The Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp returned to Hampton Court Palace this September and Olive and I were lucky enough to attend. Spending a sunshine filled Friday browsing the many lovely craft stalls, participating in a stamping workshop with The English Stamp Company and sampling are way round the delicious food stalls!
The Handmade Festival champions and supports all things handmade, from the 300 wonderful makers to the hands-on workshops and creative talks. There is an amazing list of workshops that you can sign up for from pottery to chalk paint with the lovely Annie Sloan and even indigo dying. We were in our element choosing from all the amazing crafty activities and finally settled on a stamp workshop with the The English Stamp Company .
Stamping is not something either of us had really done before but The English Stamp Company have some many lovely designs to choose from it was difficult to resist! We had a great couple of hours learning from the masters behind this wonderful company and came away with a selection of homemade cards ready to hand out at Christmas.
As well we all the amazing workshops you can attend there are over hundreds of makers to buy from too. All showcasing their handmade products and produce from jewellery to artwork and interiors. One of are favourite areas was the new makers tent that was exclusively made up of crafters who have been in business for one year or less. We loved browsing and meeting all these talented makers. Some of our favourites included these super cute ceramics and gorgeous lampshades.
Come lunch time Olive and I could not wait to head straight over to the artisan food tent where we could purchase some of the freshest and delicious goodies from local honey to homemade brownies. For lunch we picked up a super tasty vegan burger finished of with an aperol spritz in the sun!
There are plenty of ways to feel inspired during your day at The Handmade Festival by pursuing a new creative skill at the many workshops, meeting like minded crafters at the shopping village and attending one of the many talks happening over the weekend. The lovely Kirstie Allsopp hosted the Friday and Saturday sessions with the inspirational Liz Earle hosting the Sunday. There was a star studded line up of speakers over the whole weekend including Great British Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal and the talented Tilly Walnes founder of Tilly and the Buttons. We had such a great day listening to their insights and inspirational stories.