Guild Activities 


Our Journal is issued four times a year. It is a full colour publication packed with information, projects, news, book reviews, product reviews, classes and members groups. We also have a diary page to show what's on and where.  Back issues are also available to purchase.  A newsletter is sent out by email, between issues of the Journal to keep members up-to-date.

Major Beading Events

In May each year the Guild organises a major beading event, these alternate between the Great British Bead Show and the Beading Festival.

Great British Bead Show

The Great British Bead Show (GBBS)  is the largest event of its kind in the UK.  Workshops are held all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with half day workshops on Sunday. On Thursday there is a Masterclass from a guest tutor, on Friday evening there is a lecture from an invited speaker and on Saturday evening there is the AGM.  On Sunday there is the opportunity to "shop 'til you drop" at the Bead Bazaar, and a chance to see all the Challenge entries. 

The Beading Festival

The Beading Festival is a smaller event than the GBBS, with workshops on the Friday followed by a talk in the evening relating to the theme of the weekend. There is a general "Bead In" on the Saturday where members gather as one group to bead to a theme and the Guild's AGM is held that evening. The Bead Bazaar on the Sunday is open to members of the public, but entrance is free to Guild members.

The Annual Challenge

Each year members are invited to enter the Challenge, a themed competition that is judged at the event in May. Winning entries are displayed at bead shows around the country in the following year.

The Members' Communal Beading Projects

Every two years we organise a fundraising project for members to participate in, creating some amazing finished pieces. It is usually sponsored by a beading merchant, and packs of beads are bought by members who then create a small piece of beadwork to a theme. The whole is brought together and raffled at the Annual Beading Event.

Bead In Days

Following on from the Beading Festival, the Guild offers Bead In days for groups around the country, with members of the Guild's Trustees attending to advise and support.

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