Highly skilled makers will be on hand to showcase their craftwork and demonstrate the techniques, tools and materials used through workshops and displays.


Kerry Donati: Etchings and Aquatints

Etchings bring together old techniques and new inspirations. The interaction of copper and ink make every print unique, and every print fresh. Kerry is inspired by using the same techniques that have been used for hundreds of years: preparing the plate, melting the ground, etching with acid, and printing with a nineteenth century mangle. Using…

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Woodland fairytale adventure

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+. Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

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Children’s Arts & Crafts (Sat only)

We are so pleased to have Lorena Carbajal from The Art Tolley running our art workshop on Saturday 15th July. Cabinet of Curiosities and mini-beasts: Work with Lorena to create a pop up ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, this collaborative artwork has been specially created by the artist for Wealden Literary Festival. Using collage materials, create your…


Weald of Kent Protection Society

WKPS is a non-political environmental pressure group, registered charity 261992.   Their three principal aims are: To protect and enhance the character and environment of the Wealden towns, villages and countryside To safeguard the amenities of the Weald of Kent To cultivate a wider interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of…



Marourde is refreshing the world’s oldest drink by creating a gently sparkling, crisp and naturally gluten free mead (5.5% ABV). It has the subtle floral sweetness you’d expect from a honey based brew, balanced with a dry crisp edge that puts it on the civilised side of lager. Alongside our classic Yellow Label mead we…

Beult House Bees

Beult House Bees

Beult House Bees is a small family business looking after apiaries dotted across the beautiful Garden of England.  The flavour of all this has been distilled by millions of bees to produce the mouth watering taste of their honey.  Naturally it’s good.

Libby Everett

Libby Everett Jewellery

Elizabeth creates and hand makes jewellery from her workshop in Kent.  She uses gemstones and precious metals in her designs.  Her collections are often inspired by her love of the sea, ancient tales and poetry.

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Isabel Turner

Isabel’s work is mainly produced using a combination of watercolour and fineliner.  She takes her inspiration from nature, including animals, birds and other natural elements, which she then recreates in her own specific style.

Blue Hen Flowers

Blue Hen Flowers

Blue Hen Flowers grows scented, seasonal, cottage garden flowers on a smallholding in Benenden, Kent. Sheila is happy to supply buckets of flowers for events or one off bouquets. Delivery is free within a five mile radius of Benenden. Visitors are welcome to come and see what’s growing. Blue Hen Flowers have kindly provided the…

Katherine Woodward

Katharine Woodward

Katharine Woodward started learning about basketry and associated crafts such as chair seating 18 years ago. Based near Dover, she offers courses in Basketry and Chair Seating as well as making and selling willow products, from shoppers to log baskets and plant supports.

Richard Bingham

Sussex Trug Maker

Richard Bingham constructs his Sussex Trug Baskets primarily by hand.  The rims and handles are steam-bent around formers using sweet chestnut.  Cricket bat willow is used for the boards.

Kent Wildlife Trust

Kent Wildlife Trust

Founded in 1958, Kent Wildlife Trust are a registered charity (number 239992) and the leading conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway, dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats for everyone to enjoy.  Their vision is to ensure that 30% of Kent and Medway – land and sea – is managed to create…

Invicta herbs

Invicta Herbs

Invicta Herbs grows culinary and useful plants on the family smallholding in Kent. The sustainable growing regime ensures edible parts of plants remain safe to be eaten.

Tom Barton

Roughneck Candles

Roughneck Candles was created whilst Tom was travelling through Europe in a self build camper van. Now back in the UK, Tom brings totally unique, 100% hand made candles to the Wealden Literary Festival


Rye Pottery

Rye Pottery is a contemporary design-led company in Sussex. Bridging the gap between studio & industry, we occupy an increasingly rare position as a small British production pottery. Established in the late 1700s we uses a technique variously called Delft, Faience or Majolica and are renowned for timeless hand-made & hand-painted homewares & unique decorative…

Cranbrook Iron

Cranbrook Iron

Cranbrook Iron supply bespoke ironwork for home and garden; plant supports, obelisks and rose arches as well as fire-bowls and elegant barbecues. They make many decorative items and larger sculptural work in plasma-cut steel.

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Oliver Trowell

Oliver Trowell presents a unique account of one man’s memories of farm life in the 1930’s and 1940’s in this beautifully written and illustrated book.

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Cranbrook Conserves

Cranbrook Conserves will be selling delcious hand made marmalade, jams and chutneys produced with mostly local ingredients and made in small, open pan batches.


Fable & Base

Fable & Base is a textile studio based in Whitstable, Kent. They provide studio-produced textiles that have been carefully sourced, hand-printed and made locally. Looking to the natural world for inspiration, it is part of their philosophy to take a slower approach to how they produce textiles. At the heart of their work they embrace pattern, shapes and…


Wheelgate Nursery

Wheelgate is a local garden nursery growing quality hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. They offer plants grown to order, border design and planning as well as garden consultation and advice.


Dandelion Time

Dandelion Time works with disadvantaged children with families experiencing serious behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Rural Courses

Michael White Rural Courses

Rural courses is run by Michael White deep in the Kent countryside.  As one of the premier providers of countryside courses in the south east of England, he offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills, in a relaxed environment and beautiful surroundings. Woodland foraging expeditions will be…

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Kentish Cobnuts

Potash Farm offer a range of products all produced with local Kentish cobnuts, including biscuits, fudge, oils, chocolates and cosmetics.

Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence is a wonderful local craftsman producing beautiful, intricate wood carvings. Head over to his stall to watch his spellbinding work in action as the story of his carvings unfolds before your eyes.


Romney Marsh Wools

Over 130 years of Family Farmers on the Romney Marsh with circa 1,000 indigenous Romney Ewes.  Following their annual shearing in June, Romney Marsh Wools take their hand-picked fleeces to traditional UK Weavers who hand process the fleeces into their woollen retails range of throws, cushions, etc.  They also have their own brand of lanolin…


Jill’s Spoon Academy

Jill’s Spoon Academy is spreading the message that spooncarving is part of a renaissance of traditional crafts…

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