Shore Cottage Studio Privacy Policy

Who we are:

We are Shore Cottage Studio Ltd, operating from Shore Cottage, Station Road, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HN. Company Reg. No. 08329571

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it:

Personal Details

Shore Cottage Studio Ltd. collects your personal information when you register as a user on our site, when you buy a voucher, and when you book onto a course. Shore Cottage Studio Ltd. uses this information to be able to fulfil your order.

When you purchase from our site, we collect necessary information, name, address, email address, and contact phone number. We serve refreshments and lunches as part of our courses, and collect the necessary dietary information. We can also make adjustments for certain medical conditions / mobility issues / hearing problems and collect information in order to do this – this can be done using our online form, or via e-mail / phone conversation. This information is added to your order, and recorded separately in our bookings diary kept in the studio.

After you have registered / purchased with us you will be given the opportunity to opt-in to receive information about related products and/or services, sent through a newsletter email via Mailchimp. This email has always used and will always use a double opt-in feature, meaning you must register your email address first, and then respond to a confirmation message sent to your email address. This prevents a third party registering your address without your consent. With every email that we send through Mailchimp regarding direct marketing activities, you will be given the option to inform us that you no longer wish to receive such email messages.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string – this helps with spam detection.

The WordPress platform associates an avatar with your email address. Gravatar powers the user avatars on Your and Gravatar accounts are linked automatically. Once you configure your avatar, you’ll see it when you comment on blogs, when you post to the forums, and with any post displayed in’s community features.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

We may use cookies to:

  • Analyse our web traffic using an analytics package. Aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure, design, content and functions.
  • Identify whether you are signed in to our website. A cookie allows us to check whether you are signed in to the site.
  • To recognise when you return to our website. We may show your relevant content, or provide functionality you used previously.

Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.


Controlling cookies

You can use your web browser’s cookie settings to determine how our website uses cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your computer or device, you should set your web browser to refuse cookies.

However, please note that doing this may affect how our website functions. Some pages and services may become unavailable to you.

Unless you have changed your browser to refuse cookies, our website will issue cookies when you visit it.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website, including length of stay, number of pages visited, and the search terms used to get to our site. This allows us to focus on certain areas of the site to improve the customer experience.

Who we share your data with

Shore Cottage Studio Ltd does not share your personal information with any other company.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Invoice and order information collected via our website will also be used to file our financial accounts, inform our marketing and advertising avenues, and as such is kept for a minimum of 5 years. Customers wishing to redact, remove or edit any of this information can do so by contacting us.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You can always get information about what data is stored about you on request, free of charge. You have the right to correct or remove incorrect data. To this end, a customer can send an email with mention of his/her name and address to the Shore Cottage Studio email account – A reply will be received by the customer within 28 days.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We can be emailed at, or alternatively you can phone on 0151 648 6581 and ask to speak to our Kris Heath, our designated GDPR Officer.

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