the york makery

From £12 pp + . From 4 yrs +. Suitable for children and adults.


The York Makery is a craft shop, situated just outside the historic York walls, and specialising in yarn, fabric, and haberdashery. We are open 10 – 5 Tuesday to Saturday, during which everyone is welcome to come and browse in our wonderful modern and colourful shop. We also run a huge array of classes, workshops and parties, in crafts like crochet, knitting, sewing, metal stamping, lino cutting and more! We pride ourselves on our inspiring environment and excellent customer service.

Opened in April 2016, The York Makery is run primarily by Kayleigh, an ex-teacher of Design & Technology at secondary school level, who left the profession to open her own business. All our in-house classes, and all of our parties, are designed, led and run by Kayleigh, always with a focus on creativity and fun.



Children’s Parties

Needle Felting                        Decomache                               Bunting Necklaces                Decomache


Silk Clay Modelling                Silk Clay Modelling                 Fabric Pet Portraits              Needle Felting


Fabric Pet Portraits                  Metal Stamping                      Silk Clay Modelling

Our crafty birthday parties have proved incredibly popular since we opened! Led by Kayleigh, who is a qualified Art, Design & Technology teacher, parties take place in our ground floor shop workspace. We can accommodate 12, sometimes one or two more at a push, and have a minimum of 4 attendees for booking. All parties result in a craft product which party goers can proudly take home and show off!

We are able to be flexible and work with you to create bespoke parties if you wish. Our most popular parties are:

Silk Clay Modelling – 1 hour – £12 pp

Our special foam-based clay is super clean and air dry; party goers will model creatures on a theme chosen by the birthday girl/boy – popular themes include fairies, unicorns, teddy bears, emojis, robots, monsters and aliens!
Suitable for ages 4+

Fabric Pet Portraits – 1 hour – £12pp

No sewing required, these fabric animal portraits have been a huge hit – party goers will use prepared templates to cut, match fabrics, glue and decorate an absolute masterpiece to take home.
Suitable for ages 7+

Decomache – 1 hour – £12pp

A fun and easy messy activity using collaging, glue and glitter to decorate either two MDF letters or a letter and a paper Mache shape.

Suitable for ages 4+

Needle Felting – 1.5 hours – £16pp

Using sharp barbed needles and wool roving, we sculpt and create an adorable little creature to take home.

Suitable for ages 11+ – please be aware – sharp needles.

Metal Stamping – 1 hour – £16pp

Using decorative punches and metal blanks to create personalised jewellery – party goers will get a variety of shaped blanks, including a bracelet.

Suitable for ages 11+ – please be aware – use of hammers

Bunting Necklaces – 1 hour – £12pp

A jewellery making party, using specially cut acrylic pennants and jewellery pliers and cutters to make bright and bonny necklaces.

Suitable for ages 9+

NEW – Fairy Houses – 1 hour – £16pp

In this party we use our silk and foam clays to cover a glass jar to look like an adorable fairy house, before adding an LED tealight for that magical touch!

Suitable for ages 7+

NEW – Pompom Tiaras – 1 hour – £12pp

Using our special pompom makers, party goers will make a variety of bright colourful poms, before turning them into a glorious crown or tiara!

Suitable for ages 7+

All of our craft parties listed above are also available as part of our crafternoon tea deal, in which you would enjoy an hour of crafting here with us, before going next door to Bistro Guy and enjoying a delicious afternoon tea – all for only £25 per person!

We regret that we cannot serve or allow food to be served during our parties, as they take place on our main shop floor. We would be happy to suggest places to eat very close by, should you wish.


craft parties for adults


Arm Knitting                        Knicker Decorating            Needle Felting                      Tote Bag Decorating

Metal Stamping

We offer a variety of craft parties for all ages and occasions, bookable to suit your schedule for 4 people or more. We have hosted birthdays, corporate away days, hen parties, baby showers and just “doing it for a nice afternoon” parties! We are very flexible with what you’d like to do at your special party, please do contact us to discuss your needs or questions.


Our most popular options are:

Knicker/Baby Gro Decorating – 1 hour – £16 pp

Using embroidery, applique or just glue, party members will be able to decorate and personalise to their heart’s content!

Tote Bag Decorating – 1 hour – £16pp

Whether you can sew or not, we use iron on applique, fabric pens, embroidery, ribbons, buttons and more to create your own bag design

Metal Stamping – 1 hour – £16pp

Perfect for creating personalised jewellery for party attenders, or to put together into a set picture as a special gift for an occasion

Decomache – 1 hour – £12pp

Using MDF shapes and beautiful papers, decorate your own initials or creature for pride of place display at home

Needlefelted Baubles – 1 hour – £15pp

Perfect for a work Christmas party; using barbed needles, polystyrene bases and merino roving, create your own Christmas tree decorations

All of our craft parties listed above are also available as part of our crafternoon tea deal, in which you would enjoy an hour of crafting here with us, before going next door to Bistro Guy and enjoying a delicious afternoon tea – all for only £25 per person!


  • 36 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ
  • 01904 864153
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