What we do...

Our family run studio offers a diverse range of creative courses in a relaxed environment. Gently encouraging even complete beginners to find some time and space to be creative. Situated on Thurstaston Beach on the Wirral in the North West of England. Call us on 0151 648 6581

Email Laura, Kris, and Sue
Tell me about Your Textile Courses

Tell me about Your Textile Courses

You can spend one or two days with us exploring: Hands on Dye, Art Textile Design, and Hand Stitched Textiles click the picture to learn more.

Tell Me About Your Laser Courses

Tell Me About Your Laser Courses

Choose between: Making Beautiful Unique Pieces with help, or Learning all the Technical Ins and Outs of this Exciting New Technology.

Tell me about your photography courses

Tell me about your photography courses

One or Two Day Get Off Auto Mode and Take Better Pictures, Suitable for Beginners and Improvers Alike - Makes a Great Gift.

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Give the gift of 'Time and Space to be Creative' a real treat for someone special. Buy an entire course, or give 'money towards', vouchers from £5.

Eunice

Eunice

Linocut Course / To read the full review click here

"What a lovely relaxing time I had on a linocut course...Sue and Kris were also very helpful and interesting to talk to...I didnt want to leave"

Eunice

Eunice

Linocut Course / To read the full review click here

"What a lovely relaxing time I had on a linocut course...Sue and Kris were also very helpful and interesting to talk to...I didnt want to leave"

"An excellent two day course explaining the basics of my camera in understandable language. Opportunity to practice and review photographs taken to embed some of the facts in my brain. Environment, hospitality and company extremely good. Thank you very much."

Ian

Ian

Technical Laser Cutting / To read the full review click here

"This is the second time I have attended this course, this time it was to learn more advanced skills and techniques. Once again a thoroughly enjoyable 2 days with excellent teaching in a creative welcoming environment and lovely homemade food. I cant recommend them highly enough!"

"Fabulous morning making fabric pictures. Lovely setting, great friendly atmosphere and homemade scones!"

"Kris and Laura immediately make you feel welcome and the setting is lovely. Laura gives you the confidence to be really creative and time just flies. Great to take something home that you have created under expert guidance. Will definitely be coming back for more!"

iBuild Magazine

iBuild Magazine

April/May Issue 2014 / iBuild Magazine

“The close-knit artistically skilled Heath/Barnes family have built a unique garden room beside their cottage that sits on the shores of the beautiful windswept Wirral peninsula”

Garden Rooms Magazine

Garden Rooms Magazine

January Issue 2014 / Garden Rooms Magazine

“A dramatic and aspirational business, focussed around the two elements that mean the most to them - their professional passions, and a remarkable location.”

Cheshire Life

Cheshire Life

May Issue 2014 / Cheshire Life Magazine

“The view from Shore Cottage Studio on Thurstaston Beach is magnificent... and the sea chipped in this Winter with plentiful materials, transformed into art by students and tutors. The whole place lifts the spirits.”

Alex Reece

Alex Reece

Contributing Editor / Coast Magazine

"Just heading down the steps to Shore Cottage Studio gives you a sense of leaving the world behind. And spending two days at this beachside haven, under the expert creative guidance of Laura and Kris, really does help you to slow down and look at the world through fresh eyes."

George Clarke

George Clarke

Amazing Spaces / Channel 4

"With light streaming in from the open sky outside, it really is the perfect place to teach art classes... and that view is just incredible... this is life changing stuff!"

ShallyWirral

ShallyWirral

Linocut course / To read to full review click here

"What a wonderful, inspiring morning we had...Laura, Sue and Chris were so welcoming and warm. Spending time at Shore cottage is the perfect antidote to stress, I can't wait to return for another course"

Rachel S

Rachel S

Textile course / To read the full review

"I have just spent two inspirational days at Shore Cottage and have come away filled with new ideas and techniques to try. The experience was so thoroughly enjoyable I look forward to visiting again."

Jane

Jane

Fused glass taster / To read the full review click here

"Attended the 2 hour workshop. Chris and Laura immediately make you feel welcome and the setting is lovely. Will definitely be coming back for more!"

"This is the second time I have attended this course, this time it was to learn more advanced skills and techniques. Once again a throughly enjoyable 2 days with excellent teaching in a creative welcoming environment and lovely homemade food. I cant recommend them highly enough!"

Joanne

Joanne

Photography course / To read he full review click here

"Fab 2 day course which has enabled me to understand my camera better and now confident in using it on manual settings. Lovely environment and great hospitality. Would thoroughly recommend. "

Skyelott

Skyelott

Laser cut course / To read the full review click here

"An absolutely fabulous and informative two days spent with Kris, Laura and Sue. I had Kris' expertise, patience, humour and extensive knowledge on a 1:1 basis throughout the duration. Sue and Laura helped with design ideas. The warmth and hospitality of the team was as good as you can get. I can't recommend this well resourced studio enough, for whatever craft experience you may be interested in."

"Inspiring, creative, relaxed, fun and a feast for the eyes - and stomach! Sue and Laura's studio is a true gem on the North West's coastline. Along with eight friends, I have spent a most lovely afternoon Christmas crafting lino printing. I cannot recommend this place enough."

Mei-Yee

Mei-Yee

Laser cut course / To read the full review click here

"From the moment I stepped into the shore cottage studio, I felt at ease. I recommend this course, I want to do other courses soon."

"Stunning location, fabulous tuition and general gorgeousness in every direction you could possibly look. "

Marion

Marion

Creative courses / To read the full review click here

"Amazing courses. Truly lovely instructors who really do bring out your creative side. Stunning setting. Delicious cakes."

About the Studio

Featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces - Channel 4, described as "The perfect place to teach art"

Meet the Artists

A family team who all studied art as mature students we steer away from traditional tutoring in favour of a more experimental collaborative approach. We are passionate about passing on the knowledge of the subjects we love in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Kris Heath

Kris loves; typography, chunky wooden furniture, and collecting circles.

Laura Heath

Laura loves; tactile textures, chiaroscuro, and home baking.

Sue Barnes

Sue loves; rusted metal, vintage textiles, and homemade presents.

Shore Cottage Studio is...

...sited in the most enviable position on the Wirral peninsula looking over the River Dee to North Wales, we have a real get away from it all secluded feel. The varying tides and open views make the studio environment an ever changing, exciting, dynamic, inspirational place.

Tell me where the studio is

Tell me where the studio is

View our interactive map showing where to stay, where to eat, and other local highlights.

Let me have a nosey inside

Let me have a nosey inside

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When can I come?

When can I come?

See what courses, classes and workshops we have going on in the studio.

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Two Day Creative Laser Cutting and Etching – creative lasercutting laseretching laser engraving midweek weekday Wednesday/Thursday course workshop class

25th April @ 10:00 am - 26th April @ 4:00 pm

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching. Work with your own ideas and even your own handwriting and drawings to produce beautiful laser work pieces from acrylic, wood and paper.

Explore Design Stitch

Two Day Textile stitch fabric dyeing weekday Wednesday/Thursday course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

25th April @ 10:00 am - 26th April @ 4:00 pm

Taking inspiration from the shoreline, dye fabric and threads and hand stitch your own unique designs. Supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Suitable for all abilities.

One Day Beginner Photography Workshop Shutters and Apertures Saturday

28th April @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode.

Ray capturing the sunset

One Day Mastering Manual Mode Photography Sunday 29 April 2018

29th April @ 10:00 am

This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect.

Explore Design Stitch

Two Day Textile stitch fabric dyeing weekday Thursday Friday course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

3rd May @ 10:00 am - 4th May @ 4:00 pm

Taking inspiration from the shoreline ,dye fabric and threads and hand stitch your own unique designs. Supportive and relaxing atmosphere.
Suitable for all abilities

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

Two Day Photography Course – Tuesday/Wednesday weekday midweek workshop class photo

8th May @ 10:00 am - 9th May @ 4:00 pm

Take control of your digital camera, move off auto mode and take more interesting photos. Suitable for complete beginners and improvers. Supportive atmosphere to build confidence.

One Day Creative Composition for Photography Friday 11 May 2018

11th May @ 10:00 am

One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed.

laser cut necklace in reindeer design

One Day Laser Cut Statement Necklace Jewellery Course – weekend course workshop class

12th May @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke laser cut statement necklace, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself. So Many Designs to Choose From!

One day textile course designing on paper

One Day Developing your Textile Designs Sketchbook Day Weekend Saturday 12th.May 2018

12th May @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore paint, rubbings, resists, collage, and mark making. Learn how to kick-start your ideas and fill a sketchbook with your own designs.

One Day Laser Cut Custom Wooden Map – Sunday weekend course workshop class

13th May @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke wooden map in a frame, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself.

dyed fabric and threads

One Day Colouring Backgrounds and Threads for Stitch Weekend Sunday May 13th 2018

13th May @ 10:00 am

Spend a day dyeing fabric and threads making unique backgrounds for future stitch projects. Explore traditional and Eco dyes with Sue on a variety of fabrics.

Laser cut black felt

Two Day Technical Laser Cutting and Etching – creative lasercutting laseretching laser engraving midweek weekday Monday/Tuesday Course Workshop Class

21st May @ 10:00 am - 22nd May @ 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at those looking for an overview of the technical aspects of laser cutting - suitable for all abilities, including those with no prior experience using a laser cutter, through to those familiar with the process looking to try some new techniques.

Explore Design Stitch

Two Day Textiles – stitch fabric dyeing weekday midweek Monday/Tuesday course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

21st May @ 10:00 am - 22nd May @ 4:00 pm

Taking inspiration from the shoreline, dye fabric and threads and hand stitch your own unique designs. Supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Suitable for all abilities.

laser cut necklace in reindeer design

One Day Laser Cut Statement Necklace Jewellery Course – weekday Friday course workshop class

25th May @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke laser cut statement necklace, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself. So Many Designs to Choose From!

hand stitching in relaxed studio atmsphere

One Day Exploring Hand Stitch Friday 25 May 2018

25th May @ 10:00 am

Enjoy a day stitching in a relaxed atmosphere whatever your skill level. Gentle tuition to develop at your own pace.

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

Two Day Photography Course – weekend workshop class photo

26th May @ 10:00 am - 27th May @ 4:00 pm

Take control of your digital camera, move off auto mode and take more interesting photos. Suitable for complete beginners and improvers. Supportive atmosphere to build confidence.

Finished hand stitched textile artwork from one day stitch course

One Day Textile Art Workshop Stitched Seascape from Scratch Midweek Tuesday Dye and hand stitch make a framed artwork

19th June @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Enjoy a day learning how to look for inspiration in your surroundings, dye fabric and threads and explore simple hand stitching to create a unique framed piece of textile art.

One Day Laser Cut Custom Wooden Map – Tuesday midweek weekday course workshop class

19th June @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke wooden map in a frame, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself.

One Day Beginner Photography Workshop Shutters and Apertures Wednesday

20th June @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode.

Ray capturing the sunset

One Day Mastering Manual Mode Photography Thursday 21 June 2018

21st June @ 10:00 am

This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect.

Two Day Creative Laser Cutting and Etching – creative lasercutting laseretching laser engraving weekend course workshop class

23rd June @ 10:00 am - 24th June @ 4:00 pm

This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching. Work with your own ideas and even your own handwriting and drawings to produce beautiful laser work pieces from acrylic, wood and paper.

Explore Design Stitch

Two Day Textiles – stitch fabric dyeing weekend course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

23rd June @ 10:00 am - 24th June @ 4:00 pm

Taking inspiration from the shoreline, dye fabric and threads and hand stitch your own unique designs. Supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Suitable for all abilities.

One Day Creative Composition for Photography Monday 2 July 2018

2nd July @ 10:00 am

One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed.

Laser cut black felt

Two Day Technical Laser Cutting and Etching – creative lasercutting laseretching laser engraving midweek weekday Tuesday/Wednesday Course Workshop Class

3rd July @ 10:00 am - 4th July @ 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at those looking for an overview of the technical aspects of laser cutting - suitable for all abilities, including those with no prior experience using a laser cutter, through to those familiar with the process looking to try some new techniques.

Explore Design Stitch

Two Day Textiles – stitch fabric dyeing weekday midweek Tuesday/Wednesday course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

3rd July @ 10:00 am - 4th July @ 4:00 pm

Taking inspiration from the shoreline, dye fabric and threads and hand stitch your own unique designs. Supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Suitable for all abilities.

Ray capturing the sunset

One Day Mastering Manual Mode Photography Saturday 7 July 2018

7th July @ 10:00 am

This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect.

One Day Creative Composition for Photography Sunday 8 July 2018

8th July @ 10:00 am

One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed.

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Multi Award Winning

Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 and the number one 'Thing to Do' in Thurstaston

Sustainable Tourism and Independent Business

Sustainable Tourism and Independent Business

Winners of two Tourism Awards 2016. Finalists for Attraction of the Year 2016 and 2017

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016

Winners of Liverpool City Region's Tourism Awards 2016 (Finalists 2017 and Highly Commended 2015)

A.C.E. Coastal Best Practice - Leisure and Tourism

A.C.E. Coastal Best Practice - Leisure and Tourism

Winners of the Northwest Coastal Forum's Biennial Awards for Coastal Excellence 2014-15 and 2016-2017