Gloucestershire’s Newest Arts and Crafts Learning Centre Opens its Doors

Gloucestershire’s newest Arts and Crafts Learning Centre opens its doors this month, providing a one-stop-shop for local people to learn new crafts and hobbies.

Based in Stonehouse, Time To Create aims to become the county’s leading provider of courses and hobby clubs in the ever-popular arena of hands-on creative crafting.

Their location on the Upper Mills Trading Estate puts them in easy reach of surrounding towns like Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley and beyond.


Courses offered will range from bookbinding to hat making, greetings cards to lampshades, paracord weaving to photography and cake decorating to jewellery making. Many of the courses will be taught by guest tutors who have established experts in their field and others will be led by owners Chris Sollars and Tess Newman.

Both former nurses and long-time crafters, Chris has more recently become known for his furniture making and photography and Tess has found success as a talented cake decorator and sugar artist.

Craft Taster Sessions

The Time To Create programme kicks off on Saturday 27th June, with three-hour Crafty Taster sessions, morning and afternoon, where students have the opportunity to try out at least 3 new crafts, all with take-home projects. Snacks and drinks will be freely available, as with all courses and the emphasis will be on hands-on fun.


The Crafty Taster sessions will be repeated on the following two Saturdays, 4th and 11th July and Time To Create will also have a “Have a go” table in the Craft Tent at the Stroud Show on July 18th, where Chris and Tess will also be selling some of their own craft items.


Time To Create Centre

The centre will also be establishing a number of Creative Clubs, where members can come and use the equipment and materials available to work on their own projects, with help and assistance from Chris and Tess.

Details of all courses can be found on

Tess Newman

Phone – 07734819833

Email –

Time To Create Ltd

Address – Unit 1, Upper Mills Trading Estate, Stonehouse, Glos, GL10 2BJ

Phone – 01453 297447

Website –



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