Christmas is buzzing at New Brewery Arts!


The Cafe is busy in the run-up to Christmas, with visitors to Crafted for Christmas, shoppers and people doing workshops and courses all dropping in for a fab coffee or one of Oi's special lunches (my mango, chicken & chilli salad comes to mind) or one of the Hobbs House Bakery mince pies (which are dashing out of the Cafe at a rate of knots!). Our new Manager, Zoe, has spruced (sorry for the seasonal pun) up the tables with some new enamel canisters for sugar, and added some little pot plants... and she's about to launch a new breakfast menu so, all you beloved of breakfast, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for news!

Barrel Store in snow.jpg

Our Education team have just finished arranging workshops for January and February but, with barely a breath, are onto March and April. New workshops, new tutors and a callout for more tutors; if you're an experienced craft tutor we'd love you to get in touch with Clare to talk about we might be able to work with you.

And right now, we've got Children's Holiday Workshops taking place; a great opportunity for the children to try their hand at a variety of crafts (while you get the final bit of shopping done).


Hello, I'm the person who's responsible for getting the Marketing together and as everyone's so busy here I thought I'd take some time out to tell you what's been happening at New Brewery Arts over Christmas, and give you a taste of 2018.

Beth, our CEO, is planning some amazing exhibitions ahead right into 2019 and our next exhibition is Method of Making, starting on 6th January (more about that later). 


James, the Manager of The Barrel Store, is gearing up for a group of 30+ friends who've hired the whole place on an exclusive use basis for New Year.

We've been doing a lot of work on The Barrel Store and groups are finding we're well located and well priced - if you've got a gang who are coming for an event or all the cousins are descending on Granny but her home won't accommodate you, then email him for more info (don't forget to negotiate!).

To grab the best room, check out our bedroom plan here.


This is a time of year when, traditionally, many people give to charity.

Despite appearances, New Brewery Arts struggles to cover its costs whilst maintaining a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. It costs approximately £50,000 per year to deliver our exhibitions and we regularly need to upgrade our craft equipment (such as our shiny, new kiln).

Many people don't realise we are a charity (registered charity number 900036), everything we do helps support crafts and makers - both professional and learners, and we work hard to keep our exhibitions free and to make bursary places available on our courses and workshops. 

If you feel you'd like to support us, you can learn more here

Many people don’t realise we are a charity... It costs approximately £50,000 per year to deliver our exhibitions and we regularly need to upgrade our craft equipment (such as our shiny, new kiln).
— Beth Alden, CEO

Yes, I did promise more about that new exhibition...Methods of Making is an exploration of contemporary furniture design and the artists behind it, the artists being Sebastian CoxDavid Gates, Nicola Henshaw, Ben Huggins, Gareth NealJim Partridge & Liz WalmsleyEdward Teasdale and Jay Watson. The exhibition examines modern day issues of recycling, waste, economics, architecture, beauty, value and sustainability. There are exhibition pieces from each artist along with films showing them at work. Alice picked up Jay Watson's Newspaper Stool this week and was given a tour of his workshop (and a demo of what happens when you wire up a light incorrectly!!).

Guy Royle - Silver Bird Pounced Bangle

Guy Royle - Silver Bird Pounced Bangle

And finally, our exhibition - Crafted for Christmas - comes to an end on 31st December; it's been a feast for the eyes, showing crafts from exceptional makers nationwide. Stuart Lamble's lighting sold out very fast, Susan Horth's insects remain ever popular, jewellery has flown out and we've had a lot of interest in the wide range of ceramics available. 

We're still open until 4pm on Sunday (that's Christmas Eve!) for that last-minute present. We're then having a short break; you'll find our full opening times here.