Ancient Crafts

ANCIENT CRAFTS

RARE TRADES

EXPO

OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1, 2020

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About The Ancient Crafts Event

OVER 50 EXHIBITORS – ARTISANS OF  HERITAGE CRAFTS & TRADES

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 deemed a roaring success.

Plans are now on the table for the next Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo, to be held in the stadium in Gympie Showgrounds, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, October 31 – November 1, 2020.

Keep checking this website closer to the 2020 event for exhibitors, highlights, demonstrations, workshops etc.

What’s included?

ANCIENT CRAFTS, RARE TRADES EXPO *

Join us for a weekend – or a day – to enjoy this event packed with non-stop demonstrations by over 40 skilled and passionate artisans of heritage crafts – a collective expo featuring makers of the traditional trades and domestic crafts of yesteryear, once the foundation on which our communities were built and integral to daily living.

Meet Woodworkers; Spoonsmiths; Bookbinders; Luthers; a Toymaker; Lapidarists; Silversmiths; Lacemakers; a Ceramicist; a Harpmaker; a Gilder; Blacksmiths; Beekeepers; a Shingle Splitter; Knifemakers; Basketweavers; Spinners; a Papermaker; Mosaic artist; Leatherworkers; Leadlighters; a Whipmaker and displays of vintage steam engines, a vintage corn sheller, historic vintage axes – many of these are already locked in for 2020, with some exciting new additions. There was even craft beer to enjoy!

QUILT & CRAFT SPECTACULAR *

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.

Exciting plans are in the pipeline for the next Quilt & Craft Spectacular, October 31 & November 1, 2020 – 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 50 diverse quilters and crafters markets!

CRAFT BEER OPEN DOOR *

DISCOVER! EXPERIENCE! ENJOY! 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!

Newsletters

Please contact us by email on admin@ancientcrafts.org or admin@quiltandcraft.org 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 www.quiltandcraft.org for up-to- the- minute news.

Important Info

DATES:

Saturday, October 31, 2019 – 9.30am to 4pm

Sunday, November 1, 2019 – 9.30am to 3pm

VENUE:

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.

ADMISSION:

 Just $8 per adult, includes entry into:

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

WEBSITES:

www.ancientcrafts.org

www.quiltandcraft.org

FACEBOOK:

@GympieRotaryQuiltCraftSpectacular

INSTAGRAM:

#gympieheritagecrafts

#gympiequiltcraft

THE CAFE:

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