Your Trip to Handmade


It’s this weekend! Make sure you plan your weekend around the Handmade Market, which will be open from 10am until 4pm on both Saturday (5th) and Sunday (6th). Don’t forget, we have a wonderful pop up Champagne Bar so you can treat Mum to a glass of bubbly while you browse for gifts in our Mothers’ Day gift gallery. We also have some floral workshops, run by Lady Larissa and there may be some last minute spots available, so pop in and have a chat with Larissa when you arrive. Here are some more details to help you make your plans.


This map should be useful for access. To sum up, if you’re coming from Gungahlin down Flemington Road, you can enter EPIC via Morisset Road or the main entrance of EPIC and follow the stewards towards the parking on the arena. If you’re coming from the city up Northbourne Avenue or from Sydney down the Federal Highway, don’t turn into Flemington Road as there’s no right turn into EPIC. Instead, enter via either Stirling Avenue (McDonalds entrance) or Old Well Station Road and then follow the stewards towards the parking on the arena. (Follow the signs for disabled parking close to the event or ask the stewards.) It’s then a short walk to our three halls, the Budawang Building, Conference Centre and Coorong Pavilion. We know it’s going to be busy so the EPIC team has laid on as many helpers as possible, but your patience would be much appreciated. As usual, Transport Canberra has regular bus routes that run past EPIC, so if you want to come on public transport, head to the WEBSITE for timetable and fare details.

OK, you’re in, so apart from designer gifts, homewares and fashion and a gourmet food hall packed with local producers and street food vans, what else can you find? Here’s a list:

The market is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. If you would like to arrive in the morning, there will be coffee and snacks available in our gourmet food hall from 9.45am so you can start the day with your caffeine fix before shopping begins at 10.

Most of our designers and producers have eftpos facilities to take payment, but there are smaller emerging designers that may not, so we recommend you bring along some cash. There are three ATMs in the two halls, so you won’t be caught short.

Where do we start? Coffee, cold drinks, snacks, meals and sweet treats are all available in our gourmet food hall in the Coorong Pavilion, along with wine and other drinks. There is also an area for refreshments in the Budawang Building. Finding the right food for you will not be a problem. Making a decision might be!

If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, there is a list/map of stalls between the halls. Or seek out our friendly Handmade staff at the reception desk. For a full directory listing by category, including stall locations, check out the DIRECTORY on the website. You can also find a listing and some beautiful images in our online HANDMADE MAGAZINE, or to find out more about our amazing designers and producers, head to our blog, HANDMADE STYLE for articles and interviews.

There are several toilets in each hall, with baby changing and a breastfeeding room available. Please ask at reception (between the halls) if you’re lost.


Vinnies has a stall at the market, where we are asking you to donate any warm items that will help. Last year, your donations allowed the night van to distribute blankets, warm clothes and basic sanitary items to the homeless of Canberra for over a month of the hard Winter. We would like to collect even more this year so that the night van can dispense hot drinks, warm clothes and a listening ear to the people that need it. We have created an event on Facebook to remind you – the link is HERE.

Coming to Handmade is free and always will be. However, on your way in, we ask that you give a gold coin donation to our door charity. This weekend, we will be welcoming Dragons Abreast, so please put some money in the collection and give the wonderful volunteers a smile. Dragons Abreast runs dragon boat racing in Canberra for cancer survivors, which raises money and supports women who are recovering in a positive way.

We hope you have a wonderful visit to Handmade, thank you for supporting Australian designers and wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please share your experience at Handmade, using our hashtag #handmadecbr – we’d love to see your purchases!