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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 17-20 October 2024, Victoria Baths.



Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE

Opening Times                                                                       

Thursday 17 October 2024:          18.00-21.00* (Preview Evening only)

Friday 18 October 2024:              10.00-17.00 

Saturday 19 October 2024:          10.00-17.00

Sunday 20 October 2024:            10.00-16.00  

Ticket Prices

Preview: £15 advance/£17 on the door (includes a glass of wine)

Adult: £8.00 advance/£9.50 on the door

Adult Concession*: £7.00 advance/£8.50 on the door 

* Concessions includes students, disabled visitors and people on benefits only. ID must be shown.

Companions accompanying disabled visitors and under 16s are free.  If booking in advance please book your free tickets.

NEW Cafe

There is an on-site licensed café selling delicious lunches, snacks and drinks from an all-new menu featuring artisan sandwiches, salads, hot dishes and cakes.

Disabled access

There is ramped access to the front and rear of the building with parking for Blue Badge holders at the front entrance on Hathersage Road. There are accessible toilets.

The GNCCF is accessible on the ground floor only, with hand-cranked accessibility lifts into the exhibitor stand areas within the pools. These lifts are wheel on straight ahead but exit on the pool floor to the right or left, so wheelchair users will need to be able to manouvre themselves or have assistance in order to exit the side ramps. Please note that there are limitations on size of wheelchairs/powerchairs/scooters due to the need to turn within the lift. Manual wheelchairs and powerchairs are fine but scooters do not have the turning circle, mainly due to length and the fact they have four wheels. Car or boot scooters which typically break down to put in the boot of a car, are suitable for the lifts. We do have a wheel chair to borrow on site should this be required.  Stewards are stationed near the lifts to assist with access and operation.

Unfortunately, a small number of exhibtors are upstairs and Victoria Baths does not have a lift so we regret that there is no disabled access to these areas. We will state on the website who is exhibiting upstairs and, if you wish to see their work, we will endeavour to assign you with a fair steward who will video their stand(s) and bring any work you wish to look at to you, with no obligation to buy. If this personal service is of interest please email so we can arrange this for you in advance at If you just turn up on the day, please request this service at the front desk and we will do our best to arrange it during your visit.

Further details on accessibility and the venue are here

Companions accompanying disabled visitors beenfit from free entry but we politely ask you to book your free ticket via our ticket page on Eventbrite.

Credit Card Facilities/Cash Machines

Most makers have their own credit card terminals. There are several cash machines within a short walking distance of the venue.


There will be a cloakroom for which there will be a charge of £1 per item. All articles are left at the owners risk and Great Northern Events NW Ltd accepts no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to property left in the cloakroom.

Pushchairs/baby changing

Baby changing facilities on site. There will be limited space for pushchairs but there will be a trolley park.  There is no lift to the upper floor.



Getting to GNCCF Manchester & Parking

GNCCF Manchester 19-22 October 2023

The GNCCF takes place at Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE. This is about 5-10 mins drive out of the city centre, near the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The event is AA signposted but you can also follow the brown tourist signs for Victoria Baths.

For directions and public transport to the venue please click here.


There is parking on Hathersage Road and elsewhere subject to normal on-street parking regulations.

There is also a large multi-storey at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Hathersage Road, a five min walk away ( Height restriction 2.1m; fees - up to 3 hrs £2.50, 3-6 hrs £5, 6-24hrs £15, weekly permit £20).

Blue Badge holders may park directly in front of the building.

Do not to park outside of the enclosed rear car park on Pax Road, as this is private land and you may be issued with a parking ticket.


Group/College Visits & Protocol for Students

If you are planning to bring a group of ten or more to the fair please note the following rules apply:

Organisers must be contacted in advance HERE with planned date and time of visit and numbers attending. To prevent overcrowding all groups will be given a timed entry.

For large groups, advance payment may be required. This will reduce visitor queues on the day, and enable us to fast track your entry to the fair. All visitors are wrist-banded and reception will have your party's wristbands set aside.

School/college Groups

Students u16 visiting as part of a school group and accompanied by a staff member will be liable for the concessionary rate.

We are happy to invoice schools for the cost of bringing a group so your school/college can pay by direct transfer.  Please email us HERE with student numbers and details of who we should send the invoice to. (We will be happy to refund you the difference if some of your party pull out.  If this is the case please inform reception when you arrive of the number of drop outs and amount to be refunded.  We will reimburse you AFTER the show. No refunds can be given on the day).

if you have more students than you have paid in advance for you will need to pay for these on the door.

The award-winning Whitworth gallery is five minutes walk away, should you wish to include this in your trip.

Guidelines for Student Groups  

Whilst student groups are welcomed they must ensure that the following guidelines are adhered to throughout their visit:

• Larger groups to split into smaller groups of 5 or less when browsing the fair to prevent congestion around stands and in aisles

• Exhibitor business cards should not be collected routinely. All contact details are available from the website.

• The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is primarily a selling event and exhibitors are there to sell work. We ask that students respect this fact. Most exhibitors are happy to answer questions but students are requested to give priority to buyers. Please ask permission from exhibitors for permission to take photographs or video of work.

• The café seating area is for visitors who have purchased refreshments from the cafe; it is also smaller than previous years so we politely ask that students do not monopolise the seating area here. We reserve the right to ask visitors eating packed lunches in this area to move elsewhere.  You will be allowed to leave the show and return, so your students can use cafes outside the venue ( Note these are on Oxford Road, a ten minute walk away).  If the weather is fine, there is also space outside.

Protocols relating to minimising the spread of Covid 19 may still be in place and all visitors will be expected to respect these for the safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff.



Donate to our Community Outreach

In addition to our award-winning fairs, Great Northern Events carries out outreach work with various community groups around Manchester, delivering free craft workshops, led by GNCCF exhibitors, to people living with mental and physical health problems, the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees, and longterm unemployed. 

We are currently partnering with: The Oasis Centre, a community charity in Gorton East Manchester; Embassy, a charity supporting homeless women and Progress Schools, where we teach craft skills to teenagers struggling with mainstream education.

Our workshops bring many mental health benefits to the participants and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and make things they are proud of. 

Please support this initiative. Donate to our Community Outreach here.