I love that the parking is free, it’s easy to get to and the tickets are reasonably priced. The stalls are great and the exhibitions really interesting.
Stall holders and exhibitors were friendly and happy to share tips and expertise.
It’s a great day out. My friend came to stay for the weekend especially to go to the show. Everyone is friendly.
It is one of the best events – not too big and easily manageable.
Love the charity stalls – very inclusive.
The event isn’t too big – there is plenty to see and the stalls are really interesting and not overwhelming. Everyone is really friendly.
Local event, mix of local and further afield exhibitors and traders. All good quality.
I particularly liked the variety of exhibits.
Variety of textile arts. People actually crafting in the main hall and the workshops.
Range of workshops available and the demos and free or cheaper workshops available in the main hall
The high standard of exhibits and different crafts!
The range of craft options covered. The friendliness of the stall owners.
Great mixture of workshops, traders, exhibitions and some good food too.
It was just the right size for a day. Enough time to see everything without having to rush or miss bits out
Upstairs exhibition of textile groups work
The wide variety of things on offer, both workshops and traders.
Good variety of stalls, easy to find & good parking
Availability to try many crafts without committing yourself to take up the hobby
Everyone on stalls, running things, attendees and organisers have such a love of their craft and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, it is a lovely day chatting, meeting new people and seeing what skills there are in the area.
The BTS is going from strength to strength, it’s great to have such a great show locally, and shows that we have some very talented people in our area.
Recommend the event for all those with an interest in textiles in whatever medium
I liked that there was a large variety of stalls to sell and that someone was selling beads. I also liked to see the various exhibits. I just wished I had know about previous events and I think next year if it is held at the same venue I might attend both days and try and do some workshops.
Loved the exhibition. It was to a very high standard with a good variety of work.
Opportunity to see lots of small producers and craftspeople, meet nice people, have a great and excellent value lunch and make things, go to lectures.
Covered a range of textile crafts instead of being orientated just towards one, with a very good selection of workshops.
Wide variety of crafts, opportunities to buy supplies & finished articles, lots of ideas, tasty food options.
The items for sale and the exhibition. The exhibitors and their work was amazing, and overall a very high standard. It was lovely being able to chat to people with a variety of different skill bases. The suppliers were diverse and offered quality items at reasonable prices.
The relaxed atmosphere plus looking at what beautiful items people make. Also trying things to see if you enjoy it before buying equipment then finding it’s not for you.
The workshops especially in their venue of the hospitality suite. Separating the exhibition was lovely.
Super range of exhibitor stands (talented people !) and workshops. Interesting & varied selection of shops for retail therapy- always room for more. Excellent & reasonably priced refreshments.
Variety of styles, techniques and materials used in exhibits. Inspirational! Came home keen to start projects. Also, Traders, stalls selling fascinating range of items not easy to locate in high street. Good to chat to people about their crafts, and finding out about local groups.
Workshops were fab as were the exhibitors. Good range of stalls too.
Well spaced out and not cramped. Good range of traders and the exhibition space was good. catering very good and well priced.
Variety of exhibitors, workshops, easy to park.
The inspirational exhibition or makers work. The retail hall was very focused on buying items to craft with.
Mixture of traders and exhibitions on a variety of textile topics; good food; parking much improved.
It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and I am so pleased you liked the quilts.
Thanks so much for showing me another way to make them – I shall go through my fabrics again and as soon as I have time will make a start on another one for you.
Both of us were very impressed with the Big Textile Show and will hopefully go again next year. I thought it was much better than the Uttoxeter show earlier this year and also a lot better than the Hobbycraft one at NEC too.
The exhibition area was amazing wasn’t it!
Congratulations on yet another fabulous show! In fact, I thought it was even better than last year! The extra space above the cafe made it less congested in the main hall and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
I enjoyed the show and the workshops and I think all of my participants were happy with what they achieved. The rooms were great and can I say that the young lady sorting us out was extremely good, very helpful and patient. Well done her!
The set up and take down was excellent and parking great , plenty of space and no hassle. Everyone really friendly. Rocky road needs a mention too….(yummy)
…we are keen to support the show, which gives us such a good opportunity for textiles enthusiasts to share and learn, and of course, shop! Many people who don’t venture to the NEC or further afield have the chance to experience new things and also show their work in a local arena, which is all very positive. It’s also very enjoyable to meet with other like-minded people and share ideas…
Caroline at PoppyPosts:
“Yesterday I visited the Big Textile Show which was held in nearby Countesthorpe, in my county of Leicestershire. It is so nice to have an exhibition/show held near to where I live instead of having to travel for hours to get there so I made the most of it.
“It was a fantastic exhibition of a number of crafts but my overwhelming memory is that of colour. There was colour everywhere; patchwork quilts, embroidery silks, wool, felt, material. Everywhere vibrant, vivid, verdant colour. I am also a very tactile person and found myself touching the exhibits and tracing the contours of the quilting even though there were lots of signs saying “Do not touch”. I just couldn’t help myself.
“I wasn’t looking for ideas, which is just as well as I was completely overwhelmed by the amazing colours and complexity of some of the exhibits. I was in awe.”