Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival

Handmade in Britain is pleased to be returning to Waterperry Gardens for the second year of Handmade Oxford, The International Contemporary Arts Festival, 25-28 June 2020.

After a successful launch in 2019, Handmade Oxford will be once again held on Waterperry Lawns and will celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from over 250 highly-skilled, international and UK-based designer-makers.

Just a stone’s throw away from Oxford, Waterperry Gardens is home to eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens and is very well known for having hosted Art in Action for 40 years. Building on the legacy of Art in Action, Handmade Oxford will be held in a series of purpose-built marquees situated in front of Waterperry House. The four-day festival will bring together some of the most exciting makers from all over the world, featuring contemporary craft and design, art, sculpture, interiors and lifestyle, workshops and demonstrations, artisan food and more.

Festival tickets are available now. Click here to book through our online ticketing system.

We are currently accepting applications from designers interested in taking part in the fair. Please CLICK HERE to apply online. Due to the volume of applications please note we are unable to accept applications via post, telephone, or email.

Date & Location

25 - 28 June 2020

Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Waterperry Gardens,  Oxford OX33 1LA

To book your tickets please use our online booking system via See Tickets.

Early bird ticket prices (available online until 31 March): 

Single day entry tickets
£15     Adult Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£10     Adult Festival Ticket (Festival only)
£14     Concessions Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£8       Concessions Festival Ticket (Festival only)

Two-day entry tickets
£23     Adult Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£15     Adult Festival Ticket (Festival only)
£22     Concessions Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£12     Concessions Festival Ticket (Festival only)

Four-day entry tickets
£32     Adult Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£22     Adult Festival Ticket (Festival only)
£30     Concessions Combined Ticket (Gardens & Festival)
£18     Concessions Festival Ticket (Festival only)

Please note:
– Combined Tickets include access to the gardens
– Festival Tickets are valid for Handmade Oxford only
– Entry is free for children (under 16), when accompanied by a paying adult
– Concession tickets are available to Senior Citizens (60 and over), Students, Ages 17 –18, Registered Unemployed, and disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Please ensure that the person the ticket/s is intended for meets the correct criteria and brings proof of eligibility on the day(s) of attendance
– Reduced cost entry is available for Waterperry Season Ticket holders. Season ticket and ID must be presented along with ticket on entrance to Festival. Any family or friends accompanying must purchase a full priced ticket
– Group booking discounts are available
– An online booking fee applies to all advance tickets
– Advance tickets will be available online from 1 April until the event begins
– On the door tickets will be available to purchase upon entry to Handmade Oxford (cash and card accepted)



“Contemporary setting and a great quality of exhibitors and art” Oliver, Handmade Oxford 2019 visitor

“Great variety of disciplines and demonstrations. Would love a bigger event next year” Anna, Handmade Oxford 2019 visitor

“Well organised event, great atmosphere and quality throughout the show” Helen, Handmade Oxford 2019 visitor


Thursday 25 June – Saturday 27 June 2020, 10am – 6pm
Sunday 28 June 2020, 10 am – 5pm


To book your tickets please use our online booking system via See Tickets.


Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA



• Major international contemporary arts festival, built on the 40 year legacy of Art in Action
• Reach an informed and affluent audience in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties
• Carefully-curated event with quality exhibitors, sharing same ethos and providing a coherent brand environment
• Extensive marketing campaign targeting a combined audience of over 250,000
• Organised by Handmade in Britain, an organisation with 13 years experience organising similar events
• Gain fantastic exposure and meet new buyers, press and industry contacts
• Be part of a very high-quality and visually-pleasing event


• Promotional campaign which will include direct marketing, digital marketing and PR
• Media partnerships and advertising campaigns with specialist publications, local and national press
• Stand-alone event page on handmadeinbritain.co.uk featuring individual exhibitor listings complete with an image
• Flyer distribution in all major Oxfordshire venues, galleries, libraries, museums, cafes, restaurants and universities
• Door-to-door flyers targeted to key affluent residential areas in Oxfordshire
• Inclusion in high-quality show magazine available to visitors during the festival
• Event listed on arts, events, regional and lifestyle websites
• Digital cross-promotion with media partners and supporters, specialist groups and organisations totalling over one million


“Handmade Britain is a lovely event, well organised, with a wide range of arts/crafts disciplines represented. The public was knowledgeable and interested and many of them were willing to commission and buy things which are unique, be it as presents for others, themselves or to add to their particular collection.” – Wytske Lazenby, Handmade Oxford 2019 exhibitor

“Lovely setting, great variety of artists and craftspeople, high quality of work and appreciative customers. Would love to be a visitor, worth the day out.“
– Ulli Kaiser, Handmade Oxford 2019 exhibitor

“It was a great show set in a beautiful location, and I am looking forward to exhibiting again next summer” – Alexandra Aurum, Handmade Oxford 2019 exhibitor

For the opportunity to exhibit your work at Handmade Oxford APPLY NOW


We are currently accepting applications for Handmade Oxford 2020.

We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox to complete the application form, rather than Internet Explorer or Safari. If you are experiencing any issues submitting your form, please check you have uploaded all of your images at the required size and completed all compulsory fields.



Up to 4 sq. mtrs – £330 + VAT / sq. mtr

4.5 sq. mtrs and above – £310 + VAT / Sq. mtr

Minimum stand size can be requested as 2 x 1 mtrs ( 2 mtrs wide x 1 mtr deep)

Exhibitor Package & Demonstrators Package – after minimum sentence
For shared stands, there is an obligatory £100 + VAT administration fee per exhibitor. This covers administration costs, individual catalogue entry and name board.

Please allow the thickness of the wall panels in the size requested (approx. 5.5cm each side)


This will be a highly curated area for makers to demonstrate their techniques daily alongside selling their work – limited spaces

Up to 4 sq. mtrs – £250 + VAT / sq. mtr

4.5 sq. mtrs and above – £225 + VAT / Sq. mtr

Minimum stand size can be requested as 2 x 1 mtrs ( 2 mtrs wide x 1 mtr deep)

Please allow the thickness of the wall panels in the size requested (approx. 5.5cm each side)


6 ft x 2.5ft Table – £300 + VAT

Exhibitors & Demonstrators : Please CLICK HERE to download the detailed application pack before completing the online application form and contract 

Artisan Food Exhibitors : Please CLICK HERE to download the detailed application pack before completing the application form contract 


Please note that there is an application fee of £20. We have many applicants for each show and this is necessary in order to assess everyone fairly. Once you submit the online application form, you will be automatically diverted to Stripe in order to transfer the application fee.


Exhibitors Contract Oxford 2020

Demonstrating Exhibitor Contract 2020

Artisan food Exhibitor Contract 2020

Please print, complete and fill the relevant contract and send us either by email or post at our address – Handmade in Britain, Studio 10, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG.

Application Form

Applying for Handmade Oxford, June 2020

Publicity & Promotion*

Describe your work in 25-30 words (in third person). This information will be used for publicity and promotion if your application is successful.

Image Details

Your Images (1MB MAX for each image or your form will NOT be sent) - Please submit four professional images of your recent work/products and include the relevant details for each. Please also upload one image as an example of a previous stand display.

Images should be saved as JPEG files and should have the suffix .jpg
Each image should be labelled with your name and a number from 1 to 4 that should correspond with your image details on the online application form.
For example: jbloggs1.jpg.

We are currently finalising our partners and supporters for Handmade Oxford 2020.

If you are interested in becoming a media or event partner please contact:

Nicola Jell – Marketing & Communications Manager

 +44 (0) 20 3490 6556


        Our partners and supporters for  2019 


Handmade Oxford media enquiries:
Click here to download the Handmade Oxford press release. For further press information, images and interviews please contact Nicola Jell: nicola@handmadeinbritain.co.uk / 020 3490 6556

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