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Please click on the headings below for some FAQ’s about making an application.

Quality of images is often a reason why good makers don't get selected. Is your image sharp and in focus? Can you clearly see the object? Avoid distracting backgrounds. Make sure the image isn't too dark or too light. Please think about what your selected images say about your work. Don’t be tempted to send in contrasting pictures of different ranges. Selectors prefer to see a coherent body of work. The selection of images you choose will also be used for promotional purposes and all images will need to be good quality and clear. The 72dpi images will be used for presentation to the Selection Panel. All six images will be projected to the selection panel at the same time. The 300dpi images will be used for  promotional purposes.

You will need to upload Six 72dpi low resolution and Six 300dpi high resolution images for selection, via our online application form. Each image should be labelled with your name For example: Jane Smith 72.jpg and Jane Smith 300.jpg. Please file each group of 6 in separate folders, eg Jane Smith 72, Jane Smith 300. Digital images must be saved as JPEG files and should have the suffix .jpg.  They should be the same images in 72 and 300dpi. Its very helpful if your 72dpi images are around 12 x 10cm and your 300dpi approx 40 x 30 max. However, the dimensions do not have to be exact.   If you cannot reduce either the dpi or dimensions in cm, try resizing them to around 800 x 600 pixels.  This is the optimum size used on our website and will usually bring the file size under 600KB and a good working size for applications.  Please be assured we  will always use your high res images for selection  if the first 6 have lost too much definition in resizing. 

Most cameras are set up to take images in 300dpi.  Remember you can always reduce the resolution and file size but you will not be able to increase it. You will need Photoshop to change the dpi. If you don't use Photoshop it is not essential that you change the dpi but you will need to reduce the file size to less than 600KB in order for the images to upload.  You can do this in any Mac or Microsoft picture editor programme with either an edit or resize function.   

Landscape shaped images are preferable, If  successful your images will be used on our website in a 4 x 3 ratio.  If you prefer to submit portrait or square images these will be fine for application but we'll need to crop them to fit the website later if you are succesful.   

Check they have really converted to jpg -   Open in properties and check there are no words or spaces after the file extension .jpg  In most cases this can be solved by renaming the image xxxx.jpg

Another application is being uploaded at the same time.  Try again in a few minutes.  This happens a lot as we approach the deadline - again we advise getting your application in early to avoid frustration!

We currently include a StartUp section in Bovey and about 10 stands in Cheltenham.  Unfortunately the venue in Bath is too small to include a dedicated new business area.  

Your application fee is non-refundable and helps us cover the cost of administration and expenses for a selection day with an invited expert panel. 

Applications for our Spring Digital Craft Festival are now OPEN! 

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Thank you for your interest in applying for our Festivals, which have become some of the largest, friendliest and most prestigious shows to be part of in the UK. The process and criteria are the same for all our events. Applications for Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Bath and Cheltenham are CLOSED. Our Digital Craft Festival applications are now open, please see the link below. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about stand sizes and fees are on the individual application forms. There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 (£5 for Digital Festival) to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted. 

Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and promote the wealth of creative talent we have in the UK. Stands in the StartUp section are offered at much reduced rate and create an outstanding opportunity for businesses of two years or less.  You may be a graduate or self taught, but you are not eligible if you are still a student at the application deadline. The StartUp application fee is £5.

Who is eligible to apply?

You are resident in the UK, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and from the European Union. For our Digital Festival, you can be resident anywhere in the world. Your work shows a dedication to quality of making, presentation and originality.

You make any of the following: Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Jewellery, Metal, Wood/Furniture, Plastics, Mixed Media, Leather, Recycled Materials and Paper or Prints. No painting, photography, graphic design or musical instruments. Greetings cards are accepted as part of the range but not the sole product. 

StartUp Application Criteria: You are a graduate or self-taught (students still in education at the deadline may not apply). Your work is in any of the above mediums and you are in the first 2 years of business which commenced after January 1st 2018. You may only exhibit in the StartUP section once at each show, If you have already exhibited in the StartUP section please apply in the main section.  However you may apply for StartUP at our other show venues as long as you are still eligible.   

Digital Craft Festival March 2021

Our Digital Craft Festivals represent the finest makers from across the world with an exceptional programme of events and activities, presented online. Applications for our next Digital Craft Festival are open.

Deadline to apply: 6pm Friday 29th January

CLICK HERE to apply for our Spring Digital Craft Festival. 

Craft Festival September 10-12 2021, Bovey Tracey, Devon APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. More details will be available soon. 

Our flagship Festival in June has built up a loyal following of over 10,000 visitors representing 200 of the UK’s finest designer-makers from across Britain & Ireland and we are warmly welcome makers from the European Union. The event is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon with excellent transport links via road, train and air.  

Craft Festival, Cheltenham, Applications Closed. 

Craft Festival, Cheltenham was founded in 2018 and is presented in partnership with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, New Brewery Arts,, Unit Twelve Gallery and Period Living Magazine. Hosted in the stunning Town Hall in the centre of Cheltenham, Craft Festival presents 100 of some of the countries finest makers plus craft workshops, demonstrations, live music and food. 3000+ visitors. 

Applications for Craft Festival, Cheltenham August 13-14 2021 are closed. More details will be available soon.

Craft Festival, Bath, 2021. Applications Closed. 

Our latest event, Craft Festival, Bath is presented in partnership with The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, Bath Spa University, and Period Living Magazine. Hosted in the stunning Assembly Rooms in the centre of Bath, Craft Festival presents 100 of some of the countries finest makers plus craft workshops and demonstrations.  


Digital Craft Festival APPLICATIONS OPEN. Deadline 6pm January 29th 2021.  CLICK HERE TO APPLY 


Craft Festival, Cheltenham applications have now CLOSED.

Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey applications are CLOSED 

Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey StartUP applications are CLOSED 

Craft Festival, Bath applications CLOSED

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Find a Maker

New for 2021 we are launching our latest opportunity, Find a Maker

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Preparing to Sell 

Our next Preparing to Sell will be announced soon. 

Are you a Maker who Wants to sell more? Wants to smash Instagram? Want to write a press release and approach the press? Want tips on how to sell directly to the public?

Join us at Preparing to Sell on Tuesday March 3rd at Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. We will be joined by Craft Festival Director, Sarah James, Craft Festival Press Officer, Fran Moorhouse and Dr Kate Strasdin, Lecturer and Fashion Historian with over 122K followers on Instagram. 

Preparing to Sell is a lively and stimulating day and offers advice from industry specialists to help you promote your business and sell more. Preparing to Sell is an ideal opportunity to network with makers, sharing experiences and make new connections.

We offer exhibitors, and the maker community at large, the opportunity to attend Preparing to Sell. We host days in various locations around the UK, designed to prepare you for all aspects of the selling to the public including PR and marketing, how to approach the press, stand presentation and social media of advice. Our next Preparing to Sell is in Exeter on March 3rd. SOLD OUT Our next Preparing to Sell will be announced soon. 

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