• 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

THE BIG BEAD SHOW

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

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

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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.

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Workshops

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

  • All CLASSES
  • MASTERCLASS
  • 09:00 - 11:00
  • 11:01 - 13:00
  • 13:01 - 15:00
  • 15:01 - 17:00
Woven Wire Work Ring
  • 10am - 12 Noon
  • Sandown View A

Gemma Crow

Woven Wire Work Ring

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Silver Clay Taster Class
Master Class
  • 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Brasserie B

Julie Holt, Helen O'Neill

Silver Clay Taster Class

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Silver Clay Taster Class
Master Class
  • 12 Noon - 1pm
  • Brasserie B

Julie Holt, Helen O'Neill

Silver Clay Taster Class

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Brick Bond Bracelet
  • 11.45am - 12.45pm
  • Sports Bar A

Justine Gage

Brick Bond Bracelet

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Tudor Medallion
  • 1.15pm - 2.15pm
  • Sports Bar A

Justine Gage

Tudor Medallion

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Ring Weaving
  • 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Brasserie A

Kleshna Handel

Swarovski Flower Ring

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  • 11.45am - 12.45pm
  • Sports Bar B

Pru McRae

Prumihimo

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  • 1.15pm - 2.15pm
  • Sports Bar B

Pru McRae

Prumihimo

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Making Beads with Polymer Clay
Bonnie McGough
  • 12 Noon - 1.00pm
  • Brasserie A

Bonnie McGough

Making Beads with Polymer Clay

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Polmer Clay Pendant
Bonnie McGough
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Brasserie A

Bonnie McGough

Polmer Clay Pendant

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Beaded Tassels
Marie Emmanuel
  • 10.00am - 12 Noon
  • Sandown View B

Marie Emmanuel

Beaded Tassels

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Peyote Stitch
Tracy Clegg
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Champagne Bar

Tracy Clegg

Peyote Stitch

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Herringbone graduated bracelet
Tracy Clegg
  • 3.30pm - 5.00pm
  • Champagne Bar

Tracy Clegg

Herringbone graduated bracelet

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Sparkle Space Bracelet
Donna McKena Smith
  • 9.00am - 10.00am
  • Sports Bar A

Donna McKena Smith

Sparkle Spacer Bracelet

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Chevron Braid
Ruth Vickery
  • 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Champagne Bar

Ruth Vickery

Chevron Braid

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Chevron Braid
Ruth Vickery
  • 12 Noon - 1.00pm
  • Champagne Bar

Ruth Vickery

Chevron Braid

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Kelanash Flowers
Irene McCarthy
  • 10.15am - 11.15am
  • Sports Bar A

Irene McCarthy

Kelanash Flowers

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Kelanash Twin Bracelet
Irene McCarthy
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Brasserie B

Irene McCarthy

Kelanash Twin Bracelet

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Caterina Necklace
Julie Ashford
  • 3.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Brasserie B

Julie Ashford

Caterina Necklace

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Selling Your Handmade Jewellery
Angela Edwards
  • 2.45pm – 3.45pm
  • Sports Bar A

Angela Edwards

Selling Handmade Jewellery

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Freestyle Sieve-Based Ring
Renata
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm
  • Sandown View A

Renata Graham

Freestyle Sieve-Based Ring

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Selling Your Handmade Jewellery
Angela EdwardsMaster Class
  • 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Sandown View A

Melanie de Miguel

Hubble Stitch Master Class

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DEMONSTRATIONS

A favourite feature for show goers - the demonstration area - where you can enjoy free walk in demonstrations with top tutors. There's a rolling programme throughout the day with a varied list of skills and techniques for you to get a flavour of. With a big screen for better visibility and a microphone to help you hear the all important details, it's a new and improved experience.

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Hilary Hailes
  • Hilary Hailes

Hilary will be demonstrating how to use her resin leaves and wings to make a stunning hair grip

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Jill Thomas
  • Jill Thomas

Jill Thomas of GJ Beads, Jewellery designer, author and tutor will be demonstrating Beadlooming

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Linda Jones
  • Linda Jones

Linda Jones author, jewellery designer and TV demonstrator will be showing us the Hammered Wire Techniques

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Lonely Soldier
  • Lonely Soldier

James Ferris, wire jewellery artist, tutor and co-owner of The Glastonbury Wire studio will be demonstrating wire wrapping techniques

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TICKET PRICES

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

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


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SHOW SPONSORS

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