Art & Crafts Events

The Chilterns has a vibrant arts and crafts scene, with a year round programme of exhibitions, Open Studios events, Art and Craft fairs and rural craft Festivals. There are opportunities to visit art and craft studios, see the Makers at work, and learn some of these skills for yourself. See below for ideas and inspiration...

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Hambleden Artisan Market

The food and crafts are from local producers and are of a very high standard. There is also a cafe selling home-produced dishes, incredible locally-roasted Columbian coffee and cakes and biscuits and something called an ABC which features Machin’s bacon. There are usually around 15 stalls and, although there are a handful of regulars, there is a changeable variety keeping the whole thing fresh.

Hambleden Village Hall
second Saturday of the month (not January or September)
10:00 - 3:30.

An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & The Thames Exhibition

This exhibition illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames. We bring together a unique selection of works, with loans from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery, British Library, and many more.

River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
1st February to 14th July 2019
11 - 4pm

Henley Arts Trail (part of Oxfordshire Artweeks)

Since its inception in 2006 the Henley Arts Trail has grown into a regular feature of the cultural and social calendar of Henley on Thames. The trail has developed into a showcase of the finest artistic talent to be found in Henley and the villages that surround it. The artists will be there to welcome guests and show their work. Some artists will be doing demonstrations or workshops for members of the public who want to have a go themselves and many venues offer refreshments. Check the venues page on the website for opening hours of each venue.

May 2019

Bix Six Artists spring exhibition (part of Henley Arts Trail)

Bix Six and Friends is a local art and craft group exhibiting at Bix Village Hall twice a year. The artists cover many different disciplines exhibiting a wide range of work to visitors. The Bix Six is also famous for its handmade cakes and teas, the proceeds of which will be donated to selected charities.

Bix, near Henley on Thames
4, 5 and 6th May
10am to 5pm

Bucks Open Studios

Bucks Art Weeks 2019

Bucks Art Weeks is an annual event held in June every year where artists and makers all over the county open their studios or hold exhibitions and events showcasing and demonstrating their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience first-hand the creativity going on around Buckinghamshire. Bucks Art Weeks is run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 600 artists and makers living and working in the county.

Studio venues owned by or shared by the artists
8 - 23 June

Festival of wool at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Knitting is a traditional craft that has been dated back to the 11th century in Eygpt. During WWI men, women and children knitted large volumes of clothing and accessories to help with the war effort making socks, scarves, sweaters, hats and balaclavas for the troops. Join us for our special Wild About Wool knitting event and discover different types of wool and help solve your knitting conundrums by talking to our friendly experts.

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB
Sat 12th – Sun 13th October
11am – 4pm
Standard admission prices apply. Free entry for Annual Pass holders.

Sally Evans Events

Artist and Makers Fair

Come and buy from people who really care about the work they are exhibiting.

Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD
Saturday 13th April
10am - 4pm

Sally Evans Events

Artist's showcase

Come and buy from people who really care about the work they are exhibiting.

The upstairs gallery, Berkhamstead, HP14 1AQ
9th - 30th May

Obsidian Art

The Art of Ed Org

Obsidian Art is delighted to welcome back Ed Org for his 2019 exhibition of work plus special guests Sandra Young (glass sculpture) & Jess Lelong (Art Nouveau & Art Deco design jewellery). Featuring stunning new original work by Ed - including over 30 original drawings, sketches and paintings, plus his full available range of prints.

Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury HP22 5XJ
Until 31 March 2019

Creative courses in arts, crafts and textiles

at Missenden School of Creative Arts

Weekend and Summer School courses in art, craft, textiles and general interest, held at Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire - residential or non-residential options are available, all in a beautiful setting with a creative atmosphere to inspire you. The summer school takes place 5-16 August, but there are courses and exhibitions throughout the year.


Whittling and Woodcraft course, 18th May

Learning to carve spoons and other utensils

During this Whittling and Woodcraft course, you will learn carving techniques and ultimately create a spoon and other useful objects to take home. Depending on the season, you may work with tree bark to fashion a useful container, process nettles to make cord or weave with plant fibres. You will learn to identify specific trees and understand which are good for these projects. We will be based in a lovely woodland setting centred around a campfire.

Little Chalfont
18th May
10:00 – 16:00
£75 per person (18+)

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit