About the arts and crafts market

The arts and crafts fair is a unique open-air market in the historic heart of Cambridge. This friendly market, with the motto "We Make What We Sell" provides a very special opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their work, and to buy unique hand-made products direct from the maker - and at prices much less than you'd pay in a gallery or shop. Crafts include fused glass, jewellery, painting, pottery, wood-turning, photography and much else besides ..

And visiting All Saints Garden Art&Craft Market can be a magical experience. The lovely garden, an oasis in the very heart of Cambridge, and. dotted amongst the trees, a bewildering variety of stalls, each with its own special personality. The result, a market of charming eccentricities, full of happy surprises.

And, as I hope the picture conveys, there is a real feeling of community to the place. For more photos of the market, please visit my craft market pictures page.

arts and crafts workers at the fair arts and crafts workers!

When is the market?

The market is open every Saturday of the year, plus (if weather is ok) Fridays in July and August and in December until Christmas. We generally miss a few weeks after Christmas, and may sometimes miss other dates (rarely Saturdays). To be sure, to confirm.

If you want something when we're not at the Craft Market, you can probably come to our house - we live in Cambridge (69 Garden Walk, CB4 3EW) - to arrange it.

Getting to the market

The market is held in All Saints Garden, in Trinity Street, opposite Trinity College Gatehouse, near the Park Street car park and Park & Ride delivery points .. more

More about the market

The market has its own website, with details / pictures for each of the regular artists; click on arts and crafts fair website.

craft market map

Joining the market

If you are an artist/craftsperson, you might like to join us! You must be selling work you make yourself (though your friends/family can help you to run the stall), and your work must be of good quality, and distinctive in design from that of existing stallholders. Although we wouldn't necessarily expect you to take the plunge all at once, as a professional market we really need people who want to exhibit regularly rather than on an occasional basis.

The market is run by woodturner Chris Nunn, who will probably want to see samples of your work. If he is happy with your work, and there is space available, he will then invite you to try the market for a few weeks to see how things go. But the first thing to do is to get your name on the list by filling in the application form at the Art&Craft Market website.

Stalls currently cost around £27 for Saturdays, £13 on weekdays.You will also need public liability insurance, though I think this might be waived temporarily while you're 'new'. I'd suggest trying the CraftsInsure Starter policy, which costs around £50 a year.

Tables are provided, but you need to provide whatever shelter you need. A sheet of plastic to fling over the table might be enough to start with - or you can rig up a cheap and easy roof using a wallpaper pasting table, plastic tubing and 4 bungees (come to the market, and I'll show you how!).

Good luck, and I hope to see you soon ..

For Editors and Journalists

The Art&Craft Market offers great scope for interesting features, having a lot of human interest as well as the visual arts, and we always appreciate some publicity. If you're interested, please and I'll give you all the help I can. I am happy to supply information and pictures, arrange for you to visit the Market, put you in touch with individual artists, or whatever is required. Some of my craft market pictures of the market are displayed at my craft market pictures page, but I have many others too, including pictures of individual artworks. Generally I do not charge a fee for using my pictures for features on the Market.