events, activities and workshops at Taurus Crafts, Near Aylburton, Lydney, Soudley, Blakeney, Coleford, Cinderford, Chepstow
Crafts workshops, activities and courses

Here at Taurus Crafts we offer a selection of creative activites and skills workshops, for children and adults throughout the evenings, weekends and school holidays.

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.

Taurus Crafts Summer Holiday Activities 23rd July - 31st August 2016

A fab variety of creative activities are taking place at Taurus Crafts throughout the summer.

This weeks holiday activities day - by - day, choose a date.


For complete holiday activity listings please see below


The Floating Castle: Lullaby Leesa and her amazing puppets bring you tales of recycling and King Arthur followed by a make your own fun puppet workshop (1 hour duration) Cost including materials £3.00, suitable for ages 3+ activity times 11.30, 1.00, 2.00pm. 15th and 22nd August


Jewellery Making and Wire Hearts with Balm Jewellery, make beautiful beaded jewellery or make a heart decoration with new and upcycled beads 16th, 23nd, 30th August, Suitable for all ages Workshop approx. 20 mins, Prices from £3.50


Paint your own Pottery: Paint your own pottery will be running throughout the school summer holiday Wednesday through to Monday each week. Closed on Tuesdays. Opening hours for the paint your own pot activity are 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Prices from £6.00. Workshop approx. 20 mins, Prices from £6. Suitable for all ages.


Ted’ees ‘Patch’ Build a Bear. Create your very own special Teddy Bear, and design him a T-shirt or recycled bandana to wear. (1hr) From £14.50. 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th August, all ages, 10.30 - 4.30.


Stone Carving with Cats Eye Carving: £5.00 to have a go (20 minute duration taster session), £20.00 to carve a design on a 4” square piece of stone to take home (45 minute duration workshop). Suitable for ages 5+ drop in between 10.30 and 4.30. 17th, 24th and 31st August


The Wizard Arnie Kazzam Laughter and magic show. £2.00 per child, 40 minute shows on the 17th and 24th August at 12 to 12.40 and 2.00 to 2.40. Suitable for all ages.


Make a recycled bug Hotel: Artist Frances Warren will be demonstrating how she creates her bug hotels using found and recycled materials to create a valuable refuge for insects. bug hotels using recycled materials 11.00-1.00 and 2.00-4.00. 21st August. Free demonstration.


Wednesday Workshop with Mad Dog Designs: Create something different every Wednesday using recycled materials. (Workshop Duration is approximatly 20min. Suitable for all ages. FREE ACTIVITY between 11.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 4.00. Learn how to make recycled fabric yarn to create an array of unusual items with Mad Dog Designs 17th, 24th, 31st August


T-Shirt to tote: Visit the Gift Shop to create your very own tote bag from a recycled T-shirt. Bring your own T-shirt or upcycle one provided. Suitable for all Ages Workshop duration approx. 20 minutes drop in 11.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 4.00 Cost: £3.00. 13th August, 11.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 4.00


Finger Knitting with Silk Road Bazaar: Learn this innovative technique to create your own stunning necklace and bracelet in our 2 hour duration workshop. Cost is £25 which includes enough yarn and buttons to make 3 necklace and bracelet sets. Suitable for adults and children age 10+ Booking only please, 23rd July to 31st August, contact 01594 840789.


Broomstick Lace Knitting Workshop with Silk Road Bazaar: Learn how to make a scarf using this clever technique. Free with the purchase of a kit (£18) that has everything you will need and your choice of Diakeito Cobweb yarn from Japan, exclusive to Silk Road Bazaar. 23rd July - 31st August. Workshop duration approx. 2hrs, please call Jenny on 01594 840789 or email to Book.


Ladder Yarn Workshop with Silk Road Bazaar:Make a beautiful shawl/scarf or necklace using our interesting ladder yarn. Free with the purchase of a kit (£10-£15) includes your colour choice of yarn and beads. 23rd July to 31st August. Bookings only (2hrs approx.) please call Jenny on 01594 840789 or email to Book.


For all upcoming events for next month and beyond visit read the coming soon listing and there is our What's On Guide that lists this months events and activities. It is free to park and Taurus Crafts is just 5 minutes from Lydney, directions here.

Cats Eye Carving:

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 in the school holidays.

Safety Information for stone carving sessions. 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

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: 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 pleased to have prints available of the work of 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

Paul Burgess:
Dodmore Wood
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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 wire and beaded jewellery making and stirling silver ring hammering workshops at Balm Jewellery. 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

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

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, or telephone us on 07855 229334

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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