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Sewing events and shows 2016/17

Event organisers: due to high demand, please accept our apologies but we are no longer accept details of events to be added to this page. Thank you for your interest in The Sewing Directory and we wish you every success with your exhibitions and events.

2016 - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec 

2017 - Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June

BEFORE VISITING - Please use the links provided to confirm the details with organisers before travelling any distance to attend any of the shows below as this page is written around a year in advance. Plus check out these useful tips for visiting shows.

Sewing and quilt shows in the UK 2016 - 2017

2016 sewing and quilting shows



Sewing shows and sewing exhbition dates 201611th - 14th August 

The Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham 

Visit Europe's leading quilt show where you can view over 1,000 amazing quilts as well as stocking up on fabric and other quilting suppliers from the 300+ exhibitors. There are also over 180 workshops and lectures to choose from.

Get more details from their website



2nd - 4th September

Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate 

Competitive quilt show with entries invited from all over the world, this year's special theme is Fantasy.  Attendees can view the quilts, take part in workshops and stock up on supplies from the exhibitors.

Full information can be found here. 

23rd - 25th September

Scottish Quilt Show, Edinburgh

Hundreds of spectacular quilts to view plus many patchwork and quilting suppliers to buy from.  Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.

Book tickets and find out more here.

Sewing, craft and quilt events UK 201630th September - 1st October

Kent Quilt Festival, Kent Showground

Find your favourite patchwork and quilting suppliers alongside hundreds of beautiful quilts plus quilting  workshops.  Good catering available on site plus free on site parking.

Get full details here.


5th - 9th October

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace

Now running for 5 days. Find galleries showcasing the works of leading textile artists, plenty of workshops plus a big range of fabric stalls and craft suppliers all under one roof.

Click here to view the full details and to buy tickets.

20th - 23rd October

The Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS, Dublin

The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in Ireland and it's your opportunity to share your love of textiles with others.  Whatever your craft passion it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies.

Get the full details here. 


11th - 13th November

West Country Quilt & Textile Show, Bristol

This year's show will be an expanded version of last years with plenty of popular exhibitors and a large quilt and textile display.  There will be workshops, traders selling quilting, sewing and stitching supplies plus quilt competitions. This show is a true mixed textile event including, knitting, cross stitch, lace, patchwork, quilt etc.

To find out more please visit  

24th - 27th November

The Knitting & Stitching Show - Harrogate International Centre

Find shopping, inspiration and learning all under one roof at one of the largest textile events in the UK.  You will find galleries, workshops and craft suppliers.  

Find out more about what will be there by visiting this page.


Craft events in the UK 2016


1st - 3rd December

Selvedge Winter Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall

You'll find over 100 designers and small companies to bring you vintage haberdashery, antique textiles and many other textile treats at the Selvedge Fair.

Find out more at


January 2017

27th - 29th January

Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly

Wonderful displays of quilts to see, plenty of shopping opportunities and experts to 'show you how'. Order your tickets and get more information here.

February 2017

19th - 21st February - TRADE ONLY

CHSI Stitches, Birmingham NEC

The place to be if you run a craft business to stock up on supplies, learn from the seminars and network with other businesses. Europe's no 1 trade show.

Get more details from

24th - 26th February

Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh

A great day out for Scottish quilters with beautiful displays of quilts to browse as well as many suppliers to buy from.  There will also be workshops available to be booked on the day.

Find out more about this quilt show here.

Quilting exhibitions in the UK 2016 - 2017

March 2017

2nd - 5th March

Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia Central, London

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the ideal place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies.  Expect workshops, exhibitions, textile art and plenty of supplies to buy.

Full details at

3rd to 5th March

Spring Quilt Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Find your favourite patchwork and quilting supplies exhibiting at the show, take part in expert workshops and view the displayed quilts.

Details and tickets can be found here.

9th - 11th March

Stitch and Craft, Malvern

Second time for this show at the Three Counties Showground.  The show will feature a big range of craft hobbies, including sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, patchwork & quilting, knitting, card-making, paper-craft, stamping, beading, crochet, sugarcraft and  more.  Meet the experts and learn something new in one of the numerous ‘make and take’ workshops.

Get the full details here.

16th - 19th March

Sewing For Pleasure, Fashion, Embroider & Stitch and HobbyCrafts, NEC Birmingham

Another 3 in one show from ICHF, one ticket allows you to visit all 3 shows.  Sewing, stitching, knitting and other crafts are covered in the 3 shows, displays, workshops, demos and the chance to buy new supplies for your stash from the many retailers who will be exhibiting at the shows.

Get ticket prices and more information from the ICHF Website.


31st March - 2nd April

Quilt competitions and shows in the NEC 2016

Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter

Large display of quilts from all over the world. Patchwork and quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities on hand to “show you how”.  Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.

Get more information here.

April 2017

7th - 9th April

British Quilt & Stitch Village, Uttoxeter Race Course 

Browse the exhibits and competition quilts, stock up on fabric and haberdashery from the exibitors and take part in workshops to learn new skills. 

More information about this event can be found here.

Where to find UK craft fairs 2016

20th - 22nd April

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Excel, London

A show for stitchers, knitters and hobbyists full of ideas, inspiration and craft supplies.  Plus workshops, demonstrations and new product launches. 

Visit the ICHF site for more information.

27th - 30th April

Knitting & Stitching Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

The show will feature much of what stitchers know and love from sister events in Harrogate, Dublin and London. Textile Galleries, workshops and demonstrations plus suppliers of amazing fabrics, tools and haberdashery will all be there in abundance.

 Find out more here.


May 2017

British quilting and craft shows 2016 - 201718th - 21st May

Quilts UK, Malvern Show Ground

Take in lots of spectacular quilts on display whilst stocking up on the latest quilt supplies.  You will also find workshops where you can learn patchwork and quilting techniques from experts.

Visit the Grosvenor Shows website for tickets and more information.

June 2017

2nd - 3rd June

Springfields Quilt Show, Spalding, Lincs

Wonderful displays of quilts, patchwork and quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities on hand to “show you how”. Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.

Find more information here. 

23rd - 25th June

National Quilt Championships, Esher

Hundreds of beautiful competition quilts on display. Lots of patchwork and quilting supplies can be purchased from the stands and there will be workshops and demonstrations.

Visit Grosvenor Shows site for more details.



Apologies but we cannot promote every sewing event and exhibition happening in the UK.

Please do not e-mail with details of events. After being innundated with e-mails, we can now only promote the largest events with the broadest appeal for the website - many thanks.