Crafty Resolutions

Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to learn a new skill and to look after your mental health / improve your well-being – and Stanwick Lakes can help you achieve both!

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet, try your hand at pottery or do you have some brushes and watercolour paints getting dusty in the back of a cupboard? Whether you want to try a new craft or re-kindle passion for an old one, we have an ever-growing programme of arts and crafts to suit absolute beginners and the more experienced crafter. Coming up over the next few weeks you can make a pottery Valentine’s Heart Bowl, paint Lovebirds in acrylic, needlefelt a hare’s head and do lots and lots of crocheting. With courses starting from as little as £10 they are great value. See our website for a full programme of workshops.

Crafting is also great for your well-being. Our crafters have told us that whether it is quilting or painting, potting or knitting; crafting helps them to reduce their stress levels. Diane is a regular attender at our Craft events and told us “crafting helps me to relax, keeps my fingers supple and helps me make things to please other people and raise money for charity.” And it’s not just us that think like this – there have been several studies into the benefits of participating in arts and crafts, which have discovered that:

  • Relaxed, repetitive motions such as the ones used in crochet and knitting can help calm down the body and the brain. (Craft Yarn Council)
  • Taking part in arts and crafts activities can help to stave off depression…partaking in these activities bathes your brain in ‘feel-good chemicals’. (President of the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society)
  • Quilters were interviewed and they found that the use of bright colours was ‘uplifting’, the activity distracted from the stress of work, and quilting offered challenges such as maths and geometry. (University of Glasgow)

Many people who come to the craft workshops also enjoy meeting up with like-minded people and long lasting friendships have developed amongst the crafters.

With monthly Craft Cafes, knitting and crocheting drop-ins and a stitchers group, plus craft workshops and one off events there are plenty of opportunities to try a craft at Stanwick Lakes in 2017. There is even a Training Barn at Stanwick Lakes, funded by the Heritage Lottery, where you can learn traditional skills such as basket making and blacksmithing with the Trading Places team. Pick up a craft leaflet from the visitor centre or, if you use Facebook, join the Stanwick Lakes Crafters facebook group and look at the events on the Stanwick Lakes facebook page.