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Creative Sparks - ideas to inspire you and yours

Founder of Creation Station Sarah Cressall's book is set to inspire you and yours with her new book 'Creative Sparks'. Packed with ideas and over 52 activities this inspiring book will help inspire you and yours. Launching March 2018, click below to receive your early bird offer on the launch.

Sarah's book Creative Sparks

We're passionate about nurturing creativity

Welcome to The Creation Station - where we inspire imaginations and nurture potential.

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We’re here to help make a positive difference, to inspire imaginations and nurture creativity.

You see we believe the greatness is already within each and everyone of us. Sometimes it just needs a little love and recognition to really let it shine.

This is our purpose – our ‘why’.

We help unleash the wonder within, through fun and educational arts and crafts, classes, parties, events and products. We are very proud to be a multi-award-winning, five-star rated company, and we inspire over 14,500 children and families every week with our creative arts and crafts experiences across the UK.

Our journeys of discovery, exploration and development unlock ideas through our fun, hands-on activities, products and of course a little bit of sparkly glitter.

Our range of experiences aren't about here's one we made earlier. Oh no – we're here to spark each child’s or adult's natural curiosity, to help each person create their own fun journeys of exploration, discovery, self-learning and development.

Our unique approach is based on inspiration from a wide range of influences, including: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences developed by Dr Howard Gardner, Steiner Waldorf, Maria Montessori, Edward de Bono's 'Creative Thinking' and Emilio Reggio's '100 Languages of Children' and also what we have learnt from the children and adults who we are privileged to spend time with. 

Let us know how we can help you 

Our Story

You could say it all started with a lack of chocolate.

As a little girl, Sarah Cressall was inspired by her mum to achieve whatever she put her mind to. For eight-year-old Sarah, this meant more chocolate. Sarah wrote a comic with the superhero being a well-known chocolate bar. The lovely people of Cadbury’s sent her a big box of chocolate.  

Sarah learnt the power of believing in yourself and having a goal even when you have no idea how to achieve it.

From here, Sarah achieved a successful career in management and then decided to pursue her passion for creative activities. She became a designer maker including commissions for Greenpeace and a mural at Charing-Cross Station. Sarah developed and ran workshops for people with head injuries and disabilities and saw the hugely positive effect of creative activities.

When Sarah became mum to Sam, Ollie and Josh, she recognised the lack of activities that nurtured each child's own individual curiosity. It seemed more about putting information in rather than nurturing what was within to blossom.

Sarah developed educationally based creative arts and crafts programmes, with the support of her three boys, Sam Ollie and Josh – the chief testers (!), Duncan her husband, and her tech-savvy sister Fran Long.  

 

This was back in 2002.

It went well and there was more to do. Demand was high and so Sarah worked with the British Franchise Association and when Josh started school in 2007, Sarah awarded her first franchise to Louise Radford.  

The demand for creative activities continues to increase and year on year we have listened to our customer requests, increased our range of activities and extended our UK coverage.

Sarah now leads a proactive creative hub head office team based at the gorgeous Inspiration House, Creativity Drive, in Woodbury Devon. Here you will find a sizzling pot of talent, enthusiasm and creativity. We take our fun pretty seriously and are dedicated to high levels of services, research, development, training, ongoing support and health and safety.

We are really proud of our ever growing family of V.I.P (Very Inspirational People) – friendly franchise owners who deliver exceptional creative experiences within their local communities. They’re a pretty amazing team, hardworking, fully trained and DBS checked. Our franchise owners can be found right across the country from Orkney in the North of Scotland to Kingsbridge in Devon. They are raring to go with oodles of energy and enthusiasm, armed with paint, glue and glitter to inspire you and your child.

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century and we are doing our very best to ensure we know how to nurture creativity and unlock potential.

Thank you for taking the time to read about us.

Now, what about you? How can we help you?

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Our Values

We are proud to inspire the nation's imagination with our core values

Have Fun

Ensure Quality

Engage Learning

Inspire Imagination

Nurture Creativity

Give Care

Have Fun

Fun is infectious and we provide shared fun experiences that help to bond and unite parents/carers with their child or children, as well as sharing experiences in a social group to help connect and develop friendships.

Ensure Quality

We are committed to consistently high standards in our sessions, products, professionalism, safety and trust. We believe in quality positive experiences that earn us the respect and recommendations with every relationship we nurture and build. For us, quality means the challenge of continuous improvement to help inspire imaginations and to support our communities and partners and all those who share this passion.

Engage Learning

Practical hands on learning opportunities provide fun ways to experiment, explore and discover. Helping each child and parent/carer to expand their thinking and value each moment.

Inspire Imagination

We do this by providing journeys of exploration and discovery, enabling each child to be inspired by their natural curiosity and to imagine how ordinary things become extraordinary. We help to start each journey, allowing each child to discover and explore in their own way. This is how children develop their imagination and it is the foundation for creativity.

Nurture Creativity

We are here to help nurture each child’s creativity and to help them develop their own ideas which we recognise and value.

Give Care

We are privileged to help and share in the magic of childhood and our caring will make a positive difference in the lives of children, for our partners, colleagues and the world we find ourselves in today. We are passionate about being authentic and going the extra mile for other people and exceeding expectations because it feels right and because we care.

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Alexandra
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11th Dec

Fabulous class

Fabulous class - lovely ladies! Thanks very much

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10th Dec

Excellent party by Farah the Creation Station Host for NW3

We had a party for our daughter who was just turning 7 and she wanted an arty party. A friend recommended the Creation Station and as we live in NW3 the local franchise owner was Farah Wahed. After Farah sent all the party information, we had a couple of phone calls including one with our daughter so she could be involved in picking activities and choosing the music. We had the party on Saturday and it was fantastic. From the moment the 20 guests arrived they were captivated and left having had an awesome time. Farah was amazing, she kept everyone's attention, made the party great fun and together with her helper Michelle ensured that our daughter and her friends had a memorable afternoon. We have 4 kids and this was the calmest party we've had (for us as parents) and one we'd repeat!

Beth
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10th Dec

Creation station west Berkshire

This was the first time I have been to a creation station session and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The cafe it was held in was a little small for buggys but the owner was very accommodating and we all had a lovely slice of cake and a hot drink. The materials we were given to work with were over and above what I thought we would get and I have created some lovely Christmas keepsakes with my daughter. Vicky and her helper were great at sharing ideas, tips and keeping babies occupied leaving me to finish my creations. Looking forward to the next session!

Dominique
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10th Dec

Lots of fun

Lots of fun, well worth the money. Very friendly and helpful. We had a great time there.

Charlotte
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10th Dec

A wonderful time

We attended a Christmas craft design on a Saturday and had a fantastic time. The materials were great and we got to create some wonderful memories. Excellent value for money.

Kara
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10th Dec

Fab ladies and lots of different things…

Fab ladies and lots of different things to do with the children, would defiantly return

Marie
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10th Dec

Christmas Arty Party

Attended Christmas Arty Party with my 6 year old son. Friendly, professional staff; variety of quality craft activities and lots of fun games to be involved in; nice, local venue. My son was kept engaged throughout the session and was excited to receive little treats and a gift to take home! Thank you ?

Lisa
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9th Dec

Great activity

My daughter loves going to this after school activity will defo be paying next term

Esther
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9th Dec

My 2 year old granddaughter really…

My 2 year old granddaughter really enjoyed the canvas painting and stick and decorating the lollypop Xmas tree. It was a bonus that I didn't have to clean up the mess! Thank you we had a great time and it was super value for money

Natasha
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9th Dec

Fantastic

Really well organised and run by Abby. She is lovely with kids and very good at what she does. Would definitely reccomend it. My nearly 3yr old loves it. Especially getting messy with paints.