Local Art & Craft Events


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The Dorset Arts & Crafts Association is not responsible for events listed in this diary other than those organised directly by the Association.  Please contact the organiser of the event for enquiries, bookings etc.    


Events in 2017




New Forest Open Art Exhibition

continuing to Sunday 8th October

Showcasing the best of the creative New Forest

New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

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Radical Craft

Saturday 16th September - Sunday 5th November

Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, BH21 1NL

Alternative Ways of Making - featuring the work of 35 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of convention.   

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Canford Needlework Festival

Sunday 17th September 10am to 4pm

Hamworthy Recreation Club, Magna Road, Wimborne, BH21 3AP

An exciting event for all stitching enthusiasts, with many independent suppliers trading in a wide variety of needlework supplies.  Demonstrations and exhibitions.

Admission £3

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Somerset Art Weeks Festival

Saturday 23rd September - Sunday 8th October

Various venues

A programme created around the theme of "Prospect", featuring a range of exhibitions, projects and events in more than 100 locations across Somerset.

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Dorset Button Masterclass

Tuesday 26th September, 10am - 12:30pm

Hardy's Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QH

A workshop for experienced buttoners and those wanting to advance their skills with a new challenge. 

Booking is essential

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Craft Taster Day - Dorset Coppice Group

Saturday 7th October, 9:30am - 5pm

The Living Classroom, Bonsley Wood, Durweston

A chance to learn the basic techniques of some traditional coppice crafts.

Booking is essential.  

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Open Day - Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Saturday 28th October, 11am - 3pm

Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Sunninghill Preparatory School, Culliford Road North, Dorchester, DT1 1QG

See members of the Guild working at their crafts.

Free entry. 

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Handmade for Christmas

Wednesday 1st November - Sunday 31st December, 10:30am - 4:30pm, open every day except Christmas Day

The Workhouse Chapel, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DS

A selling exhibition of hand-crafted work from 60 of the West Country's finest makers and artists.

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Dorset Arts & Crafts Association Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 18th November

Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Our second annual Christmas Craft Fair.   

More information will be on our website soon.




Giant Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday 3rd December 10am to 4pm

Ocean Room, Weymouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Weymouth, DT4 8ED

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Dorsetgallery Art & Craft Show

Saturday 16th December 

Venue: Wareham Town Hall 

Showcasing the work of local artists and craftspeople 

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Events in 2018


April 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta

Saturday 21st April (10am - 5pm), Sunday 22nd April (10am - 3:30pm)

Brockenhurst Village Hall, Hampshire, SO42 7RY

A popular and unique event for all needlework and textiles enthusiasts held in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

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