Discover new skills, brush up on old ones and explore your own creativity here at Combewater Studios, situated on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon / Dorset border.

Group sizes for courses will be limited, with social distancing measures in place. Children will need adult supervision at all times.

For Families, Couples and Away Days

A great solution for a rainy holiday, creative activities for families, or a couples weekend away. The Mix and Match opportunity for everyone to try their hand at a new craft.

With London and Birmingham 3 hours away and St Ives, in Cornwall 2 hours drive, we are perfectly located for a few hours break en route to or from your holiday destination in the South West.


Fridays and Saturdays

Book a morning or afternoon session with either Alison or Robin …or both! Experience a bespoke learning opportunity aimed exclusively at your particular creative interests. 

What could you do in half a day or a day?

In the Ceramic Studio with Alison

You could make

  • Terracotta tiles with slip and incised decoration
  • Small clay animals
  • Small pinch or coiled pots
  • A press mould dish with slip and incised decoration, perhaps using texture and inspiration from our garden
  • Ceramic beads

[max. five people] Work will be fired afterward and posted back at an extra cost

In the Jewellery Studio with Robin

You could …

Make a simple silver ring or bracelet

Learn to make jump rings for bracelets and necklaces

[max. three people + over 16 yrs of age]

In the Dark Room with Robin

You could 

  • Create cyanotypes using material from our garden [max. six people]
  • Make phytoprints [max. six people]
  • Learn how to use a pinhole camera [max. three people]

In the Sewing Room with Alison

You could 

  • Eco-print fabric or paper using locally foraged plant matter
  • Try hooking a rug - a great way to reuse old clothes or fabric
  • Needlefelt a picture or felt some beads using fleece from the alpacas next-door

[max. six people]

Call us on 07811 102216 and we will help design your bespoke creative activity to suit all ages, abilities and interests or use the contact form

Prices from £75 per group session

If not all the family are feeling creative, we can provide maps of local walks from our home of varying lengths to keep them occupied while the rest get arty.

The studios are situated in a beautiful green leafy valley in East Devon, close to both the A35 and A303/30 near Honiton, not far from Lyme Regis and the beautiful Jurassic Coast. They are part of a complete eco-renovation project which also includes an old Methodist chapel.

In the next year or two we will offer onsite eco-accommodation as well, but in the meantime we can suggest some wonderful places to stay nearby.

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