Children's Crafting Workshops

At Birkhill House CIC boasts dynamic and inventive ways for children to explore their creative impulses and express themselves - with the focus on linking crafting to nature and using as many upcycled and reclaimed materials as possible.

Our animals are always a part of the crafting scene here, with a chance to meet the alpacas and cats after the creative work is done... and sometimes even while we're still crafting! In the summer, weather allowing, we sometimes set up our crafting tables right in the alpaca enclosure, and in the winter the cats find the cosy fire in the workshop irresistible...

Have a browse through our summer programme for children below. From weaving to cyanotype, stick painting to moth-inspired artworks - we have you covered!

Once you have booked your child/children in to workshops here, you will need to complete a consent form, which covers permission for your child to attend and participate, photography policy and Covid protocol. You will find this form, which can be completed online or printed out, as well as more information on our terms and conditions and photography policy here.

Knitting for Children

Tuesdays 14th & 21st November and 5th & 12th December, 4-5pm

In this 4-part knitting course, participants with no prior experience of knitting will learn how to start (cast on), how to knit, and how to cast off and sew their knitting up to make up a cute puppet or a pair of cool fingerless gloves.

For those with some knitting experience, there will be a lot of patterns and projects to choose from and improve your skills whilst having fun!

This course is free thanks to a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Please complete parental consent form, which can be found here.

Free, 8 places max, booking essential.

Busy Elves Christmas Workshop

Sunday 26th December, 12-4pm

Work away on secret gifts for your family and friends at our 10 different crafting stations, enjoy a hot chocolate with marshmallows and visit with our gorgeous alpacas. What could be a more festive way to kick off the holiday season?

That's right - "Busy Elves" is back for a third year running. Sign up to create ten secret gifts for your family and friends, enjoy a hot chocolate with marshmallows and visit with our gorgeous alpacas and other animals. You will also be able to wrap up all of your completed presents to stop prying eyes! Full list of crafts available for curious parents/carers... but what would be the fun in that??

Wear messy clothes!

Please complete parental consent form, which can be found here.

£25, 20 places max, ages 7+, booking essential.


Birkhill House

Earlston TD4 6AR

email & phone

07779 339 653