The Makershed @ St. Pauls Learning Centre

We offer the opportunity to learn new crafts and skills from a team of experienced makers and tutors. We provide affordable and inclusive courses to support you from beginner level to independent project work.

Our mission is to help people discover what they can make and what they can do, to enable them to experience the flow of making by hand and the feeling of achievement having made something useful and tangible.

Our teaching workshop is based in the vibrant St Pauls area of Bristol, within the St Pauls Learning Centre and is open to everyone who wants to get making.

How to book level 1 and weekend courses:

Book and pay online – The quickest and easiest way to book a place is directly on our website. Payment is by WorldPay.
You can also:
Book and pay in person – You can enrol in person at The Makershed and pay by card, cheque or cash. Please ring us on 07599 670365 to make arrangements for your visit.

How to book midweek level 2 and 3 courses:

Moving on to Level 2 and 3 – When you move on to a level 2 course you have the option to start paying in easy and affordable installments every 2 weeks using the WorldPay FuturePay facility.

Traveling to classes

The St Pauls Learning Centre encourages use of public transport and arriving by foot/on a bike. We are a 15 minute walk from the bus station and a 25minute walk from Temple Meads train station. The number 5 bus Denbigh Street stop is the closet to us. If you are cycling, there are bike stands outside the centre where you can lock your bike up. Or you can pick up a YoBike from anywhere in the city and cycle here for just £1. This amazing cycle sharing scheme was launched in 2017 and we’ve already seen lots of bright yellow bikes parked nearby. Go to for more information.


Parking is on-road in neighbouring streets and there are usually plenty of spaces. Weekdays 9am – 5pm, road spaces are a mixture of residents only and pay-at-the-meter spaces available for a maximum of 3 hours at a time. During the evenings and at weekends there are no restrictions or charges for the use of road spaces

Finding The Makershed

The Makershed is situated inside the St Pauls Learning Centre, next to the main hall. Please enter the centre through the large metal gate at the back of the centre to get to classes – your tutor will open the back gate 10 minutes before the class starts. The St Pauls Learning Centre telephone number is 0117 914 5470.

What to bring

Please bring a face covering – this must be worn when entering the workshop and until you are in your work area.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes with enclosed toes.

All tools and materials are provided for you.


If you are with us for the whole day then you are welcome to bring and eat lunch in the workshop. Lunch break will be 12.30 – 1pm. There is also a Caribbean cafe in the St Pauls Learning Centre. Glen’s Kitchen is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Glen offers a range of meals including English and Caribbean cuisine. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a Wednesday you can try a fantastic roast lunch.


It is important to us that our courses are as inclusive as possible. If there is anything we can do to support or facilitate your participation please do let us know by emailing

Young People

Our courses are aimed at adults but we do allow young people over the age of 14 to attend provided they they are accompanied by an appropriate adult.

The Makershed Terms and Conditions

1. By booking a course you acknowledge and accept that:

1.1 the course or fee must be paid in full at the time of booking

1.2 we reserve the right to cancel amend or reschedule any course at any time and in which event you are entitled to immediately receive a full refund of your fee

1.3 if you cancel your booking within 14 days of the start date of your course you are not entitled to receive a refund of your fee

1.4 if you cancel your booking more than 14 days before the start date of your course you are entitled to receive a refund of your fee less a 10% administration charge

1.5 if you are making a booking for a third party to attend a course they will be required to sign The Makershed Liability Disclaimer before the course starts

1.6 if you are booking for someone under the age of 18 years then an appropriate adult is required to be present on The Makershed premises with that person at all times and to sign The Makershed Liability Disclaimer before the course starts.

Payment by Subscription (FuturePay) via WorldPay

Some courses can be paid via subscription (aka Futurepay Payments via Worldpay) – this allows you to spread the cost of a course by paying in instalments. Your debit or credit card is charged once every 2 weeks for an agreed length of time – an online equivalent of traditional direct debit or standing order payments. Not all courses can be paid for in instalments – if you cannot see the option to pay by instalment when adding the course to your basket then it is not available for that course.

Cancel your Futurepay payments
Please contact The Makershed by email or phone to cancel. If you cancel your payments you may not be able to complete the course.

The Makershed Equalities Policy

The Makershed is committed to the provision of a learning and making environment where everyone is treated equally and with respect and consideration.

We do not tolerate discriminatory behaviour or harassment of any kind, including any expression which aims to incite discrimination or hatred against any person or group, especially on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or socio-economic background.

By booking a course you acknowledge and accept our equalities policy and our right to cancel your booking if your behaviour whilst at The Makershed is not in line with this policy.

The Makershed Liability Disclaimer

The activities in which you may participate as part of your course or independent working at The Makershed and subsequent and related activities off the Makershed premises (Makershed Activities) carry the risk of injury and damage to property.

1. By booking a course you acknowledge and accept that:

1.1 your participation in Makershed Activities is entirely at your own risk and you knowingly assume this risk

1.2 you agree not to bring any claim against The Makershed.

Data Protection

To see details of how we collect, use and store your personal data, please view our Privacy Notice here: The Makershed Privacy Notice

Complaints and comments

Should you have any concerns about your course once it has started, please discuss these concerns with your tutor as soon as possible in the first instance. If you have a wider complaint or comment we are happy to receive your feedback and suggestions, please email us at

Company Registration Details

St. Pauls Workshop Ltd, trading as ‘The Makershed’, is registered in England under company number 10532101 at 9A Prospect Close, Winterbourne Down, Bristol, BS36 1BD.