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Fifteen years of inspiring imaginations is celebrated in a very unique and sparkly way

Fifteen Years Inspiring Imaginations CelebrationThe Creation Station team and franchise owners from across the UK gathered at Cadbury House Hotel in Bristol on 21st and 22nd April, to celebrate 15th years of inspiring imagination at the annual Creation Station national franchise conference. The day and gala evening and new booking system and website workshop, provided all franchise owners with the opportunity to celebrate successes, to learn about new developments and to share ideas together.

“When I started The Creation Station back in 2002, I never imagined the calibre of the team I would be working with,” said Sarah Cressall, founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station. “Our Creation Station family has helped to inspire over 325,000 children and families, and with our new online booking system, it’s even easier for people to get involved and enjoy fun arts and crafts classes, parties and events delivered by our exceptional team across the UK.”

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The celebrations had an extra sparkle this year with The Creation Station’s #GlitterChallenge. The challenge was created to encourage people to wear something sparkly to brighten children’s lives and to nominate two friends with a £2 donation to raise funds for UNICEF.  Have a go! You can find out more and donate here.  

The key note speaker was the brilliant Debra Searle MBE MVO. Debra resonated with everyone as she spoke about building resilience, managing a successful business and creating a fulfilling life. There were also workshops where franchise owners got creative with the new Creation Station services now on offer. These include ‘Tiny Treasures’ – parent and newborn craft keepsakes, adult and elderly ‘Creative Crafters’ events and the new monthly ‘Family Fun’ events.

The evening gala included an award’s evening recognising franchise owners who have contributed to their community or made significant developments in their business.

“Our franchise owners make such positive contributions to their local community,” says Fran Long, the franchise dedicated support manager.  “We are really proud of the differences all of our Creation Station family makes, so judging the awards is really tough. Our one hundred and twenty-four franchise owners are becoming more and more successful and the calibre is really high.”

  • The prestigious title of the “Best Franchisee of the Year 2016” was awarded to Ruth Morris from Aberdeen for delivering the core values with such passion to her local community.

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  • The prestigious title of “Best New Franchisee of the Year 2016” was awarded to Helen Naraine from Sutton Coldfield for a phenomenal first year.

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  • The prestigious title of “The People’s Choice Award” (chosen by the network) was awarded to Sue Hammond from Frampton Cotterill for her incredible support to the team.

  • A new ‘Innovation Award’ was given to Emma Theunissen for developing the Tiny Treasures newborn keepsakes, after the birth of her third child, Mae
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  • Additional awards were given out for outstanding actions, these included: “Best Member of Staff”, which was awarded to Jenny White works in Jann Thorpe's team in Macclesfield.
  • The “Best Retailer” was awarded to Claire Darnley from Halesowen Conference 17 Claire Darnley
  • The “Best Can Do Attitude” was awarded to Sarah Burnett from Bromsgrove.​​Sarah Burnett Best Can DoAttitude

The prestigious silver award for inspiring over 3,000 children in a year was awarded to:

Lisa Hagg, Suzie Smith and Jann Thorpe.

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The bronze award for inspiring 1,000 children in a year was awarded to:

Alex Chaundy, Debbie Kersley, Emma Hinkins, Rebecca Wootton, Jo Rivett, Lisa Tye, Nicola Cliffe, Emma Winterbourne, Stephanie Swann, Tracey Pennell, Hayley Cronin and Alex Parker.

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For more information about fun, educational and safe, tried and tested creative art and crafts classes, parties and events for newborns children and adults visit

For more information on running your own successful Creation Station franchise, request your information pack here or call Maggie Seager on 01395 239700 for a chat.


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4th Aug

Excellent session and good value-…

Excellent session and good value- especially with the £4 refreshment credit. My children had a lovely time and it was such a beautiful location too. Lovely to finally be able to get out to a group after all these months of lockdown so thank you to Kelly for being inventive and finding a safe way to do this during this crisis. We are looking forward to the next session!

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My little girl loves creation station

My little girl loves creation station. She talks about all her creations when she gets home and it helps that the wonderful Kelly is so patient and kind with all the kids! It gave me the confidence as a parent to try new crafts with scissors (eeek) and glitter (double eeek)! The sessions are so much fun!

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3rd Aug

Really lovely morning

Really lovely morning. Great organisation. Fabulous venue. Highly recommended.

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22nd Jul

Great online classes

Great online classes, my son looks forward to them every week and really enjoys them. Great value aswell for all the materials you get.

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21st Jul

Lovely evening crafting

Lovely evening crafting with Nat Jaquiss. All resources that you need are supplied and guidance on how to complete craft is given. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. Thank you.

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20th Jul

Well organised and excellent value for…

Well organised and excellent value for money. Claire is brilliant with the children. Annie (7) really loves these classes and my eldest daughter is looking forwArd to the 11+ classes. Would highly recommend :-)

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20th Jul

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My six year old son has just had his third online session of creation station. All the materials were delivered by Claire ready for the sessions. He has loved trying to guess what he will be using each week. The instructions given by Claire online are easy for the children to understand and good cultural links. Bailey has really enjoyed getting creative and can’t wait for the next session.

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20th Jul

Perfect for children

My children really enjoy their creative time with Claire.