Craft Fairs and Events

Craft Fair Review – Weekend of the Maker

Where:
Roco Creative Co-Op, 342 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HW

Date:
26th/27th November 2016

How Often:
This market was collaboration between online marketplace Folksy, Crafty Fox Market and creative hub, Roco, to celebrate makers across the UK. Roco hold 3-4 events throughout the year (not all craft fairs though), and Crafty Fox Market hold numerous craft events, mostly in the London area, throughout the year. Folksy, obviously, are open daily, 24/7, all year round!

Indoor / Outdoor:
Indoor (which was lovely as it was bitterly cold outside!)

Venue:
Roco’s building is a beautifully refurbished row of Georgian houses in the university district of Sheffield, that incorporates studios, a café-bar, a fully-equipped makerspace, bookshop, design shop and galleries. They even have a roof terrace.

Cost of Stalls:
£20 – £85 depending on the event

Number of Stalls:
40 + on each day

Entrance Fee:
Free

Type of Crafts:
A good mix of crafts including jewellery, art prints, cards & stationery, textiles, ceramics, fashion & gifts (to name just a few)

Crowd Type:
Students, families, couples. All age ranges

Car Parking:
Some on street pay machine parking but this was full by the time we arrived. However, there were plenty of good quality car parks within the vicinity.

Other Facilities (Toilets, refreshments etc):
There was a café bar on site with full licensed bar, & hot and cold food. The mulled cider was lovely and refreshing and the sourdough sandwiches were very tasty. On Saturday night, there was a ‘social-come-party’ with a DJ so that the stall holders/makers could mingle and let their hair down.

Transport links (Train/Bus):
Being in the centre of Sheffield there are plenty of really good transport links – some of the stallholders confirmed that they had come by train with all their wares!

Accessibility:
Steps up to the front door but the market was all on the ground floor level once inside

Vibe:
The market had a lovely Christmassy feel to it and the stalls were well laid out in 3 separate areas on the ground floor which allowed plenty of space for customers to flow around without feeling too restricted.

It was lovely to see such a wide selection of different crafts being displayed at one event, giving a fabulous choice of buying options for all.

General Comments:
As well as the craft fair, there were a number of workshops for customers and stallholders to attend – an all-day embroidery workshop with Marna Lunt and stained glass taster day with Jenny Newall, craft drop-ins – making a macramé hanging planter with Stitch-Up on Saturday, and a chunky knitting and pom pom bauble workshop on Sunday with Wool Couture, Instagram workshops with Emily Quinton, and Sara from Me and Orla, a product photography workshop and talk with Yeshen Venema, how to sell to shops workshop with Moonko, social media and SEO advice with Folksy and one-to-one sessions with marketing expert Hilary Pullen.

What did we buy?:
Unfortunately, we were both suffering with colds when we visited (I hope we didn’t pass the germs on to anyone) so we didn’t end up with our usual array of ‘beautiful and random things’ but did purchase a few items:

A lovely ‘Winter’ scented candle jar from Old Northern Candle Co (oldnortherncandleco on Etsy + Not on the High Street)

2 wooden brooches from Frilly Industries (www.frillyindustries.com)

Fair Organiser:

Crafty Fox Market

Website:
www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

Contact Details:
You can join their mailing list to be considered for future events via their website or contact via email: hello@craftyfoxmarket.co.uk