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Festival Highlights

As well as showcasing over 200 of the UK's finest designer makers,  The Contemporary Craft Festival is a weekend event, packed with workshops and activties for all ages, craft demonstrations, children's activities and entertainment, live music and festival food.


Out of the Woods

In celebration of our woodlands and skilled wood workers and basket makers we present Out of the Woods with Hilary Burns & Friends.

Hilary Burns, highly acclaimed willow artist and basket maker is one of the UK's leading baket makers and willow expert. She will be joined by Andrew Kirby, Richard Lewis, Felix Kary, Josey Goodin & Artisan Willow. 

Andrew Kirby will be inviting visitors to pound a fresh, large ash log to separate the growth ring layers. This is commonly done for basketry in the US but is relatively unknown in the UK. 

Out of The Woods is hosted in a beautiful vintage marquee.

NEW-THE DEN (Strictly for Teens) 

Strictly for Teens we proudly introduce The Den. 

The Den will host screen printing & digital vinyl cutting workshops led by and for ages 13 and up. The Den welcomes all teens to chill out, play table tennis and explore craft skills and new technologies with South Dartmoor Community College and Fablab Plymouth. 

The Den is presented by South Dartmoor Community College, Atrium Studio and Fablab from Plymouth College of Art.

The Festival Pottery Throwdown with Potclays

We love The Pottery Showdown and it will be returning to the Festival. We are delighted that the stars of The Pottery Throwdown will be joining us. You can meet them throughout the weekend, buy the ceramics they make and challenge them in our Festival Throwdown.

Internationally respected potter Kevin Millward is guest judge and challenge setter for the Showdown, which is presented in association with Potclays & Schumacher College, Dartington.

During the Throwdown, daily challenges will be set to test visitors’ skills with clay and potters’ wheels, which have been generously supplied by Potclays from Stoke on Trent.


11am     Challenge To be Announced

Noon     Challenge To be Announced

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session (Over 16s only)

3pm       Challenge To be Announced

4pm      Challenge To be Announced


11am     Challenge To be Announced

Noon     Challenge To be Announced

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session (Over 16s Only)

3pm       Challenge To be Announced  

4pm       Challenge To be Announced


11am     Challenge To be Announced

Noon     Challenge To be Announced

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session  

3pm       Challenge To be Announced

4pm       Challenge To be Announced

All Throwdown winners will receive a hand printed apron courtesy of Plymouth College of Art.  

All challenges will be kept secretand announced on the day,  visit The Contemporary Craft Festival to join in the fun. Follow the story on Twitter #FestivalThrowdown                   

Kevin Millward will be judging the Festival Throwdown and his word is final!

The Pottery Showdown is open to Over 16s only. We will have a potters wheel in the Children's Tent for Under 16s to use.                    


Our beautiful Craft Cinema, will be returning to Bovey Tracey presenting a lively programme of vintage and contemporary short films on craft and design.

The cinema is hosted in a magnificent 1967 bus, originally commissioned as a mobile cinema by Tony Benn, then Minister of Technology, to travel the country showing films of the latest technical advances to the factory workers of Britain. Walk the red carpet and enjoy a genuine cinema experience in a gorgeous mobile cinema.


Every day

FREE, drop-in knitting & crochet lessons, every day

Pop along to The Knitting Tent where you can pick up beginners knitting & crochet skills. You can bring your own work in progress & come along for a knit & a natter or add a few rows to ours. Learn to arm knit, finger knit & find out about freeform knitting & yarnbombing. 


Featuring designer makers in their first 2 years of business. StartUP makers will be announced shortly.  StartUP replaces One Year On.


Showcasing art and design higher education opportunities in the South West.


Presenting a handpicked selection of craft organisations, regional museums and companies selling artist's books and materials, beads, textile supplies plus much more.


The Children's Craft Tent.

Based on a nautical theme, skilled craft workshops will be delivered by range of creative organisations throughout the weekend. Our Craft Tent Partners are Plymouth College of Art, The Met Office, Technic Lego, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Stover School, Devon Weavers Workshop and Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery.

On Saturday & Sunday, children and adults will be entertained by The Puppetree Company, walkabout theatre by Jonty Depp and Story Telling by Isabella's Story Bicycle. The children's area includes facepainting, play tent and sandpit. 


Enjoy great music whilst you eat and drink the wide variety of locally sourced food and ales on offer from wood fired pizza, crepes, waffles, falafels, pulled pork and spicy curries to hog roast and cream teas.

Musicians include  La Vie En Rose gypsy jazz, Baron Brady folk duo, Cosgrave & Banks contemporary folk, Annika Skoogh & Matt Carter Jazz duo, Harbottle & Jonas, Dan Fraser,  Louise Parker Jazz Duo, Becky Brine Duo, The Liberty Sisters, Kindred Spirit & Bovey Tracey School

NOURISH Festival and The Craft Festival proudly presents The BRODSKY QUARTET 

This year the Craft Festival has a very special extra element: a concert being put on under the banner of another Bovey festival that we work on, Nourish Festival. On Saturday June 9th the Internationally renowned and utterly fabulous Brodsky Quartet will give us a bit of ‘bottled sunshine’ in the form of Elgar’s string quartet, then - by total contrast - an epic picture of life in wartime Russia from Shostakovich, whose third quartet is gripping, harrowing and intensely moving. Add to that two pieces from present-day Mexico and it promises to be a great gig. If you haven’t seen the Brodskys … they’re the string quartet famous for collaborations with Elvis Costello, Bjork, Paul McCartney, and - as a live act - are just something else! They’ve played here to wildly enthusiastic sell-out audiences three times now, so don’t miss!