Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor

This five day festival of crafts by members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen took place in September 2021 within the historic Arts & Crafts Manor House and gardens at Rodmarton, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The theme of the Festival was ‘The Lie of the Land’. There was a rare opportunity to visit the attic bedrooms and two of the open-air bedrooms.

'Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor 2023' will take place from 6th to 10th September 2023 

Crafts Alive celebrates our deep-rooted connection with the countryside and heritage craft with a selling exhibition displayed throughout the house and garden. Craft demonstrations, Craft Skills Workshops, children's workshops and entertainment, talks, films, theatre performances, local food and more !

Visitors can stay all day, enjoying the gardens, outdoor sculpture and all events.

Day tickets to Crafts Alive 2023 can be purchased from May 2023, in advance or you can buy a ticket when you arrive.

Download the brochure to see the range of events and activities that were on offer in 2021.

Some photos of Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor 2021 are below.


A major selling exhibition of contemporary craft featuring 50 respected makers from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen within Rodmarton Manor and the gardens. It included work by internationally acclaimed guest exhibitors.

Timed admissions on the hour helped us to manage numbers within the house and exhibition but did not limit visits inside the house to one hour.



The talks program engaged with heritage and endangered crafts.  Speakers included:  Matthew Harris, Martin Graebe, Mary Greensted and Alexander Langlands.

Those who attended a talk also needed a timed day ticket to the Manor and exhibition


Fionna Hesketh - photo John Ingledew

Professional craftsmen and women, members of the Gloucestershire Guild, demonstrated each day, promoting an understanding and appreciation of traditional and contemporary skills and craftsmanship.

Also rush seating demonstrations and puppet making.

Village Produce Show


Leading into Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor, the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen developed the unique ‘Village Produce Show’ as a major educational project.

Taster Workshops

Two hour taster workshops for adults run by makers from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Physical Theatre


Commissioned by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsman for their 2021 Arts & Crafts Festival at Rodmarton Manor, ‘Bind us to the earth’ is a voice and movement performance exploring the fragility of our world.



Plants and planting demonstrations with Julie Dolphin from Miserden Nursery.

Food and Drink

Including local Artisan Cafe and Gourmet Street Food

For Children

Children's craft workshops, bread making, puppet making and Punch and Judy shows !

Please note: Entrance to Crafts Alive was free to children 16 years


Rodmarton Manor
Oathill Lane

Dates & Times

Date: 6 - 10 September 2023
Time: 10am - 5pm daily