Visit our Arts and Crafts Centre

Set in beautiful surroundings at the heart of Knaresborough, our Arts and Crafts Centre offers fully accessible facilities and activities to inspire you. Come in and explore, meet our Artmakers and get creative with us.

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre Entrance with a pink blossom tree outside
Artmaler Abbey working with her 1 to 1 support Liz in the Art Studio

We make more than art

On weekdays, our workshops are filled with Artmakers creating beautiful and unique pieces of art. Visitors are welcome to come in and see what we’re making. We are a social enterprise and your support is hugely important to us.

You can explore our accessible facilities including our cafe, shop, woodland walk and outdoor spaces. We also hold regular events including live music nights, craft fairs and family activities.

Henshaws Cafe

Our fully licensed café is open for breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks. There’s tasty homemade soup, sandwiches, topped jacket potatoes, cakes and more. Where possible, we use seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally or grown on site.

Please be aware that this is a training café and service may take a little longer than you are used to, but it’s worth the wait!

Henshaws Shop

In our shop, you’ll find an exciting range of products from Handmade at Henshaws, our social enterprise. You can purchase products made at the centre, including handmade cards, ceramics, bags, jewellery, bird tables, bird boxes and artwork.

It’s a great place to find an original card or present – and you’ll be helping to support our work as well.

You can also now buy our products via our Online shop.

Henshaws Garden Centre

In our new garden centre, you’ll find a beautiful variety of flowers and plants; all of which have been proudly grown and selected by our Artmakers. This gorgeous area will be full of nature and has been crafted with happiness and love.

The plants on display at our centre are available for purchase; why don’t you pop down for a visit and grab yourself some beautiful new flowers for your garden?

FAQ’s about visiting our Arts and Crafts Centre

We are a very friendly centre and we want everyone to feel welcome here.

Please contact us before your visit if you have any questions about accessibility or the facilities we offer.

Kind words from our visitors

Buzzing with activities…in every room there is something exciting going on. The art created is diverse and tantalises all the senses.

Charlotte Visitor

I think the facilities, which include an amazing changing places toilet, are probably the best in Yorkshire. There is a definite workplace feel rather than a day centre, lots of fun, inclusion and a brill atmosphere.

Sharon Personal Assistant

Contact our friendly team

Want to know more about becoming an Artmaker at the Centre or need more information to plan your visit?

There are multiple ways to get in touch with our friendly team of professionals. For more information click ‘contact us’ below or call us today on 01423 541888

Directional signage to workshops, reception, plant centre and toilets.
Henshaws graphic with pink and purple shapes

Learn how to get involved

From fundraising events to volunteering, there are plenty of ways to give to make a difference at Henshaws

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