Thursday, March 19, 2020


From 19 March 2020, The Arts & Craft Cafe will be closed temporarily, while there are concerns over the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

We will re-open as soon as the advice from Public Health England indicates that it is safe to do so.

Sincere apologies for the disappointment.  Please continue your creative activities at home and feel free to contact me if you need any advice.

Stay well!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Arts & Crafts Cafe at Holybrook Community Centre
(photos from Dec 2016)

Still busy - so we are able to maintain the drop-in fee at the discounted level of only £1 per session.  50p for cake and 50p for tea/coffee.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Special low drop-in fee until September 2016

ONLY £1 !!

For a limited time, you can enjoy an afternoon at the Holybrook Arts & Crafts Café for only £1. 

Yes! Due to the huge success of the Cafe, with excellent participation, we are able to make this offer:  Just one single coin of the realm for a whole afternoon's enjoyment, instead of the usual drop-in fee of £2.50.
Tea/coffee and cake remain at the low price of 50p each.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Seasons Greetings

To everyone who has enjoyed the Arts and Crafts Café in 2013

Thanks for your support!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cafe re-opens 4th January 2013!

We wish you all a happy, healthy and creative new year.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Holybrook Arts & Crafts Cafe

Holybrook Community Arts & Crafts Café

Every Friday - 14:00 to 16:30
(except for short breaks at Easter and Christmas)

at the Holybrook Community Centre, 

off Carter's Rise, Calcot, Reading
RG31 7YT

Come and join us for a great afternoon of arts and/or crafts activities.

Free parking in the Community Centre car park.  Wheelchair accessible.
** Please use the Kennet Valley Pre-School Entrance on the right of the building **

We meet every Friday afternoon from 2pm to 4:30pm and all are welcome
(age 16+).

Just come whenever you like, for a tiny fee of £2.50 per person

There is no commitment to regular attendance and no membership fee, though many people come every week to join in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and try out some arty or crafty activities. 

We have a number of skilled craft workers who are happy to advise on projects such as card-making and glass painting.   We also have a dedicated group of artists, at all levels of experience, and I am usually around to give advice if it's wanted.

As we are all volunteers, we do ask that you clear up after yourselves and respect the equipment.

Tea, coffee and cake or biscuits are available at very reasonable prices. We are a not-for-profit organisation:  We just aim to cover our costs for venue and basic arts & crafts materials.  Things like paper, pencils, paint and card-making items are included in the drop-in fee.  We charge per item for things like glass and china (for glass & ceramic painting).  Most artists like to bring their own materials.

We also offer occasional, optional workshops in a variety of arts and crafts. 

Often, workshops are free, but we sometimes make a small charge to cover the costs of tuition and materials.   In the past, we have run workshops in drawing for beginners, encaustic wax, beading, watercolour, basket weaving, portraiture, decoupage, pastels, silk painting, parchment craft, glass painting, marbling and many, many more. 

At the moment, we have around 20 to 25 participants each week.  All are adults (male and female).  

Why not give us a try?