4 Crafting activities to do in Milton Keynes

The city of Milton Keynes has a huge range of crafting activities, with its very own gallery and numerous art exhibitions, you will have plenty to do.

Pottery for All with Andy Macdermott

Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, Milton Keynes, MK14 5DZ

The Milton Keynes Art Centre is located in the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park, in the north west of the city. The Pottery for All course with Andy Macdermott is the perfect activity to do to meet new people or with a family member or friend. You’ll be sure to not only come away with memories but hopefully a few items that you’ve made too. The 10 week course costs £275 and includes all materials, tools and firing costs. The course is run on a Monday evening, 6.30-9pm.

The course is ideal beginners but also for those that have been working with clay for sometime and want to refine their skills, a full list of the course modules can be found here

Drawing from Life Club

A new monthly club at the Milton Keynes Gallery invites participants to draw life from a live model with Paul Berryman, their associate artist. There are afternoon or evening sessions to choose from and the cost is £15 per session. These sessions have proved very popular and booking is required; make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Paul provides ‘light guided sessions’ and while there is no prescriptive teaching, he does ‘check in’ during the 2 hour session to provide feedback. With a professionally lite real life model, these sessions are not taught but allow more of a flexible learning environment. For more information visit https://mkgallery.org/event/drawing-from-life-club-september/

Crafting for Change

York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ

Initially held at Stony Stratford library, this community group was set up to support those in the town and surrounding area. Now held at York House every Tuesday 10-12pm, the group welcomes anyone and everyone, young and old. Many of the creative projects have been displayed around Stony Stratford town, some to brighten up areas undergoing building works, others to decorate internally for community events and even a Fairy Trail to bring more people into the town.

There is no charge for attending but contributions towards tea and coffee can be made. Participants can either bring their own crafting projects or join in with the current group activity. A great place to share ideas, meet new friends and get creative.

Paint, Coffee and Cake Art Class

Emberton Pavilion, 31 Hulton Drive, Emberton, Olney, MK46 5BS

If you’re after something more sociable with some creativity thrown in, these classes may be just your thing. Brought to you by Something Less Boring, their motto is “making art and sport fun, healthy, creative and inclusive; regardless of age or ability.” With a range of activities and locations across Milton Keynes to choose from, there is something for everyone. Whether you enjoy cake, wine, beer, boating, sketching or painting, the list goes on.

Locations vary from independent cafes such as this one held at Emberton Pavilion near Olney, to a floating class on the Grand Union canal moving between Campbell Wharf and Great Linford Wharf. Classes range in price and private classes can also be booked for special occasions and celebrations. Online classes are also available and start from £5. If this sparks your creative wick, see more information here www.somethinglessboring.co.uk