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 remained in the role until 2014. His children Karina Burns & Troy Bennett, along with his son-in-law Simon Burns then took over the reins; 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 – including CHSI Stitches – Europe’s largest creative craft trade show. Over 250,000 people annually visit ICHF event shows, which have won countless awards over the years. Current venues include Alexandra Palace London, NEC Birmingham, SEC Glasgow and EventCity Manchester, and the portfolio of events continues to grow – now including seasonal Christmas shows.
In 2015 Time Inc. UK Ltd – Britain’s leading publisher of print and digital magazine content – acquired ICHF. Fiona Dent, Group Managing Director, Lifestyle, at Time Inc. UK said: “We reach 7.5 million crafters across our women’s brands and this move establishes Time Inc. UK as the country’s market leader in consumer and trade craft events. We know from experience that ICHF is a fantastic business and we look forward to working with the team to develop exciting new opportunities.”
Now a Time Inc. UK company, ICHF Events looks forward to continuing to be industry leaders and innovators in the creative crafts event industry.
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 SHOW
ICHF organises the industry leading trade show each year – CHSI Stitches (est 1976) Europe’s No.1 trade show for the creative craft industry held at the NEC Birmingham in February.
THE CONSUMER SHOWS
Our market leading Hobbycrafts, Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Art Materials Live, Sewing for Pleasure , Fashion & Embroidery and Country Homes Christmas 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.
ICHF are also market leaders in the specialist Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show, with two held around the UK annually in 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.
Prestigious outdoor venues see high quality British handmade crafts, food and drink at the Weald of Kent Handmade Fair held at Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge, Kent and Henley Handmade Fair 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.
Our popular Crafts for Christmas Shows held at SEC in Glasgow and Simply Christmas at the NEC in Birmingham offer visitors 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 and even a present wrapping service, you’ll find everything you need for a hassle-free Christmas!
Our shows through the years…
We have passed the monumental milestone of our 600th show in 2016, having seen over 40 years of business, tens of thousands of exhibitors and several million visitors through the show doors. Long may this continue in years to come!