The Hirsel Centre for Arts and Crafts offers an array of workshops where visitors can see items being hand-made by skilled craftspeople. The centres other attractions include tearooms, a museum, childrens play area, picnic areas and fine walks.
The Hirsel Centre for Arts and Crafts is home to five craft workshops, where the artists make and sell original work on the premises. Visitors can see items being handmade, buy something direct from the craftspeople or commission something to be made especially for them.
At A perfect Fit & Cheviot Tweeds Margaret specialises in soft furnishings, curtains, dress making and clothing alterations. Margaret has a range of fine tweed clothing in stock and can tailor a jacket or re-upholster a tired chair to order. Contact www.a-perfectfit.co.uk for more details
Abbey Ceramics is run by painter and potter Peter Lochhead. Well known throughout Scotland for his range of domestic ware and wall plaques, Peter’s bowls, teapots, cups, vases and more come in many styles and designs and are oven and dishwasher proof. Peter also has a gallery of his beautiful watercolour paintings within the pottery. Often drawing inspiration from local scenes Peter’s images are being exhibited nationally. Please visit his website to check availability www.abbeyceramics.co.uk .
Ticketty Boo designs and handcrafts textile home accessories including cushions, aprons, bunting, doorstops and much, much more. Using quality fabrics and funky, original designs these hard wearing accessories will enhance any home. Many items can be personalised making them ideal gifts and the shop also stocks a range of haberdashery and wooden garden and home accessories. Also upcycled vintage furniture, bringing a new lease of life to old furniture in need of a new home.Ticketty Boo has a vibrant online shop at www.tickettyboo.co.uk
Julia Linstead decorates hand-blown 24% lead crystal bowls. Each piece is etched with a unique pattern often drawn from studies of local flora and fauna including fish, flowers, dragonflies and butterflies. Julia often works to commission with her customers for special gifts. The Glass Gallery also shows a stunning array of crystal bottles, paperweights, vases and jewellery by glassmakers from around the North East. Described as “a gem of a shop” visit Julia online at www.julialinsteadglass.com.
Sleepy Thistle, new to the Hirsel, specialises in handmade gifts and home accessories inspired by the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Maggie makes tweed and tartan brooches and as Daisy Dots Boutique produces hair accessories for babies and girls. She also stocks locally produced candles, greeting cards and postcards and has a range of children's and local interest books. Visit Maggie at www.sleepythistle.co.uk & www.daisydotsboutique.co.uk
The Hirsel Tearooms are open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. A wide selection of snacks and light meals are freshly made to order and a range of fresh baked cakes, biscuits and hot and cold drinks are always on offer. The Tearoom also has a selection of tempting ices, confectionary and local produce for sale. So make time during your visit to the Hirsel to relax in this warm and relaxing haven where you can spoil yourself after a good walk or admire your handcrafted purchases over some of the delicious treats on offer. Please contact the Tearooms if on 01890 883645 if you would like to book a meal or group in.
The Centre for Arts and Crafts is open almost every day from 10:30 am to 4:30pm. However the craft workers all have to have some time off and try to take different days so there is always something open, but if you would like to visit one workshop in particular please contact them directly in advance to avoid disappointment.
Nestled within the Hirsel Country Estate the Homestead Centre for Arts and Crafts also houses a newly refurbished museum about estate life, an unsupervised children’s play ground and public toilets with baby changing facilities. The Homestead is accessible by wheelchair, and has parking and drop off points adjacent to the centre. It is also the start of many beautiful walks through the stunning rhododendron woods, along the river Leet and around the Hirsel Lake where there is also a hide for bird watching.