Creator of the 1st and most successful children’s arts and crafts activity franchise receives The Best Female Franchisor Award






Sarah Cressall established The Creation Station in 2002 to create a flexible family focussed business opportunity for herself. Now 10 years on Sarah Cressall supports over 55 franchise owners and has been awarded the title of Best Female Franchisor of the year at the Encouraging Women into Franchising awards.


Although many parents / carers value the educational benefits of children doing creative activities, the thought of doing arts and crafts at home can cause more than just a shudder at the thought. However, mum of three, Sarah Cressall, recognised a gap in the market for children’s educational art and craft classes. Cressall established ‘The Creation Station’ in 2002 and transformed her vision to inspire children’s imaginations into a successful reality. With over 55 Creation Station franchise owners across the UK, Cressall has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Female Franchisor in the UK.

“I am really delighted to achieve such a prestigious national award. I set up my business to support other families and carers who wanted their child to benefit from shared positive, educational art and crafts experiences.  Plus I also wanted my business to work around my own family needs” reminisces Cressall “Other mums were asking me if they could run their own Creation Station. With that in mind, I spent five years 5 developing the business systems, and worked with the British Franchise Association so that it could be franchised, with everything in place to support franchise owners”

Demand for the art and crafts experiences continues to increase with over 48,000 children and families having already experienced the Creation Station art and crafts classes and attended art birthday parties. The Creation Station brand is based on nurturing each child’s own imagination and celebrates each individual journey of exploration and development.

Encouraging Women Into Franchising is an organisation whose members come from all areas within the franchising industry and include: Franchisors, Franchisees, Banks, Consultants, Accountants, Solicitors, Media Providers, Exhibition Organisers, as well as other associated businesses. The Best Female Franchisor of The Year award was sponsored by Coconut Creatives, the leading marketing specialists within the franchise sector.

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Sarah Cressall is listed in the top 100 Mumpreneurs, won the ‘Best Franchisee Marketing Support’ award 2012, ‘Best Interactive Business Award’ 2011, the Crème de la Crème business award 2012,  Finalist in The Extraordinary Woman of the Year 2011 award and Business woman of the year 2009 in the Leicestershire awards.

The Creation Station inspires children’s imaginations and supports families with engaging art and crafts classes and parties for children aged 3 months to 11 years. A network of over 55 female franchise owners operate across the UK.

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What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6741 reviews on Trustpilot

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4th Jul


Fabulous, highly recommended, loved how daddies could get involved too

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29th Jun

Excellent service! Great choices!

In the middle of lockdown, we ordered a number of craft packs from Alexis and were very pleased with the service. She helped us to choose some fantastic kits that our 4 year old loved. They were all great quality and personally delivered very quickly. I have already and would continue to highly recommend the creation station. I also run a homeschooling group on Facebook and can confirm that the members have all been really pleased with the offering and service available.

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26th Jun

I absolutely loved Nats class!

I absolutely loved Nats class!! She made myself and my daughter feel so welcome on zoom!!! The class had a really cosy, casual feel, but I also learnt a new skill!!! Nat took time to make sure each of us felt confident! She valued our art and gave us lots of praise! I'm not arty, but I came away thinking I can do this!! This was my first class with Nat, and I will definitely be joining one of her classes again!!

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26th Jun

Fabulous Alexis

Had a fab online mandala class with Alexis last night from the comfort of my own garden in North Staffs. Alexis made the whole thing really easy to follow, went the extra mile with our resources and I was super pleased with the result. She's also provided craft packs for my kids during lockdown which have been amazing.

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24th Jun

Online Mandala Class

I really enjoyed the online Mandala class with Nat at Stafford South. She was really great at explaining the technique and made sure everyone felt at ease. There was a good mix of conversation and concentration! Nat was very professional, friendly and encouraging. I will definitely be doing more of her online classes in the future.

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24th Jun

Mandala class…

I attended the online Mandala class last with Nat, I loved it Nat made me fell at ease and had a great time creating some art. Something I am going to do with my children this week. Thank Nat!

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23rd Jun

Amazing mandala online class

Amazing class, Nat is a natural and it was lovely to see new faces and meet new people!

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23rd Jun

Very creative and different projects

Very creative and different projects! Fun for the kids!

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21st Jun

Create club

Amazing online Create Club. We have searched for interesting things to do online during lockdown and when the create club was recommended to us by others we signed up. We purchased 5 online sessions and so far we have completed 3. My daughter has enjoyed each week and so far her favourite was 'The Arctic'. She enjoys seeing some of her classmates and friends via zoom. Sara delivers everything you need for each week which makes everything very simple and enjoyable!! Looking forward to the next session!

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18th Jun


Great, I get time for myself and my 9 year old loves it, Lyn is very patient and interactive Well done Lyn ?