"Buy Unique, Buy Handmade" 

 TWICKENHAM CRAFT FAIRS




We offer an affordable place for crafters to promote, display and sell their items, whilst still maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all.  If you love handmade, you'll love our fairs...

 
 

How did it all start?

After having difficulty finding affordable craft fairs in my local area at the beginning of 2014, I decided to start organising one myself.

I love handmade items and wanted to give myself and other local crafters somewhere to sell, promote and display their items for an affordable price... as crafters/artists rarely receive the recognition they deserve for all the hours of hard work they put in.  

 

About our craft fairs - 

 

Our fairs run from April till December, approximately every 4 weeks and are always on a Saturday between 1.30pm - 5pm, held at:

 

 St Mary's Church Hall,

(Opposite St Mary's Church)

Church Street,

Twickenham,

Middlesex.

TW1-3NJ  

How to find us -

 
 

We are approximately 10 minutes walk from Twickenham Railway Station and between 5-8 minutes walk from bus routes H22, 281, 267, R68, 110, 490 and R70.

We are situated at the end of Church Street, Twickenham. This is a beautiful location filled with local, independent businesses with a real community spirit. We are close to Twickenham riverside and the Church Hall itself is directly opposite St Mary's Church.  


STALLHOLDERS NEEDED FOR PAMPER EVENINGS IN 2018 - RUN BY CLAIRE G JEWELLERY

CLAIRE G JEWELLERY is looking for specific people ONLY please, so if you can offer any of these services please e-mail on: claireg_jewellery@live.co.uk 

HANDMADE SELLERS REQUIRED: Pottery, Jewellery, cards, handmade soaps/beauty products, ceramics, gifts, handbags, purses, ornaments, artwork, etc

TYPES OF TREATMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT: (There is a maximum of 7 treatment providers per event.)...

*Indian head massage

*Eyebrow threading/shaping

*Facials - cleansing, toning or moisturising treatments (treatment only, not for selling the items used.)

*Aromatherapy massage (for hands, feet, arms or lower leg only)

*General Masseuse (to provide relaxation to hands, feet, head and/or neck only.)

*Pedicures

*Reflexology

*Make up/adult face or body painting

*Henna

(NO SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS/HOLISTIC treatments)   All treatments would need to be: Affordable (preferably around £10-£20 per treatment) Not last in excess of 40 minutes per person per treatment During any treatments the customer must remain fully clothed, as they will be taking place amongst other stallholders/customers and we want to respect privacy. Carried out by a qualified masseuse with the correct accreditations and public liability insurance.    

Stalls for this event are just £10,

Stall fee by PayPal only.  

Please send the following information if looking to apply:

1. Your full name

2. Your e-mail address (if different from the one you are using)

3. A detailed description of what service you would be able to provide and a rough estimate as to how long each treatment would take and cost. (This is for promotion/customer info if you get a stall space.)

4. Confirm you have a Paypal account or authorised/permitted access to a family member's account.

5. Confirm that you live within 10 miles of TW1 (If you are unsure, please just state the area you live in)

6. The link to your Facebook business page, website, or another social media account that shows your business/what you provide.    

A 5ft-6ft table and 2-3 chairs are provided per stallholder (or equivalent floor space if you want to bring a massage chair or equipment instead.)    

Please note: Claire g jewellery can NOT accept "representatives" selling items like forever living, Neal's Yard, Avon etc, but if carrying out facials, these items can be used. Also they can not accept spiritual/holistic/religious treatments and only need the type of treatment provider listed above, many thanks... 

 


How to find the entrance to the hall -

We always (weather permitting) put up large vinyl posters directly outside the hall entrance on the morning of our fairs to make it easier to find us.  At the end of Church Street, opposite St Marys Church, right near Twickenham Riverside, you can't miss us :-) 


Access for all -

 

St Mary's Church Hall is perfect for our craft fairs, it is spacious, with wood flooring, high ceilings and a lot of natural light, which is welcoming and bright.  The entire fair is on one level, with no staircases or steps and we will always endevour to allow plenty of space between stalls for ease of access for both customer and crafter alike.

We will always allow access for wheelchair and pushchair users at our fairs, as it is important that everyone has an equal chance of looking around, no matter what their circumstance.

We normally have 16-18 stalls at every event, but can comfortably cater for up to 19 stalls + refreshments stand.

  


 

Why is it important to buy handmade? 

 

Handmade items are a unique gift idea.

Why buy all your gifts in the same shops, when you can have something that makes more of an impact and can be tailor-made or even personalised.

Many of us do not consider the numerous hours crafter's spend sourcing unique materials, creating new designs, networking, displaying their work, making their items and generally trying to promote themselves online and in person, just to be seen.  As it is so time consuming, unfortunately, many crafters and small businesses end up having to give up the only thing they love doing, as they just can't be seen by enough people to cover their ongoing costs.

Put simply, if consumers only ever spend their money on mass produced items that are cheap to make/distribute, then handmade items and crafters themselves will eventually disappear. Supporting local businesses and crafers by continuing to buy handmade is the only way we will keep these specialist trades alive.

 

You can also find us here:

  Twitter:

 http://www.twitter.com/TWICK_CRAFTS

  Facebook:

 http://www.facebook.com/TwickenhamCraftFairs

Google+ 

<a href=https://plus.google.com/100357847908722356672 rel="publisher">Google+</a>

  Pinterest

 http://www.pinterest.com/clairegjewel

Instagram

http://www.instagram.com/clairegjewellery

 

What can I expect to see at the fair?

 

We aim to offer as much variety as possible - Previous fairs have included items such as:

Hand crafted jewellery, Charity stalls offering handmade craft items, Baby/toddler clothing, Vintage inspired items, Toiletries, Christmas decorations, Greetings cards, Shabby-chic gifts, Quilts, Ceramics, Photographic cards, Pet treats, Easter gifts, Tote bags, Children's clothing, Halloween inspired items, Keyrings, Head/shoulder massage, Wooden plaques, Easter gifts, Cross-stitch, Home baked dog treats, Mosaics, Crochet, Christmas gifts, Silk slippers, Decorative items, Illustrators, Hand decorated framed pictures, Baby accessories, Glassware, Clay items, Cushions, A caricature artist, Knitting, Vintage inspired jewellery, Home fragrance, Fridge magnets, Paintings, Felt bags, Candles, Home décor, Up-cycling, Personalised gifts, Needlecraft, Catnip toys, Silk purses, Felt animals, Children's books, Scrabble-letter made frames, Vintage prints, Handbags, Charity tombola, Candles in tea cups and many other handmade gift ideas....  

 

Images of stalls from previous fairs:

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Refreshments at our fairs:

We have a local baker (Steve) who runs the refreshments stand at our fairs. He offers a friendly service, along with affordable Hand-baked cakes, scones and savouries, together with cold and hot drinks.

There is a different selection each time.  At previous fairs they have sold these yummy items: Scones, Coffee & walnut cake, Lemon tray bake,  Cheese and homemade chutney sandwiches, Fudge, a selection of sweets, Chocolate cake, Bacon and leek lattice, Walnut cake, Peanut butter cookies, Sausage and stuffing rolls, Cherry bakewell and chocolate brownies.

With prices starting at just 50p, why not pop in to get some lunchtime nibbles whilst you have a stroll around our fair :-)


How is the fair advertised?

 

There are 1,000 flyers printed for every event, which are distributed in the local area by myself and many of the crafters who had/have a stall at our fair. They are also displayed by myself (and other crafters) when participating at other craft fairs within the Middlesex/Surrey area to increase awareness.

Many are also left with staff to display/distribute in coffee shops, cafes, Chemists, restaurants, doctors' surgeries, shops, hairdressers, council offices, local charities, newsagents, pubs and other businesses in the local/surrounding area.

Approx 8-10 posters are put up around St Margarets (as posters are not permitted in most of Twickenham.)

The craft fairs are also advertised frequently on social media by myself and many of the crafters who have stalls, or who previously had a stall at the event.

At each fair 3-6 large vinyl banners are put up directly outside to increase footfall/awareness on the day (provided there is not heavy rain/very adverse weather conditions, as unfortunately they do not stick to the walls when there is.) Smaller posters are also put up inside the main entrance with arrows to direct customers to the fair.

 

Our flyers and promotional material for 2018:


CRAFT FAIR DATES FOR 2018:

Saturday 7th April - COMPLETE

Saturday 2nd June - COMPLETE

Saturday 8th September

Saturday 27th October (Halloween themed)

Saturday 8th December (Christmas themed)

 

GDPR and your privacy - Applicable to stallholders on the TCF mailing list. 


What will change?

Nothing my end - Everyone on the mailing list for either Twickenham Craft Fairs and/or the Pamper evenings have only been added after their request to do so (whether via e-mail or speaking to them in person).  I will continue to send "booking open" and "booking closed" e-mails for each event, will continue to email participating stallholders to any important updates about the event they are attending (such as road closures, advertising progress, unexpected rugby matches, etc) I will also continue to reply to direct questions/queries, with only the occasional e-mails relating to other local events that need stallholders being sent to a few regulars who have already asked me to do so.  I run these events on my own, so all correspondence is manually inputted and updated by myself alone, I don't use expensive mailer systems or source to other companies to handle these e-mails and for this reason I don't have a specific "unsubscribe" link to follow where you have to fill in a questionnaire as to why you want to unsubscribe - It's much simpler than that -  IF you no longer wish to be on the mailing list, simply send me a direct email and ask to be removed from either the TCF list and/or the Pamper evening list, no reason is needed and this will be done asap. This is also written underneath all mailers so that you'll always know how to do this.  

Your information:

I just want to re-assure you all that I do NOT and will NOT share your personal contact information with others.

IF a customer asks for information of one of the sellers from an event (this has happened twice in 5 years) I checked with the customer that I could forward their e-mail, then forwarded it to the stallholder they wanted to contact.  Even if stallholders want to contact each other I will e-mail them first to check they're happy to have their e-mail address/information forwarded.  

What information is kept by TCF and Claire G Jewellery?

Images you have sent to me of your work and images that I take at any event you participate in are kept on my laptop/email account and when necessary shared on social media prior to or just after an event you are a stallholder in. 

Your e-mail address, business details, social media links, postal address (if provided) and phone number (if provided) are kept in an excel document on my laptop and on the original e-mail you sent me to use for future reference/correspondence.  Sometimes this spreadsheet is printed off for my personal use prior to mailers being sent out and to make sure I have an up to date paper copy of the list, I do not store information in "the cloud".

Your e-mail address is also stored on a word document (used for the actual mailing list itself) and can also be accessed via my email history/contact list with certain/relevant emails being stored in my e-mail inbox/folders.

I take the data protection act seriously, always have done, so nothing will be changing my end,  I also always send any mailers with e-mail address under the "BCC" tab to keep individuals' e-mail addresses private.

What will be shared?

As previously advised during sign up, promotional pictures of your work that you've sent me, pictures I have taken of your work/stall at events (we always take pictures at TCF of all stalls), business name, first name (if you don't yet have a business name) business links and some social media links are published on Facebook, Twitter, TCF's website and sometimes Instagram for promotional use if/when you get a place at the fair/pamper evening and if someone shares the post via these links. Occasionally stall pictures will also be used in adverts on event sites and promotional collages to showcase the work of crafters/service providers.  This is so all our little businesses can be seen and so people know what to look forward to/expect at the event, but e-mail addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers will NEVER be shared.  I also do NOT share information with any third parties or marketing type businesses (as appears to have happened with Facebook recently), because you've trusted me with your information and I have no intention of betraying that trust. 

What do I need to do:

If you're happy to remain on the mailing list after reviewing this new information, you don't need to do anything at all. 

If you have any questions, queries, or concerns, please contact me via e-mail. 

Likewise if you want to be removed (for any reason) just let me know.

 
 

*** Booking to new applicants is now CLOSED for the rest of 2018. This is to prevent people only applying for the Christmas event and will re-open in 2019 *** 

Booking to new applicants for the Pamper evenings held at the same location is still open (details for this are near the top of the page.)

 

We do NOT accept the following at our fairs: Traders who buy items to sell (i.e. bought from outside the UK and clearly not handmade), Forever living items, Tropic skincare items, Neal's Yard, Alcohol, Fireworks, Bric-a Brac, Food/drink stalls (for immediate consumption) including cakes/sweets - as we already have a refreshments stand, Weapons, Religious items or leafleting, Pyramid schemes, Illegal/dangerous items or any stalls with less than 70% handmade goods. 


 
 

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Many thanks for visiting x