Celebrate traditional crafts and learn new skills at Hampton Court Palace

Returning in 2022 after a stellar start last summer, the Craft Festival at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames, London, brings together the very best in gifts, crafts, vintage games and street food in a festival setting within the magnificent French gardens of the palace.

This carefully curated event complements Hampton Court Palace’s beloved Food Festival, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and brings together unique designers, bespoke companies, makers and producers, as well as delicious street food.

Whether you’re looking for unique gifts you won’t find on the high street, home accessories or want to get creative with crafts, there’s everything you need and more.

Adults and children can enjoy wooden party games and relax in the sun, listen to lively tunes at the bandstand, and take a carriage ride with the county horses.

Festival artists-in-residence showcase skills such as candle making, Indian block painting, modern calligraphy, macrame, blacksmithing and more, with pre-bookable workshops for budding artisans and makers seasoned people who want to learn something new.

Festival-goers will be wowed by Lexus’ redpoint studio, where famed tattoo artist Claudia de Sabe will join the party to create a unique collaborative piece of wall art, with visitors invited to participate in its creation.

Claudia will also exhibit the world’s first tattooed car: a Lexus UX compact SUV, fusing fine craftsmanship with traditional Japanese artistry.

Not to mention the Lexus Live Driving Experience, which gives visitors the chance to take the all-new LexusNX for a spin and experience the best in electric and hybrid car technology.

Once visitors step inside, a masterpiece at every turn awaits them. From exploring Henry VIII’s atmospheric kitchens to the dazzling art-filled State Apartments, to the Great Hall itself, with its impressive hammer-beam roof, visitors will truly be able to enjoy themselves. immerse in history.

Then, after exploring the palace, visitors can admire the rest of the Hampton Court estate, including the legendary Great Vineyard and the fun Magical Garden.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Studio will also be open to visitors in the Palace on Friday 13 May.

Entrance tickets to Hampton Court Palace include free entry to the Craftsmen’s Festival, while members of historic Royal Palaces can also enjoy free entry.

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