About BCTF

About BCTF

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is a three-day event taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in beautiful Harrogate.

The next fair will take place on 7th-9th April 2019. Why should you be there? Here are just a few of the reasons…

Exterior of the newly built state-of-the-art Hall 1


BCTF has been promoting exclusively British hand-made giftware longer than any other trade fair in the UK.

If you want to buy unique, handmade work from the British Isles, the British Craft Trade Fair and BCTF Online will offer you all the choice you need. With hundreds of makers, a vast range of products, and prices starting at just a few pounds, BCTF is a must-visit fair!

The interior of Hall 1 is beautiful, light and airy.

Open to retailers wanting to buy innovative and affordable British products

BCTF is a strict trade-only fair.

Unlike other fairs, here at BCTF every visitor must register to receive a personalised invitation. All registrations are checked to ensure they are genuine businesses engaged in buying British Crafts.

Our no-public policy ensures that the public will not be able to by at trade prices and exhibitors will not be troubled by non-professionals.

Beetle by Quirky Metals


All our exhibitors live and work in Great Britain or Ireland.

Every potential exhibitor is screened to ensure they are making their work by hand in Great Britain or Ireland. Unlike so many other fairs, BCTF is not awash with cheap imports from all corners of the globe!

BCTF New Maker Mentoring Scheme


Our special Mentoring Programme prepares young makers to meet the exacting standards of our professional buyers.

Preparing for your first trade show can be a daunting prospect for a young or inexperienced maker, but the future of British crafts is in the hands of these people. Here at BCTF, we go the extra mile to help new exhibitors reach the exacting standards demanded by our professional buyers.

A sample page from BCTF Online.


Our online catalogue, BCTF Online, connects buyers with makers 24/7.

Every exhibitor gets a page in our online catalogue that links through to their own website. More than 12,000 buyers have been supplied with passwords to BCTF Online and many regularly visit the site to source new products, 365 days a year.

Vases by HaleyGlassDesigns


For the past 26 years BCTF has been in the ownership of PSM Ltd, and under the personal supervision of Margeret Bunn.

Margeret is responsible for maintaining the fair’s high standards and selecting the makers that attend. Her passion for craft and art has seen her work with British designer-makers for more than 35 years. She has helped many hundreds of young makers take their first steps in dealing with trade buyers.

I'm a professional buyer. I'd like to receive an invitation to attend BCTF 2019

I'm a designer-maker. I'd like to explore the possibility of exhibiting at BCTF 2019