All grown up and celebrating 18 years of inspiring imaginations

Creation Station 18 years and still inspiring

From humble kitchen beginnings, to the household name for creative activities, The Creation Station brings creativity into all areas of learning, leisure and life.

The Creation Station is a force for good”. Richard Branson 

Founded by Sarah Cressall in 2002. Sarah wanted to give her own three boys, Sam 3 yrs, Ollie 22 months and Josh 4 months,  the opportunity to explore, discover and develop through positive creative experiences.

With a carefully crafted set of core values at the heart of The Creation Station, Sarah developed the creative activities to spark curiosity, inspire imagination and nurture creativity.

 Core values are:

  • Spark curiosity
  • Inspire imagination
  • Nurture creativity
  • Give care
  • Ensure quality
  • Have fun

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At the same time, Sarah wanted to give others the opportunity to run their own rewarding, successful and flexible business.  Sarah worked with the British Franchise Association (bfa) to understand all the elements involved in franchising and supporting franchise partners.

In 2007, when Josh started school, Sarah awarded her first franchise and the business has grown year on year. Now Sarah is board member of the bfa, and promotes ethical and sustainable franchising  and is a number one best selling author and columnist for Crafts Business and Elite Franchise.

My Josh is 18 in 2020 and it feels like the Creation Station is all grown up too! I feel very fortunate to have been able to bring creativity into over a million many children and adults lives. The business has  given me the flexibility I wanted as a mum and helped me grow as a person too.  I now work with a great head office Creative Hub team and we support and work with a wonderful family of franchise owners. We’ve got lots we still want to do, especially around social and environmental impact, so the future is definitely looking creative!”  

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Both the business and Sarah, have gained some serious recognition in the business, education, entertainment and franchising sectors.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the recognition gained:

  • Ranked: Top Ten Most Powerful Women In Franchising 2019
  • Ranked; #15 Top Franchises in the UK – Elite Franchise – Global Franchise 2019
  • Winner Most Supportive Franchise and Top Franchise Award – Working Mums 2018
  • Winner Sylvia Anderson Award for Creativity 2018
  • Winner Best Franchise Children’s Services – Best Franchise Awards 2017
  • Winner Best Website – Franchise Marketing Awards 2017
  • Winner Excellence and Innovation – Children’s Education Services 2017
  • Finalist Richard Branson’s Impact Award 2016
  • Winner Best Creative Play Award 2015
  • Finalist Festival Supplier Awards 2015
  • Winner Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
  • Finalist Business Woman Of The Year 2012
  • Winner Best Woman Franchisor UK 2011 - EWIF Awards
  • Winner Best Franchisee Marketing Support 2012
  • Winner ‘Crème de la Crème’ Business Award 2011
  • Winner 'Best Interactive Business' Award - Mumpreneur 2011
  • Finalist ‘Extraordinary Woman of the Year’ 2011
  • Business Woman of the Year  - Women of Achievement Awards Leicestershire

The Creation Station has innovated to harness and meet the increased demand for creative experiences, activities now provides activities to bring creativity into all areas of learning, leisure and life. The activities include:

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  • Baby and parent Tiny Treasure keepsake events
  • Preschool Little Explorer classes, discovering science technology engineering and maths through creative fun
  • Create Club – creative after school clubs and workshops
  • Arty Birthday parties
  • Creative Crafters – adults craft events
  • Care & Creativity – creative workshop for senior citizens and intergenerational fun
  • Event entertainment – creative fun in shopping centres, festivals and corporate days.
  • Brand in Hand partners – working with a select range of brands to increase engagement.

Creative fun with Creation Station

Over a million children and adults have been inspired and we are proud to support over 100 franchise partners to run their own successful, flexible and fulfilling Creation Station franchise.

Programmes include bringing arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, wellbeing, social engagement plus a big focus on fun.

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We continue to strive to make a positive difference through creative experiences, with a focus on sustainable creative activities and to support our fabulous family of franchise partners.

If you’re looking for creative fun, or have an event coming up we’d love to hear from you. There are still have parts of the UK where we don’t have a Creation Station let, so if you or someone you  know would love to run their own creative business, please download an information pack.

Here’s to inspiring futures.







What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6720 reviews on Trustpilot

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6th Jun

Speedy delivery and all packed up well

Speedy delivery and all packed up well

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31st May

Nat has been brilliant

Nat has been brilliant. We have had two packs of the most amazing crafts delivered to our door during lockdown. We have had paints, canvases, pipe cleaners all sorts of fun crafts with ideas to have fun with. Things that we had never heard of or seen before such as noodle doodles. We can’t wait to come to one of your sessions when things get back to normal more.

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26th May

My daughter loves the sessions with…

My daughter loves the sessions with vicky and looks forward to them each week.

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24th May

The live online creative class

The live online creative class is not only fun, relaxed and educational it has also given my girls something to look forward to weekly and a masterpiece or three to show and be proud of afterward. Both my girls have taken the techniques used from the classes to create more art through out the week. I would highly recommend the Creation Station live online classes. *****

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23rd May

Great club!!

my daughter loves vicky and loves doing create club. vicky goes out of her way to make sure the children get the best experience. we missed a session but vicky took the time to do a one to one session so my daughter didn’t miss out. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

We find Creation station brilliant

We find Creation station brilliant! A wide range of activities using all kinds of materials (all supplied to!) with a different theme each week. Very entertaining for my 6 year old to let their creative side shine! The host is very friendly and always patient with the children. The sessions usually last for around 12 weeks so great value for an after school club! My little one always looks forward to it! We are currently attending online creation station during lockdown and it’s fantastic! All Materials supplied to our door with super easy instructions to follow (all organised by our fantastic host Jude) It’s kept our routine which is very important for little people. We love it!!

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22nd May

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the…

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the kids, she make it really fun and keeps them engaged through out, she also lets me join a little before if needed So that I am not late for my work meetings. My daughter loves create club and can’t wait for the next session. I think it’s lovely Vicky has kept it going for the kids through these difficult times, I am very thankful as it keeps my daughter occupied being the only child and whilst I’m at work. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

I love the classes Vicky runs

I love the classes Vicky runs. They are always very creative and my daughter loves them. It's brilliant that she has been able to keep it up during the lockdown too.

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22nd May

I order these letters quite regularly…good price, speedy delivery.

I order these letters quite regularly but noticed they had gone up in price from last time, so I looked directly at your site. I was surprised to see that to purchase directly from you was cheaper, so that it what I did. The speed of delivery was excellent and I will always come straight to you in future for my craft supplies.

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21st May

Lisa from the Bournemouth /…

Lisa from the Bournemouth / Christchurch group is brilliant. We've attended some of her classes and doing them live on Facebook now. The classes are great for my 3 1/2 year old. We all join in. Learning through play is the way forward