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Crafty Monkeys

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Address: 3 Corney Place | Opposite the Town Hall, Penrith CA11 7PX, England
Phone Number: +44 17683 98975
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A warm family welcome awaits you at our craft studio where you can have...

A warm family welcome awaits you at our craft studio where you can have a go no matter what age or ability! No booking necessary during opening hours for all activities apart from the potter's wheels where tuition is included. All other crafts

Decopatch, pottery painting and mosaics initial instruction given as required! Prices start at just £6.50. We can fully glaze and fire in our studio or loads of take home on the day options. We have our own toilet and baby change. Hot and cold drink facilities.

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A very welcome refuge on a rainy day

We visited with our 7 year-old, he very much enjoyed choosing and painting a small statuette (a rather rounded little superhero) and we enjoyed not being rained on, and drinking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lera M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited with our 7 year-old, he very much enjoyed choosing and painting a small statuette (a rather rounded little superhero) and we enjoyed not being rained on, and drinking instant coffee. Would visit again to try the 'decopatch' (decorating sculptures with sticky paper), the pottery or the mosaicing.

Thank Lera M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We were possibly a bit older than their usual target audience, as we are all adults, but we were welcomed warmly and had great fun making pots on the Potter’s wheel, as well as painting several clay animals. A really inspirational place! All our painted items were fired and then posted to us. Everything received in perfect condition!

Thank coventry154
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Crafty Monkeys! It is mostly aimed at children and families although that did not stop us! we had lots of fun painting a water bowl for our pets! There is lots of activities to chose from and the staff aren't intrusive. As we were going home the staff said they would post our bowl... More 

Thank Lucy C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Came here last week whilst camping in the lakes with my family. Great, low budget activity, could easily spend a lot of time here (and more money). Loads of different things to do from decopauge to pottery painting. Staff who run the shop are lovely and pleasant and professional and very child friendly ( they even have a baby gate... More 

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Kincasslagh, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Spent a lovely morning here with the kids. They painted sharks, dragons and princesses. Then we got their handprints put on tiles for our new house. These were posted to Ireland for us as we were leaving that day and they needed to go in the oven.

2 Thank marygdoherty1
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Our daughter had already been with her Grand-parents and had repeatedly asked to go with us. I am so glad we did. We visited for her 12th birthday and got so involved with Decopatch that 2 1/2 hours dripped away! The two ladies were welcoming, offered exactly the right amount of help, and generally engendered a lovely atmosphere. There's plenty... More 

1 Thank ClaireMacRotty
HKStockdale, Owner at Crafty Monkeys, responded to this review

Thank you Claire, we really appreciate the time you have taken to write us such a lovely review. Hope to see you and your family again. More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I went with my granddaughter and four year old gt. grandson.he loved it and the girl was so helpful with him on the potters wheel. we bought a couple of other small things to paint and he was so pleased with himself that it well worth it.

1 Thank jeandodd
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Visited Crafty Monkeys in March to make pots and paint ceramics. The studio is a great idea and the staff are friendly enough but the place is lacking direction. Having booked to make a pot on the wheel, the question 'Do you know what you're doing?' was answered with 'No'. No instructions were forthcoming, so we guessed. Having had no... More 

3 Thank RachaelBowers
HKStockdale, Owner at Crafty Monkeys, responded to this review

I was surprised to receive this review as full guidance is always offered; then we remembered you. When offered guidance you stated that you had studied pottery at college for over a year and didn't require any. You dismissed our potter and subsequently just started helping yourself to more clay. You actually intimidated members of staff to the point that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were on holiday for a week in August and luckily had a week of sunshine mostly. But one afternoon we saw the rain coming decided to pop in here for a few hours after reading reviews. We weren't disappointed. We were greeted with a warm welcome. Very friendly and helpful. Gave us a full explanation of the crafts available,... More 

1 Thank LesleyDavies34
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Went here as we was visiting Penrith and it was raining. Had a go on the pottery wheel which was a great laugh. Then me and the bf painted a teapot again was funny as we had a side each. The two girls that was working where really friendly and helpful. Got my teapot and the two bowls we mAde... More 

1 Thank Nikki A

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