The Creative Craft Show

30 January-1 February 2020 · EventCity · Manchester

Opening times 10.00 – 16.30 Thurs/Fri 10.00 – 17.00 Sat

The Creative Craft Show is the North West haven for knitting, cross stitch, papercraft, jewellery, textile, dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts; offering the latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the hobby world! You’ll find everything from kits, charts and patterns to tools and accessories plus opportunities to glean advice from industry experts!

 PLEASE NOTE, the ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford tram stop is no longer running a service to EventCity.

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At the show

Chunky Knitting & Macramé

Come and join the talented Paula from Cocoon&me as she runs a range of workshops. Make a macrame plant hanger or try our chunky arm knitting, choose your colour and create a stylish throw for your home (or as a gift!). All materials are vegan. 

Creative Studio Demonstrations

Every day there will be the opportunity to see and hear FREE demonstrations in our BRAND NEW Creative Studio. Be inspired by our expert makers, as they bring their craft alive in front of your very eyes.

No need to pre-book, just turn up and take a seat!



Grans on the Make 2020

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 The Modern Calligraphy Company for their pop-up nib and brush 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! Choose from pointed nib or brush pen – or try both!


Healey Dell Craft Centre is situated in the heart of the Rochdale countryside. They will be bringing their knowledge of up-cycling furniture to Manchester, showing visitors how to give old pieces a new lease of life. Healey Dell also run handcraft workshops, covering a wide range of crafts and paint techniques. Head to their stand to be inspired!


We are lucky to have mixed media and textile artist Rachael Singleton at our Manchester show. Rachael works with layered papers, fabrics and mediums. She is inspired by close observations from nature and finds reoccurring themes of containment and line in her work. She is a fountain of knowledge and creativity.


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.

Print & Repeat

‘Print & Repeat’ is a fabulous collection of silk screen printed scarves by Dionne Swift’s students from around the world… discover the delights of these accessible methods that you can try at home.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in embroidery and is proud to be recognized as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art. It holds a historical collection, aids research, supports students, and publishes ‘Stitch’ and ‘Embroidery’ magazines.

The Beauty of Textile

Pat Archibald is an Internationally renowned textile artist, who travels worldwide to exhibit and teach. On her stand she will be demonstrating a variety of techniques, including painted Lutradur, Markal paintsticks, gilding and foiling fabrics and how to use her unique Transfer Templates. Intrigued? You’ll have to visit her to find out more!

Silver Clay Jewellery

Watch Master Silver Clay Artist, Tracey Spurgin, craft this amazing medium into finished pieces. Witness the firing of the silver clay to create hallmark quality fine silver jewellery. Be inspired to create your own using everyday basic tools.


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.

Shop for Supplies

We will have aisles filled with supplies, tools and treats. Come along and discover the latest trends from the industry’s top names. Whether your passion is papercrafting or knitting, jewellery making or sewing, there will be something for everyone!


Denman is the WI’s centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and residential courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle.

Make & Takes

Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece!

There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try, with lots of help and encouragement from the experts.

Book at the show – on the day you attend visit the stand.


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

EventCity, Manchester · M41 7TB

By Car
EventCity is easily accessible by car. If travelling from the M60 take Junction 9 for the A5081 and follow signs for Barton Dock Road. SatNav postcode: M17 8AS.

By Bus/Rail
Manchester Piccadilly – Bus service X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station descending at the EventCity bus stop. Manchester Victoria – Bus service 100 (every 12 minutes) or Service 110 (every 20 minutes) descending at The Trafford Centre bus station

EventCity will be running an express Shuttle bus from the main bus stop at the Trafford Centre to EventCity.

Please note, the ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford tram stop is no longer running a service to EventCity.

Click here to visit the venue’s website for additional travel information.