The Makit Fenland Fair, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

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When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 7th October 2017
Where: Burgess Hall, St. Ivo Leisure Centre, Westwood Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU
How much: £5.50 for adults (under 14s free)

If you love lacemaking and other textile crafts – whether as a keen amateur or a passionate professional – the Makit Fenland Fair is a fantastic day out for you and your family.

Come along to Burgess Hall on Westwood Road in St. Ives on Saturday 7th October and find yourself spoilt for choice as you browse stall after stall dedicated to the materials, tools and accessories you need to practice your favourite texile craft whether it be lacemaking, quilting, beading or embroidery

This is also a great opportunity to chat to experts about the techniques and materials they use, or meet up with fellow textile craft enthusiasts who share your passion for crafting.

Now in its 27th year, the Makit Fenland Fair is one of the UK’s longest-running textile craft supplies fairs. As such, it attracts a vast array regional and national craft suppliers of materials for your craft as well as some incredibly talented exhibitors.

You’ll love the leisurely flow through the stalls that will give you plenty of space and time to thoroughly explore the items for sale and stock up on supplies. If you need to rest your feet or refuel, there’s a café where you can relax and chat.

This year’s Fenland Fair promises to be fun-packed. With free entry for young people under 14, this is a great family day out for the young and the young at heart. Come and join us in a celebration of textile crafts with showcases from top designers.

Exhibitions at the 27th Makit Fenland Fair




An Exhibition by Q2 (Q squared)

A recently formed exhibiting textile group made up of four members from the King’s Lynn Embroiderers’ Guild. Deb Capes, Ann Cooke, Claire Gordon and Angie Hill bring together a range of techniques that make for interesting and diverse textile art. Members of the group have all exhibited previously as separate artists.

The exhibition ‘Versatile’ by Q2 brings together the complementary skills of the group’s members. A combination of hand and machine embroidery, jewellery making, felt making, collage and mixed media are all put together to describe and interpret five antique ceramic tiles from the Wisbech and Fenland Museum collection.

The originality and skill showcased in this exhibition are exciting to see and the stunning designs are even more impressive when viewed up close and in person.


Louise West Lace Design


Louise West first discovered bobbin lacemaking back in 1992, beginning a life-long passion for traditional lacemaking and contemporary lace design. Having mastered Buckinghamshire Point Ground Lace and Floral Bedfordshire, she developed her skills with various City and Guilds design courses before moving on to a BA (Hons) in Textile Design and, later, an MA in Art and Design at the University of Derby.

As you’ll see at the Fenland Fair, Louise’s lacework combines historical influences with her own botanical illustrations. She also uses lace as the basis for silver jewellery pieces and for wire work and 3D sculptures. She describes her jewellery design as “a much more permanent and lasting vision of the historical textile” and a “contemporary wearable art of the future”.

Louise has recently produced a book of delightful new Bedfordshire lace designs that has been widely praised throughout the lacemaking community. The book, entitled Bedfordshire Lace by Louise West, contains 29 stunning new designs, ranging from beginner to Bedfordshire, through to advanced floral designs. Antique lace, vintage machine lace, and the work of the artist, Victoria Brown, are all sources of inspiration.

The designs in the book are arranged in order of difficulty with clear diagrams and instructions. As you progress to the more advanced designs, Louise encourages you to embrace your creativity and put your unique stamp on your work.

We are delighted that Louise will be displaying the worked patterns contained in the book at the Fenland Fair.



Inspired by Autumn



This years display by the Fenland Lacemakers is the theme of “Autum” inspired by the shades and shapes of the season. Also included in their display are autumn fruits and autumn leaves cascading down to the forset floor!

Fenland Lacemakers are a small but enthusiastic group of Lacemakers that meet once a month in Hemingford Grey. Their work ranges from traditional torchon mats to other lace items using the same techniques but in a variety of threads to give different effects.

If you appreciate the display why not come and join the Fenland Lacemakers
and learn some of the skills demonstrated in their display

blackberry-and-apple autumn-leaves


Our Makit Fenland Fair 2017 Exhibitors

Bookings are coming in thick and fast from the suppliers who will be bringing a vast array of craft products to the Fenland Fair. Many of these items are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased at fairs or online.

Remember to check back here regularly for the latest news.


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The 27th Makit Fenland Fair 2017 – purchasing your tickets


Purchase your tickets online now for £5.00 and save 10% off the usual ticket price – if you are part of a group, get in touch to find out about our group booking discounts.
The deadline to get your Early Bird Discounted Tickets is 23rd Sept 2017.

How to purchase your tickets:

Tickets for forthcoming events are on sale from Makit at all of our fairs – Click here for details of upcoming events.

Purchase by telephone.

You can also contact us by telephone on 01354 65 44 44 or 01354 65 05 00 to make a ticket payment by credit or debit card.
Tickets ordered by phone may be sent to your address by post at an additional charge of £0.70 to cover postage or collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the fair.

Purchase online.

Tickets may also be purchased online with payment via PayPal and then collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the Fair, at which time you will be asked to provide your ‘confirmation of order’ email. Alternatively, tickets may be sent to your address by post at an additional cost of £0.70 to cover postage – Click here to buy your tickets online.

To ensure the security of ticket collection, you will be asked to state your name and address postcode. If tickets are to be collected by a third party, the name and address postcode of the individual collecting the tickets is to be stated at the time of ordering.

Group Bookings

Should you wish to organise a coach party to visit any of our Fairs, we have some very generous ticket deals for parties of 10 or more persons. Please contact us on 01354 650500 to find out what we can offer, alternatively email us with your requirements and we will contact you with information.






Fenland Fair is a fantastic venue with free parking and excellent access!