Hobbycraft opens at Lakeside

Hobbycraft, the UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer, celebrated the opening of its new store at Lakeside Retail Park in West Thurrock last Saturday with a host of crafting activities, product offers and goody bags for the first 100 customers who walked through the doors.

Decoupage items on a shop shelf

The new Hobbycraft store offers customers the retailers' extensive range of crafting products from art, baking, home craft, papercraft, knitting, sewing, kids' crafts and model making to accessories for weddings, celebrations and much more.

Furthermore, the Lakeside store will be hosting a free Decopatch workshop on Saturday 23rd September, in which customers can create their very own Decoupage animal to take home with them, and a free Digital Cutting Demonstration with Cricut on Saturday 30th September, in which customers can learn new digital cutting techniques from a Cricut expert. Both sessions will be running throughout 9am and 1pm.

Hobbycraft Lakeside created 12 new jobs in the local area. These roles have offered the Lakeside community the opportunity to apply for the No.1 Best Big Company to work for in the UK – awarded in May 2023 by Best Companies (an organisation dedicated to making the world a better workplace).

ribbon cutting of store opening

The Lakeside store will offer customers a range of experiences and dedicated craft spaces in store, including:
Craft Workshops – Throughout the year, the store will host a variety of craft workshops, designed to give everyone the opportunity to master a new craft or refine a long-time favourite. The workshops are suitable for the whole family with specific kids' sessions also available. Prices start at £5 and can be booked online via Hobbycraft ClassBento.
Digital Cutting Area – A dedicated space which introduces customers to the world of digital crafting, whether customers are looking to take their papercrafts to the next level or create personalised clothing and home décor with vinyl, sublimation, or precision cutting.
Haberdashery Area – A sewing area in store with a wide range of patterns, fabrics, and trimmings, plus an extended range of sewing machines that customers can test drive before purchasing. This area is centred around an enlarged cutting table which doubles as a demonstration and consultation area for our customers, and our expert colleagues will be on hand to support customers with all their sewing enquiries.
Hobbycraft Plus – For any local crafters looking to turn their crafting passion into a small business, customers will find information around the store about 'Hobbycraft Plus' – a subscription service that helps dedicated crafters grow their business with a great-value package, alongside targeted support, and advice. Costing £80 per year, whilst delivering over £170 of cost-savings and activities, the subscription includes an annual 15% discount on the Hobbycraft range in-store and online (exclusions apply*), an upgrade to free next day delivery on orders over £25, three free seminars focused on helping businesses to grow, access to bulk product and packaging, as well as quarterly seasonal newsletters.

Store Manager, Gina Ford, comments: "Our amazing store is packed with crafting materials to suit all ages and abilities, and beginners through to experienced crafters are all welcome to pop into the store and chat to our creative colleagues. They're always happy to share their knowledge, tips and tricks."

To find out more information please visit the new Hobbycraft at Unit A2B Lakeside Retail Park, West Thurrock, RM20 3LP or visit the Hobbycraft website at www.hobbycraft.co.uk. The new Lakeside store will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

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