Ancient Crafts




OCTOBER 30 - 31, 2021 GYMPIE

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About the event


In November 2018, the Rotary Club of Gympie hosted it’s inaugural Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo, in conjunction with it’s prestigious Quilt & Craft Spectacular. What a weekend we had! With over 35 exhibitors of ancient crafts and heritage trades, with inspiring demonstrations by skilled artisans and tradespeople, and with markets and lots of old-fashioned camaraderie, the event was a roaring success.

Plans for the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 2021 are well underway, with many exhibitors and demonstrators coming onboard! The event will  be held in the stadium in Gympie Showgrounds, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular and Craft Beer Open Door.

Meet the Makers: October 30 -31, 2021. Stadium, Gympie Showgrounds

Keep checking this website for updates –  exhibitors, highlights, demonstrations, workshops etc.

Come along and Meet the Makers!
Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 2021

Join us for a weekend – or a day – to enjoy this event! Over 40 skilled artisans of heritage crafts will be demonstrating continuously over the weekend – a collective expo featuring makers of the traditional trades and domestic craft of yesteryear, once the foundation on which our communities were built and integral to daily living.

Meet: Woodworkers and Carvers; Spoonsmiths; Luthers; Lapidarists; Silversmiths; Lacemakers; Beekeepers; a Ceramicist; a Harpmaker; a Gilder; Blacksmiths; a Shingle Splitter; Penmaker; Basketweavers; Leadlighters;  Leatherworkers; a Tinsmith; Spinners & Weavers; a Papermaker & Bookbinder; Mosaic artist – vintage displays – even more – all gathered in one arena and keen to share their knowledge and their passion in their craft with you.

See: displays of vintage tools and antique machinery – there’s a surprise or three in the pipeline. 

Craft Beer Open Door Presenting the craft of brewing, you’re invited to experience this celebration and sharing of knowledge of centuries-old skills, handed down from generation to generation and perfected by cultures from all over the world. 

Catering to both the already-devoted lovers of craft brews and those who are curious and want to learn, come along to discover a different style of beer enjoyment, and sample some diverse flavours – ranging from subtle to WOW! – in the company of the like-minded. Presented by Classic Queensland Homes.

WHEN: OCTOBER 30 – 31, 2021

WHERE: Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd

Australian Bushcraft Show with Stan

A power-packed show of the craft of yesteryear – consummate showman with a rollicking sense of humour, Stan Ceglinski’s power-packed show inspires a love for age-old traditions of all types of bushcraft. A mountain of a man, an award-winning bushcrafter with a deep love and knowledge of the skills of yesteryear, he will take you on a sentimental journey into our heritage and our past, passing on a host of knowledge that our country must not lose.

Quilt & Craft Spectacular 2021

The Rotary Club of Gympie has, for many years, been proudly presenting it’s prestigious biennial Quilt & Craft Spectacular, an increasingly significant and impactful regional event. Now attracting visitors, exhibitors and artisans from throughout South East Queensland – from the Gold Coast through Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and north to Maryborough, Childers and Hervey Bay – the event is considered one of the biggest in South East Queensland. The event 2020 is shaping up to be a big one –  be sure to put these dates on your “must-do” calendar! Come along and see a showcase of over 180 traditional and contemporary quilts and art quilts by award winning quilters, professionals and those who just love to quilt! There’s also many highlights including inspiring artisan exhibits, free demonstrations, workshops and over 45 diverse quilters and crafters markets!

October 30 – 31, 2021

Craft Beer Open Door


While at the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo and Quilt & Craft Spectacular, you’re invited to come through the CRAFT BEER OPEN DOOR, a celebration of craft beer diversity and creativity. With tasting paddles, tasting notes and a range of quality craft brews to try – from gentle to WOW! – the event caters to both the already-devoted lovers of craft brews and those who are curious and want to discover a different style of beer enjoyment. With profits going to Little Haven Palliative Care, why not join us for some great camaraderie in a convivial atmosphere and enjoy sampling, tasting and discovering some interesting beer alternatives. Come on in!

* Entry to all for just 1 ticket price!


Please contact us by email on or if you would like to be included in our database, to ensure you are kept in the loop with events and highlights. Newsletters are sent periodically, as important highlights are confirmed. Also, keep checking this site and for up-to- the- minute news.

Important Info


Saturday, October 30, 2021 – 9.30am to 4pm

Sunday, October 31, 2021 – 9.30am to 3pm


The Pavilion, 77 Exhibition Rd, Southside Gympie, 4570

Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades is held the Pavilion’s stadium, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, held in the Pavilion. The Pavilion is wheelchair friendly and has a lift. There are handicapped toilets. Buses welcome, entry can be fast-tracked by groups.


 Just $8 per adult, includes entry into:

  • Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo
  • Quilt & Craft Spectacular
  • Craft Beer Open Door
  • + Catalogue








Apologies to those who stood in queues last year! We were all a little overwhelmed, but will rectify this in the event 2020 – that’s a promise!

There will be plenty of  food and coffee outlets throughout the venue.

All profits are donated to benefit worthy charities through the Rotary Club of Gympie – the main beneficiary of the Quilt & Craft Spectacular is Little Haven Palliative Care.

Below are some images from the inaugural event in 2018