Ardingly College Contemporary Craft Show

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2024

We’re delighted to be adding a new venue to our events schedule this year.  Situated in the High Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ardingly College will host Sussex Guild makers in the light and airy buildings of the Chapel and the Old Dining Hall, and classrooms in its famed 19th century Gothic style red brick building.

Built in the 1800s, Ardingly College is steeped in history and set in 250 acres of beautiful West Sussex countryside. The elegant quadrangle has wonderful views to the thirty-seven arches of the renowned Ouse Valley (or Balcombe) Viaduct.

Entry to the Guild Show is via a large brick & stone mullioned archway. Tickets will give entry for both Saturday and Sunday so you’ll have plenty of time to look at exquisite hand-made work and to talk to Guild makers whilst deciding what to purchase.

The College cafe will be open for light lunches and refreshments. Access is good and there is parking on site (including disabled) for those arriving by car.

Should you fancy a pub meal, the college is a mile away from Ardingly Village. If you’re in the area for the weekend, Wakehurst place is also nearby; managed by Kew Gardens and home to the Millennium Seed Bank, this wild botanic garden has over 500 acres of diverse landscapes and plants from across the globe.

Countdown to Ardingly College contemporary craft show


“The Guild is excited about this new venue for the first of our summer shows and look forward to welcoming you there.”

Andrew Hauge, Co-Chair
Ardingly College Poster with wood turned bowl


Opening times: 10am – 5pm

Admission: £3.00 at the door (card payments accepted), students & children free

Parking: There are parking areas around the College. Disabled spaces are in front of The Archway between the Chapel and Dining Hall.

Train: Haywards Heath Station is 3.7 miles away. Trains to and from London take 45-50 minutes. Taxis are available from the station, or it’s an hour’s walk.

Venue: Ardingly College, College Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6SQ


Please be careful when using satellite navigation to get to the College, this can sometimes route you down narrow country lanes.

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