Excuses for closing Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May ’15

With apologies, The Potting Shed is going to be closed on Monday, 25th May.

We have a number of excuses that should make you feel so sorry for us that you won’t be cross –

Jeanette is recovering from pneumonia (she who doesn’t get sick! Ridiculous, but true)

It’s Hannah’s birthday – no-one should have to work on their birthday!

It’s the middle of exam season – we won’t ask any of our staff (who are sitting any exams) to work extra days instead of revising. (Wait til you’ve got children that age, you’ll agree with us.)

Eddie got confused by the dates and has ordered a mini digger for the weekend to dig out for a new shed (apparently it’s a man-thing?!)

We opened up last Bank holiday and hardly anyone came so we’re hoping no-one will notice this time?

Anyway, the truth is we’ve got no staff. Eddie wants to dig and Jeanette needs her bed. We could make up something far more exciting, but that’s how it is.

We’re open every other day, 10am-5pm, so hopefully you won’t be inconvenienced too much.

We beg your forgiveness and Jeanette promises not to get sick again for another 9 years!

Thank you for your understanding (about the pneumonia, not Eddie and the digger – he’s in trouble about that!)


Closed for Mothers Day

We are really sorry for any inconvenience – but The Shed will be closed for one day, Sunday 15th March, for Mother’s Day.

Jeanette selfishly wants to spend the day with her Mum and there aren’t enough volunteers to open up without her.

We hope you will forgive us!

Changes to normal opening times – January only

Not sure quite what happened between October and New Year – it’s a blur. SO busy. We underestimated the impact that being here in Hoylake would have during our busiest time of the year, ie the lead-up to Christmas. For those of you that visited us during these three months – Thank You all so much for your patience! It was hectic. I hope we managed to smile through most of it – I got sent to the kiln room everytime I was tired and grumpy 🙂

We have realised that doing essential maintenance whilst open 7 days a week is a non-starter, so we’re going to close very Monday and Tuesday throughout January. As it’s normally a fairly quiet month we hope that won’t inconvenience too many people – but please let us know if you’d have liked to visit us on these days. We’re still finding our way in this location and we need to know when we get it wrong.

We’ll still be here for most of the days that we’re closed, so if you see us and you need to collect some pottery – or ask a question – or book a party or something, please feel free to come in. We might be up a ladder or counting stock etc but we’ll help if we can.

So January opening times will be:

Monday & Tuesday – CLOSED

Wed>Fri 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

Hopefully that still gives you lots of time to get your painting fix!


Open for collections only on Monday 10th November.

With sincere apologies for anyone that’s inconvenienced by this – we’re going to close for painting for one day, Monday 10th November.

We have been overwhelmed by the amount of people painting over the past month or so and we simply need a day to catch up! We need to do a quick stock-check – all the paint bottles are empty and dirty – we need to catch up with matching pottery to invoices – but probably most importantly, Jeanette needs to spend the entire day glazing!

It seems odd to close during our busiest period, even just for a day, but we’ll be able to give better service to our visitors if we have a day to catch our breaths and catch up a little.

Thank you for your patience!

We’re here all day so you’re welcome to come in for collections 🙂


Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday, 9th November, we will be closed until 12 noon. We have struggled to observe the 2 minute silence in previous years so we’ve decided to avoid the awkwardness and just close for the morning. We have no bookings, so hopefully this won’t inconvenience anybody! Thank you

October Half-Term is here!

How did we go from Summer straight into October half-term. Surely the children haven’t been back in school long enough to deserve another holiday? I’m obviously getting old and the days and weeks are whistling by without me noticing.

Halloween falls on the Friday of half-term this year – so we’ll get any Halloween pottery painted up to and including Tuesday (possibly Wed morning too) back to you on Friday. We have skulls and snakes, pumpkin mugs, bowls and tealight holders, Count Dracula bowls, spiders and all sorts of other horrible things that the children love!

If Halloween fills you with horror (hehe) we have Christmas pottery on the shelves to start your festive painting frenzy. There are some really lovely things to choose from – with the weather turning colder as well, we’re not feeling so guilty having them on display. Why not start a family tradition and paint a bauble for the tree? Or an ornament for the house? Or a present for a loved one?

And if it’s too early for Christmas for you, we have about 300 other items for you to choose from. Everything from plates and bowls and mugs, to fairies and daleks and dragons and dogs and………..you get the idea!  Loads and loads of choice.

Our coffee shop serves freshly ground coffees (with a range of flavoured syrups to make life a little more exciting), teapig teas, yummy hot chocolate and a huge range of soft drinks, smoothies and juices. There are fresh homemade cakes and treats to tempt you (especially Eddie’s famous chocolate fudge brownies), as well as sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes and daily specials.

On Friday 31st we’ll have free face-painting, trick or treat and apple bobbing. You don’t need to paint. Not all parents feel comfortable with their children knocking on strangers doors for trick-or-treat, so if you have a little’un who wants to wear their costume during the day and you want to visit a child-friendly place where they can trick-or-treat safely – then just pop in. I miss my own children being little enough to dress up, so the more children we see – the better! There’ll still be painting all day, so if you want to paint you can – but the children can pop in for some sweeties whether they paint or not 🙂

We’re sponsoring the Halloween party at The Parade on Saturday. Hoylake’s Community Centre works so hard to bring interesting and exciting events throughout the year and we’re proud to be a little part of this one. Tickets are only £1 and the fun lasts from 5pm til 8pm. Contact The Parade for tickets. Great value!

As ever, October half-term is one of those REALLY busy weeks. If you can phone and book ahead, please do. Because it’s so busy we can’t promise non-painters a seat. We’ll always try – but might have to ask non-painters to sit close-by in the coffee shop or soft-seating by the window. If you think of it like booking a table at a restaurant, but telling them that only half are eating – it might help to explain the situation we find ourselves in. Obviously younger children need assistance from their parents/carers and we always take that into account, but please bear with us at half-term! To give you an example, we have one booking which is 7 non-painting adults and one child painting – so we’ve allocated 2 seats so the child isn’t alone and the rest of the group are going to sit in the coffee shop and take turns to marvel at the painting prowess of their 4 yr old grandson/nephew. We have about 58 seats for painting and 14 tub chairs and sofas – with a bit of jiggling we can usually make everyone happy!





We’re really sorry for any inconvenience, but The Shed will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Jeanette and Eddie are away on holiday and that leaves us short-staffed. Rather than open up and offer rubbish service with stressed staff, we’ve decided to close for the day.

we’re really sorry if this spoils your plans for the day, but if you’re looking for something to do what about the Hoylake RNLI open day. It’s a huge event with lots of entertainment including air shows! This is a vital voluntary organisation and this is their biggest fundraising day in the year. Fascinating tours of the lifeboat station are great for adults and children. It’d make us feel better if you have a fun day as well!


Open from 11am today – Sunday 10th August

Many of you know that we try and close on a Sunday through the Summer holidays – its the only way we can spend time with our own children! However, we have a party booking today so we’re going to open 11am – 4pm. You’re welcome to join us!

Sorry All – my posts for the past few months seem to have disappeared?! No updates on the calendar, no ‘events’, no news. Bizarre. Apologies – its bound to be something I’ve done – or haven’t done! I should have checked, it never occurred to me that they would vanish though 🙁

Open in Hoylake

Thanks to the most amazing bunch of people – friends, family, workmen and staff – we opened in Hoylake on Saturday 12th April.

The winners of our competition, Shannon and Katarina, opened the new Shed by cutting the ribbon at 12 noon. Lots of people popped in to say hello and wish us luck – and 20 minutes later we were full. We weren’t expecting that!

The only thing that didn’t go well in the run up to opening was the kitchen fit. Unfortunately the kitchen is still only partly complete, so we can’t prepare our full menu yet. Poor Eddie, all his plans defeated by kitchen fitters. Huge shout out to Ceri at Gorge-Us for helping us out with cakes until Eddie can get baking again.

We have an offer on birthday party bookings for the first couple of weeks – 10% off or the birthday boy or girl goes free, whichever is more valuable to you. Offer valid for the first 20 parties booked after the move – for parties any time up to end September 2014.

We have a little surprise at the till as well. As it’s Easter we thought a little Easter Egg might be in order – but these Eggs contain little treats. It might be sweeties or it might be a discount voucher for up to 50% off your total bill! Starting today (Tues 15th) every customer will be offered a basket of eggs to choose from. If you’re lucky you’ll win 10%, 20% or even 50% off your bill; but even the losers walk away with some sweets or a crème egg! That’ll make up for the hideous roadworks that start this morning 🙂