Mini-Maker Workshop FAQs – COVID 19

Hello and thank you for your interest in our fun Mini-Maker Workshop for kids. We hope you find the answers you are looking for here and that we will be welcoming you to the workshop very soon.

If you need any further information you can find full contact details here ›

What are your COVID-Secure policies?  

To keep us all safe, the following procedures have been put in place when you visit the workshop:

    • You will be shown to your bench space and asked not to move around the workshop unless necessary. 
    • Adults and children over 12 must bring a face covering and wear it on arrival and when moving around the workshop.  
    • There will be hand sanitiser available on each bench and hand soap and paper towels in the toilets. 
    • Each bench space will have a set of tools available for use which will be cleaned thoroughly between each session.
    • Refreshments – We are unfortunately unable to provide refreshments at this time. You are welcome to bring your own soft drinks but please do not bring food into the workshop.  

    The Rule of Six
    The latest guidelines state that “COVID-19 Secure venues, such as hospitality venues (and workshops!), can still hold more than six in total within those venues but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.” 

    Therefore it is possible for you to visit the workshop as a group of six. If you would like to do this, please book your bench spaces and then let us know via email that you are together. Please bear in mind that we require a ratio of one adult to two children, so as things stand a group of six would include four mini-makers and two supervisory adults.

    What happens if there is another lockdown? 
    If this happens and affects your workshop booking then you can either postpone to another date or choose a voucher for the total cost of your workshop to use towards make-at-home kits, giving you something to do with the kids whilst stuck at home.   

    Do I need to bring a face covering? 
    Adults and children over 12 will need to bring a face covering and wear it on arrival and when moving around the workshop. Face coverings do not need to be worn whilst at your bench space. 

    Do you have hand washing facilities? 
    Yes in the toilets. Hand sanitiser will also be available on the work benches. 

    Is this a creative activity for the children? 
    Yes! Mini-makers choose their project from a large selection and will have access to a huge choice of accessories to go wild with and create something totally unique! 

    If I’m bringing two children, can one make a character and the other make a car? 
    Yes this is fine! We know that kids often change their minds, so mini-makers will be able to choose what they would like to make on the day. 

    Will you be racing the cars like you used to in Scrappy Races workshops? 
    No, sadly we can’t run a Scrappy Race event and keep to current social distancing guidelines. 

    How many children can I bring?   
    Children must be supervised by a grown-up at all times in the workshop. We recommend one adult to supervise one or two children. For older children (around age 9+), one adult to three kids is fine. 

    Why do you need to have a supervising adults? 
    People who have enjoyed these sessions before know that this is not your average craft activity! We believe children should have a chance to experience proper woodwork and they will be provided with tools, un-sanded wood, glue  etc so must be properly supervised. 

    Are you running birthday parties at the moment?
    Yes! Parties now run differently to those pre-covid so please check out the updated details. Also please note that we no longer have the 'party room' so cannot offer any catering. You have the option to book one or more dedicated workbenches within a session for your party and we will add decorations, special birthday themed accessories and a free gift from us to the birthday child. Click here for more details ›

    How do I find your workshop?
    Easy peasy - just click on the map at the bottom of our home page or the contacts page and click on the directions button. It will take you straight there. 

    Where do I park when I get there? 
    Please park in one of the marked bays right outside the workshop. If these spaces are full we'll direct you to another suitable space. If your course is after 5:30pm or on a Saturday or Sunday you can also park outside Blakes on the business park.

    Do I need to pay for parking?
    No. Parking is free at the workshop. 

    Do you provide refreshments?
    Unfortunately we are not able to provide drinks at the moment. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of soft drink or flask of coffee.

    Can I take home the finished piece I made? 
    Yes! Absolutely - we want you to be proud of the piece you made and show it off to everyone all the time and tell them how woodworking is your life now and well, how can you do that if you don’t take it home? 

    Do I need any previous woodworking experience? 
    No, absolutely not.

    How do I book my place?
    Simply fill out the form at the top of the course details page and purchase through the usual checkout process.

    Can I buy the course as a gift?
    Yes - check out our gift cards page on the website to purchase a gift for your loved one.

    Oh no, I need to cancel my booking - what can I do? 
    If you feel unwell please do not come to the workshop.

    If you are unable to attend your course, please contact us straight away and remember to tell us which course it is for and the name it was booked under. Our courses are fully transferable so you can change to another date or send someone else in your place should you wish.

    There are no course transfer fees at this time.

    Whilst it is unlikely, we may occasionally have to cancel a workshop if the tutor is unwell or there are too few people booked to make the course viable. If so we aim to let you have at least 24 hours notice and will offer to either transfer your booking to another workshop or issue you a full refund.

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