1. MADE LONDON
October 26-28; One Marylebone, NW1 (01903 608757; madelondon. org). Tickets £10 on the door. Free for under-14s.
This new design and craft fair is in a beautiful converted Sir John Soane church, with more than 100 high-quality makers offering colourful glassware, soft knitted textiles, elegant ceramics, dazzling jewellery, classic furniture, fashion accessories (including contemporary hats and jewellery) and more.
Find striped glass pendants by Aline Johnson, porcelain tree decorations by Sarah Miller, tactile hand-weaves by Holly Berry, a kitchen tools sculpture in cord by Ann Nazareth, and quirky painted furniture by Charlie-Crowther Smith. Then take a break in the stunning café in the double-height crypt.
2. THE SCANDINAVIAN SHOW
October 6-7; Brompton Hall, Earls Court, Warwick Road, SW5; (020 7403 0322; scandinaviashow.co. uk). Tickets £18. Half-price ticket offer for readers — enter promotional code Sc2012hp on the website.
At this lively show, experience the new-wave Scandinavia, currently in vogue not only for furnishing but also for travel, fashion, jewellery and even TV series. At the same time the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland have not lost touch with the modernist design classics of the last century.
Star show feature is the Nordic House, with three inspirational room settings by top London-based interior designer Staffan Tollgård (born in Sweden) showcasing Scandinavian. Find also luxury Hästens Beds and the highly engineered Stressless recliner chairs. Shops abound with carefully edited selections of classic and contemporary Scandi design.
Travel companies offer winter breaks, and there are tastings for speciality food and drink. Live music, storytelling, huskies and Lego keep the kids happy. You can drool over the stunning Swedish Koenigsegg CCR sports car, and even meet TV's original Wallander, Rolf Lassgård.
3. PAD LONDON
October 10-14; Berkeley Square, W1 (pad-fairs.com). Tickets £20. Free for students and under-16s.
Find an exciting mix of modern "design art" furniture, like this Garouste & Bonetti Novgorov Cabinet in white gold from David Gill Galleries, plus contemporary decorative and fine art and tribal artifacts in a tent behind Oxford Street.
Here 60 leading galleries from Europe, the US and Asia present some of the most exciting pieces of furniture, ceramics and glass made in the last 20 years or so — a stimulating, well-curated display even if you cannot afford the huge price tags. Star exhibit is the work of the five UK designers under 35 shortlisted for the new Moët Hennessy-PAD London Design Prize. The winner will be announced at the show.
4. WIZADRY IN WOOD 2012
October 17-20; Carpenters' Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, EC2; (020 7236 3605; wizardryinwood.com). Tickets £6.50 on the door, £5.50 in advance.
Wood-turning is an ancient craft for shaping wood, different from carving, as the timber is moved around a stationary sharp instrument. This month, London's ancient Worshipful Company of Turners presents 20 of the UK's most skilled and creative wood-turners, who go far beyond a basic salad bowl or curtain finial.
Find platters and bowls in native timbers with dyes and metal leaf (Dennis Hales), exotic eggs by Stuart Mortimer, quirky boxes by Stuart King, minimalist vessels (Ray Key) and delicate butterfly-tempting bowls by Joey Richardson.
Buy work or discuss a commission. And see turned bowls, plates, cups, and more in a special show from Henry VIII's famous flagship, the Mary Rose, recovered from Portsmouth harbour in 1982, and all in wonderful condition.
5. SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FAIR
October 30 to November 4; Grand Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, W14 (0871 230 1089; spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk). Tickets, £17.50 in advance, £19.50 on the door. Teenagers up to 16, £10.50 and £9.50; under-13s free. Readers offer — 25 per cent discount online or call 0871 230 1089 and quote code SD8A, before October 29.
Meet 650 specialists for interiors, food and gifts, with exclusive ideas, including luxury linens and cashmere, limited-edition art, spicy scented candles, and original festive decorations and wraps. Say Christmas with flowers this year, with workshops by top florists. Join live cooking demos at Leith's School of Food & Drink, and get gift-wrapping tips (pictured) from expert Jane Means, while Debbie Wild of Jo Malone makes your Christmas smell sweeter. Bone up on champagne and party canapés, or settle for a cupcake session with "cookie girl" Xanthe Milton.
Seasonal foods include English country cheddar cheeses, smoked salmon, Christmas puddings, fine chocolates, wines and champagnes. Mosimann's is serving special fair menus — or you could grab a glass at the Louis Roederer champagne bar.
Alongside (on the same ticket) is the Luxury Travel Fair, with exclusive winter offers.