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
Treasured Threads, Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts
Until 12th January 2020, London
Discover quilts from Gunnersbury’s collection including one of their most remarkable items – a pieced and appliquéd top created by a local Acton family in 1825. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
10:00-16:00 / Free
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London W5 4NH
Pilgrim Quilters 23rd Exhibition
1st-2nd November, Surrey
Demonstrations, Thread Bear trader stall, a raffle, crafts, a sales table and more.
10:00-16:30 / £3
St Ann’s Catholic Church Hall, 4 Brighton Road, Banstead SM7 1BS
Stalybridge Patchwork & Quilting Group 9th Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition
2nd November, Cheshire
A display of the groups’ work including traders, raffles and a tombola.
11:00-16:00 / £2
St Paul’s Church, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge SK15 2PT
Anne 01457 765 493
Hawkinge Village Hall Bi Annual Quilt and Craft Exhibition
2nd November, Kent
A display of quilts, a trade stall and a quilt raffle in aid of Demelza Childrens’ Hospice.
10:00-16:00 / £1
Canterbury Road, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7BS
Hilary 01303 844 657
Autumn Quilt Festival, Kent
8th-9th November, Kent
Displays by well-known quilters, competition quilts, plus lots of retail therapy.
10:00-16:00 / See website for more info and ticket prices
Kent Showground, Clive Emson Exhibition Hall, Detling ME14 3JF
“Wasted” – South West Textile Group
16th November – 24th December, Somerset
This exhibition explores wastage of the earth’s natural resources and how that waste can be put to good use, both practically and beautifully.
10:00-17:00 Tues-Sat / Free
Ace Arts, Marketplace, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7NB
The Knitting & Stitching Show
28th November–1st December, Harrogate
Enjoy hundreds of workshops, demos, curated galleries and over 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies.
10:00-17:30 (17:00 Sun) / Ticket prices vary, see website for info
Harrogate Convention Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Mead Quilters Exhibition of Patchwork and Quilting
9th November, Hertfordshire
A display of the group members’ work, sales, refreshments and raffles.
10:00-16:00 / Contact the group via the email below for ticket info
Memorial Hall, Marford Rd, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AY
9th November, West Midlands
This year’s exhibition includes a diverse selection of vintage patchwork on display to educate and celebrate.
10:30-16:00 / Free
St Barbara’s Church, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, West Midlands CV5 6AG
Cupar Quilters Biennial Quilting Exhibition
16th November, Fife
The trader for this exhibition will be Purely Patchwork. Refreshments and disabled access will be available at the venue.
10:00-15:00 / £3 / Children free
Old Parish Church Centre, Short Lane, Cupar KY15 5EQ
Catherine 01334 655 415
Quilt Show Take Two
16th-17th November, Stafford
Exhibition in conjunction with The Corner Patch Shop. Expert Chris Franses will be in attendance and there will be a quilt raffle and tombola. Disabled access available.
11:00-16:00 Sun / £2
Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall, Nr Stafford ST21 6BZ
Janet 01785 859 360
Shirley Quilters’ Mini Exhibition
19th November, Croydon
A mini-exhibition including Challenges, work produced at the Octagon Block Workshop, plus a raffle and sales table. Refreshments and disabled access available.
19:30-21:30 / £4
Shirley Methodist Church, Eldon Avenue, Shirley CR0 8SD
Meadow Quilters Christmas Fair
24th November, Reading
Stalls include homemade gifts by Meadow Quilters, artisan foods, gifts and more. Disabled access available.
11:00-15:00/ £1 / Children free
Charvil Village Hall, Hawthorns, Charvil, Reading RG10 9TT
Maggie 07811 293 473
The Quilters’ Guild Region 2 Stash Sale
30th November, Surrey
A chance to shop for quilt and sewing related items including fabric, notion, books, magazines, quilts and tops. Free parking available.
09:30-12:30 / £1 Guild members / £2 non-members
The Old Barn Hall, Church Road, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 3PQ
20th Anniversary Lee Green Open Studios
9th-10th and 16th-17th November, London
Visit over two weekends where more than 40 artists, including four textile artists, are exhibiting their work in 18 venues. Free demonstrations, workshops and talks.
11:00-17:00 / Free
Are you planning a quilting event?
Email TodaysQuilter@immediate.co.uk about your upcoming quilting events. Please provide us with the event title, date, time, a description of the event, admission price and a contact detail. Please give us three months’ notice if you would like to be featured in our magazines’ Diary Dates page – we have limited space but we’ll try our best to include as many events as possible.