Hatfield House is a spectacular country house set in a large park near to the town of Hatfield in Hertfordshire. The present Jacobean house, was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I. It has been the home of the Cecil family ever since and is a prime example of Jacobean architecture. The beautiful estate includes extensive grounds and parts of the earlier palace still exist today. The house, currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, is open to the public and well worth visiting.
For over a decade Paul Wright Jewellery has been exhibiting at the Living Crafts Country Show held on the grounds of the Hatfield House Estate in early May every year. This popular and fun Spring event is perfect for craft lovers and is enjoyed by families of all ages covering a wide range of interests. Living Crafts is a creative shopping experience showcasing the talents and skills of hundreds of acclaimed designer/makers from across the country. Celebrating contemporary, British craft of an exceptional standard, visitors to Living Crafts can buy unique designs or commission beautifully crafted work direct from the specially selected makers. Enjoy spectacular craft demonstrations, masterclasses and workshops and have an inspiring day out in the magnificent setting of Hatfield House.
Special features include the Living Crafts Showcase Pavilion, a Living History demonstration and entertaining sculpture masterclasses. Visitors are invited to have a go themselves with workshops ranging from rag rugging, oil painting and papermaking to wire sculpture and chocolate making! With entertainment adding to the vibrant atmosphere, Living Crafts is a great day out for all the family and an inspiration for serious craft collectors.
This year Linda Peacock will be offering an oil painting taster class where participants can complete an oil painting in one sitting. All equipment is provided and participants will be taught step by step by a professional artist. The class takes place over an hour at a cost of just £10.
Other classes and workshops being offered include the following:
- Introduction to Stone Carving
- Willow Weaving Workshop
- How to Mould & Decorate Chocolate
- Felt Making Workshop
- Rag Rugging Workshop
- Metal Bracelet Workshop
- Graining & Marbling Workshop
- How to Make Butterfly Garden Ornaments
- The Creation Station – Arts & Crafts for Children
Tickets to Living Crafts include access to the beautiful West Garden near Hatfield House which are open from 10.00am – 5.30pm including the Wilderness areas and the beautiful Herb and Knot Gardens next to the Old Palace. These gardens are maintained entirely organically in the style that reflects their Jacobean origins. Visitors are also free to explore over 1,000 acres of parkland with nature trails and woods. There is a children’s play area designed for use by young children under parental supervision which incorporates a pleasant picnic area although this is not available to those visitors with dogs.
How to get to the event:
Hatfield House can be found off the A1(M) 7 miles north of junction 23 of the M25. Exit the A1(M) at Junction 4 (after the Hatfield Tunnel if travelling from the South) and follow brown leisure signs for Hatfield House. For SatNav users please use the postcode: AL9 5AB.
If travelling by rail the main entrance to the Park is opposite Hatfield Railway Station. Kings Cross to Hatfield takes approximately 20 minutes.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available at this link: Free Tickets