Christmas Gift Workshops

keepsake bears

With the festive season coming up, here is a round up of workshops offering a chance to create something for a lovely Christmas gift.

Quilted Shoulder Bag or Clutch Purse

CCB Sewing Machines
304-306 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1HS
11th December
10am – 4pm
£50 per person.
01634 841597

Workshop with Ruth Jarman. Learn how to quilt three layers and make a handy, over the shoulder bag or clutch purse/hand bag tidy with two zip pockets, two normal pockets plus other secret compartment holders. Small enough to wear at all times but roomy enough to keep your valuables safe when travelling or shopping on the high street.

Chulo Naturals Christmas Makes

Chulo Naturals
12 High Street, Brompton, Gillingham, ME7 5AE
6th or 20th November, or 4th December
11am – 3pm
£60 per person (includes lunch and drinks)
01634 814529

‘Make & Lunch’ workshops. Learn how to make a range of gifts including a selection of candles, bath bombs, soaps, balms, pot pourri, room sprays and wardrobe sachets. Includes lunch and drinks at The Pomegranate Tree by the Chulo Naturals shop.

Natural Skin Care

Chulo Naturals
12 High Street, Brompton, Gillingham, ME7 5AE
28th November
11am – 2pm
£45 per person
01634 814529

A workshop offering an insight into the making of natural skin care products. Using natural minerals and oils you will learn to create and take away olive oil salt scrub, coconut & shea butter scrub and coconut & shea butter balm. Held in small friendly groups of 4 ensures a fully interactive learning experience.
Create your own skin loving products with a personal twist to suit yourself, with handout leaflets to take away for further home production should you choose.


62 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1JY
27th or 29th November, or 4th December
£40 per person
01634 838880

Mandy Munroe brings her patchwork class to this beautiful treasure trove of a sewing and haberdashery shop.

Silver Clay Pendants & Charms

337-341 High St, Rochester, ME1 1DA
16th November or 7th December
9:30am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 5pm
£49 per person

Make impressive pendants and charms using silver clay with Sara Wordley aka the Skiving Scholar, a qualified art clay silver instructor. All tools and silver clay are included and you can expect to come away with some lovely jewellery in this relaxed taster workshop. Silver metal clay jewellery one fired become 99.9% pure fine silver which is more pure than sterling silver! During the day you will make at two to three items using silver clay, finish them and take them home. You will learn:

  • how to handle and store the clay
  • how to texture and cut it into shapes
  • refining the dry pieces
  • firing your pieces using a butane torch, gas hob & kiln
  • how to polish and finish your pieces

Keepsake Bears

337-341 High St, Rochester, ME1 1DA
25th November and 2nd December
7pm – 9:30pm
£20 per person
12 yrs to Adult

Create an adorable keepsake bear from old clothing with special memories in this two part evening course. Mandy Adams will show just how to turn your special clothing into a gorgeous teddy bear or bendy bunny that you can pass on through the generations, keeping your special memory alive.

Part one will take you through the process of laying out and cutting templates, preparing and understanding a sewing machine and how to use it. In part two you will go through the final process of stuffing, finishing off and embroidering the bears face.

Hand Printed Christmas Cards

337-341 High St, Rochester, ME1 1DA
14th December
11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (45 mins)
£10 per person
7 yrs to Adult
01634 753299

Mix & match a selection of designs to hand print Christmas cards for your most special friends and relatives. Choose between reindeer, robins, snowmen, snowflakes, holly, mistletoe, festive bells, xmas trees, candles and baubles, or print them all. Print up to a dozen cards per session, and embellish with stickers and sparkles.


337-341 High St, Rochester, ME1 1DA
Various dates
£60 per person per day
01634 753299

Learn how to print your own artworks with techniques including etching, photopolymer, screen printing or linocut. Classes are run by experienced artists and after taking a course you are eligible to use the open access sessions in the print studio.

Festive Sugarcraft

Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate,ME1 1EW
15th and 22nd November
£40 per person
01634 338400

Learn festive sugarcraft skills on a two week course.

Christmas Door Wreath

Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate,ME1 1EW
10th December
£33 per person
01634 338400

Make a traditional Christmas door wreath.

Decorate a snow globe

Nucleus Arts Creative Riverside Hub
13 Military Road, Chatham, ME4 4JG
29th November
3pm – 4pm
All ages

Make and decorate a snow globe.

‘Exquisite Adornment’ Sculptural Jewellery

Rochester Art Gallery & The Guildhall Museum
95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX
8th November
10.30-12.30 or 1.30-3.30pm
7 yrs to adult or 01634 338319

Family workshop to accompany the ‘Disquiet Beauty’ exhibition. Join artist Rosie Melville at the gallery for a mini gallery tour followed by a feather and found object sculptural jewellery making workshop, just along the road at the Guildhall Museum.

Recycled Textiles

Sun Pier House, Medway Street, Chatham, ME4 4HF
15th November
10am-4pm drop in (approx 1 hour)
£5 (£4 advance)
All ages
01634 812 805

Create brooches, necklaces and pictures from recycled textiles in a family workshop with award winning artist Jenni Burrows. Browse the Bespoke Market while you’re there.

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