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:
- There will only be five bench spaces available per session. Each bench space is for either one or two mini-makers with one supervising adult.
- Two mini-makers sharing a bench space should be from the same bubble and will share tools and accessories.
- You will be shown to your bubble’s 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.
- Aprons – Please note that we will not be providing aprons due to COVID restrictions so please bring your own or wear old clothes.
- 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.
How many children can I bring?
Each bubble bench space is for either one or two mini-makers. If you are booking for two mini-makers they will share the bench space and tools.
How many adults can I bring?
One adult per bubble bench space.
Why do I need to have a supervising adult in every bench space?
This is because Jonty will be running the class from a 1 - 2m distance and whilst he will be assisting, he won’t be working closely with the children. 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, super glue (and gloves!) etc so must be properly supervised.
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.
Will this still be a creative activity for the children?
Yes! Whilst we can’t have children moving around the workshop to choose their blocks and accessories like before, they will be able to choose their character or car ‘base’ from a large selection on the day and will still be provided with a huge choice of accessories to go wild with!
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.
Will we be sharing tools?
Each bubble bench space will have its own set of tools so you will only be sharing with your own bubble (maximum of two mini-makers).
What do I do if I have three or more children?
You will need to book enough bubble bench spaces to accommodate them.
For example: if you have three children you will need to book two bench spaces and bring two supervising adults: 2 children and 1 adult in one space and 1 child and 1 adult in the other bench space.
If you have four children you will also need to book two bench spaces and bring two supervising adults: 2 children and 1 adult in one space and 2 children and 1 adult in the other bench space.
If you book more than one bubble bench space then we will do our best to position you near each other, i.e at either end of the same workbench.
Why can I only have two children in a bubble bench space?
This is so that we can keep the required distance between bubbles in the workshop.
Are you running birthday parties at the moment?
Sadly not under the current guidelines.
Can I book exclusive use?
Yes, you can book exclusive use of a Mini-Maker session for £175.
Under current guidelines we can only accommodate six people in total and please bear in mind that we require a ratio of one adult to two children. This will be revised as guidelines on groups change. The adults are welcome to join in and get making if they would like to! Please get in touch if you would like to discuss exclusive use.
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?
You can park literally right outside the door of the workshop but we’ll send you full details about that when you book.
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 and biscuits 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.
We will need the name of the attendee/s and a contact phone number and email address. In some cases you will need to choose which wood you would like to work with so we can have this ready for arrival on the evening.
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 couse, 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.