The Great British Bead Show 2021

Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May 2021

Information for members 

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

Masterclass by Melanie de Miguel

On Thursday Melanie is offering a masterclass that brings you a selection of six different elements, each of which features Hubble stitch in a splendid variety of sub-techniques. Your journey will begin with Bubble Hubble for the three-dimensional Jupiter, Lonely Hubbles for the Satellite, Double Hubbles for Neptune, Interference Wave Hubble for the Rope and Space Station and Circular Hubble bezels for decoration. All very techy terms for a piece which actually has great elegance and mystery in its asymmetry, and wonderful wearability (more details can be found under the workshop listings). Melanie will also be teaching some fabulous classes on Friday and Saturday.

Friday evening talk

An after-dinner guest speaker to enlighten and entertain us (speaker to be advised) 

Exhibition of The Challenge entries

7th Friday to Sunday 8th May

All the "Save the Planet - Bead it, don't bin it!"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).

Members’ display

Friday  & Saturday 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.

Annual General Meeting of The Beadworkers Guild

Saturday in the evening. All members welcome, and further details will be supplied nearer the time. 

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


 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. 

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) 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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