Meet the Makers at Water Lane's Harvest Festival Autumn Fair

Harvest Festival Autumn Fair

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September | 10am - 4.30pm
Free entry on foot or bike, or £5 per car

September is here, having dispatched the dregs of summer fairly brutally, although if the forecasts are to be believed, we can hope for some warm, dry weather in the next couple of weeks. Our Autumn Fair is in a few weekends’ time, on 16th and 17th September, and plans and finishing touches are in full swing. This will be our second Autumn Fair, with over 25 makers and creatives’ stalls, six food and drink stalls, and crafting table. Bee Kind Hives will be with us on the Sunday. Over 50% of the stalls are new to Water Lane, with a wonderful mix of crafts, vintage, ceramics, linens, candles, jewellery, food and wine, alongside independent lifestyle stores for homes and gardens. Read on below for an introduction to some of these stallholders, who will be joining us at Water Lane.

Meet the Makers

Get ready for sweater weather with traditional Scandinavian knitwear featuring classic designs and signature Fair Isle patterns from Hambro and Miller. Hand-knitted woollen jumpers, polo necks, vests and waistcoats for women, men and children are made to order in the UK, using the softest 100% alpaca yarn, creating incredibly warm and comfortable clothing, that will last year after year. @hambro_and_miller

Matt Somerville at Bee Hive Kind is a carpenter and cabinet maker, but after witnessing first hand the plight of the honey bee in a cider apple orchard, he took action and now focusses on making wooden beehives. Matt’s bee-centred approach has led to him making hollowed out log freedom hives, which are warm and insulated. This allows for minimal intervention from the keeper which reduces stress and disease in the bee. Many of us understand that we need to provide diverse habitats and pollen-rich flowers in our gardens for insects, and now these hives will give bees a wonderful home, too.

Raffman and Huckster is a beautiful shop selling handcrafted, sustainable objects, putting pride in both function and beauty. Everyday products such as oak and cork bottle stops, brown oak flour scoops, candle sticks, chopping boards and linen towels are carefully and consciously sourced from around the world. @raffmanandhuckster

Dan Howey is a Brighton based maker creating chairs, benches, stools, tables, and everyday objects all in the beautiful medium of wood, such as oak, cherry and sycamore. Dan believes in creating these everyday items to bring colour and texture to our surroundings, enriching our everyday motions with positive engagement. Dan takes on bespoke commissions and workshops. @howey_dan

Rapson de Pauley is an artist and designer making bespoke accessories such as leather belts, beads, and pendants, plus a collection of sculptural art pieces. Each piece is made with carefully considered materials that bring a contemporary spirit to classic design. @rapsondepauley

As ever, we will have delicious food from the sea container on the terrace, including sweetcorn and bacon chowder, mutton borsch and turnip cakes, while Halstead Bakery are taking over the Carnation House, selling hot drinks alongside their wonderful breads and pastries.