The Creative Craft Show

19-22 March 2020 · NEC · Birmingham

Opening times 9.30am-5.00pm (4.00pm Sunday) | HALL 11

Co-Located with Sewing for Pleasure and Fashion and Embroidery.
Buy 1 ticket and gain access to all 3 shows.

The Creative Craft Show is a haven for knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery & dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts, offering all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the hobby world! You’ll find everything from kits, charts and patterns to fabrics, yarns, threads and buttons plus opportunities to glean advice from industry experts.

Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.


Buy Tickets

1 Day Pass 2 Day Pass 3 Day Pass 4 Day Pass
Adult £14.00 £22.00 £27.00 £32.00
Senior £13.00 £20.00 £25.00 £30.00

At the show


VIP Returns!

Includes: Fast Track entry | 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. Upgrade when booking a ticket

Glass Garden Studios Workshops

Tracey Quinn from Glass Garden Studio leads glass workshops that explore working with stained glass using the Tiffany style technique. Join her at the show to create your own design, using pre-cut glass pieces, to learn how to tape copper foil on glass, solder and enhance with silver coloured metals.

Featured in VOGUE

Sally Boehme’s work has featured in Vogue, Bead, Beadwork and WI Life magazines. She teaches beadwork and polymer clay techniques from home in Herefordshire and at venues nationally.  She uses glass beads, lead crystals, pearls, semi-precious stones, polymer clay, fabric and wire…


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!

The Modern Calligraphy Co.

These fun and inspirational workshops with Maisie Minette from The Modern Calligraphy Co, will take you through using either dip pen or brush pens. Looking at letter-forms and colour blending, this is the perfect introduction to modern calligraphy! Booking coming soon… 

Folk It heart


Look out for our ever-popular Folk Art workshops for adults and children. They are perfect for creativity, mindfulness and being in the moment. No previous drawing or painting skills needed. It’s great fun and very addictive!


Annette Smyth Art & Craft Workshops

Annette Smyth offers fun workshops in fabric sculpting and mixed media working in 2D and 3D; Denise Lieberman, teaches needle felting and Ros Ingram, ceramics. On-stand demonstrations throughout the show.

Bex Raven

Award wining textile artist and costume designer Bex Raven, the ‘Queen of Rust’, believes unleashing our inner creativity is the route to happiness. Her work is vibrant and, above all, fun. From textile collage to teaser corsets, Bex has it all.

Bob Neill – pyrography

One of our countries leading pyrography artists, Bob will be demonstrating various pyrography techniques and displaying pieces of his amazing work. You can have a go yourself in one of his on-going mini-workshops or book into his Masterclass Wooden Pebble class in our Creative Den.

British Polymer Clay Guild

The Guild was formed in 1997 and is open to everyone interested in the use of Polymer Clay, from beginners to professionals.  Polymer clay can be used for jewellery, sculpture, miniatures, home decor and many other things.  Demos will be running on stand each day.

Federation of Family History Societies

Interested in your ancestry? Visit the Federation of Family History stand and explore your family’s history today. A free how-to-guide for every visitor!

In Our Hearts

The Grans will be linking up with Dementia UK to work on their next charity project ‘In Our Hearts’. The project will celebrate and remember all of those who we have lost or are in the process of losing to dementia. The aim is to create a giant heart made up of lots of smaller handmade hearts be it felted, crocheted, knitted etc. Makers will be encouraged to add a name tag to personalise their heart for a loved one. As always 100% of proceeds will go to charity. 




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!


Tracey Spurgin

Tracey is a qualified senior Art Clay and PMC instructor. With 20 plus year’s experience, she teaches at Craftworx studio in East Yorkshire, and travels extensively in the UK, as well as being a guest designer on Jewellery Maker TV.


Tracey Quinn

Tracey leads glass workshops that explore working with stained glass using the Tiffany style technique. Join her at the show to create your own design, using pre-cut glass pieces, to learn how to tape copper foil on glass, solder and enhance with silver coloured metals.


National Association of Flower Arrangement Society (NAFAS)

Bringing people and flowers together – The Association promotes floral art and encourages the love of flowers and plants to demonstrate their decorative and creative values, through floral demonstrations, workshops, competitions and flower festivals.


Madeira Competition 2020 – Glimpses of the Islands

This year we are challenging you to create an embroidered piece inspired by Islands of the world – From the Seychelles to Santorini, the Caribbean to Capri or places closer to home, islands have to potential to transport us to our own personal paradise, whether it’s sublime beaches, luxuriant jungles, exotic wildlife or cultures – show us your Glimpses of the Islands in a beautifully embroidered piece that could WIN you the coveted Madeira Rose Bowl trophy and one of our fabulous prizes.

Creativity on the Catwalk

See innovative students’ creations paraded in our daily catwalk shows in Fashion & Embroidery, along with exciting collections from exhibitors. Friday lunchtime our catwalk hosts the final of this year’s Student Fashion Design Competition: In the Footsteps of Dior!

Meet the Author

Come and get advice and inspiration from some of the biggest names in craft! Meet Search Press author’s, who will be running a range of exciting on-stand make and takes as they celebrate their 50th year. More details coming soon!

Woman’s Weekly Vintage Exhibition

This is a unique opportunity to see the Woman’s Weekly vintage exhibition. A few years ago, WW asked readers to send in Woman’s Weekly patterns and fabrics from the past. Working closely with dressmakers and an archivist, they have put together a capsule exhibition that will take you on a walk down memory lane.

Sew Your Style Competition 2020

Now in it’s 3rd year, this competition in association with The Pattern Pages, gives visitors the chance to show your sewing style, flair and creativity. With judging on the first day and £3,000 of prizes up for grabs up for grabs it’s primed to be an exciting competition.

West Midlands & Warwickshire Federation of WI’s

The WI is a democratic, social and educational charity that provides numerous opportunities to make new friends, learn a variety of new skills and to develop skills you already have! Warwickshire and West Midlands Federations of WI’s join together at Sewing for Pleasure to display their creative talents and promote membership of the WI.

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 Avanti West Coast. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance Avanti 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 20% 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.



VIP Tickets

A VIP Ticket includes:


Fast Track entry

Exclusive make & take programme

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.

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 once online VIP tickets are on sale (£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.