The Suffolk Coast
  • Crafty Capers on The Suffolk Coast

Crafty Capers on The Suffolk Coast

As the nights begin to draw in, days are chillier and the outdoor pursuits of the summer become slightly less attractive, why not use your time to take up that craft that you have always wanted to master or, rekindle a skill that you already have?

The possibilities are endless… from jewellery making and pottery to wood carving, cookery and candle making. And, as well as having fun and gaining a sense of achievement, the chances are you’ll have some very unique gifts to give away at Christmas too!

The Suffolk Coast has a generous sprinkling of craft workshops covering all variety of crafts including Moth Crafts in the pretty market town of Bungay.

Moth Crafts is a charming shop which is full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk. It’s a great place to find the perfect handcrafted gift, card or print, as well as enrolling on one of their regular craft workshops. This October the shop is running some beadwork Jewellery making sessions - you can keep up with the latest workshops available by checking out their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/mothcrafts.

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For a fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery head over to Fiona’s Fabrics - based in Woodbridge. Owner, Fiona Turner was born and bred in Suffolk and has a passion for all things creative! Her beautiful shop is full of fabrics, colourful yarns, ribbons, buttons, threads - you name it - a great selection of craft supplies and a huge amount of experience and expertise in dress making, knitting, sewing, crochet - make this a must for anyone wanting to start off on their own sewing journey.

The shop hosts regular workshops for people of all abilities who want to learn to sew, knit, crochet, weave and dress make. Children can take part in a range of sewing activities to help them learn the basics and enjoy mastering the skills of needlecraft.

Another gem of a find is The Craft Shop at Snape Maltings where you’ll discover local arts and crafts including ceramics, carvings and candles as well as a range of British made gifts, many of which have a clear sense of place, celebrating the natural landscape of the Maltings.

And whilst you're there, take part in one of the many workshops run at The Tack Room on a range of subjects including children's art, furniture painting, shadow-puppet making, stained glass and how to make your own roman blind!

If it’s the crafting of food that’s more up your street, then try your hand at one of the cookery courses at Kenton Hall Estate

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast, The Food Hub Cookery School has cookery courses to inspire you.

Set on a working farm at Kenton Hall Estate, The Food Hub is home to a state of the art cookery school, butchery with a smokehouse and curing facilities and a commercial catering kitchen. Setting out to create a real ‘foodie’ hub in Mid-Suffolk.

They believe in supporting the local food and farming industries. Ingredients and produce used in the courses are sourced as locally and as seasonally as possible and you’ll be working with some of Suffolk's award-winning chefs.

Whatever your flair is, enjoy some leisure time dabbling in a new interest on The Suffolk Coast - we really are a very crafty lot! 

Things to see and do


Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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Free wifi Dog friendly


International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.


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Dog friendly


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

events


Vintage Market - Woodbridge

Vintage Market - Woodbridge

Woodbridge |

Enjoy seeking out Vintage treasures?  Then Head to the beautiful Market Town of Woodbridge,Suffolk for this fantastic Vintage Market

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Wickham Market - Christmas Market 2016

Wickham Market - Christmas Market 2016

Wickham Market | Wed 07th Dec 2016

Head to Wickham Market for this truly festive Market on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

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Art Island 4: Mexican Shadow Puppets

Art Island 4: Mexican Shadow Puppets

Snape | Fri 28th Oct 2016

Bring the children to The Tack Room, Snape Maltings on 28th October 2016 for a creative workshop of Shadow Puppets.

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Chalky Finish Furniture Painting Workshop

Chalky Finish Furniture Painting Workshop

Snape |

Come and Join in at The Tack Room, Snape Maltings for a creative workshop using chalky finish paint.

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Natural Skincare with Lotta Skincare

Natural Skincare with Lotta Skincare

Snape |

Come and Join in at The Tack Room, Snape Maltings for a creative workshop on how to make your own natural skincare.

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Alex Munroe Jewellery Exhibition and Demonstration

Alex Munroe Jewellery Exhibition and Demonstration

Saxmundham | Sat 29th Oct 2016

An exciting opportunity to meet renowned jewellery maker Alex Munroe and learn about how he makes jewellery. 

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Photography Day on RSPB  Havergate Island

Photography Day on RSPB Havergate Island

Orford |

Spend an exclusive, full day on Suffolk's only island with up to twelve hours of observation, photographic opportunities, fun and tuition in this wonderfully diverse and fragile habitat. 

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Halloween Craft Party

Halloween Craft Party

Ipswich | Wed 26th Oct 2016

Head to The Suffolk Food Hall for a Halloween Craft Party on 26th October 2016. Oodles of creative Halloween activities have been planned.

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WHERE TO EAT


The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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Free wifi

where to stay


Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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