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Fair, Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017


RHS Garden Hyde Hall

RHS Garden Hyde Hall


RHS Garden Hyde Hall

07944 806340


Creephedge Lane,


The Essex Craft & Design Show will be holding two shows at two stunning Essex venues in 2017.

September will see the show returning for the tenth year to the unique 13th century setting of Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree Essex but before then for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend the show will be at the beautiful RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex.

These superb venues provide a unique backdrop for this contemporary art and craft show. The wide range of exhibitors will include fine art, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, many other contemporary crafts and a handful of stands selling locally produced food. First established in 2008 by two artists from the Leigh Art Trail, the events aim to provide a unique and valuable showcase for established Essex artisans, new emerging talent and ‘non-commercial’ installation artists who can bring a different dimension and perspective to the historic settings; helping to bring them to life in a 21st Century way.

For the public it is the ideal opportunity to buy a piece of original art or craft and meet the artist who created the work. With artisan demonstrations during each of the weekends, and the venues to explore, this is very much a day out and more than just a craft show.

Each of the venues used by the Essex Craft & Design Show is of interest in its own right. For more information and to find out what other events they are hosting please visit their websites:

RHS Garden Hyde Hall: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

Cressing Temple Barns: http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/cressing-temple/

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Visitor Centre with cafe, gift shop and plant centre. Licenced restaurant and information centre within main garden.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017 10:00 to 17:00

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 1 - Mon 17 Apr Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
Sat 1 Apr - Sun 4 Jun International Garden Photographer of the Year
Mon 10 - Thu 13 Apr National Gardening Week
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Apr Spring Plant Fair
Fri 28 Apr Spring Craft Fair
Fri 28 Apr - Mon 1 May The Essex Craft & Design Show



Plan route to RHS Garden Hyde Hall using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 781995  Lat: 51.66649 Long: 0.57442

By car:
Hyde Hall is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chelmsford and is signed from the A130 (southbound).

Leave the M25 at junction 29 for A127 (signed Southend). From the A127 exit onto the A132 (signed Wickford/South Woodham Ferrers).

Or leave the A12 at junction 17, then at the roundabout take the second exit for the A130 (signed Southend/Basildon)

From the A130 Rettendon Turnpike roundabout follow the tourist attraction flower symbols towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132. At the Shaw Farm roundabout turn left into Willow Grove/Creephedge Lane.

Please be aware that if you are using Sat Nav please enter CM3 8ET via Creephedge Lane.

By Public Transport:
From London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford (about 8miles away) or to Wickford (5 miles away). Taxis are usually available at the station.

Buses - The No.3 service from Southend to Chelmsford stops at the garden.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Chelmsford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Visitor Centre with cafe, gift shop and plant centre. Licenced restaurant and information centre within main garden.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu