Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths, Manchester

Fri Oct 08 2021 at 06:00 pm to Sun Oct 10 2021 at 04:00 pm UTC+01:00

Victoria Baths | Manchester

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Publisher/HostGreat Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Victoria Baths, Manchester

Buy beautiful handmade craft direct from over 150 of the UK's finest designer-makers

About this Event

The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back from 9-10 October 2021(Preview Evening Friday 8th October) in its new home - Manchester's iconic Victoria Baths.

After last year's event was cancelled (due to you know what), this much-anticipated event on the city's art scene, returns with an impressive line-up of over 150 UK designer-makers, all specially selected for their excellence in their craft. The GNCCF is an opportunity to see some of the country's best craftspeople all under one roof and buy or commission unique handmade work directly from them.

Expect a diverse range of talents and stories from a wide range of makers, including contemporary ceramicists, jewellers, textile designers, metalsmiths, glass-makers, furniture-makers and printmakers. It's a fabulous and inspiring shopping experience to find one-off pieces for yourself, statement objects for the home and thoughtful gifts for Christmas.

The fair will also feature makers demonstrating and talking about their craft, and over 30 recent graduates will be showcasing their degree show work.

For further details, a list of exhibitors and information on how to get to the GNCCF:

Any questions? if not answered below, please contact the organiser.


What are the opening times:

Private View Evening:

Friday 8th October     18.00-21.00

Public Openings:

Saturday 9th October     10.00-17.00

Sunday 10th October     10.00-16.00

Who are tickets concessions for?

Students with a student card, unwaged, OAPs are entitled to buy concessionary tickets.

Can you buy tickets on the door?

Yes but it's cheaper to buy in advance and saves you queuing on the day. Buying in advance also means you can get a group together and make a trip of it!

I'd like to bring a student group, what do I need to know?

If you are a teacher/lecturer and plan to bring a group of more than 10 students please email us with details of the day and ETA. Please note, this year, the GNCCF is not open to the public on Friday.

We get a lot of students, so we want to make sure we are prepared to process large groups and fast-track your entry. Given our need to monitor visitor numbers to ensure social distancing in the venue, we can only take student groups that have booked tickets in advance. If you prefer, you can pay by cheque payable to Great Northern Events NW Ltd in advance or we can invoice you for you to pay by bank transfer. 

We also request you brief your students on our student protocol which is here

Email us: [email protected]

I have been sent an invitation to the Private View Evening, how do I get my ticket with the promo code?

If you have received an email inviting you to the Private View on Friday 8th October, you can get your complimentary invite by quoting the Promo code sent in the email. In some cases, the link will automatically unlock the promo code. If not click on the register icon, click on "Enter Promotional Code", select the number of invites you require (max 2 per person) and process as normal. There is no charge for these exclusive invites.

Any problems contact: [email protected]

Can I buy tickets to the Preview or is it invite-only?

Yes, you can buy tickets to the Preview on Friday 8 October ( 6-9 pm) at a cost of £12 adv or £15 on the door.

What is the refund policy on tickets?

Refunds will be given up to 7 days preceding the event. 

Please contact [email protected]

Can I use my ticket on another day?

No, we politely ask you to request a refund and rebook. We are monitoring visitor numbers throughout the public opening times to keep all our visitors, exhibitors and staff safe.

Please note, Eventbrite prints the tickets detailing the show opening from Friday through til Sunday - it's confusing, as at first glance, you think your ticket states it's for Friday. This is not the case - further down it states the day your ticket is valid for.

What time does the GNCCF open on Friday 8 October?

The GNCCF is ONLY OPEN IN THE EVENING on Friday 8 October from 6-9 pm. It is a Private View only. You can buy advance tickets for the Private View ( £12 adv) or buy at the door for £15.

Getting to the GNCCF & Parking

The GNCCF takes place at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE. This is about 5-10 mins drive out of the city centre, near the Children's Hospital.

The event is AA signposted but you can also follow the brown tourist signs for Victoria Baths.

For directions and public transport to the venue please click here.

There is limited car parking to the rear of the building - take the side road at the left side of the building (Pax Road) to take you to the rear car park via the side gates.

Be careful not to park outside of the enclosed rear car park on Pax Road as this is private land and you may be issued with a parking ticket.

Blue Badge holders may park directly in front of the building.

Otherwise, there is parking on Hathersage Road and elsewhere subject to normal on-street parking regulations. There is also a large multi-storey at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Hathersage Road, a five min walk away ( Height restriction 2.1m; fees - up to 3 hrs £2.50, 3-6 hrs £5, 6-24hrs £15, weekly permit £20).

Accessibility at the venue?

The GNCCF is accessible on the ground floor only, with hand-cranked lifts into the exhibitor stand areas within the pools. There is ramped access to the front and rear of the building with parking for Blue Badge holders at the front entrance on HathersageRoad. There are accessible toilets.

Unfortunately, a small number of makers exhibiting on tables will be placed upstairs and we regret that there is no disabled access to these balconies. We will state on the website who is exhibiting upstairs and, if you wish to see their work, we will endeavour to assign you with a fair steward who will video their stand(s) and bring any work you wish to look at to you, with no obligation to buy. If this personal service is of interest please email [email protected] so we can arrange this for you in advance. If you just turn up on the day, please request this service at the front desk and we will do our best to arrange it during your visit.

Further details on accessibility and the venue are here

Is the event family-friendly?

We welcome families with children but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 16 get in free if accompanied by an adult. Children coming alone will need to buy a concessionary ticket. Please note that the event has many expensive and breakable objects, so children must be kept under a watchful eye as all breakages will need to be paid for.

The GNCCF is a shopping event but there will be a children's drop-in craft workshop running at certain times during the day but all children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Some exhibitors will also be demonstrating their craft.

Why do we charge for a "shopping" event?

We often get asked this so let us explain why we charge entrance fees for the GNCCF. GNCCF is a specially selected event to ensure the work on sale is of a high standard and made by the makers who are exhibiting. Great Northern Events NW Ltd who organise the GNCCF is a not for profit company and do not take any commissions on exhibitor sales.

Behind the scenes, we also do a lot of outreach work throughout the year in partnership with the charity The Oasis Centre, a drop-in centre in Gorton, a deprived area of Manchester. We provide craft workshops, led by GNCCF exhibitors, for their service users. 

We also fund maker support initiatives and subsidise stand fees for new makers and provide free stands for selected new graduates and other organisations. 

We are part-funded by Arts Council England through a National Lottery Project Grant. We have to raise the rest of the costs of staging the GNCCF and funding our charitable initiatives through exhibitor fees and door receipts. 

We hope this does not stop you from visiting the GNCCF. We thank you for your understanding and support in promoting and allowing us the opportunity to share, great craft with everyone.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Further information about visiting the GNCCF can be found here

Or you can email the organiser:

[email protected]

Is there a cafe on-site?

There will be a small licenced cafe selling teas, coffees, sandwiches, cakes and other light refreshments, plus wines and beers. 

Only food purchased in the cafe can be eaten there. Those not eating and visitors with packed lunches will be asked to move if the cafe is busy.  

How do we find out who is exhibiting?

A full list of exhibitors can be viewed on the website here



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Event Venue

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 5.00 to GBP 7.00

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