The Great British Bead Show 2019

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th May 2019

We would like to welcome you to the largest beading event in the UK.

Bringing beadworkers together is one of our aims and The Great British Bead Show does just that. We meet and catch up with friends from all over the UK and overseas. If you are new to the event you will soon make lots of new beady friends. The weekend will be packed full of events including our extensive programme of workshops, which offers an exciting range of projects for you to choose from.

A workshop at the GBBS

Class Schedule

There is a range of wonderful classes on offer, to appeal to both experienced beadworkers and the absolute novice. You will find a variety of subjects featuring different techniques from some of your favourite tutors and some new faces too. A bead shop will be open on Friday and Saturday for when you realise you didn’t bring that bead you really need!

We have tried to guide you in the class descriptions, however if you are in any doubt which class/workshop you will benefit from most, or would like more information about materials required, please contact Sylvia Fairhurst 01908 311 243, who will be happy to talk things through with you.


Click here for the full class schedule

Masterclass by Fran Griffith

On Thursday Fran is offering a Masterclass that focuses on creating a three dimensional, self-supporting scissor keeper with a difference. Using Peyote stitch, Fran will guide you through shaping, layering and embellishing, as well as some stitch transitions. Looks can be deceiving, at first glance it looks pretty straightforward but don’t be fooled, this is a challenging project. Fran will also be teaching some fabulous classes on Friday and Saturday.

Friday evening lecture

Guest speaker to be advised.


Members’ display

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th May

Members attending the show are invited to bring their work along for other participants to enjoy during Friday and Saturday. This provides a wonderful display that changes over the two days. There is no judging, so no pressure! All you have to do is label your work with your name and to credit the original designer, if appropriate. If you wish to add a description of the techniques used, that is always interesting.

Exhibition of The Challenge entries

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May

All the ‘Jewels of the Nile’ Challenge entries will be on display on Friday and Saturday. All GBBS attendees may vote for their favourite to receive the Members’ Choice awards. Winners are announced at the AGM on Saturday evening and on Sunday the exhibition will be open to people attending the Bazaar (exhibition closes 2 pm).

Annual General Meeting of The Beadworkers Guild

Saturday 11th May, 8.15pm

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


The Great British Bead Bazaar


Sunday 12th May, 10.00am to 3.00pm



Invited traders from the UK and Europe, 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!

Entrance to the Bazaar is free for members of The Beadworkers Guild. A current membership card (or a GBBS registration badge) must be shown. Non-members’ entrance fee is £5, children under 15 are free.

The Hotel

Staverton Park, Staverton, Daventry NN11 6JT

The Staverton Park Hotel and Golf Club has light and spacious classrooms. It has a swimming pool, mini gym and offers beauty treatments. 

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate for participants is £112.00 per person per night or £95.00 per person per night if sharing.

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.

Click here for the booking form.

Sylvia Fairhurst (Event Organiser) 

events@beadworkersguild.org.uk Tel: 01908 311 243 

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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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