Skip to content

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Contemporary Craft Fair is a unique opportunity to discover stunning, interesting and desirable objects for you and your home.

Time & Date: Thursday 11th October to Sunday 14th October

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester 2018

The 11th edition of the multi-award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, the annual celebration of contemporary craft in Manchester


Buy and commission outstanding contemporary craft & design from over 150 designer-makers, all selected for their excellence, from fine jewellery and fashion accessories to functional and statement pieces for the home. A much-anticipated event in Manchester's cultural calendar, the GNCCF is an inspiring and unique shopping experience. It's also a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, watch them demonstrating their work and to chat with them about their practice. With a delicious café on site, the GNCCF makes for a fantastic day out. Start saving!

For further details, list of exhibitors and information on how to get to the GNCCF please visit

Any questions? if not answered below please contact the organiser.


What are the opening times:

Thursday 11 October: 6-9pm
Friday 12 October: 10am - 6pm
Saturday 13 October: 10am-6pm
Sunday 14 October: 10am-4pm

Who are tickets concessions for?

Students with a student card, unwaged, OAPs are entitled to buy concessionary tickets.

Can you buy tickets on the door?

Yes but it's cheaper to buy in advance and saves you queuing on the day. Buying in advance also means you can get a group together and make a trip of it!

For the Private View, how do I redeem the promotional code for my free invite?

If you have received a promo code for a complimentary invitation to the Private View you need to click on the Get Tickets button; a box listing the ticket options will appear. In the top right corner click on the tab ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE and enter the code. The Private View ticket registration option will now appear where you can register for upto 4 invites.

I am bringing a student group, what do I need to know?

If you are a teacher and plan to bring a group of more than 10 students please email with details of the day and ETA of arrival. We get a lot of students on Friday so we want to make sure we are prepared to process large groups and fast-track your entry. If you prefer, you can pay by cheque payable to Great Northern Events NW Ltd on the day or we can invoice you for you to pay by bank transfer. We also request you brief your students on our student protocol which is here

I have been sent an invitation to the Private View how do I get my ticket with the promo code?

If you have received an email inviting you to the Private View then you can get your complimentary invite by quoting the Promo code sent in the email. In some cases the link will automatically unlock the promo code.Click on the register icon, click on "Enter Promotional Code", select the number of invites you require ( max 2 per person) and process as normal. There is no charge for these exclusive invites. Any problems contact

What is the refund policy on tickets?

Refunds will be given upto 7 days preceding the event. Please contact

Can I use my ticket on another day?

Your ticket allows for entry on one single day but the tickets are transferable to other days. So if you bought a ticket for Friday admission, but nearer the time, realise you can no longer make Friday, then you are welcome to bring along your ticket for another day. Please note your general ticket will not be accepted on the Preview Evening.

What time does the GNCCF open on Thursday 11 October?

The GNCCF is ONLY OPEN IN THE EVENING from 6-9pm. It is a Preview evening only. You can buy advance tickets for the Preview or buy at the door.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you can't find the answer on our website under information then please email

Is the event family friendly?

We welcome families with children but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Children u16 get in free if accompanied by an adult. Children coming alone will need to buy a concessionary ticket. Please note that the event has many expensive and breakable objects so children must be kept under a watchful eye. The GNCCF is a shopping event and due to space constraints in our new venue, we regret that there will be no workshops for children or adults this year.

The new venue is a short walk from the Museum of Science and Industry so feel free to leave Mum at the GNCCF whilst Dad and the littluns nip off there to blow off steam!

Is there a cafe on site?

There will be a small cafe area selling teas, coffees, sandwiches, cakes and other light refreshments. For something more substantial there are two lovely restaurants in the building next door where you have a choice of menus. There are plenty of other cafes and restaurants within walking distance - there's even a fabulous Chippy across the road!

Only food purchased in the cafe can be eaten there. Those not eating and visitors with packed lunches will be asked to move if the cafe is busy.

How do we get to the GNCCF?

The GNCCF returns to Upper Campfield Market, which is just off Deansgate, diagonally opposite the Hilton Hotel. The postcode is M3 4FN and the entrance is in Campfield Arcade, between the Cervantes Instituto (Spanish Institute) and Dimitris Restaurant/Bar.

Deansgate mainline station and Deansgate/Castlefield Metro Stop are 3 mins walk away. Follow signs to Deansgate and head in the direction of the Hilton Tower.

There are plenty of car parks within a few mins walking distance, the nearest being Great Northern NCP. There are also meter bays but maximum stay is only 2 hrs and we are certain you will want to stay longer! Disabled bays are on Tonman St at the side of Upper Campfield Market.

Further instructions on how to get to us by car and public transport can be found at under the information tab on the GNCCF section of the website.

How do we find out who is exhibiting?

A full list of exhibitors can be viewed on the website

Is the event wheelchair friendly and have good disabled access?

The GNCCF is all on the ground floor so very disabled friendly with disabled toilets and parking nearby.


Upper Campfield Market Hall
Barton Street
M3 4NN

View Map