Win tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair in Islington February 7, 2016 22:33
This year's Country Living Spring Fair is even more crafty than ever. It's all about simple pleasures - things to make, talents to nurture and gifts to give. There are expert home craft demonstrations and hands on sessions in the Craft & Create Room and every day there are different workshops where you can draw, make and sew items to take home with you. I'm looking forward to the The Country Living Theatre talks and demonstrations and I expect I'll find a minute or two for some shopping too. Scroll right back through our Twitter feed for last year's favourite buys if you get a minute.
There's also loads of chances to meet the people behind the businesses, so if you're considering striking out on your own this is a great place to meet kitchen table bakers, artisan chocolatiers and organic wine makers. And you can try a few samples while you're there of course!
The bit I'm most excited about is the Newcomers Market, located on the Gallery Level. It's going to be hosting first time exhibitors. For one day only on Wednesday 16 March there is a Pop-up Market in the Gallery Hall, featuring a carefully selected collection of crafters, makers, designers and artists who are making their first foray into selling to the public. For them it's a chance to see if their idea has commercial possibilities, and they'll be keen to hear your reactions and share their stories. It's a build-a-business day all round, with talks from expert entrepreneurs packed full of useful advice for would-be start-ups. Whether you want to buy direct from the crafters and support young creative businesses, or you're thinking you could turn your craft into a business, this should be a fascinating day out. Expect to see me there getting the pick of the best stuff first and finding my 2016 craft crushes!
For a chance to win a pair of tickets - just post a picture of something you've made on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #LCCMakes before 12 midnight on 25th February 2016. To be sure of getting a ticket book in advance.
The Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 from 16-20 March 2016. Tickets £14.00 in advance (instead of £17.50 on the door)* There are also VIP, Late Night Thursday and Sunday tickets at different prices. See www.countrylivingfair.com/spring for details or call 0844 848 0150 OR book online
By Sonia Bownes