New Year Crafts at Stanwick Lakes

The New Year is a great time to learn a new craft, and we have plenty for you to try at Stanwick Lakes in 2016.

Whether you drop into a Craft Cafe, book a place on a Craft Workshop to learn a craft in more detail or join our knitting, crocheting and stitching groups, there is always a warm welcome. Craft activities take place in the visitor centre at Stanwick Lakes, which is situated in the centre of the 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction, managed by charity Rockingham Forest Trust. While you’re crafting you can look out over the lake and enjoy coffee and cake.

Craft Cafes take place once a month on a Friday morning and are a great opportunity to try a new craft and to meet other like-minded people. Many of our crafters are new to Stanwick Lakes, in fact the first time they visit is to take part in a Craft Cafe because they can just drop in, there is no need to book and the crafts never cost more than £5. Although the Craft Cafe may be their first experience, it’s usually not their last and many of our regular volunteers, health walkers and craft workshop participants started by coming to a Stanwick Lakes Craft Cafe.

Pauline regularly comes to craft events at Stanwick Lakes and says “I enjoy taking some time out of a busy life, meeting other crafters and sharing my crafting skills in such beautiful surroundings.” In fact Pauline enjoys it so much she has now become a craft leader, teaching button and crocheting workshops, as well as a volunteer organising the Stanwick Stitchers.

The Craft Workshops are designed for beginners and are led by experienced artists and crafters, whose passion is to share their craft with others. The workshops usually take place between 10.30am and 1pm in the Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre, so fit perfectly between school drop off and pick up times and, at an average cost of £15 per person, they are great value.

Inspired by the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down we have several pottery workshops planned throughout the year, including oil burners, mugs and even fairy doors! And if you are looking for a unique and personal Mother’s Day gift, join Julie Carlton at a needle felting workshop on 9th February to learn the techniques of needle felting and make a beautiful flower brooch using merino wool. Then on 25th February, artist Chris Kinsey will help you take the first steps in folk art, teaching you the basic brushstrokes to paint flowers, leaves and buds. Both workshops cost £15 and can be booked directly with the tutors; Julie Carlton on 07801 505658 and Chris Kinsey on 01933 460676.
Later in the year brings crafts for all tastes to Stanwick Lakes including painting, crochet and bracelet making. To find out more about these workshops and how to book your place, visit or the Stanwick Lakes facebook page. You can also ring the Stanwick Lakes visitor centre on 01933 625522 or pop in and pick up a Crafts leaflet.

~ By Liz ~