Writers & QEST Scholars gather for Craft Festival Cheltenham: 10–12 March 2023

New for Spring 2023: demonstrations & workshops led by QEST Scholars

Craft Festival Cheltenham will welcome The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) who’s scholars will host craft workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST supports excellence in British craftsmanship, and will be sharing information regarding the valuable funding and training opportunities available for makers.

“We’re delighted to join Craft Festival Cheltenham for the first time,” said Deborah Pocock, CEO of QEST. “QEST offers training and education funding of up to £18,000 for talented and aspiring craftspeople. We look forward to meeting new friends and inviting inspiring makers from the Cotswolds and beyond to apply.”


‘The Capital of Craft’ podcast LIVE shows at Craft Festival Cheltenham

The popular podcast ‘The Capital of Craft’ will host show recordings in front of a live audience during the event. Returning to chat will be Keith Brymer Jones, master potter, TV host and author. Also, Dr Kate Strasdin, author, fashion historian and lecturer, will be talking about her exciting new book, The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes, and sharing secrets of a Victorian woman’s wardrobe. Also, Sue Pryke, accomplished ceramicist and former The Great Pottery Throwdown judge, will share details of her new book, Contemporary Tableware.

Free activities for families

Jim Parkyn, acclaimed Aardman Animations Ambassador and clay model maker, will return to host his popular ‘Amazing Scene Machine’ family workshop with Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre and Unit Twelve Gallery supporting the free children’s programme. Craft Festival Cheltenham warmly welcomes visitors of all ages.

Tickets for the event are now on sale; see www.craftfestival.co.uk/cheltenham to book yours and for further information.