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Arts and Craft Cafes, Greater Manchester

by Sophie Cannon (follow)
Getting your kids involved in arts, crafts and creative play can be a great way to get them using their imagination, and it can also be a vital learning tool when it comes to colours, shapes and textures.

Let your little ones get messy at one of these great 'Arts and Crafts Cafes' whilst you sit back and relax with a coffee.

Emilys Paint a Pot, Prestwich
'Emilys Paint a Pot' is a quaint little arts cafe located in Prestwich, roughly four miles from Manchester's city centre. They opened their doors in 2015 and have been welcoming families ever since with a variety of different crafts on offer, including pottery painting, teddy bear building, clay imprints and 3D castings (perfect for 'new baby' gifts!)

Image via Emilys Paint a Pot Facebook page

There are over 150 pottery designs to choose from, with prices starting from just 4 (which includes all painting equipment and studio time), and kids can either choose to glaze their artwork, use acrylic paints or the try out the amazing no mess foam clay.

What's in it for mum and dad?
In addition to keeping the kids out of your hair for an hour or so, there are also a variety of hot and cold drinks, cakes and other sweet treats on offer. Emilys Paint a Pot is also equipped with baby facilities such as baby change, high chairs, microwave and even a baby and toddler class on a Monday morning- so even the smallest of children get to show off their creative side!

Image via Emilys Paint a Pot Facebook page

Address: 355 Bury Old Road, Prestwich M25 1PY.
Opening Hours: Monday's Baby and Toddler Class 10:00am - 4:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm.

For more information, check out the 'Emilys Paint a Pot' website and Facebook page.

Bean and Brush Family Art Cafe, Sale
'Bean and Brush' family art cafe really are paving the way when it comes to mixing craft with cuisine! The cafe itself offers up a variety of hot and cold dishes, ranging from brekky, light snacks and evening meals, and not only is everything pretty reasonably priced, but Bean and Brush also pride themselves on using only the freshest produce from local sources. See for yourself- take a look here at the Main Menu and the Kids Menu.

Image via Bean and Brush Facebook page

But where is the craft I hear you shout! Well, overlooking the cafe is Bean and Brush's very own art studio, the perfect place for kids to let loose and use their imagination! You can choose from pottery painting (prices start from 7.50), clay imprinting, Decopatch (just like painting, but with paper!) or even keep an eye out for one of the many children's workshops that may be running.

Image via Bean and Brush Facebook page

What's in it for mum and dad?
As well as the large variety of food that's on offer, why not have some time to yourselves (whilst the kids are entertained in the studio) with a glass of wine or a continental lager- date night with no need for a babysitter!

Address: (The Old Sorting Office) 12 Hayfield Street, Sale M33 7XW.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30am - 7:00pm and Sundays 9:00am - 6:00pm. (Last food orders are 30 mins before closing.)

For more information, check out the 'Bean and Brush' website and Facebook page.

Create It, Stockport
Located in Stockport's bustling village of Cheadle, 'Create It!' was started by two local mums who aimed to give customers a welcoming environment where they could 'create their own masterpieces' - and that is exactly what they have achieved. From its brightly coloured decor to its friendly staff, 'Create It' provides a warm and cheerful atmosphere that will have customer's returning time and time again.

Image via Create It Facebook page

There are a range of arts and crafts on offer here, including pottery painting (prices start from just 5, which includes painting equipment and studio time), clay imprinting, Decopatch and mess free foam clay. Our favourite however, has to be the beautiful 'Love Prints' silver jewellery that is available here- capture your little ones hand and or footprints into a delicate piece of silver, the perfect present for any mother.

What's in it for mum and dad?
Whilst the kids are busy getting their "craft on", adults can enjoy a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and sweet treats. Little visitors are also catered for with high chairs and baby change facilities, as well as staff who are more then happy to help out with heating bottles or baby food.

Love Prints Jewellery @ Create It

Want the peace and quiet to continue at home? 'Create It' also sell art and craft kits that kids can take home!

Address: 37 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle SK8 1DR.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm and most Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm (please call ahead to check)

For more information, check out the 'Create It' website and Facebook page.

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