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The Contemporary Craft Festival Returns!

With 15 years of making to celebrate, Made by Hand Events are delighted to announce the return of one of Europe’s largest, most prestigious and much-loved craft events, The Contemporary Craft Festival, in June. Regularly attracting 10,000 visitors to Devon and 200 of the UK’s finest designer/makers, the festival will be introducing some new activities to an already packed programme.

In recognition of the Festival’s recent successes, the opening ceremony will this year be performed by Victoria Graham of BBC Spotlight and Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England. It’s been a multi award-winning year for the Festival, recognising commitment to excellence, people, partnerships, local provenance, education and also to constant improvement and development. The three-day event will welcome over 200 of the very finest designer/makers - alongside the ever popular Craft Cinema, Children’s Craft Tent, craft demonstrations and full programme of workshops - to Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon. Live music from Devon performers will fill the air, with a wide variety of locally sourced, delicious street food available for your enjoyment.

THE BOAT BUILDING ACADEMY: The Contemporary Craft Festival offers a range of demonstrations. Adding to this and NEW for 2018, they are excited to announce that Dorset's Boat Building Academy will be joining the Festival. The Boat Building Academy provides highly practical skills and training, with an emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning.  They will be demonstrating 'how to build a boat', providing a unique insight into this very specialised craft.

THE DEN (Strictly for Teens): Year 12 students from the Atrium Studio & South Dartmoor Community College were asked to brand and develop a new area specially for teens at the Festival. The Den was created by the students as a place to hang out, play table tennis, and experience workshops in screen printing with South Dartmoor Community College, digital design with Plymouth FabLab and jewellery by former SDCC student, Merryn Albon. The Den, which is supported by the Met Office, is the Contemporary Craft Festival's commitment to encouraging young adults to continue learning through design and craft. From this year, accompanied under-18s are free to enter the Craft Festival.

OTTER SURFBOARDS: The boys from Otter Surfboards will also be in the demonstration line-up, showing you 'how to shape a board', and explaining the satisfying process of plaining a board, making the perfect curls, and how to savor the sound, smell and feeling of the board.

Due to popular demand, the Pottery Throwdown will also be back this year! Expect a weekend brimming with live action from the BBC’s Pottery Throwdown, where you can meet and challenge past contestants Tom, Jim, Richard and Clover.

For full details of the 2018 exhibitors, programme and how to book workshops visit: