If that’s what you’re looking for, BCTF is the trade fair for you! There are lots of trade fairs and you’ve probably visited many of them, but BCTF is the only one that focuses solely on British handmade crafts and giftware.
Every year we bring you hundreds of hand-picked exhibitors representing the very best of British talent.
The dates move around from year to year depending on when Easter falls, but in 2020 the dates are 11th – 13th April.
Our makers come from all over Britain and so do our buyers. Our venue, the Great Yorkshire Showground, is located a few miles outside Harrogate town centre, providing easy access, free parking for all, and a wonderful, restful environment for buyers and makers alike. Use the postcode HG2 8QZ for route planners and SatNav.
If you’re coming for more than one day, and you don’t happen to live within easy commuting distance, you’ll need to spend a night or two in Harrogate.
That’s no hardship. Harrogate is a wonderful place to visit, full of excellent restaurants and sights for the whole family, so make your buying trip into a mini-holiday.
To book your hotel click HERE or look on AIRBNB
Visiting a trade show can be hard work – multiple halls full of exhibitors who are selling things you have no interest in. You can waste hours just trying to sort the wheat from the chaff.
At BCTF, every designer-maker has been vetted by us to ensure they match our strict criteria:
Over the years, BCTF has introduced thousands of new young makers to the trade. Many of these makers have gone on to become the most wellknown and respected makers of their generation.
But for a new maker, dealing with the trade can be daunting. And you, the buyer, need to know that a young maker will fulfil orders reliably. That’s why, in recent years, we have formalised the help we’ve always offered new makers and created out Mentoring Programme.
New makers are offered a three-year programme of assistance with subsidised rates on their stands.
Year 1 – the Newcomers Gallery – is for fledgling makers doing their first trade show.
Year 2 – Post Newcomer – for makers who have already exhibited with us in the Newcomers Gallery, and for those with limited trade experience who have been trading for up to 5 years.
Year 3 – Main Hall. By now a maker should have gained experience and confidence and can exhibit alongside well-established makers in the Main Hall. But we continue to support these makers by offering subsidised prices on stands.
Attending a trade show can be hard work, but not BCTF. While we can’t control motorway traffic, everything else has been designed to make your buying trip a pleasure.
The Yorkshire Event Centre is just a few miles outside town, set among rolling fields. When it’s time to take a break, sit outside and enjoy the view.
Hall 1 was completely rebuilt less than two years ago and is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility – light and airy, with plenty of room for everyone.
Every exhibitor gets a page in our online catalogue, BCTF Online. As a registered buyer you will receive access to this catalogue, so you can find great new products every day of the year.
An exhibitor’s page will show images and about a hundred words of text to describe who they are and what they do. It will also include contact telephone number and email and a link to their website.
If you’re interested in only certain types of products, glass, say, or ceramics, you can specify your requirements in the search options. You can also look for makers within a preferred geographical area!