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

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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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Laser cut black felt

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

25th November @ 10:00 am - 26th November @ 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.

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

Photography Course Two Day weekend Saturday Sunday workshop class photo

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

Two day photography course friendly tuition for beginners and intermediate folk wishing to move on from auto mode and turn their snaps to beautiful images.

Finished hand stitched textile artwork from one day stitch course

One Day Textile Art Workshop Monday Dye and hand stitch make a framed artwork

27th November @ 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 Beginner Photography Workshop Shutters and Apertures Monday

27th November @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

One Day Beginner Photography Workshop Shutters and Apertures Tuesday

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

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

One Day Laser Cutting – Custom Wooden Map – Tuesday

28th November @ 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.

laser cut necklace in reindeer design

One Day Laser Cutting – Statement Necklace Jewellery Course Friday

1st December @ 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 Laser Cutting – Statement Necklace Jewellery Course Saturday

2nd December @ 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 Laser Cutting – Statement Necklace Jewellery Course Sunday

3rd December @ 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!

Laser cut black felt

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

7th December @ 10:00 am - 8th December @ 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 Textile stitch fabric dyeing midweek course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

7th December @ 10:00 am - 8th December @ 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.

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

9th December @ 10:00 am - 10th December @ 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.

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

Photography Course Two Day weekend Saturday Sunday workshop class photo

9th December @ 10:00 am - 10th December @ 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.

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

12th December @ 10:00 am - 13th December @ 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.

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

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

12th December @ 10:00 am - 13th December @ 4:00 pm

Two day photography course friendly tuition for beginners and intermediate folk wishing to move on from auto mode and turn their snaps to beautiful images.

Laser cut black felt

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

14th December @ 10:00 am - 15th December @ 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 Textile stitch fabric dyeing weekday midweek course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

14th December @ 10:00 am - 15th December @ 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 black felt

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

4th January , 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5th January , 2018 @ 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.

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach

Photography Course Two Day Thursday Friday weekday midweek workshop class photo

4th January , 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5th January , 2018 @ 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.

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

6th January , 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7th January , 2018 @ 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 weekend course Explore Design Stitch workshop class

6th January , 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7th January , 2018 @ 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.

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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

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