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The Clay Studio

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Address: The Fountain 1 High Street | 1 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AE, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 475000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Paint Your Own Pottery cafe offering a great opportunity to relax in a...

Paint Your Own Pottery cafe offering a great opportunity to relax in a friendly and help environment. The cafe offers a wide range of high quality food and drink. Open 6-7 days including late night on Thursdays.

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Great place to take the children

We have been to the studio many times and it's always been a great success with the children. The staff are very informative and helpful and the snacks they serve are very good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Stainlesteve
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to the studio many times and it's always been a great success with the children. The staff are very informative and helpful and the snacks they serve are very good.

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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great fun for adults and child. Child (8) did a cat and we did a a clock to remind us of our holiday. Staff helpful and much easier to do than we thought. The excitement of getting it back was great and pieces look brilliant. Just remember to allow time for firing and collection and was good on a hot... More 

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1 Thank tacm2015
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Your clock looked superb and your daughter did a great job of the cat too. We always stress that painting pottery is easy with patience and we will always provide ideas. Often deciding on the design is more difficult than actually creating it! We also appreciate the air conditioning during this hot weather especially in... More 

Christchurch
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49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a large group of friends from work, our colleague decided she wanted to do something a little different to the normal meal or drinks out, and the clay studio was her idea. It was an excellent idea! The staff were all really friendly and more than helpful. The task of painting your own clay pot, mug, whatever you... More 

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1 Thank willowaz
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. You all did beautiful pieces and we are pleased you had a good evening with the wine flowing! As you noted, this is a great activity to do as a group and artistic skill is not required as we will always show you some simple but effective techniques. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

I've been here several times and each time is the same, relaxed, creative and very enjoyable. There really is something there for everyone, my visit my son and my mum came with me. 3 Genetations, 3 very happy painters! The coffe and food is nice too. The staff are always friendly and helpful!

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2 Thank Wendy L
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review which is very much appreciated. You have identified two things that we are very proud of. Firstly that there is something for everyone and secondly the relaxed creative atmosphere. Oh and wonderful coffee too. We look forward to seeing you again some time. More 

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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Visited the clay studio this morning after a friend recommend it. Loved it, a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and there was something there for everyone. I would defiantly recommend this as a fun afternoon out in Christchurch for all of the family :).

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1 Thank Megan L
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. Every review helps others understand more about The Clay Studio. We are very pleased that you had a good relaxing time. Providing something for everyone is very important to us hence the wide range of bisque available. Many regular visitors are always looking for new pieces too. we look forward... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Just moved to the area and decided to visit with my boyfriend as we had done this activity before in Southampton. The shop itself is well stocked with a large variety of pottery choices and plenty of resources for the painting. The man working, Martin, and the small girl assisting him were extremely friendly and polite. They made us feel... More 

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1 Thank Laura T
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Your pieces look great and we look forward to taking them out of the kiln on Wednesday morning. It is very important to us to have a wide range of pieces to choose from so there is always something new on the shelves and well as a broad choice of colours. We look forward to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

My trip to The Clay Studio was a surprise for my hen party and it was a wonderful afternoon made even better by the brilliant staff. 9 of us painted in the room downstairs which was decorated with banners and balloons. Bubbles and nibbles were provided as part of the package. Martin talked us through techniques for painting and helped... More 

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1 Thank Newlywed_mrsg
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We really enjoyed your party too and there were some great pieces painted. The Clay Studio is great fun for hen parties as you can chill out painting pottery, with a glass or two of fizz if you wish, and you will always have something to show for this part of your hen weekend in... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

This was our first visit to paint a cup for our grandson. It was a very restful and interesting afternoon. Especially the coffee and delicious cakes we endulged ourselves. We will certainly be going back and taking our grandchildren with us.

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1 Thank Angela S
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Thank your review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Clay Studio. The mug looked great and I am sure Callum is very pleased with it. Using stickers to create designs is a simple technique but it is very effective. More 

Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We visited The Clay Studio on a very busy day during half-term. Fortunately this is a large venue as many others had the same idea. We had painted pottery before but the range of items and paints was better than we had previously seen. We all painted and spent most of the afternoon painting Christmas decorations. Although the staff were... More 

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2 Thank EmmaLangley
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to The Clay Studio. This helps others to understand more about what we do. You are right that it takes time to achieve a good piece and our staff look to encourage this. Your pieces looked wonderful and we hope to see you again one day. We love the coffee... More 

Christchurch, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Not very impressed.... My daughter ordered cheese on toast on brown.. It came on white... My son and I ordered a jacket potato.. They forgot my order, kids had finished by the time mine arrived. Potato was like cotton wool and cold.. Couldn't find any cheese on it either... Perhaps a bad day? Won't try again..

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Thank Anna_W979
Martin P, Public Relations Manager at The Clay Studio, responded to this review

We were very surprised to read your review of the food and service you received at The Clay Studio recently. I have spoken with the staff who were working on Sunday when you visited to find out more about what happened. This was one of our busiest Sundays ever with a very large number of meals being served. We apologise... More 

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