The Great British Bead Show 2019

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th May 2019

The Bead Bazaar is on Sunday 12th May 2019 only  

Class details will be released October 2018

Invitation to Tutors 

If you are interested in teaching a class at The Great British Bead Show 2019 you need to submit your project(s) by Saturday 5th May 2018 

All projects should be new designs for launching at The Great British Bead Show, designs should not be published or sold prior to the event. The main component must be beads. 

The Guild is keen to have a variety of subjects from the following areas: 

3 Dimensional beadwork


Freeform and Embellished techniques 

Wearable Jewellery items usually prove popular 

We will consider classes with an element of other disciplines too, for instance embroidery with beads, tambour work, crochet, knitting, tatting, wirework, mixed media and beadmaking with polymer clay. 

One day workshops are preferable as this allows more members to be involved, though some challenging projects for two day workshops will also be considered. A number of half day workshops are also needed including some suitable for beginners. 

We require an example of the finished work, with a list of requirements. 

Please indicate experience levels required, include a copy of your C.V. and references which attest to your teaching ability and experience. We also need a sample handout, this maybe for any project that you have designed. 

Please protect yourself against loss or damage by using appropriate postal method and post to: 

Sylvia Fairhurst, 11 Randolph Close, Bradville, Milton Keynes, MK13 7JN 

All projects for GBBS are selected 'blind', this means that the trustees do not know who has made what they vote for when they vote for what we should include. 

You will be notified either way as soon as possible after the selection. If you are lucky enough to be selected we will need a short class description for our publicity material, so please be prepared. 

Sylvia Fairhurst 

Event Organiser

Tel: 01908 311 243 

Below are some of the items offered for classes at GBBS 2016 

Many wonderful classes for both the experienced & the novice beadworker. 

Judges at work on the Challenge

The Hotel

The Staverton Park Hotel and Golf Club, has light and spacious class/workshop rooms. It has a swimming pool, mini gym and offers beauty treatments. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate for participants negotiated by the Guild. 

The Beadworkers Guild will be handling the bookings for accommodation on behalf of the hotel, so please indicate on the booking form the accommodation you will require. Full payment for hotel accommodation should be made directly to the hotel at the end of your stay. 

How to get there

By Car 

From Northampton and M1 (Junction 16), follow the A45 to Daventry. Follow signs for the A425 towards Leamington Spa and Staverton. Staverton Park is located on the right-hand side, about half a mile from the outskirts of Daventry. 

From the North and M1 (Junction 18), follow the A361 to Daventry. Follow signs for A425 towards Leamington Spa and Staverton. Staverton Park is located on the right-hand side, about half a mile from the outskirts of Daventry.

From M40 and Banbury (Junction 11), follow the A361 to Daventry. After approximately 16 miles and after Banbury village, turn left at signpost for Staverton. Continue until small roundabout, at which turn right and Staverton Park is located half a mile on the left.

By Train

Long Buckby is the nearest station, at 6.5 miles from the venue, Northampton and Rugby main line stations are both approximately 12 miles away. 

We have obtained quotes from GB (Great British) Taxis: 01327 703 706

Rates are applicable Mon to Fri 7am – 11pm, for up to four people; more people will incur additional costs: from Long Buckby to Staverton Park, approx 7 miles, cost £14, from Rugby to Staverton Park, cost £27, from Northampton, cost £30. Travel on Sunday is plus 50% of above prices. Prices correct at time of print (2017).

Trains from London Euston take approximately 1 hour; from Gatwick direct to Rugby is approximately 2hrs.

By Air

Birmingham International Airport is 30 miles away, and the M1 provides a direct route to London’s three main airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) via the M25, M4/M23 and M11 respectively. 

Annual General Meeting of The Beadworkers Guild 

This is our opportunity to report back to the membership and explain our progress. It is more fun than you might expect!

The Grand Bazaar

The Great British Bead Bazaar 

Invited traders with everything a beader needs, from glass beads, crystals and semi precious gems to books, tools and ‘must have’ storage. There will be lots of new products to look at, too. You will be spoilt for choice!

And Finally..........

We have tried hard to ensure that the information we have provided is accurate, but occasional errors may occur. We reserve the right to make changes as required, and can only apologise if items are amended without notice.

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