03 April 2024

Living Crafts Celebrates 50 years of Great British Craftsmanship

A special anniversary event!

Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May 2024

We are hosting hundreds of exceptional designer-makers for the celebratory 50th Anniversary of Living Crafts this May.

Enjoy a bonanza of beautiful British craftsmanship, a great destination to discover contemporary design
and one of a kind pieces. Their Special Showcase Pavilion ‘Fifty Fabulous Years’ will mark this magnificent milestone and visitors can expect a vibrant Seventies festival atmosphere with live entertainment.

Organiser Robin Younger comments, ‘If you’re a fan of creative crafts you’ll love this show! We have been championing niche British craft skills for fifty years valuing originality, excellence in design, provenance and sustainability. Our reputation for quality is testament to the careful selection of our amazingly talented designer-makers. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year and have launched a new four day festival pass so visitors can make the most of this special show!’

With its unique blend of contemporary skills, innovation, design and traditional heritage crafts, Living Crafts is all about creative processes in action. You’ll be surrounded by activity – spectacular glassblowing, hand throwing in clay, stone carving, metalwork and so much more. Discover the beauty of craftsmanship through a series of demonstrations and get creative in one of the hands-on craft

It is the perfect opportunity to buy unique work while shopping small and supporting creative businesses and independent artisans. Enjoy meeting the makers, hearing their stories and even commissioning a special personal piece. Show highlights include The Art Centre, Masterclass Pavilion and Living History Village including demonstrations of jewellery making, long bow making, leathercarving and ceramics. Not forgetting the ever popular Food and Drink Pavilion featuring delicious artisan fayre.

Visitors can choose from literally dozens of fun and creative workshops and learn from our friendly
experts how to make your own masterpiece, everything from silversmithing, silk painting and stone
carving to enamelling, clay sculpture and watercolour painting.

Tickets include admission to our beautiful gardens surrounding Hatfield House with hourly tours. The Old Palace, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I is also open for a small supplementary charge. With live entertainment, festival food and plenty of places to sit and relax, this is an inspiring day out for all the family.

Visitors can save money by booking in advance. Living Crafts is the must attend event for anyone who
loves outstanding British design, craft and creativity!


Event details
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Event dates:

  • Thursday 9 May to Sunday 12 May 2024
  • Opening hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Venue: Hatfield Park Hatfield Herts AL5 5AB
  • Hatfield House is 5 minutes from Junction 4 on the A1, 20 minutes north of London and 7 miles from M25 junction 23. By train, 25 minutes from London Kings Cross and the entrance to Hatfield Park is directly opposite the station
  • Ample free parking

Further information about the craft workshops at

Advance tickets
Save money by booking in advance at

Living Crafts Admission:

Adult £12.00, Senior £10.00, Child £6.00

On the day
Adult £14.00, Senior £12.00, Child £8.00

Advance four day Festival Pass
Adult £20.00, Senior £18.00, Child N/A

On the day four day Festival Pass
Adult £24.00, Senior £20.00, Child N/A

For group bookings of 15 or more call 023 92863871

For our Friends of Hatfield Park, you can get two tickets for £18, available on the day only, on presentation of one lanyard. This would apply to adults & seniors alike and is a further discount of £3 for each adult and £2 for each senior off the cheaper ‘advance ticket’ price. They would not be able to buy single tickets. These tickets would be available at the ticket kiosk, rather than the main entrance to the show.

Robin Younger
Living Crafts Events Ltd
PO Box 992
Portsmouth PO1 9PR

Tel 02392 863 871

Living Crafts Celebrates 50 years of Great British Craftsmanship - Hatfield Park