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WIN tickets to Crafting at Ally Pally with Hochanda!

The Hochanda family are pleased to announce that tickets for the popular Crafting at Ally Pally event are now available online from and not only that, but we are also giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event via our Facebook and Twitter channels. Read on for more info! 

Crafting at Ally Pally is now in it's 20th year, and the event is taking place on 9th and 10th April 2016. It's one of the largest and most popular paper-craft shows in the UK, and offers those with a passion for crafts, hobbies and arts an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of crafts!

Can you believe the award-winning Crafting at Ally Pally event welcomes up to 8,000 craft enthusiasts through its doors every year? The event, put on for both beginners and experienced crafters, offers visitors the chance to browse the thousands of arts and crafts products available from popular UK retailers, and watch live demonstrations by the UK’s most prevalent crafting experts including our own Sue Wilson and John Lockwood, from Creative Expressions, Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamps, and Robert Addams from Papercrafts to name but a few.

We're supporting the event with Creative Expressions, as well as taking two prominent stand positions to showcase a variety of crafts through demonstrations, and we will be broadcasting three shows LIVE direct from the event at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Over the event weekend visitors will have the opportunity to meet and greet our presenters such as Alex Turchyn, Matt Macnarma, Charlie Hopkins and more. Also joining Hochanda at the Crafting at Ally Pally event, will be Leonie Pujol. We're so excited to meet all you crafting fanatics there!

Interested? Our Ally Pally competition is now live! We are giving away several pairs of 2 day adult tickets to the event on our Facebook and Twitter channels. *Travel is not included

Here's how to enter:

  • Head to our Twitter page: 
  • Follow us and retweet our pinned tweet to enter
  • Begins Wednesday 16th March and ends Thursday 31st March 
  • Winners picked at random
  • Head to our Facebook page:
  • Like our Ally Pally pinned post and comment, tagging the person you would like to bring with you to the event and why!
  • First comp: begins Wednesday 16th March and ends Wednesday 23rd March 
  • Second comp: begins Wednesday 23rd March and ends Thursday 31st March
  • Winners picked at random
If you would like to purchase tickets to the event, the prices are as follows:

- £5.00 for an adult one day adult ticket
- £7.00 for an adult Saturday and Sunday ticket
- £2.50 for Hochanda Freedom Club Members for an adult one day ticket
- £3.50 for Hochanda Freedom Club Members for an adult Saturday and Sunday ticket

We can't wait to see you there!

Tune into Hochanda live online, on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817.


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