26th annual Wood & Craft Fair

Join us for a great day out on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October, from 10am – 4pm, for our 26th wood and craft fair. It all began in the in 1989 when after the great storm of 1987, the estate found it had significant tree damage and an excess of wood to dispose of. The first sales of wood were held in the empty shell that was the West Wing of Ickworth at the time, but it rapidly grew out of this space and moved outside. Today it's evolved into a  weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft and many other country craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce, wood demonstrations craft stalls and children's activities.


    Ickworth Wood

    Sawn timber grown on Ickworth estate

    This is a rare opportunity for wood professionals and enthusiasts to buy quality Ickworth wood milled from the estate. Choose from oak, ash, sycamore, cedar and cherry, ¼ sawn 1" to 2 ½" planks. Our wood this year is naturally resourced from trees damaged by storms, as well as felled within the management of the estate.

    Specialist wood displays and stalls

    Man sculpting wood with a chainsaw

    Take an opportunity to rest your feet and watch craftsmen at work turning British wood into unique pieces of art. Browse amongst the wide variety of stalls selling everything from handmade wooden puppets to tables, sculptures, rocking chairs and bird tables to windchimes.

    High quality craft stalls

    Cake stall displaying some tempting homemade cakes

    We now have many stalls selling quality homemade and home restored items, by the stall holders. From tempting cakes to pretty jewellery. The perfect time to start buying Christmas presents that will impress everyone and that are not available on the high street.

    Eating and drinking stalls

    Fresh lemonade with real lemons

    A wide variety to choose from. From long horn beef burgers from the local Kenton Hall estate, hot dogs or maybe a jacket potato, then a refreshing glass of fresh lemonade or maybe a beer to wash it all down. You could also choose to take some local brewed St Peter's beer home or home brewed ciders.


    Beautiful pottery stall at Ickworth wood fair

    Visit the pottery tent where you'll find the Anglian potters selling a wide variety of beautiful handmade products including raku fired pieces. You can also see the Raku firing kiln and learn all about the art of pottery with live 'throwing wheel' demonstrations.

    There are a number of other pottery stalls where you can admire the skills of the stall holders and purchase the items they've made. You can even add your own designs to a plate which will be fired and sent to you. A lovely momento to remember your day with us and of course the perfect Christmas present.


    'Oliver' steam traction engine

    As always Oliver the 'Little Ruston' steam traction engine will signal the opening and closing of the show with its iconic steam whistle. Something that always makes us smile especially on arrival to our park as he whistles on entry through our main gates in Horringer - it really sets the scene for us and a great weekend. Cover your ears whilst you watch the engine at work sawing wood. A fantastic opportunity to step back in time and reminisce about bygone days.

    Good to know

    • When: Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October
    • Time: 10am - 4pm
    • Price: Members: adult £2.50, child £1, Non-members: adult £8.75, child £4.15. Includes park and garden admission (the park & garden admission goes solely towards the conservation of Ickworth estate and is not used for the event, along with annual membership subscriptions)
    • Parking: In designated parking areas. Disabled parking is available on the event field.
    • Note: Cash is the preferred payment method, there are only a few stalls where cards are accepted and often struggle with poor telephone signal.
    • Contact: Liz Thomas Call: 01284 736127