The Fairground Craft and Design Centre
A creative hub for local arts and crafts in the North Hampshire area, The Fairground Craft and Design Centre consists of 11 individual craft studios and a family run Tearoom offering delicious light lunches and an excellent range of gluten free cakes. In addition the Sheep Shed Gallery offers an exciting exhibition programme and the opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to find an outlet to show and sell their work. The combination of those exhibitions plus the range of quality work to be found in the studios, makes a unique and enjoyable retail experience. A walk around our characterful studios followed by a cream tea makes the perfect afternoon out.
Most of our craft studios as well as the Sheep Shed Gallery offer art and craft workshops where you can learn new skills, meet new people and have fun. Look at our Studio and Gallery pages for details of the particular workshops currently on offer in each of them.
Also within the embrace of its historic chalk walls is a large community hall which is used for fitness classes, community group meetings and private functions. Visit its page if you are looking to hire a clean and spacious venue.
The site has a long and interesting history. It was the site of The Weyhill Fair once the "greatest Fair in the Kingdom", an agricultural fair which began in medieval times, became enormous in its heyday and continued until the late 1950s. More information about this and the history of the site can be found by using the link below.
It was rescued from dereliction by Penton Grafton Parish Council, and first opened its doors in Weyhill, Hampshire in October 2003. The Parish Council aims to offer economic studio space for emerging arts and crafts businesses in North Hampshire. Currently all studios are under lease but if you wish to apply to be on the waiting list for a studio when one next becomes available, please contact the Clerk to Penton Grafton Parish Council, The Parish Office, The Fairground Craft & Design Centre, Weyhill. Still a very young venture, the Craft Centre now aims to increase involvement in community projects, interacting with all age groups and backgrounds, promoting the practice and appreciation of the arts in general.