Strawfest 2022 – Together Again

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022

Strawfest is an exciting weekend of relaxed workshop activities, plus time to chat and catch up with everyone too
Being held this year at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU, this is a venue with beautiful gardens where you can relax a while.

The joy of Strawfest is the meeting of people with a shared love of straw craft, some experienced who enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills, others new and always welcome

We are concentrating on plaits this year and here are two of the workshops ……

At harvest time the last sheaf was often made into a harvest trophy and this version of a Mell doll trophy came from Cumbria. With the apple enclosed in the plaits it creates a wonderful decoration.

The beautiful Welsh border fan has many variations and in this one, the design with ears to one side only, creates a delightfully curved shape.

There are residential places available so why not come and join us for a weekend of straw craft. It will be a super time so do join us.

Contact Heather at for further details or download a booking form.

Further resources

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