Pot House Hamlet is a former historical industrial estate in Silkstone, South Yorkshire. I’d never been before and was recommended to go check this out from a friend and specifically to try the Crafty Kids craft cafe. I’m always up for trying new things to do especially if it’s free/cheap so off we went to explore Pot House Hamlet! Crafty Kids: Pot House Hamlet
Crafty Kids: Pot House Hamlet
It’s important to note that unlike the majority of our days out that are purely by public transport, this was one not. Sadly, when I looked at how to get there from here by bus it estimated over an hour & a half with multiple bus journeys despite not being too far from where we live in North Sheffield! With that journey I thought it was better to put this on the list for when we do have access to a car. So we went with my partners parents who drove and it took little less than 20 minutes to get to Silkstone.
Pot House Hamlet is free to park and free to enter; it is an attraction, sort of like a little walled village, with shops, cafes, animals, crafty kids, plant nursery and more. It was smaller than I expected… I had in mind it would be like Elsecar Heritage Centre. It’s similar but has less to do for kids in general, but Crafty Kids is lovely.
Crafty Kids is a paint-a-pot studio, but instead of having to choose something to paint, it’s way more relaxed than that, suitable for messy little ones and fun play areas. There’s a variety of things to do in addition to pottery painting like build a bear, craft tables, baby prints and canvas creating. The best part about it is the encouragement of free play and the really lovely outdoor play area.
The outdoor play patio had mud kitchens set up, sand pits, building block corner, play shed and some water play. It was all creative and was set up to be very inviting to play with!
We didn’t want to do any pottery painting or actual craft, Eric is too young to sit and concentrate on that for too long so instead we paid a £5 entry fee. This included craft tables set up for Eric to do as and when he pleased (like colouring, paint, sticking and collage), indoor sand pit with digger, some toys, magazines, play doh table and access to the outdoor play area.
He was in and outside, going to and from different activities and really loved the free reign of it all. I loved how he was independent in there and was able to do what he wanted, instead of making him try and sit and do crafts. He even managed to do some collage and he wouldn’t usually have the patience for it!
In total we were inside Crafty Kids for about an hour and were the only ones in there. It suited us better than it wasn’t busy and the only thing I could imagine is that it could possibly get quite stressful if there were loads of kids in there at once as the place is small and there isn’t tons of room to play or things to do. I’m guessing there is a maximum capacity for how many kids are in there at once and I would hope it’s quite a small number. They do party hire & I would definitely consider that if I lived closer as it’s such a cute venue.
Oh and, all the crafting and play equipment is fresh, new and high quality. I think this does make a difference to your experience. Staff were really, really helpful and knew when to keep their distance, leave us to it or have a chat. I’d totally recommend a little visit here. If we lived closer I’d go back again and I would love to see more places like this pop up.
After we had finished at crafty kids the petting farm was just next door and Eric loved the goats. They’re super friendly, too, and one goat was just roaming around saying hi to everyone. Bags of food are available and hand washing, too 🙂 I thought it was cute they had animals there. Kids love animals!
Crafty Kids: Pot House Hamlet
- Good for toddlers
- Good for a day out with grandparents and meeting up with friends
- Not very easy for public transport from Sheffield
- Not worth the travel if you’re expecting a full day out
- Definitely go see the animals whilst you’re there
- Avoid busy times at Crafty Kids (maybe ring in advance to ask)
- The outdoor play area is really lovely & make sure you spend lots of time in that area!
Does anyone have any other recommendations for places that have outdoor play areas and toddler crafts? I thought Crafty Kids was really unique and haven’t been anywhere like that before. Do let me know if you’ve any ideas 🙂