For visitors

Tickets for GNCCF Manchester 8-10 October

 

Entrance fees

Advance Adult                                  £6 (eventbrite fees apply)

Advance Adult Concession*               £5 (eventbrite fees apply)

On the door Adult                             £7.50

On the door Concession                    £6.50

Children U16yrs**                            FREE (no ticket required)       

* Concessions includes 16-18 yr olds, students with NUS card, unwaged and retired

**Children under 16 free with accompanying parent/carer and do not need a ticket

Students visiting with a large group and accompanied by a teacher will be liable to pay the concessionary rate even if they are u16.

Preview Evening 

Friday 8th October                           18.00-21.00

If you have received an invite to the Preview Evening by post or email you will need to redeem your complimentary ticket invite by entering the promotional code and registering your details below. We are moving away from paper invites in future so be sure to register your details so that we can continue to send your invites in the future.

Don't have an invite?

Advance Private View                       £10* (eventbrite fees apply)

On the door Private View                  £12*

* includes a complimentary glass of wine, subject to availability.

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS VIA EVENTBRITE HERE

 

Why do we charge for a "shopping" event?

We get asked this alot so let us explain why we charge entrance fees for the GNCCF.  We are a not for profit company and event, and we also do alot of charitable outreach work throughout the year in partnership with the charity Oasis Gorton, a drop in centre for marginilised people. We provide weekly craft workshops lead by GNCCF exhibtors for their service users.  We also fund maker support initiatives and subsidise stand fees for new makers and provide free stands for selected new graduates and other organisations.  A small proportion of our funding comes from Arts Council England. We have to raise the rest of the costs of staging the GNCCF and funding our charitable initiatives through exhibitor fees and door receipts.  We hope this does not stop you visiting the GNCCF.  We thank you for your understanding and support in promoting, and allowing us the opportunity to share, great craft with everyone.

 

 

 

Opening Times, Access & Show Info

GNCCF Manchester : 9-10 October 2021, Victoria Baths Manchester

(Preview Evening 8 October 6-9 pm)

 

Venue:

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE

Opening Times                                                                       

Friday 8th October            18.00-21.00                                                                        Saturday 9th October           10.00-17.00                                                                        Sunday 10th October           10.00-16.00                       

*Preview Evening. Note the GNCCF is NOT open during the day on Friday.

Ticket Prices

We advise you purchase your tickets in advance via Eventbrite HERE 

Advance Adult Ticket (for entry Saturday or Sunday): £6

Advance Adult Concession (for entry Saturday or Sunday; for students, unwaged, OAP); £5

Tickets are availble to buy on the door (OTD)

OTD Adult Ticket (for entry Saturday or Sunday): £7.50

OTD Adult Concession (for entry Saturday or Sunday; for students, unwaged, OAP); £6.50

Advance Preview Ticket ( for entry to the Preview Evening, Friday 8th October): £10

OTD Preview Ticket: £12

Covid-19 Safety Measures:

Whilst Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 have been relaxed in England, the safety of our visitors and exhibitors is our priority. We want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy their visit to the GNCCF and so, as reassurance, we will have the following safety measures in place.

• Increased ventilation by opening windows and doors. As it’s October, this may make the venue chillier so please bring a jacket. At busy times, we may stagger entry and visitor numbers in areas with poorer ventilation.

• Enhanced cleaning throughout the show with particular attention paid to touchpoints and toilets.

• Hand sanitising stations will be available for your use. We recommend you to sanitise regularly during your visit and especially after handling or touching work. Exhibitors will also be advised to have hand sanitiser on their stands

.• We encourage you to continue keeping a safe distance from other visitors and exhibitors where you can; we may need to limit the number of people into parts of the fair during busy periods to prevent overcrowding.

• Whilst face coverings are no longer mandatory indoors, we recommend that you wear one if you can, especially when having face to face conversations with exhibitors or in crowded areas; exhibitors will also be encouraged to wear masks but this will be at their own discretion.

• We will enable track and trace check-ins by displaying an NHS QR code poster. This is at your discretion. For those who do not have the app, we will have a system in place to record their details. This info will be kept for 21 days, then destroyed.

• Contactless transactions will be encouraged but cash will still be accepted

.• We may ask you to verify your Covid status and people with Covid-19 symptoms ( ie high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) are requested not to attend; those who display or develop symptoms whilst attending GNCCF will be asked to leave.

• We will ask visitors to identify their preferred arrival time when they book.

• We politely request all attendees to be considerate to those around them, respect their preferences and the safety measures in place.

Disabled access

The GNCCF is accessible on the ground floor only, with hand-cranked lifts into the exhibitor stand areas within the pools. 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.

Unfortunately, a small number of makers exhibiting on tables will be placed upstairs and we regret that there is no disabled access to these balconies. 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 ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk. 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

Cafe

There is an on-site licensed café selling drinks and light refreshments.

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.

Cloakroom

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.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUT OUTREACH WORK 

In addition to our award-winning fairs, Great Northern Events quietly carries out outreach work with the Oasis Centre, a community centre in Gorton East Manchester, delivering free craft workshops, led by GNCCF exhibitors, for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people who use their services.

We have made many friends amongst the Oasis community and many of them had very little before the pandemic. Our workshops enable them to temporarily escape the stresses and chaos of their lives and try new skills and make things they are proud of. 

Please support this initiative. Donate what you can here

Thank-you.

 

GNCCF Covid 19 Safety Measures

Whilst Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 have been relaxed in England, the safety of our visitors and exhibitors is our priority. We want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy their visit to the GNCCF and so, as reassurance, we will have the following safety measures in place:

  • Increased ventilation by opening windows and doors. As it’s October, this may make the venue chillier so please bring a jacket. At busy times, we may stagger entry and visitor numbers in areas with poorer ventilation.
  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the show with particular attention paid to touchpoints and toilets.
  • Hand sanitising stations will be available for your use. We recommend you to sanitise regularly during your visit and especially after handling or touching work. Exhibitors will also be advised to have hand sanitiser on their stands
  • .We encourage you to continue keeping a safe distance from other visitors and exhibitors where you can; we may need to limit the number of people into parts of the fair during busy periods to prevent overcrowding.
  • Whilst face coverings are no longer mandatory indoors, we recommend that you wear one if you can, especially when having face to face conversations with exhibitors or in crowded areas; exhibitors will also be encouraged to wear masks but this will be at their own discretion.
  • We will enable track and trace check-ins by displaying an NHS QR code poster. This is at your discretion. For those who do not have the app, we will have a system in place to record their details. This info will be kept for 21 days, then destroyed.
  • Contactless transactions will be encouraged but cash will still be accepted
  • We may ask you to verify your Covid status and people with Covid-19 symptoms (ie high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) are requested not to attend; those who display or develop symptoms whilst attending GNCCF will be asked to leave.
  • We will ask visitors to identify their preferred arrival time when they book.
  • We politely request all attendees to be considerate to those around them, respect their preferences and the safety measures in place.

(The above measures have been designed in line with Government Guidelines and the Events Industry Alliance All Secure Standard guidelines.  Great Northern Events NW Ltd have a robust Covid -19 Risk assessment).

Getting to GNCCF Manchester & Parking

GNCCF Manchester 8-10 October 2021

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 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.

Parking

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

Be careful 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.

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.

 

Group/College Visits & Protocol for Students

Please note, this year,  GNCCF is NOT open on Friday 8th October during the day.

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

Organisers must be contacted in advance at ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk 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 of £5.50 for tickets bought in advance or £6.50 on the door (for GNCCF Manchester).

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 at ann-marie@greatnorthernevents.co.uk 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. www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

• 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 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.  Your wristband will allow you to leave the show and return, so your students can use cafes outside the venue ( Note these are on Oxford Road, a five 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 Outreach work

In addition to our award-winning fairs, Great Northern Events quietly carries out outreach work with the Oasis Centre, a community centre in Gorton East Manchester, delivering free craft workshops, led by GNCCF exhibitors, for the disadvantaged and vulnerable people who use their services.

Our workshops enable them to temporarily escape the stresses and chaos of their lives, try new skills and make things they are proud of. 

Please support this initiative. Donate what you can here. 

Thank-you.