Budding bakers and natty knitters – time to get crafty this Autumn!

If you’re one of the millions tuning into TV shows where budding bakers, busy bee sewers and aspiring artists show off their talents and you think you could do better – now is your chance!

From flower arranging and photography to jam making and needlecraft, there is something for everyone – whatever your age – at the region’s largest craft competition.

However, time is running out if you want to impress the judges at this year’s Great Eastern Craft Fair – part of the highly anticipated new-look Autumn Food and Country Fair at Peterborough Arena and the East of England Showground.

This year sees the return of the craft fair, with classes ranging from baking, card making, photography, flower arranging, preserves and a dedicated Junior section.

There is still time to rustle up something spectacular to impress the judges, with entry deadline October 2.

Get the bunting at the ready, the Fair takes place on Sunday October 11 – with attractions for all the family.

Celebrity chef and master baker Paul Hollywood will be turning up the heat at this year’s Autumn Food and Country Fair, giving top tips to improve your bakes, demonstrations, inspirational commentary and book signing during his visit.

Fans will have the chance to take a seat in the event’s new-look indoor cookery theatre at one of the timed demonstrations, with Paul’s appearance a real coup for organisers of the Fair.

Peterborough Arena event manager Kerry Buttriss said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming such a high profile celebrity like Paul Hollywood to the event.

“We wanted to introduce some new elements to the Autumn Fair this year, hence the new name, to widen its appeal to the public and families whilst maintaining many of the features which people love about the event, and come back year after year to enjoy – including the very popular Great Eastern Craft Fair.”

Paul will be taking part in three demonstrations throughout the day at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm – with tickets already selling fast.

Other attractions for 2015 include:

  • NEW: Daring demonstrations from the exhilarating 3SIXTY bicycle stunt team
  • Return of the popular Wisbech Shire Horse Show
  • Companion Dog Show and other canine events
  • East of England Giant Vegetable competition
  • Exhibitions of rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs and goats
  • Donkey Rides
  • The Supreme London Championships Small Livestock Show, billed as the rabbit world’s equivalent of Crufts
  • Pigeon display
  • Dozens of trade stands and craft fair
  • Kids Country events for children – including pancake making
  • Classic car and vintage tractor displays.
  • NEW appearances at intervals throughout the day from Paddington Bear™


There is free parking and the event runs from 8am until 4pm. The East of England Showground is located just off the A1 at Alwalton near Peterborough.


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