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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 and Rosie Brewer. 

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. 

Rosie Brewer is a designer-maker specialising in unique, wooden kitchenware & spoons – both one-off and batch production pieces. Both minimalist and sleek, taming the wildwood for modern lives. Rosie will be demontrating making her kitchenware and spoon.

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


A drop in workshop for all with TRAIL artists. Help to construct a sculpture using recycled materials which will be exhibited in Teignmouth during the annual Sculpture Trail. 23rd July - 2nd September 2017. Hosted in a beautiful Yurts for Life yurt. Workshops are by donation.

TRAIL is a voluntary group of artists bringing community art and environmental issues together in a variety of ways. 

The annual sculptural trail established in  2005 gives professional artists, amateurs and community groups the opportunity to make and exhibit large scale artworks for an outdoor environment. 

TRAIL gallery exhibitions, wearable art activities, school and community workshops develop creative skills and highlight landfill and waste issues to a wider audience.

The Festival Pottery Throwdown with Potclays

We love The Pottery Showdown and it will be returning to the Festival. We are delighted that Richard & Freya will be joining us from Series 2 and Major Tom & Jim from Series 1. 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 and Simple Things magazine. 

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 Major Tom  SOLD OUT

Noon     Challenge Richard      SOLD OUT

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

3pm       Challenge Freya         SOLD OUT 

4pm       Challenge  Jim            SOLD OUT 


11am     Challenge  Jim          SOLD OUT  

Noon     Challenge Freya        SOLD OUT 

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

3pm       Challenge Richard   SOLD OUT    

4pm       Challenge Tom       SOLD OUT 


11am     Challenge Richard     SOLD OUT 

Noon     Challenge Freya        SOLD OUT

1pm       Have a Go Drop in Session  

3pm       Challenge Tom          SOLD OUT

4pm       Challenege  Jim         SOLD OUT 

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 a highly selective group of makers chosen from the Craft Council's Hothouse development programme in 2016. CLICK HERE for this year's Hothouse makers. 


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 the theme of Construction, 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 Uncle Taco's Flea Circus and The Pirate Show 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. 

We have some sad news to share with you. Rod Burnett, our wonderful Professor of Punch & Judy died suddenly in May. Rod has delighted 1000’s of children and adults over the many years that he performed here and he had become a dear friend to us all. Rod’s energetic, inventive and improvised performances were an integral part of the performances at the Festival and he will be greatly missed. We’d like you to share your moments with us and go along to the Punch & Judy photobooth, which is placed near to where Rod performed. Please share these on Instagram @craftfestival #RememberingRod. We’d like to dedicate this year’s Festival to Rod and extend our warmest regards to his wife Tanya and his family, during this very difficult time. 


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, Circe's Diner, 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 & Bovey Tracey School