Children are very welcome at The Knitting & Stitching Show, in fact we actively encourage you to bring your little ones and get them involved in craft. There are plenty of opportunities for children of ages to have a go at knitting, crochet, embroidery and more.
Under 5s are free of charge. From 5-18 years, tickets cost £7 in advance or £8 on the door.
Although we don’t have a Children’s area as such, there are a number of things your children will enjoy at the show.
UK Hand Knitting drop-ins
Learn the basics of knitting and crochet, including casting on and off and some of the simple stitches. Whatever level your kids are at they can have a go and be shown by the experts. Find them in the Palm Court Foyer (outside the Londesborough Room)
Crafters in Action
The kids can sit and watch demos on anything from upcycling to machine knitting, beadwork to feltmaking. Head to the Panorama Room.
Many of the workshops in the Learning Curve are suitable for children as long as they have adult supervision. The price is the same as it covers materials and tuition, but there are hundreds on offer. Places sell fast so advance booking is advisable.
Coming with kids that are slightly older? Head to the Creative Living Theatre Organ end of the Great Hall for demonstrations from craft experts, although these may be better suited to older children (from 12 plus).
Decoupage drop-ins: visit stand J18 where Decopatch have tables for the kids to sit and have a go. Choose your decorative paper and a mould, then have fun decorating it. Make anything from a giraffe to a trinket box!
Unfortunately we do not offer a crèche at the show. However there is a softplay within the grounds of the Palace (called Little Dinosaurs); it’s located in a building just down the hill.
There are baby changing facilities within the main ladies toilets.
It’s fine to bring a buggy and the show is on one level, but please be aware the show can be crowded.
To avoid the crowds the best days to visit are Thursday from 3pm – 8pm, or Sunday 14th.