Drop-in, pay per hour, make and create

No matter what your age or level, if you feel you would like to try your hand at some crafting, or your children would, or you have an unfinished project - or want to try something new - then come along!

Your creations will make great gifts, or something to decorate your house or bedroom, and hopefully you will pick up some new skills and passions!

Just come in and take some inspiration from our displays, and ask what we have on offer - Amongst other things there's: canvas painting/watercolours/wooden items to decorate/pebble painting/shell painting/sewing/weaving/3D canvases/mandalas/3D sculptures/clay/découpage/junk journaling/printing/lino printing/geli printing/collage work/jewellery making/personalised cards and banners - We have almost any kind of crafts and arts you can think of - you can contact us first here if you want to check ahead and see what we have.

Even if you're a beginner or reckon it might be too tricky, we're here to help you! If you are not sure which type to go for, then get in touch to chat.

Katie's Craft House is normally open Tuesday to Saturday, for you to drop in any time and craft away, check our opening times here.

Booking ahead is advisable - but drop-ins are always welcome depending on space available.

It’s £8 per person, per hour. (no charge if you're supervising a child - sit back and enjoy a cuppa!) Then it's £4 per person for every 30 minutes, or part of, after the first hour.

You'll need to pay for the first hour when booking, to confirm your place.

The price includes resources, such as paints, paper, ribbons and embellishments. (And refreshments!) Plus the price of any item you'd like to work on - canvases, MDF shapes, wooden letters, journals etc depending on what it is you would like to make.

While you and/or the kids are creating, we'll pop the kettle on. Enjoy free coffee, tea, juice and biscuits!

Workshops and Classes

Our special dedicated workshops - everything from working with reclaimed wood, to decoupage, lino printing, jewellery, fairy gardens or journal making - Are back!

These are for all kinds of ages and skill levels. We run adults classes in the evenings, and have a wide variety of fun crafty activities for all different age groups during school holidays.

Workshop schedules can be found here, or on our social media pages, or by signing up to our mailing list. These sessions need to be booked in advance.

And please let us know if you have any suggestions or great ideas for future workshops you'd like to see...

If you can’t make a particular workshop, not a problem, you can also make these items during our drop in hours – knows as Drop-in, pay per hour, make and create

Pre-School Activities

We also run "Explore Your World" learn and play sessions for toddlers to pre-school age children on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10.30am-11.15am. It's £5 a session.

Each week we have great fun exploring a different part of their world, reading a book out loud, and do painting and craft activities related to the theme.

Go to any of our social media pages to find out the week’s theme.

But more than that, it's a place where children and parents can get together every week, socialise, and make new friends.

Please cick below to get booked on with a weekly place, or drop us a line to just come in for a taster session.

Home Education

On Wednesday and Friday 10.30-12.00 during term time.

These sessions are designed to nourish children's imagination and creativity through meaningful, inventive activities.

Weekly sessions will be based on different projects, processes and themes. Children will experiment and play with a range of materials and processes. They will be encouraged to explore their own ideas, as well as look at great artists from Art History and contemporary Artists and practices and use these as a base for exploration in their own artworks.

Children will experience processes such as drawing, painting, mix-media, collage, sculpture and much more. Children will gain the confidence to express their thoughts through their creations and be empowered to create and innovate using diverse inspirations and their own experience.

Katie has worked at Marine Park First School here in Whitley Bay for 18 years as a teaching assistant and a play worker in the out of school club.

All ages welcome. It's £10 a session, sign up for regular weekly classes, or get in touch to arrange a taster session.

After School Art Club

During term time we run an After School Art Club. This is from 3.45pm to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for ages 8-11. It's £12.50 per session. Children can come a regular day per week, or more if they like!

At our Art Club, children will have access to a range of projects, sculpture, printmaking, painting/drawing and much more. They can choose what medium and project they want to work on, and use a more skill-based approach whilst also making friends with others in their age group.

Our Club is a great opportunity for children to learn and practice a variety of art techniques using an extensive range of materials; through this they truly understand that creativity matters. Our creative environment is encouraging, inclusive and non-competitive. This allows every child to go at their own pace, developing their unique skill-set. Over time, they grow significantly in confidence, expression and creativity. This confidence can change their perception of themselves, as well as the perception others have of them.

Katie has worked at Marine Park First School here in Whitley Bay for 18 years as a teaching assistant and a play worker in the out of school club.

There are limited spaces, and parents/carers must register their children to book a place. We would ask you to book for the whole term. For more information and to register, please contact us here

You can sign up at the link below, or download a registration form here and email it back to us or bring it in to the shop. There are also copies of the form available to pick up at the shop, please check our opening times here.

Our principles are founded on inclusion, so our sessions are also inclusive of children with SEND and learning difficulties. If you have any special accessibility requirements please get in touch to have a chat.

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Saturday Scrapbooking Club

Every Saturday from 9.30am to 10.45am Katie's Craft House is home to the Scrapbook club.

Scrapbooking and junk journaling are an ideal craft for anyone wanting to relax, pick up painting & crafting again. Or someone interested in trying something new.

Sometimes we get so caught up with working so much and always being so busy that we never take the time to pause and do something FUN. Scrapbooking is a fun and creative outlet, which can be so important to our mental health.

A big reason why people scrapbook is because it can be so therapeutic and there are no rules. You don’t have to stick to any specific format or rules when scrapbooking. There is no wrong way. You can make your scrapbook all your own and make it your own individual style.

Sessions run every Saturday 9.30am - 10.45am, £8 per person.

Suitable for 8 years+

Parties and Events

Upcoming birthday or special event?

Katie's Craft House can also be hired for private functions, from children’s birthday parties to hen parties, or baby showers. Get together and create in a fun environment, then take your masterpieces home to keep and show off!

There are various themes you could choose from, for example for children we have Unicorns, Mermaids, Lego, Harry Potter, Minecraft, keepsake boxes, Superheroes, Space, Dinosaurs, Scrapbooking, anything you like.

Please get in touch for a list of birthday or event packages. We can also help with organising the food and drinks.

Hire Our Space

Are you looking for a place to hire to host your own one-off or regular workshops, classes or gatherings? We may be able to accommodate you on evenings, or Mondays, if this is the right space (we can host up to about 12 people)

For example our shop in the past has hosted a weekly writing group, a sewing club, or a Games Workshoppers/ Warhammer club.

If you have a crafty skill you would like to share and teach, or any ideas for an arty workshop or group, we would love to help!

Have a chat with us