• Biggest Biggest UK all Bead Show
  • Combination of retailers and artists to enjoy
  • To Inspire Workshops and Demostrations
  • Twice a Year Two fantastic bead events


If you’ve not been to the Big Bead Show before then you’re in for a treat! Brought to you by Bead & Jewellery magazine, it’s the biggest all bead fair in the UK, with exhibitors stocking supplies for all your seed beading, wirework, polymer clay, lampwork, silversmithing and general beading needs. You’ll never have seen so many beads in one place before!

The Big Bead Show

You'll Enjoy

Taster Workshops
Drop in Demonstrations
Pick up tips and trends
Chat to top designers
Make & Takes

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Remember that although tickets are available on the door, it’s cheaper to book entry tickets and workshop places in advance.

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The Big Bead Show

A great day out

There’s free parking and a café, so you can shop till you drop and then sit down to admire your purchases and recover with a coffee.

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Make and Take

Make & Take

Our Free Make & Take Zone, running throughout the day at The Big Bead Show.

Make & Take
Prize Draw

Prize Draw

Enter our Free prize draw for a chance to win beading goodies worth £100.

Prize Draw
Show Offer

Show Offer

Claim your fantastic FREE gift, worth up to £75, when you subscribe at the show!

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Our taster classes run for one hour each, leaving you plenty of time for your shopping. It's the perfect opportunity to try your hand at that technique you've been desperate to learn. All materials and tools are kindly supplied by our sponsors, so all you need do is book your place online, bring along your emailed order confirmation, and enjoy the fun. (except Masterclass where you will need to bring basic items such as needles etc.)

For something a little more in depth, choose from limited space on a mini masterclass.

Remember, it's cheaper to book in advance rather than on the day. For workshop enquiries please call the hotline on 01903 884988 or email elizabeth@ashdown.co.uk

Full programme details to follow shortly.


You will be amazed at the programme of demonstrations we have lined up for this event. No need to book or pay, there is a rolling schedule from some of the best teachers and tutors from across the UK.


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Tickets can be purchased at the event on show day, or you can buy online in advance at discounted prices.

Early Entry (10am) £7.80
Late Entry (11.30am) £7.30
Early Entry (10am) £5.60
Late Entry (11.30am) £4.80
Four adults (10am) £23.40
Twelve adults (10am) £78.00


Free access to one person after 12 noon to the Big Bead Show. Enter code from Bead & Jewellery Magazine.



A big thank you to the sponsors who help make this such a great event.