrafters they can also be used on mixed media. WOW Embossing sell powders, glitters, kits, stamps and so much more! Find them in Birmingham at stand E28.


Get hands-on at one of the many on stand Make & Take sessions and create a masterpiece to take home. The perfect chance to try before you buy! Head to the stand you are interested in to book your space on arrival at the show.



You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!
Please note: VIP tickets are removed from sale online the Monday before the show, you can still upgrade at the show subject to availability.

A VIP Ticket includes:

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Fast Track entry

Mollie Makes magazine and a free gift

Exclusive make & take programme (see features page for details)

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). If you have already purchased a ticket and wish to upgrade for £25 please go to the ticket desk on arrival at the show.


Upgrade at the Show

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.

What is the offer?
Simply book your journey to the NEC using the link below and the 25% discount will be automatically applied to your booking:

What do I need to do to validate my ticket?
You need to make sure that you have confirmation that you are attending an event at the NEC with you when
you are travelling (as the conductor may ask you for this on the train). So, please make sure you have your
exhibitor/visitor passes or email confirmation with you.

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.