Discover the Essence of Craftsmanship at Rodmarton Manor’s Crafts Alive

‘In the Maker’s Hands – The Tools of our Trade,’ a remarkable celebration of craft presented by the Gloucestershire Guild.

Set against the backdrop of the historic Arts and Crafts house, Rodmarton Manor, this event is a testament to the enduring beauty and skill of handmade creations.

In The Maker’s Hands: Celebrating Craft at Rodmarton Manor

Discover the Essence of Craftsmanship at Rodmarton Manor's Crafts Alive

Craft enthusiasts and art lovers, mark your calendars for the extraordinary event hosted by the Gloucestershire Guild. Prepare to be captivated by the craftsmanship showcased at the historic Arts and Crafts house, Rodmarton Manor. With its rich heritage and unwavering commitment to the arts, Rodmarton Manor sets the stage for the Guild’s exceptional exhibition titled ‘In The Maker’s Hands – The Tools of our Trade’.

Crafts Alive: Showcasing Artistry

Crafts Alive, a prominent annual event, will feature 50 talented designer-makers from the esteemed Gloucestershire Guild, renowned for their expertise across various disciplines and materials. These skilled artisans will be accompanied by a select group of guest artists, adding further depth and diversity to this celebration of contemporary craft.

Discover the Essence of Craftsmanship at Rodmarton Manor's Crafts Alive

A Multi-Dimensional Experience

Prepare to immerse yourself in a five-day extravaganza that seamlessly blends inspiration, entertainment, and indulgence. Spread across three floors of the manor house, the Chapel, and the sprawling garden, this remarkable event offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the world of craftsmanship. Delight your senses with captivating demonstrations, interactive workshops, enlightening talks, mesmerizing performances, and a delectable array of locally made food and drinks.

Discover the Essence of Craftsmanship at Rodmarton Manor's Crafts Alive

Unveiling ‘Cotswold Makers’

A highlight of this year’s event is the much-anticipated premiere of the play ‘Cotswold Makers‘. This theatrical masterpiece will grace the stage at Rodmarton for two nights during the festival. The play serves as a creative partnership, shedding light on the visionaries behind the construction of this magnificent house.

Notably, the esteemed playwright, Frank Hatt, who himself has a hearing impairment, intricately weaves the character of Lucy, the wife of Sidney Barnsley, one of the creators of Rodmarton Manor, who was profoundly deaf. As a testament to inclusivity, the Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) has generously offered to create a British Sign Language (BSL) video of the play, free of charge. Additionally, a BSL interpreter will be present on the two performance nights, ensuring a fully inclusive experience for all attendees.

Save the Date

Crafts Alive – In The Maker’s Hands awaits your presence at Rodmarton Manor, near Cirencester, GL7 6PF. Mark your calendars for this enchanting event, taking place from Wednesday, 13th September to Sunday, 17th September 2023. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm daily, providing ample time for exploration and immersion in the wonders of contemporary craft. Tickets are priced at £12, with free entry for children under 16. Each ticket grants access to the Manor House, Gardens, daily demonstrations, and interactive drop-in workshops.

Discover the Essence of Craftsmanship at Rodmarton Manor's Crafts Alive


Prepare to be mesmerized by the craftsmanship on display at Rodmarton Manor during the Crafts Alive event, In The Maker’s Hands. With a perfect blend of artistic excellence, historical significance, and inclusivity, this celebration promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Save the date, secure your tickets, and embark on a journey through the world of contemporary craft, where tradition and innovation intertwine in perfect harmony.

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