Hampton Court Palace
17 - 19 May 2024

Make & Create

We hosted a range of workshops at the Artisan Fayre 2023; read on for a sample of what was on offer...

Feeling creative? Unleash your inner artist and discover the beauty of traditional crafts passed down through generations with one of our hands-on mini workshops. Guided by our master tutors, you’ll learn the art of calligraphy, terrarium design, Indian block printing, jewellery making, jesmonite tray moulding, candle making and macrame while designing a unique piece infused with your own personality. Our younger visitors will also relish the chance to make their own painted peg dollies and sun printing as part of a variety of children’s craft activities

Click through the list below to find out more...

Please note: tickets for workshops need to be purchased in addition to general admission. General admission does not include workshop entry.


Find out more about the Make & Create workshops:

Indian Block Printingaccordian title

In this workshop,  Tess & Anya from The Indian Block Print Co. (formally The Arty Crafty Place) will teach you how to use Indian Printing Blocks and Textile Paint to hand print your own fabric design. The workshop will start with a detailed demonstration, time to practice with different colours and designs and once confident you will choose either a Tote Bag, Tea Towel or Cushion Cover to Block Print.

Company: Indian Block Printing Co

Price: £12.50

Company: Indian Block Print Co

Blacksmithing Experienceaccordian title

Kingdom forge will be running workshops, teaching people of all abilities to forge their very own little keyring. Using 1000 degrees of heat from our gas forge, hammer and anvil, we will guide you through the process of forging.

Company: Kingdom Forge

Price: £35

Design Your Own Earrings accordian title

Join Chloe from ‘Peaches and Tea’ and make your own pair of lightweight polymer clay earrings from pre-cut components in a variety of colours and shapes! Create a pair of classic hoops, studs or statement drops ready for a summer of garden parties or an upcoming wedding. There’ll be a rainbow of paints and coloured foils to decorate with and clip on options will also be available!  

Company: Peaches & Tea

Price: £15

Create your own Jesmonite trays accordian title

Use the fun, eco-resin Jesmonite to create a unique tray to take home! Jesmonite is a chameleon material that can mimic stone or ceramic - a brilliant hands-on craft that is perfect for all levels. During the taster workshop you will measure and mix Jesmonite, play around with pigmenting, then cast it into a mould. You will also learn the technique of marbling to customize your beautiful piece!

Company: Crafty Jezebels

Price: £15

Introduction to Modern Calligraphyaccordian title

In this workshop, Emily (from Oh Hello Maker) will teach you the basic skills you need to produce your very own beautiful modern calligraphy. You will start right from the beginning, from how to hold the pen right the way through to all the sweeps and strokes you need to transform an everyday word or phrase into a stunning work of art! Whether you are a wordsmith, wanting to create beautiful place settings for your wedding or you just want to switch off, rest your feet and get creative, you will leave the workshop armed with the skills you need and my 16-page Nifty Little Handbook (containing my tips, tricks and learnings and all the practice papers so you can continue at home). 

Please Note: the ink we will be using is permanent, so please be conscious of this when deciding what to wear. Workshops are suitable for ages 12 and upwards. All under 16’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Company: Oh Hello Maker

Price: £15


Painted Peg Dollies (Sat + Sun only)accordian title

Need something to do with the kids for 45 mins? Then come and join Emily from Oh Hello Maker, where she will be showing little ones how to paint their very own fabulous peg dollies! Whether they choose to make Mummy, Daddy, Granny, their best friend, a princess or a pirate, they will love painting on the clothes, adding bows, scarves and stick on embellishments. Due to small parts, this workshop is suitable for children 5 years and over. Each child will get 2 pegs to decorate. 

Company: Oh Hello Maker

Price: £10

Sunprinting accordian title

A workshop for all ages and abilities. Using pretreated light sensitive paper along with flowers, leaves and other objects you will create unique prints using an alternative photographic method discovered in the 18th Century. Participants will be able to design their own prints, expose the paper in the sunlight given to us on the day and take this away with them after we've processed the print together using water. The perfect activity to do out in nature on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace and particularly fun for families to do together. 

Company: Sophie Sherwood

Price: £6

Lumen Printing accordian title

Using freshly cut flowers and foliage, you will be asked to arrange these to make a unique ephemeral design on to traditional darkroom paper. We will then place it out in the sunshine to watch it change and discuss the properties in the paper which make this happen. This is a great workshop to do outside in nature on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. This is a lesson in impermanence and change, as the prints will eventually fade away unless they are kept in the dark. You will be asked to make a black envelope to take your work home with you as part of the workshop.  

Company: Sophie Sherwood

Price: £6

Macrame Keyring Workshop accordian title

In this creative session hosted by central-London arts & crafts studio, M.Y.O, learn the basic knots for macrame to make a boho keyring! Once you know them, you can create nearly anything from rope.  It's beginner-friendly and a great opportunity to chill out and get those creative juices flowing. 

Company: M.Y.O

Price: £12


Royal School of Needlework 150th Anniversary: Intro to Mixed Techniques accordian title

Royal School of Needlework is excited to share this striking black and gold design in celebration of their 150th Anniversary Year, inspired by an original hand drawn illustration by Selwyn Image (1849-1930) from their extensive archive.  You will learn a variety of surface stitches and beginners' Goldwork techniques.  This is an opportunity to learn stem, trellis and chain stitch along with couched gold metal thread and spangles.  Goldwork is synonymous with both Royalty and Ecclesiastical vestments and is just one of the many techniques the Royal School of Needlework is famous for. As well as the workshop, you will also have the chance to have a tour through the beautiful rooms of our teaching spaces which are normally not accessible to the Palace public. 

Please note: This workshop will be in the studios – not general event space.

Company: Royal School of Needlework

Price: £30


Pottery Workshopaccordian title

If you're looking for things to do in London to help you wind down and recharge ready for the week, then come and join us for a calming and fun pottery workshop. Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience already, you are welcome to come along, have fun, and learn something new. You will be guided with in-depth tips and tricks by artist facilitator Cecily Loveys Jervoise. Explore the tactility of clay and intuitive making with your hands as you learn how to transform clay into beautiful, finished pieces. To help you uncover your inner artist, you will try out some clay games.  

Company: Art Play London

Price: £15 (+a booking fee of £1.96)


Lexus Presents Coco Sato Origamiaccordian title

Join Coco Sato, an award-winning Origami artist, for a series of exciting Origami classes at the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Fayre. Hosted by Lexus, the classes offer an opportunity to learn the art of paper folding and explore the unique techniques used by Coco Sato to create stunning Origami designs.

Coco Sato is globally renowned award winning Origami artist and has had work featured in prestigious exhibitions and publications around the world. Coco's Origami classes are known for their creativity and interactivity, providing participants with an opportunity to learn and experiment with the art of paper folding in a fun and engaging way.

The Origami classes delivered by Coco Sato are suitable for beginners and advanced Origami enthusiasts alike. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the cultural significance and history of Origami and learn how this ancient art form has evolved over time.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from an award-winning Origami artist and explore the fascinating world of paper folding. Book your place in Coco Sato's Origami classes today and join us at the Lexus Pavilion situated in the heart of the Artisan Fayre at the Hampton Court Palace Artisan Fayre.

Friday - Sunday: 10.30am / 11.30am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm / 4.30pm

Company: Lexus

Price: Free

Sessions run for 30 minutes. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 5 minutes before the class is scheduled to start.


The Makerss Needle Felting Kitsaccordian title

The Makerss will be rocking up with all their favourite and famous needle felting goodies including: Needle Felting Kits such as the brand new Aardman Shaun the Sheep, Garden Birds, Butterflies, Landscape Pictures and many other smaller stylised and realistic characters all suitable for beginners.

The Makerss kits are all designed and packed in the Cotswolds UK, contain no or minimal plastic packaging, the wool is ethically sourced. Besides this there will be workshops (book on the day as well as online), make and takes (on demand), a wool pick 'n' mix displayed in sweetie jars, many other needle felting tools, wools and accessories as well as Steffi Stern's (owner and designer) needle felting books.

The Makerss believe that Every One is a Maker, so come and check them out and have a go at this therapeutic, totally enjoyable and ever so 'slightly addictive' craft of needle felting!

Company: The Makerss

Price: £20

Location: The Makerss Stand


Lexus at The Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre and Food Festival

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