UK quilting calendar

Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear for their Find the Frog quilt at Festival of Quilts

Find a quilting or textile exhibition coming up near you. We’ve put together this listings guide to showcase the best quilt shows across the United Kingdom.

Main image (above): Tansy Martin and Maggie Breakspear’s ‘Find the Frog’ quilt from the 2017 Festival of Quilts.

UK quilting & textile exhibitions

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America Exhibition

16th March-3rd November, Bath
Kaffe Fassett’s new collection inspired by the museum’s world-renowned collection of antique American quilts, providing a unique opportunity to see old and new together. Talks and workshops are also being held (see below).
American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD

TQ42 Kaffe Fassett quilt

See more of Kaffe’s quilts in our quilt gallery & Kaffe news post


25th Summer Exhibition ‘Silver Threads’  
Until 14th September, Mid Wales
Celebrating 25 years of quilt exhibitions with heritage quilts from The Quilt Association’s collection of Welsh quilts and work by Tangent Textiles.
10:30-16:30 / Free (Closed Sun)
The Quilt Association, Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes SY18 6B

World Wide Whispers Quilt Exhibition
31st August-27th October, Cumbria
An exhibition of quilts from makers in Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands, USA and Canada, connected through their ability to see things differently.
10:30-17:00 / £4.50 (Free for under 16s and National Art Pass or NUS Student Card holders)
Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW

QUARTET @ Weavers Gallery
6th-15th September, Herefordshire
Award winning quilt artists Amanda Wright, Cheryl Kirby, Jill Exell and Lesley Brankin will showcase recent work. Free demonstrations daily. No disabled access.
10:00-17:00 / Free
Weavers Gallery (Venue 106), Church Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1DW

Harbour Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition
12th-14th September, Cornwall
An exhibition of the group’s work plus trade stall, refreshments, nearby parking and disabled access. Two beautiful quilts are also being raffled during the day.
Jubilee Hall, Chapel St, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6SS
10:00-16:00 / £2
Pam 01726 843 520

‘30 Years On’ Exhibition by Hutton Priory Patchers
13th-14th September, Lancashire
Celebrating their 30th anniversary and showcasing their work over the last five years. Disabled access available.
Midge Hall Chapel, Longmeanygate, Midge Hall, Leyland PR26 6TD
10:00-16:30 / £3 (Husbands and under 16s go free)

Elysian Quilters Exhibition of Quilts and Crafts
13th-14th September, Cambridgeshire
An exhibition of quilts and crafts from Elysian Quilters, with all proceeds going to local charities, Branching Out and CHS. Free parking available.
10:00-16:00 / £3
Ely Bowls Club, Nutholt Lane, Ely CB7 4PL
Ruthie 07917 608 608

Autumn Quilt Festival Newalk
13th-15th September, Nottinghamshire
See displays by well-known quilters, competition quilts plus lots of retail therapy.
The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Newark NG24 2NY
10:00-16:00 / Ticket prices vary

Brockhampton Quilters’ Exhibition
14th-15th September, Gloucestershire
Displays of quilts, demonstrations, traders and quality items for sale. Charity quilt raffle. Refreshments and disabled access also available.
Rhodes Hall, Brockhampton, Cheltenham GL54 5XH
10:00-16:30 / £2
Clare 07833 992 036

Karenza Quilters Exhibition
19th-21st September, Cornwall
Trade stalls, refreshments and an exhibition of members’ work displayed in the beautiful Kea Parish Church, as well as a raffle to win a quilt made by the group.
Kea Parish Church, Truro TR3 6AE

Newport Patchwork and Quilters Exhibition
21st September, Shropshire
Demonstration, traders, sales table, and refreshments in the Village Hall opposite the Church Hall. Disabled access also available.
10:00-16:00 / £3
St Andrews Church Hall, 7 Wallshead Way, Church Aston TF10 9JG

Quaggy Quilters Exhibition
21st September, London
The Quaggy Quilters are thrilled to be able to hold their newest exhibition of quilts. The closest train is Blackheath while buses are 108, 89 & 54.
10:30 -16:00 / £3
St Margaret’s Church Lee, Lee Terrance, Blackheath St. SE12 5DL

Castle Hill Quilters 10th Anniversary Exhibition
21st-22nd September, Mere
Exhibition of work in aid of Dorothy House and Julia’s House, including a tombola, sales, traders and refreshments. Disabled access and local parking available.
10:00-17:00 Sat
10:00-16:00 Sun / Free
Grove Building, Church Street, Mere, Warminster BA12 6DS
Contact 01373 858 023

Roundabout Quilters’ Show
21st-22nd September, Hampshire
Traders, raffle and refreshments. Parking nearby and disabled access available.
10:00-16:00 Sat
12:00-16:00 Sun / £3 (Under 18s go free)
All Saints’ Church, Southern Road, Basingstoke RG21 7NP or

Lochcarron Quilters and Stitchers Exhibition
23rd–28th September, Highlands, Scotland
Sales tables, a tombola, and an exhibition of quilting and embroidery – quilts, wall hangings, cushions and other decorative items.
Two Venues: East Church IV54 8YS and Kiki’s Craft Corner IV54 8YW, both Lochcarron

Cotton Scatterers 5th Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition
28th-29th September, Essex
Proceeds to local charities. Sales table, trade stands, tombola, refreshments, quilt raffles, and demonstrations.
10:00-16:00 / £3 (Under 12s free)
Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Snows Corner, Witham CM8 3JZ
Liz 01245 690 260

Surrey Regional Day (Region 2, The Quilters’ Guild)
28th September, Surrey
Exhibition plus traders’ stalls, a raffle and demos.Speakers are Cathy Corbishly Michel and Tiggy Rawling.
09:00-16:00 / £30, £20 for Guild members
The Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, Surrey KT23 3PQ

Trelyn Quilters Quilt Show
3rd-5th October, Cornwall
Trade stalls, a raffle, sales tables and multiple displays.Disabled access available.
10:00-17:00 Thurs – Fri
10:00-15.30 Sat / £2
Fraddon Village Hall, Fraddon, Cornwall TR9 6NT
Margaret 01566 779 788

Plymouth Quilt and Textile Fayre
5th October, Plymouth
Exhibiting groups include the Creative Saturday Club, Sew-Cial Quilters and Sound Stitchers. A Harry Potter Quilt will also be raffled.
10:00-16:00 / £1
Plymstock United Church, Plymstock Road, Plymouth, Devon PL9 7PB

Sewing Together Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition
5th October, Kent
Display of quilts, craft sales, demos, raffle, and a tombola.
10:00-15:00 / £2
Twydall Church Hall, Twydall Lane, Gillingham, Kent ME8 6JU

Broomknowe Quilters Exhibition and Sale
5th-6th October, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition plus sales tables, a raffle and refreshments.
Sat 10:00-16:00
Sun 10:00-14:00
Clipstone Scout Hall, Clipstone, Notts. NG21 9AA

Quilts Ancient and Modern
10th-12th October, Norfolk
Exhibition of contemporary quilts and early American quilts. Disabled access available.
10:00-16:00 / Free
Fakenham Parish Church, Market Square, Fakenham NR21 9BX
Contact 01328 878 443

Calder Sew and Sew’s Quilt Exhibition
12th October, Cumbria
Exhibition will include a traders table from Just Sew, a raffle and tombola. Disabled access available.
10:00-16:00 / £2.50
Calderbridge Village Hall, Calderbridge, Seascale CA20 1DN
Susan 0785 554 2207

Essex and Suffolk Quilters Quilt Show
12th-13th October, Essex
An exhibition of members’ work plus a tombola and traders. Charity quilt raffle tickets can be purchased from Kim by emailing her at
10:00-16:00 Mon-Sat
10:00-15:00 Sun / £3 / under 12s free
Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh, Essex C07 7RS
Jean 01206 385 330

Autumn Quilt Festival, Malvern
18th-20th October, Worcestershire
See displays by well-known quilters, competition quilts plus lots of retail therapy.
10:00-16:30 Fri–Sat
10:00-16:00 Sun / Various ticket prices available from website
Three Counties Showground, Severn Hall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW

Meon Valley Quilters Exhibition
19th-20th October, Hampshire
A display of quilts plus a sales table, a raffle, bag tombola and much more. Talk by Jan Hassard at 14:00 on the Saturday. Children go free.
10:00-17:00 Sat
10:00-16:00 Sun / £3
Rookesbury Park, Southwick Road, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 6HT

Autumn Quilt Festival, Duxford
25th-27th October, Cambridgeshire
See displays by well-known quilters, competition quilts plus lots of retail therapy.
10:00-16:00 Sun / Various ticket prices available from website
Imperial War Museum, Airspace Conservation Hall, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR

Heald Green Village Stitchers Quilt Show.
26th October, Cheshire
Craft stall, cakes, raffle, a tombola and traders. Admission includes refreshments.
10.30-16.00 / £3
Heald Green United Reformed Church, Wilmslow Road, Heald Green SK8 3BH

Saltway Quilters Exhibition
26th-27th October,
A variety of workshops, demonstrations, trade stands, sales tables, a raffle and refreshments. Free parking and disabled facilities also available.
10:00-16:00 / £3
Ombersley Memorial Hall, Sandys Road, Ombersley, Worcestershire WR9 ODY
Shirley 01905 776 786

Fitzwilliam Quilters 25th Anniversary Exhibition
26th-27th October, Peterborough
An exhibition of quilting, embroidery and textile art along with trade stands, exhibitors, demos, sales tables and raffles. 10:00-16:00 / £3
The Fleet, Old Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL

Sew Beautiful
28th-29th October, Leicestershire
Refreshments, sales table, raffle and trader is Hannah’s Room. Disabled access and free parking also available.
10:00-16:00 / £3
Walcote Memorial Hall, Franks Lane, Walcote LE17 4JX
Vicki 01455 631 756


World Textile Days
7th September, East of England, Norfolk and 28th September, North of England, Cheshire
Inspired to Create, the theme for World Textile Day 2019, explores the way that amazing textiles and costumes from around the world have inspired textile artists in this country.
Mundford Village Hall, St Leonards St, Mundford, near Thetford IP26 5DW and Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham WA6 7QN

Secrets and Codes Exhibition: South West Textile Group
9th September–5th October, Somerset  
Focusing on the mysteries and intrigues that ‘Secrets and Codes’ inspire, members have responded individually to create work culminating in a stimulating group exhibition. Disabled access available.
09:30-16:30 Fri  / Free
09:30-14:30 Sat / Free
Ilminster Arts Centre, at The Meeting House, 35 East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN
Patricia 07974 717 816

Textiles from the Edge
19th-29th September, Kent
Edgy Stitchers present a varied exhibition of their stitched textiles, including pieces based on Chatham Historic Dockyard. Free entry.
10:00-16:00 (closed Mondays)
Creek Creative Studios, 1 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BE

The Knitting and Stitching Show
10th-13th October, London
This much loved show returns to the ‘Ally Pally’. Enjoy hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, curated galleries and over 300 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies.
Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY

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