CraftCourses.com lists thousands of creative, craft and artisan courses, classes and workshops all across the UK, searchable by craft, keyword, region or post code in the boxes above right. CraftCourses gift vouchers are available to buy in ANY amount (minimum £25) and these golden tickets offer your loved one a unique opportunity to take their pick of thousands of creative courses - you can literally give the gift of learning!
Our purpose is to to help you find the perfect creative, craft and artisan course for you, or give it as a unique gift.
We hope to inspire your creative desires and encourage people to experience the pure joy of learning and creating! Read the innumerable glowing course reviews we have collected over the years for inspiration...
For our course organisers and independent tutors, from the numerous independent craftsmen-and-women to large colleges and craft centres, we offer a highly effective marketing service. Try googling "stained glass courses" or "blacksmithing courses" or "pot throwing courses" and you will quickly see why it works! Best of all, to register and add your first course listing is FREE for anyone teaching/running a creative course. There is no limit on the number of dates you can add, the number of times you can edit and absolutely no request for payment details unless you opt to upgrade. Upgrading to the basic package costs £22 per year, buys you one extra listing and includes links to your website from your listings as well as social media support.
We support our 'free' customers with just as much enthusiasm as we do the larger ones. You can read what our course tutors and organisers have to say about us.
Please feel free to Register and add your course(s) now! Students do not need to register; just browse the courses where you can make enquiries directly via each listing.
CraftCourses was founded in 2011 and is run by sisters Kate Dewmartin and Lynn de Bersacques. The main office is based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales with an outpost near Montmorillon in France.
Do you supply the craft industry? Our preferred craft supplier programme will place your company at the top of our listings, offering you specific market audiences tailored to a 'tee'. To see examples please visit the metal clay jewellery or blacksmithing categories, or simply register here.
In founding this site my hope was to interest and inspire people to create, learn new skills and find contentment, relaxation and satisfaction in making things. I don't know about Guinness, but Craft is good for you.
I love trying out the courses and visiting the fascinating workshops of our inspiring craft tutors. I also love reading the thousands of student reviews telling of how much people enjoyed being part of a craft session and how their lives are enhanced by getting 'hands on' and making something to cherish.
My background is in wooden rocking horses. My parents founded The Rocking Horse Shop near York just before I was born, so I grew up at craft shows and in and out of the wood, paint, metal and (my favourite by far) leather workshop. Along with my brother and sister, I worked in the family business throughout my girlhood. Making things has always been a passion; be it a satchel, window seat, roman blind or moccasins!
After graduating from York University in 2003, I went to live in France for a couple of years working as editorial assistant to the late political author Said K. Aburish. Then to London for several years of web marketing, press and PR jobs, including a stint in the House of Commons. In 2011 I moved to Pembrokeshire and set up CraftCourses. I am married to Harm, a Dutch builder and all round craftsman, and mum of two year old Abel and one year old Aiya. Yes, I am a fully paid up member of the No-Sleep-Club!
My ethos is simply that craft is good for our health. In learning creative skills, making beautiful and useful things, we relax, we enjoy the sensations of colour and texture - and we get enormous satisfaction in being able to say ‘I made that’.
Growing up in a craft business, I soon learnt to appreciate the myriad of skills required to make it tick; practical ability is just the start ! So when my sister Kate talked about setting up a Craft Courses website that would be simple to use both as an enthusiastic student or a course tutor, I saw immediately what a valuable service this would be. I know more than a few craftsmen-and-women who would rather spend their time making and teaching than marketing. I love how CraftCourses makes (often long lasting) connections between people with a shared passion and those with a thirst to learn or teach.
After studying languages and linguistics at Sheffield University I moved to France, where I have been living and working for over ten years now. I run a small business offering translation, proof reading and language tuition. I have three beautiful children and also blog about parenting and special needs, in particular using alternative and augmentative communication, which we have discovered as we try to best support my extra special eldest daughter. In my spare time (because, as you can imagine, I have loads of that) I like to sew, garden and play the piano.
When I lived in Provence I worked for an online company, writing copy, managing accounts and checking online content. It was an interesting role, but I have to say I didn't « love » what I was selling. My work with CraftCourses have shown how different this feels, being part of a positive and dynamic small business, promoting craft courses that are quite simply fascinating... I want to do them all!
INSPIRED? BROWSE COURSES!
Creative course categories include: felting, jewellery, glass, wood, ceramics, willow and basketry, knitting, stone, blacksmithing, mosaic, hand spinning, paper-craft, candle-making, beekeeping, book-binding, photography, calligraphy and many, MANY more! Please browse through all of the course categories - there is plenty to inspire!
DO YOU TEACH? ADD YOUR COURSE(S)!
Do you run or teach creative, craft or artisan courses, classes or workshops in the UK? If so, please Register Free to add your organisation and one free course page listing. Please check our page guidelines here.