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Makers, Writers and QEST Scholars will gather for Craft Festival Cheltenham next spring

Craft Festival Cheltenham will return from March 10th to 12th 2023, jam-packed with 100 exceptional design makers, at the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall. 

NEW for Spring 2023: Demonstrations and Workshops led by QEST Scholars

Craft Festival Cheltenham will welcome The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) who’s scholars will host craft workshops and demonstration throughout the weekend. Founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST supports excellence in British craftmanship, and will be sharing information about the valuable funding and training opportunities available for makers. 

“We’re delighted to join Craft Festival Cheltenham for the first time. QEST offers funding of up to £18,000 for training and education for talented and aspiring crafts people. We look forward to meeting new friends and inviting inspiring makers from the Cotswolds and beyond to apply” said Deborah Pocock, CEO of QEST. 

NEW: “The Capital of Craft” podcast LIVE shows at Craft Festival 

The popular podcast “The Capital of Craft” will host show recordings in front of a live audience at Craft Festival Cheltenham. Returning to chat will be Keith Brymer Jones, master potter, TV host and author. Also, Dr Kate Strasdin, author, fashion historian and lecturer, will be talking about her exciting new book, ‘The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes,’ sharing secrets of a Victorian woman’s wardrobe. Also, Sue Pryke, accomplished ceramicist, and former The Great Pottery Throwdown TV judge, will be talking about her new book ‘Contemporary Tableware.’ 

Free activities for Families 

Jim Parkyn, acclaimed Aardman Animations Ambassador and clay model maker, will return to host his popular ‘Amazing Scene Machine’ family workshop with Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre and Unit Twelve Gallery supporting the free children’s programme. Craft Festival Cheltenham warmly welcomes visitors of all ages. 

Tickets on sale, December 12th 

Tickets to Craft Festival Cheltenham will be available online from December 12th. Craft workshops will be announced shortly, and advanced booking is essential. 

About Us

 Craft Festival is a non-profit making, female founded organisation with a reputation for curating and hosting the finest designer maker events in the UK. For over 19 years it has created some of the of the most beautiful, memorable, and multi-award-winning festivals in Europe. 

Craft Festival also runs Find a Maker, a curated directory of new and established makers, galleries, and craft organisations, all chosen for quality and originality. 

For more about us visit craftfestival.co.uk/cheltenham