The best creative workshop venues in Bristol

Bristol is one hell of a creative hub with craft workshops popping up all over the place. If you’re looking for somewhere to host your own workshop and need a hand with finding the perfect space, here’s our recommendation for the best workshop venues in Bristol.

You might also want to peek at the list if you’re looking for a craft workshop in Bristol. Go on, we know you want to learn how to macrame…

1. The Forge, Colston Yard, Bristol City Centre

If you want to impress your workshop attendees with a 5 star venue,  The Forge an absolute must. A unique building nestled in Colston Yard near the Christmas Steps, The Forge is a dreamy, Instagram-able space with effortless rustic style and epic views of Bristol’s old city. This venue ticks all the wow factor boxes. With events from yoga brunches to jazz nights, and craft workshops to creative writing, The Forge is a stunning venue that makes you ‘ahhhh’ as soon as you step through the door.

In their words

“A space to meet, work, create, share and celebrate surrounded by a beautiful and inspiring backdrop. A space for ideas, imagination and possibility. A space to make your own.”

In our words

Best for wowing the pants off your workshop attendees.

For more info

Visit The Forge website, drool over their Instagram feed, or email hello@theforgebristol.com.

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2. Creative Space Bristol, North Street

You’ll find Creative Space Bristol nestled amongst the independent shops on North Street in Bedminster. The shop is run by Emma who’s nurtured the space for over a decade alongside her business In Recovery Upholstery. It’s an inviting, open venue that offers workshops and craft courses, with plenty of plug sockets, bright light and flexible furniture arrangements it’s super practical too. Creative Space Bristol’s latest workshops and courses includes upholstery, pattern cutting, dressmaking, lampshade workshops, machine knitting, stained glass, fused glass, oh and ceramics too.

In their words

“A studio space on North Street offering classes, workshops and courses for creatives those who want to unleash their creativity!”

In our words

Best for hands-on workshops with mess and machines.

For more info

Visit the Creative Space Bristol website, scroll their Instagram feed, or email info@creativespacebristol.co.uk.

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3. HOURS, Colston Yard, Bristol City Centre

Next door to The Forge, HOURS is a light-filled venue hidden in the heart of Bristol, and a surprisingly affordable venue for the uniqueness of the space on offer. With dark oak floors and fresh white walls, flexible lighting, optional wall dividers and a gallery hanging system, it’s the ultimate blank canvas. Also packed with a sound system, fully fitted kitchen, washroom toilets and a top floor terrace with stunning views of Bristol, HOURS is a super flexible venue to work with.

In their words

“Inspiring event space and gallery hidden in the heart of Bristol. Meet & create, celebrate & learn. Ground floor entrance and top floor views.”

In our words

Best for a completely blank (very beautiful) canvas.

For more info

Visit the Hours website, browse their Instagram feed, or email hello@hours-space.com.

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4. Cafe Jackalope, Gloucester Road, Bristol

You’ll find Cafe Jackalope on Bristol’s fiercely independent Gloucester Road. They are clearly passionate about supporting Bristol businesses too, serving local produce in their cafe, (Extract coffee, Joe’s Bakery bread and local-sourced cakes), showcasing and selling local artist’s work, plus hosting a bunch of regular workshops and clubs. Cafe Jackalope has a few workshop space options, from their bright front window to the cosy snug with cushioned pallet benches and not forgetting their small secret garden, (which is where they also grow their own herbs and tomatoes).

In their words

“Serving up a great cafe experience – swing by, and take a pew in our warren of rooms.”

In our words

Best for a cosy, small workshop in a warm and welcoming environment.

For more info

Visit the Cafe Jackalope website, browse their Instagram feed, or email info@cafejackalope.com.

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5. Kiln Workshop, Gloucester Road, Bristol

Tucked away on a corner between North Road and Gloucester Road, Kiln Workshop offers pottery painting and crafty workshops for kids and grown ups. This cute studio displays shelves of pottery waiting to be painted, giving a crafty and handmade vibe. Kiln is a perfect backdrop for any small creative workshop, especially if you’re looking to make some mess. The soft lighting, hanging lamps and simple wooden furniture provide a warm and cosy welcome.

In their words

“Pottery painting, parties and crafty workshops for kids and grown ups 💛”

In our words

Best for pottery, paints and mucky stuff.

For more info

Visit the Kiln Workshop website, browse their Instagram feed, or email kilnworkshop@gmail.com.

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Well, we couldn’t write a workshop venues in Bristol list without mentioning Studio Cotton…

We co-host craft and artisan workshops with Bristol creatives over the weekends. Studio Cotton also run expert-led workshops, designed for small creative business in Bristol looking for help with their website, marketing and branding. Look out for our new ‘Walkthroughs’ coming this summer, perfect for helping you understand apps like MailChimp, Later and Eventbrite.

Visit the Studio Cotton Eventbrite page for all our latest workshops.

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