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Hello, I'm Vanessa and I run the Creation Station franchise for Darlington. I'm a parent of two boys so I know first-hand what it's like to find fun classes and activities that spark their natural curiosity and develop their growing minds. Plus, I know the value of meeting other like-minded parents and spending good, quality time with grown-ups. That's why I am delighted to be able to help you with this through a whole range of our award-winning craft classes such as our lovely new born keepsake classes, our preschool, baby and toddler classes, arty birthday party entertainment, family fun classes and lots of other events. We also have some fantastic adult craft classes to give you a bit of time away from the kids. You can find out more about all of our children's art and crafts classes, rainy day activities and everything else going on in and around the area by clicking on the art and crafts activities that interest you below. Or drop me an email and I'll be happy to help. You can choose the dates that suit you best and book and pay for classes online with ease and convenience. To be the first to receive news of classes, events and special offers, please like my Facebook page to be sure not to miss out on our new creative updates. If you have an event, group booking or a particular request please send me an email and I will respond within 2 working days.

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Our classes help to build essential and desirable life skills and the best bit - children love arts and craft! Please find below your local classes in your area.

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    Location: Roarsome Soft Play Centre, 1 Morton Trade Park, Morton Park Way, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4WE

    Ages: 15 Months-5 Years
    14 Oct
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    About this class

    This term we are going on a journey of discovery to explore ‘My Wonderful World’

    Starts: Monday 14th October

    Time: 09:45 - 10:30

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Roarsome Soft Play Centre, 1 Morton Trade Park, Morton Park Way, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4WE

    Ages: 6-15 Months
    14 Oct
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    About this class

    This term enjoy a journey of discovery to explore ‘My Wonderful World’ with your baby.

    Starts: Monday 14th October

    Time: 11:00 - 11:45

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Number 10, Number 10, 10 Grange Road, Darlington, Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom, DL1 5NG

    Ages: Adults
    15 Oct

    About this class

    Our craft activities are for everyone, with help at hand and all the sparkly bits you will need to take home your own creations.

    Starts: Tuesday 15th October

    Time: 20:00 - 22:00

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Roarsome Soft Play Centre, 1 Morton Trade Park, Morton Park Way, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4WE

    Ages: All
    16 Oct
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    About this class

    Make awesome Christmas cards to create and send to loved ones

    Starts: Wednesday 16th October

    Time: 10:30 - 11:15

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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    Location: Roarsome Soft Play Centre, 1 Morton Trade Park, Morton Park Way, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 4WE

    Ages: All
    16 Oct
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    About this class

    Make awesome Christmas cards to create and send to loved ones

    Starts: Wednesday 16th October

    Time: 11:30 - 12:15

    Local leader

    Vanessa Whitehouse

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Parties / Clubs

Are you looking for a fun and creative birthday party, activities at your event or a creative after school club?  Our award winning 5 Star rated fun activities are designed to inspire, delight and engage. Please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help   

Arty Party Entertainment

  • Inspire your child with a fun-filled arty birthday party. Tailored to suit your child and your budget and in a location of your choice. Party invites and party bags are included.
  • Places get booked up many months in advance, so, contact me to check availability for your son or daughter.
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Family Crafty Events

Enjoy fun craft events with your whole family. Lots of hands-on fun designed to inspire girls and boys from age two to eleven years.

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Local Event Entertainment

If you are looking for fun and engaging activities for your group, organisations or business, you've come to the right place. We can provide fun activities to help inspire. Please get in touch with details of what you are looking for and I'll get back.

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Create Club in Your School

Would you like your pupils to benefit from a Create Club in your school? If so, please contact me to arrange a 20 minute meeting.

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About Vanessa


Why I decided to run my own Creation Station. 

After I became a mum I realised there was more to life than a career and the treadmill of working for someone else with all of the terms and conditions that come with that, along with the pressure and stress it creates. I wanted to make a change, but still do what I loved the most – developing creativity in children and working with families in my local community. After a short search I found The Creation Station and instantly knew that this would be my new career. It gives me the flexibility to care for my family, as well as getting out and meeting the families and local community in Darlington and providing them with great arts and craft experiences.  

What I did before I ran my own Creation Station. 
I spent 16 years teaching Primary School children, mainly working in Early Years and Year One.

What I love about running my own Creation Station.  
Running my own Creation Station means that I can use the skills that I learned as a teacher and combine them with the best part of being a teacher, fostering and developing creativity within children, and now adults as well. I can be there for school drop offs and pick-ups and all of the other parts of my children’s lives that I would miss if I had stayed in my previous job.   

Something you probably don’t know about me. 
When I was 3 years old I met and had my photo taken with Wincy Willis (ITV weather lady from the ‘80’s).

Things I love doing. 
I love spending time with my family, walking the dog, going to the park, exploring new places, visiting the seaside and places of historical interest. When I get chance I love to knit, cross-stitch, sew and create my own greetings cards.


My favourite joke.  
What kind of cheese do you use to disguise a small horse? Mascarpone

My favourite food.  
Slow cooked lamb with mint sauce, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.

 
 

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What People Say

Excellent 9.8/5

30 reviews on Trustpilot

Amy
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6th Oct

Amazing Christmas Card workshop

Amazing Christmas Card workshop! I came along with my 3 year old and my 1 year old, who both had an thoroughly enjoyable time making footprints and designing their own Christmas cards. Vanessa was really helpful, and there was a great range of resources available to use, as well as design idea sheets, and colouring in to keep the children occupied during any wait periods (which weren't long, and only if you required help to get footprints, and offer which I gratefully accepted for my 1yo). The prices were very reasonable if you wanted to order printed gifts, cards, wrap or tags, but there was no pressure at all to do so, everyone was free just to take the cards they made on the day home with them. I'd definitely recommend booking sessions with Vanessa, and look forward to our next Creation Station event :-)

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22nd Sep

Fantastic party provided!

Fantastic party provided!

Martin
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2nd Sep

Had a fun day at the slime class!

Had a fun day at the slime class!

Caroline
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2nd Sep

Fantastic slime session today

Fantastic slime session today, my little boy loved it!

Elizabeth
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21st Aug

Always a lovely

Always a lovely, relaxing evening crafting, meeting new people and having some 'me time'.

Danielle
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11th Aug

Creation Station

A fantastic session. We’ll be back this week

Sharon
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1st Aug

The kids had such a fantastic time!

The kids had such a fantastic time!

Louise
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13th Jul

Lovely keepsakes!

I love all of our creations made using my babies hand and foot prints, we've created fabulous pictures on bags, canvas's,picture frames, plaques, plates and plant pots! Vanessa always has some lovely ideas and is there to help with painting and printing foot prints etc. It's a great way to meet new people and create lovely keepsakes!

Kathleen
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22nd Jun

had a great evening

had a great evening. Vanessa made everyone feel relaxed and I came away with two created items! totally recommend to others

Elizabeth
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20th Jun

A lovely evening of craft in a very…

A lovely evening of craft in a very supportive and relaxed environment.