Taurus Crafts: Crafts, Workshops, Activities and Courses

Choose from a fabulous variety of activities and workshops, paint your own pottery, stone carving, jewellery making, knitting and crocheting, Taurus Crafts. Here in the Forest of Dean we offer a selection of creative activites and skills workshops, for children and adults throughout school holidays and weekends. There are regular updates on facebook and twitter. It is also possible to book facilities for your own courses, activities and events, weddings, anniversaries, product launches, please contact us for more information.

King Arthur and The Magic Monkey
£3.00. 13th and 20th February 10.30 - 11.30, 12.00 - 1.00, 1.30-2.30, 2.45-3.45
Enjoy a magical show with Lullaby Leesa and then make your own playful puppet.

Paint Your Own Pottery
Large range of items, prices from £6. 13th to 21st February 11.00 - 1.00 + 2.00 - 4.00
Paint your own designs on a range of pottery items and have them glazed and fired.

Valentine Hearts
FREE. 13th and 15th February 11.00 -1.00 + 2.00 - 4.00
With Mad Dog Designs make your own Valentine Heart to take home.

Paint Your Own Chocolate Heart
£5.00. 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th February 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00
With Chocolatiers in The Chocolate Bar, decorate your own delicious heart shaped chocolate.

Stone Carving
£5-£15, 14th and 21st February 10.30 - 4.30
17th and 19th February 11.00 - 4.00
With Cats Eye Carving, Age 5+ £5.00 to have a go, £15.00 to carve a design on a 4” square piece of stone to take home (30 - 40mins)

Party Animals
50p per person, 17th February 1.00 - 3.00
Come handle some rather unusual rescue pets; Pygmy Hedgehogs, Ground Squirrels, Giant Snail, Dormice, Giant Stick Insects.

Caterpillars and Butterflies
£2.00 - £3.50, 16th - 20th February 11.00 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 4.00
With The Florist of Dean, use clothes pegs, colourful bobbles, pipe cleaners and more to create a colourful caterpillar £2.00 or butterfly £3.50.

Jewellery Making
£3.50, 19th February 11.00 - 4.00
With Balm Jewellery, design and make beautiful beaded jewellery.

jewellery workshops with balm jewellery

Mad Dog Designs

'Knit and Natter' crafts sessions in the Mad Dog Designs shop Thursday evenings from 7 - 9pm. It doesn't have to be knitting, bring along any craft project that's easily transported. It's a great way to share tips and ideas. Workshops on particular knitting and crochet topics available as required.

Contact details, workshops and more information about Mad Dog Designs.

mad dog designd lydney forest of Dean
Rainbow Glass Creations Bespoke Handcrafted Glasswork by Tommy O’Rourke.

Tommy has worked with glass for over 30 years, creating a range of designs, which he has produced in various glass forms and pieces. Tommy sells his glasswork from the gift shop at Taurus Crafts, where you will also find him cutting glass and making pieces both to sell in his outlet and as commissions.

Tommy also runs courses in various forms of glasswork to include, Tiffany glass / copper foiling and fused glass / hot glasswork at Taurus Crafts. Please feel free to ask for details or to book a place on a course of your choice. Group bookings are also welcome.

Email: [email protected] Tel: Tommy O’Rourke 07709 947297

Tommy is at Taurus Crafts most days, but please check before making a journey as he also takes part in outside events on a regular basis throughout the year.

Picture Cards Gallery and Framing Studio

Picture Cards Gallery and Framing Studio continue to offer a personal and friendly framing service for your artwork and photographs.

In addition to the work of local artists Kathy Lewis and Paul Burgess we are now pleased to have prints available of the work of another local artist Gerald Thornton.

Gerald's paintings are inspired by the cultural and industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean and the Cornish coast. Each of his paintings has a significant story and captures the textures and colours of the landscapes he loves to paint.

As usual we have our collection of Cigarette and Collectors cards covering a wide range of subjects and which we are happy to frame for you. For contact info and opening times click here

Gerald Thornton paintings at
Lydney Picture Framing gallery
(click to enlarge)

Beading Workshop with Sally Boehme

Saturday 6th February 2016 10am - 4pm (incl 1hr lunch)

Cost: £25 per person plus materials (approx. cost of materials £10)

Come along for a day of beading fun and learn how to create a show-stopping Austrian lead crystal beaded pendant with matching necklace using only needle and thread.

Suitable for complete beginners and improvers.

Sally has been beading for 25 years and teaches adults at residential colleges and other venues nationally. She also sells her pieces and works to commission. Places are limited.

Please contact Sally direct to book your place or if you have any questions. Phone: 01989 770598

[email protected]


Tickets available Now - 01989 770598 Taurus Crafts, Lydney, Glos GL15 6BU - 01594 844841 - tauruscrafts.co.uk

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Passion Flower

Flower pendant and necklace
Cats Eye Carving:

Opening Times for Cats Eye Carving Shop and workshop at Taurus Crafts in January and February is as follows:

Closed Monday 11th - Friday 15th January
Open Saturday 16th - Thursday 21st January
Closed Friday 22nd - Thursday 4th February
Open Friday and Saturday 5/6th February
Closed Sun/Mon 7/8th February. Back to normal after this!

Carrie Horwood aspires to carve and create beautiful gifts, ornaments and sculptures for you to buy from her shop for both inside your home and outside. She uses local limestone, sandstone and slate with some exceptions. As a traditionally trained Stonemason Carrie can undertake all manner of carving, letter cutting and portrait commissions, standards are high and you won't be disappointed. The shop is attached to her workshop and you are able to watch Carrie work and ask questions, or just browse the carvings for sale. Read more about Carries journey.

Stone Carving and stonemasonary workshops with Cats Eye Carving.

Carrie also runs classes in stone carving and letter cutting as well as activities for all ages, mainly in the school holidays.Have a go Sessions: Anyone can have a go, there is a 20-30 minute session, although you can’t take away the stone, you can make a rubbing of your creation to show off! POA

Alternatively you can have a go on a piece of 4 inch square Tetbury limestone, this is a 30 - 45 minute session and you get to take your creation home. POA

Please wear sturdy shoes and tie hair back. Safety glasses are provided and must be worn at all times. Ages 5+ (accompanied by parent or guardian).

Contact Cats Eye Carving for bookings. Call Carrie on 07795 495170 or email her at [email protected]

The Florist Of Dean is now at Taurus Crafts. Find them in the walled garden next to The Chocolate Bar.

They deliver flowers for every occasion, seven days a week, through all of the forest areas and into Monmouthshire.

Come along have a look at what they do.

For enquires and orders contact Michelle and the team at the Florist of Dean 01594 840808

workshops at Taurus Crafts, Lydney
Balm Jewellery Shop and crafts Workshops

Sarahs range of her own handmade items is extended by carefully chosen modern and vintage items alongside scarves and accessories - she also buys jewellery visit her shop, open daily, here at Taurus Crafts.

Regular beaded jewellery making and stirling silver ring hammering workshops at Balm Jewellery. Design and make beautiful beaded jewellery from £3.50. Balm Jewellery DIY beading kits now available! Hammer a sterling silver ring workshops please contact Sarah for more information.

For jewellery making workshops call Sarah on 07918 676539 to enquire.

Check Balm Jewellery Facebook for future workshops and contact information.

balm jewellery beading kits

Greenman and the Gatekeeper

All Green Man and the Gatekeeper designs are created by author, illustrator and sculptors, Clive Barrett and Eris Barrett.

Inspiration is drawn from interests in history, mythology and Folk Lore.

The designs: figures, jewellery, leather carving and greetings cards featured on the website are created in the Green Man and Gatekeeper workshop and the ceramic sculptures are made in the ceramics studio - the Green Man Pottery.

These designs are unique and unavailable elsewhere, they are protected by international copyright ©Clive Barrett 2015 and there is also sell a selection of carefully chosen items to accompany our own designs.

Contact details and social media links can be found on the Greenman and the Gatekeeper profile page


The CAN DO Creative was opened on 22nd November Taurus Crafts by Baroness Royall You can browse and buy at your leisure what the people, who CVT support to live independently, make.


Read more about Can Do Creative

mad dog knits pom pom pets workshops always a favorite in holiday time at taurus crafts, lydney, near , chepstow. Forest of Dean

Throw and Paint your own pottery workshops

Make pottery, assisted by a skilled potter. Have your design glazed and fired.

Paint your own designs on a range of pottery items. Have your design glazed and fired. Choose from a huge selection of pottery items. Groups, parties, childrens and adults sessions available.

Please Contact us for all enquires / bookings 01594 844 841

The Chocolate Bar

We are a small artisan Chocolate Business based in the Forest of Dean. We use local ingredients wherever possible, and we use only organic chocolate. Our flavours are original and change with the seasons, and we have a range of flavoured chocolate bars as well as fine filled chocolates. Our range include well-known flavours like vanilla, orange, ginger and Barbados rum, and the more unusual like carrot, raspberry and chilli and hot mandarin.

We make marshmallows, toffee, honeycomb, as well as chocolate covered fruits and nuts. We bake traditional cakes and pastries, doughnuts and brownies, teacakes, cookies and Florentines many of which are available in Taurus Restaurant. We can make things to order just ask. We run in our shop workshops too! At The Chocolate Bar you can learn how to temper chocolate, make a ganache and learn different techniques for decorating your chocolates.

For further information or to book, please e-mail us on the [email protected], or telephone us on 07855 229334 [email protected]

Chocolate bar, Range of handmade chocolates, caramels, marshmallows, Turkish Delight and Nougat at Taurus Cradts, Lydney, Forest of Dean

Taurus Crafts Gift Shop

At the Taurus crafts gift shop you will find an exquisite collection of original crafts, designer gifts, home interior decor, quality toys, jewellery and much more! We support emerging talent.


We are proud to offer local, handmade gifts, artifacts, arts and crafts.

Rainbow Glass Creations: Handmade exclusive bespoke designs by Tommy O'Rouke now available.


Visit the gift shop page and see a list of the talented local artisans who supply us. Their work can be found here, in the gift shop and identified buy the 'Made Locally' logo.

Taurus Crafts locally made gift shop suppliers
The Ceramics Gallery

Now open.

Featuring work by Mary Rose; Avril Farley; Val Tomlins; Dinah Delchambre; Tracy Baker; Derek A. Lamb; Tara Davidson.


Read more about The ceramics and pottery gallery artists

ceramis gallery at taurus crafts, lydney, near , chepstow. Forest of Dean

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