Find a new hobby and Craft Days in Essex and the South East

Get Creative this year and discover a new craft


Crafting is not only a great way to get creative but it can also be good for your mind and your wellbeing too. There are many Craft Days in Essex to be had where you can try a range of fun crafts most of which involve cake!


I have always loved crafting since I was a little girl so much so that my first crafting lessons as a child envolved great craft enthusiasm. Sitting at the table with my mum glittering Christmas cards at just five, I bounded off my chair and ran down the the room to show my dad. On the exhuberant route back I slipped up banged my head and ended up with a trip to hospital for stitches. It never stopped me and I think I may of tried many more crafts to date since ( minus the accidents )



This year I am planning on finding more time to do what I love and discovering even more crafts. It doesn’t matter where you live there will always be someone close to you that loves their craft so much they will want to share it with you.

Here is a little roundup of the latest crafts I have been exploring and some beautiful event spaces in Essex and The South East


Explore Barleylands craft village


Barleylands craft village is a lovely place which is fun for all of the family. With dozens of craft shops, restaurants and even a farm it makes for a great day out. My niece Eden at Little Miss Eden Rose loves the Hazels Pottery Barn which is great for adults and children alike paint your own plate or ornament which is later fired for you.



You could always find your creative side at Deans Smith art classes too. A friendly environment where you can learn to paint, or draw. You may even find another craft you would like to try your hand at in one of Barleylands many craft shops too.


Preserve your photo memories with creative flair!


Scrapbooking is my first love of crafting. Card making scrapbooking and paper craft go hand in hand. My love of photography and preserving memories had me hooked on this craft 15 years ago.


Scrapbooking kit at scrapagogo day away



Learn to Scrapbook at a GoGo getaway weekend retreat.


GoGo hold retreats for scrapbooking enthusiasts. Book a weekend or day away and create some beautiful layouts.
Enjoy a beautiful hobby with other like minded souls and paint, stamp, cut and stick to your hearts content.

Run by talented Lorraine, Janice and Niki the events are a riot of inspiration. Some events have classes and equipment included and some are relaxed bring your own.  It is lovely to spend a relaxed weekend with like minded people and friends.

You could always join a day crop armed with some scissors,  photos and craft bits and get some inspiration. There will be plenty of people on hand who would love to show you how.




Explore new crafts you did not know existed


Art and craft days are hosted by a lovely couple in a barn in the butterfly studio in Terling Essex. You can find a range of crafts from needlefelting, wicker basket making and watercolour painting.



Brian and Julie are the perfect hosts and the barn is so sweet. At break time you will be served with tea and cake what more could you possibly want?




Some others ideas to unleash your creative inspiration !


Craft plus UK hold card making lessons in their shop in Basildon. Get creative and send relatives their own personal cards this year.


Daniel Bridge is a fantastic photography tutor in Essex and holds workshops and tutorial days in and around our beautiful countryside.


Fancy making your own clothes or learning to sew?  Claire Mackiness In Brentwood offer a range of workshops to help you achieve your dream. From a range I knitting, sewing or crochet course you have a lot to choose from.


I hope I have given you some inspiration for some Craft Days in Essex. Go and unleash your creativity and chill out.

D x





1 Comment

  1. February 10, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I do love a craft day Donna, I find it so calming being creative. I cant wait to move a get a crafting room, x

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