Jigsaw Festivals & The British Jigsaw Championship

 

I love going to Jigsaw festivals! Rare & vintage jigsaw puzzles all fully pieced together and on display, so there are no missing pieces.

Hundreds available to buy at discounted prices, and all the money goes to good causes. Not to mention the home baked cakes and super friendly people!
Find your local Jigsaw Festival below!

Newmarket Jigsaw Festival - Call the Midwife jigsaw puzzle

Newmarket Jigsaw Festival

The annual Newmarket jigsaw festival is held in St Mary’s church every June.

It was the first jigsaw festival I ever went to, and I had never seen so many rare and vintage jigsaw puzzles. They even had the ‘Call the Midwife’ puzzle I designed for Gibsons. I remember watching the entire first series in a single day – for research purposes, of course!   

Details of the 2024 Newmarket Jigsaw Festival have now been released and the dates are :

Friday 21 June, 2024.  10am – 4pm
Saturday 22 June, 2024.  10am – 4pm
Sunday 23 June, 2024.  Midday – 4pm
Monday 24 June, 2024.  10am – 4pm
Tuesday 25 June, 2024.  10am – 6pm

 

The British Jigsaw Championship

The tenth 2023 British Jigsaw Championships was also held at Newmarket in the Turner Hall on Sunday, 25 June 2023.

Sarah Mills won for the ninth year running!
Can she make it ten in a row in 2024?

Details of the 2024 British Jigsaw Championships have now been released with a major change of venue.
Now held at : Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse. Rowley Mile Drive, Newmarket CB8 OTF.

Date is : Sun, 23 Jun 2024 10:00 – 16:00
Registration is now open and cost is £15.

See more on my British Jigsaw Championship page.

Newmarket jigsaw festival
Newmarket jigsaw festival - Call the Midwife jigsaw puzzle
Newmarket jigsaw puzzle festival

Isle of Wight Jigsaw Festival

Mon 7th –  Sat 12th August 2023

St. James’ Church, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

2023 was the Isle of Wight jigsaw festival’s 28th year!

It started in 1995 when Rev. Stuart Cleaver came up with the idea of displaying his own private collection of jigsaw puzzles to raise funds for the church. Other church members joined in, and 80 puzzles were sold. In 2022, this increased to over 1,100 jigsaw puzzles!

Isle of Wight jigsaw festival details here

Ramsbottom Jigsaw Festival

Weds 6 – Sat 9 Sept 2023

St. Pauls Church, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom.

Ramsbottom jigsaw festival was the second I visited, and again there was a vast range of vintage jigsaw puzzles on display, as well as lots of home-baked cakes!

Ramsbottom jigsaw festival details here

Hitchin jigsaw festival

Hitchin Jigsaw Festival

Fri 27 –  Sat 28th October 2023

St. Mary’s Church, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Raising money for the Philip Veale Children’s Centre in Malawi, they are asking for lots & lots of donated puzzles, please!

Hitchin jigsaw festival details here

Brighouse Jigsaw Festival 2023

St. Martin’s Church, Church Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1AT
Held annually since 2012 (except two Covid years)

A message from Alan Sparks, Founder and Principal Organiser :
“Thank you to everybody who supported our Festival in August 2023 which raised £13,000 for our nominated good causes.”

An online shop, featuring probably the largest online selection of
pre-owned jigsaws in the UK, supports the Brighouse Charity Jigsaw Festival – a social enterprise which has donated over £133,000 to support disadvantaged and underprivileged children and young people.

Brighouse Charity Jigsaw Festival details here

Brighouse jigsaw festival

Cockerham Jigsaw Festival 2023

2 -3 September
St Michael’s Church, Cockerham, Lancaster LA2 0EF

Warrington Jigsaw Festival 2023

22-24 September
St. Elphin’s Parish Church

Church Street, Warrington WA1 2TL, Warrington
 
St Elphin’s Parish Church, St Barnabas and Holy Trinity churches have joined forces.
More details here.

IIkely Jigsaw Festival 2023

26 – 28th October
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW

St. Luke’s Cheshire Hospice Autumn Jigsaw Championship 2023

29 October 2023
Lecture Room, St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice,Grosvenor House, Queensway, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 1BH

More details here

Leamington Spa Jigsaw Festival 2023

10 – 11 November
Dale Street Methodist Church
Leamington Spa

More details here

Harpendon Jigsaw Festival

Ever wondered what a jigsaw festival is like?

Below is a video by Gibsons from Harpendon Jigsaw Festival.

Alton Jigsaw Festival 2023?

Alton Jigsaw Festival – hopefully details will be available soon.

Culcheth Jigsaw Festival 2023?

Culcheth Jigsaw Festival – hopefully coming to Newchurch Parish Church details will be available soon.

Other Jigsaw Festivals 2023

Please do get in contact with details of any other jigsaw festivals happening in 2023/4.
I would love to include them all!

A special thank you to Alan Sparks for helping me with this page.
He has been a volunteer consultant in the creation of many festivals and I’m sure they all appreciated his help.  

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