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
Book and pay online – The quickest and easiest way to book a place is directly on our website. Payment is by PayPal.
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.
Book and pay by post – You can post a cheque to The Makershed along with your name and the details of the course you would like to book. Your booking will only be processed if there are spaces available when we receive your cheque.
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 yobike.co.uk 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. Go in through the main entrance and follow the walkway around to the right, through the double doors. Turn immediately left once you’re through the doors, exit the building and you will see the Makershed next to the main hall. The reception in the centre is not always manned so please don’t wait there, just come straight through to the workshop. The St Pauls Learning Centre telephone number is 0117 914 5470.
What to bring
Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes with enclosed toes. If you are doing an Upholstery (level 2 or 3) or Upcycling course then you will need to bring your choice of project to the first class. Projects can then be stored at the Makershed for the duration of the course.
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.
Many of our courses are project based and of a length of time that we would reasonably expect the average person to take to complete that project, plus a little extra. Everyone will inevitably work at different speeds so if you find that your project is taking longer than the course allows we will do our best to fit you in for extra classes that will enable you to finish. You will need to agree the number of classes required with your tutor and then contact us either by email or phone to book.
If you are in receipt of any the income-related benefits listed below and choose a midweek daytime course, you are entitled to apply for a concession fee. Concessions are available on course fees only and do not apply to materials.
• Universal Credit (and/or the benefits it replaces listed below)
• Income support
• Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
• Housing benefit
• Child tax credit
• Working tax credit
Or if you receive:
• Guaranteed Pension Credit
Or if you are:
• an asylum seeker in receipt of government means tested support
Or if you are:
• an unwaged dependent of someone receiving these benefits
To apply for a concession you will need to provide evidence of your benefit entitlement. This can be done by emailing or texting a photo or scan of the relevant document. We will then send you a concession coupon code to use when you make your booking online. Evidence can also be provided in person at The Makershed but please ring us first to make arrangements for your visit.
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 email@example.com
Terms and Conditions
Course and class fees must be paid in full at the time of booking.
We use all endeavours to ensure that our courses are accurately advertised and delivered in accordance with the publicised information. Occasionally however, we may have to amend course details. If this happens, we will contact you straight away and refund your fee in full if you are not happy with the changes.
Cancellations and refunds
We reserve the right to cancel any course. This may happen if there are insufficient bookings to run the course or in response to other circumstances beyond our control. If we have to cancel your course, your fees will be immediately refunded in full. We are unable to reimburse the cost of materials or projects you may have bought for the course.
If you decide that the course you have booked is not right for you, we may be able to transfer you to an alternative course.
If you cancel your course booking a week (7 days) or more before the start date we will refund your fees minus an admin charge of 10% of the course fee. If you cancel with less than a week (7 days) before the start date or after the course has started, we will not be able to refund your fees.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org