The Handmade Fair - by Julia

Last year Kirstie Allsopp held the first Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. This year I managed to buy a ticket after missing out last year on buying a flat rate ticket to look around the stalls and tents. The V.I.P tickets with entrance to the talks and workshops go online first and then the cheaper ones launch near the end.

I mentioned to Gail, after her wonderfully inspiring talk she gave us, that I was going and found that that she was too.  So we linked up for the day. After a coffee looking out at the Thames at Kingston, we travelled on the bus for a short distance to the Fair, which was held on the green opposite Hampton Court Palace. The inner part of the Fair consisted of artisan foods and refreshments with plenty of space to sit both covered and non-covered.

The outer part consisted of the Super theatre where the talks took place and the craft making marquees where you could take part in booked workshops. There were also two large marquees which housed all the sellers with their stalls.

We both had a good mooch around, made a few purchases and drunk plenty of coffee in the glorious sun. On the way home we checked out a couple of stores in Kingston and then wearily made our way home on a bus. Fortunately ‘the Shadow’ was waiting, like a gentleman, at the bus stop as I stumbled off, with the car parked up for the last leg home of the journey. ( A quick journey due to rugby!)

Definitely worth a visit.