FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Winter has arrived, so what do you do on a cold day to keep the kids occupied? We have the perfect solution – head on down to the Ugly Duckling Pottery Painting Coffee House.
Owner Emma Hooper studied fashion design at Leeds University, but her Saturday job in Bracknell gave her the idea to open up a coffee shop where folks young and old can come to unleash their creative talents by painting pottery that’s then fired on site and picked up by customers a week later.
“Newbury was just the place to open up my business a year ago,” says Emma. “It’s a lovely quaint town with so much character. It’s small but there’s always lots going on and plenty of independent businesses here. We all help each other out.”
Emma also takes her pottery painting to local schools and care homes. “It’s really therapeutic no matter what age you are,” she says.
When we visited, Emma was really welcoming and her café was buzzing with excited children creating their masterpieces. Plates, mugs and cups (ready to paint) range from £7.99 to £16.99. For something individual as a Christmas present, why not paint your own reindeer figurine (£15.99) or star lantern (£19.99)?
If you become an annual member of the Ugly Duckling, you can save 25% on all pottery. It’s £30 for a family of up to four painters.
Keeping it local, Emma recommends a visit to Rainbows craft and gift shop, and Newbury’s Independent Health Food Store, Natures Corner.
Harry Potter (pardon the pun) fans Eva, Isla and Debbie Burgess