About ICHF

ICHF (International Craft & Hobby Fair Ltd) Events was established in 1976 by founders Maurice and Ruth Brown; their son-in-law David Bennett joined a year later. David quickly took over as MD of the company and remains in the role today. His children Karina Burns & Troy Bennett, along with his son-in-law Simon Burns, have joined the company in recent years, making ICHF Events a truly family affair!

From small beginnings concentrating on trade exhibitions, the company has grown considerably and now has an exciting annual programme of over 24 market leading consumer and trade shows. Held at major UK exhibition venues, including The NEC Birmingham, ExCeL London, SECC Glasgow, EventCity Manchester and Westpoint Exeter.

Our shows through the years...

We have passed the monumental milestone of our 500th show in 2012, having seen over 35 years of business, tens of thousands of exhibitors and several million visitors through the show doors. Long may this continue in years to come!

The Future

Standing out as the leading events organiser in all creative craft and hobby industries, ICHF Events constantly strives to bring all their show visitors an enjoyable and inspiring day out with all the latest supplies, ideas and innovations.

Exhibitors can expect professional shows ran in the most efficient manner, from the moment of booking through to the end of the show.

The Trade Shows

ICHF organises the industry leading trade shows each year - Craft Hobby + Stitch International (est 1976) Europe's No.1 trade show for the creative craft industry held at the NEC Birmingham in February.

Craft, Hobby + Stitch International

The Consumer Shows

Our market leading Hobbycrafts, Creative Stitches, Stitch, Sew & Hobbycrafts, Art Materials Live, Sewing for Pleasure and Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch shows feature exciting displays, catwalk shows, competitions, plus free workshops, demonstrations & talks. They cover a diverse selection of creative crafts, inspirational textile arts and innovative sewing at the indoor shows.

Cake Shows

ICHF are also market leaders in the specialist Cake International - The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show, with three held around the UK annually in Manchester, London and Birmingham. Visitors from across the globe arrive in their thousands to enjoy the demonstrations, workshops, displays and features on every aspect of sugarcraft, cake decorating and baking, plus take part in the renowned competition classes. Celebrity guests including Mary Berry, Mich Turner and Paul Hollywood have also made appearances at the shows during 2013.

Outdoor Craft Shows

Prestigious outdoor venues see quality, British handmade crafts, food and drink at the Weald of Kent Craft & Design Shows held at Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent and Chilterns Craft & Design Show held at Stonor Park, Henley on Thames. These venues are fantastic for buying enthusiasts and also for families looking for a fantastic day out. Both venues are situated in stunning locations offering show visitors the chance to visit the house and gardens, as well as the craft show.

Christmas Shows

Our popular Crafts for Christmas Shows held at the NEC in Birmingham and SECC in Glasgow offer our craft lovers the perfect occasion to come and buy unique and personalised British handmade items, perfect for those Christmas stockings! From glass, jewellery, art and candle, to ceramics, clothing and food & drink there’s something for everyone. Enjoy the live music, specialist Prima Workshops and even a present wrapping service, you’ll find everything you need for a hassle-free Christmas!