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 or creative.

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 through our website. Payments are processed using WooCommerce Payments.

You can also:
Book and pay by email and bank transfer – You can enrol via email and pay by bank transfer. Please contact us on to make arrangements.

Book and pay in person – You can enrol in person at The Makershed and pay by 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 – Some of our level 2 courses are available to book online but most level 2 and 3 course bookings are by individual arrangement when you are nearing the end of a level 1 course or the top of a waiting list. When you move on to a level 2 or 3 course you have the option to start paying in easy and affordable installments every 2 weeks using the WorldPay FuturePay facility. Please contact us for further details.

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 25 minute walk from Temple Meads train station. The number 5 bus Denbigh Street stop is the closest to us. If you are cycling, there are bike stands outside the centre where you can lock your bike up.


St Pauls Learning Centre does have a small number of parking spaces attached to it for people using the centre. If you park in one of these spaces, make sure to give your registration number to the centre receptionist to avoid a parking ticket. Otherwise, parking is on-road in neighbouring streets and there are usually plenty of spaces. Road spaces are a mixture of residents-only and pay-at-the-meter spaces. Weekdays 9am – 5pm the pay-at-the-meter spaces are charged a £1 per hour and available for a maximum of 3 hours at a time. During the evenings and at weekends there are no restrictions or charges for these spaces.

Finding The Makershed

The Makershed workshop is situated inside the St Pauls Learning Centre, next to the hall. Some of our classes also take place in the St Pauls Learning Centre hall and art rooms. Please enter the centre through the main entrance and follow the signs. The St Pauls Learning Centre telephone number is 0117 914 5470.

What to bring to your course

Please bring a face covering – this must be worn when entering the St Pauls Learning Centre and until you are in your course 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 unless specified otherwise in the course listing.

Tea and coffee is available if your course takes place in the workshop or hall. For courses in the art rooms, please bring your own refreshments.


If you are with us for the whole day then you are welcome to bring and eat lunch here. There is also a Community Cafe in the St Pauls Learning Centre. Glen’s Kitchen is open 7 days a week serving (late) 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

At your sole discretion you may want to inform us of any medical or physical conditions, or other circumstances that may impact your ability to take part in a course. We can then talk to you about what additional support we may be able to provide.

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.

Concession Rate Fees

Unfortunately we are not able to offer concession rate fees at the current time. You may however be eligible for a funded place through either Bristol City Council Community Learning or Future Bright services. Please email the Makershed for more information.

The Makershed Terms and Conditions

1. Who can book our courses?

Anyone over the age of 18.

2. Who can participate in our courses?

Our courses are aimed at adults but we do allow minors aged over 14 years to participate if they are accompanied by an adult.

3. Booking for other people

If you make a booking for someone else please let us know the name and email address of the participant so that we can send them these terms and conditions and the relevant health and safety information before their course starts. Your booking is not complete until the participant agrees to our terms and conditions, which must be at least 14 days before the course starts or on booking if within this time frame.

4. How are payments processed?

The Makershed website uses WooCommerce Payments to process your credit/debit card payments.

5. Paperwork

When we receive your order and payment we will send you a booking receipt and order number. If you require a VAT invoice please email us.

6. Changing a booking

We do our best to accommodate changes to bookings. We can move your booking to alternative dates or an alternative course if we have places available and provided that you give us at least 14 days notice. If your course starts in the next 14 days we will still do our best to accommodate your request by re-selling your place but we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to.

7. Cancelling a booking

You can cancel a booking up to 14 days before the course start date and we will refund you the fee you paid less a 10% cancellation fee.

8. Tutor changes

We may sometimes need to use a different tutor than the one advertised for a course due to tutor illness but we will always make sure your tutor has the necessary experience and ability so that your learning and enjoyment is not compromised.

9. Cancellation by us

We rarely have to cancel courses but this does sometime happen. Our course fees are set at the lowest possible level to make them as accessible as we can, which means we need a minimum number of bookings to be able to run. Some of our more specialist courses are also dependent on a single tutor and in the event of illness, we would need to cancel. If this happens we will give you the choice of either moving to new course dates or a full and immediate refund. If your course has not reached the minimum number of bookings at 7 days before the start date we will advise you by email.

10. Health and safety

All of our courses are risk assessed and participation is subject to health and safety rules. Generic health and safety rules will be emailed to you before your course start date and course specific health and safety rules will be explained to you by your tutor. You must abide by these rules and if you persistently fail to do so we reserve the right to end your participation in a course without refund.

11. 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 we reserve the right to end your participation in a course without refund if your behaviour whilst at The Makershed is not in line with this policy.

12. Course materials

Many of our course fees include the cost of materials. For some courses, materials must be paid for separately, either before the course starts or, at the end of the course if everyone uses different materials. Materials payments in advance must be made at least 14 days before the course start date, or on booking if within this time frame. Materials payments due at the end of the course must be paid before you leave your course, either through the Makershed website, by bank transfer or in cash if you have the correct money.

13. Liability disclaimer

We will use all reasonable endeavours to keep you and your property safe whilst you are participating in a course and do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. Your participation in our courses is however at your own risk and by making a booking you agree not to bring any claim against the Makershed for any loss, damage or injury not caused by our negligence. Your property is left unattended on our premises at your own risk.


Payment by Subscription (FuturePay) via WorldPay

Some level 2 and 3 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 or, to stay on a course on a rolling basis. Your debit or credit card is charged once every 2 weeks for an agreed length of time, or indefinitely, until you cancel – an online equivalent of traditional direct debit or standing order payments.

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.

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. Our VAT registration number is GB 402 3000 80.