Hive recognises that arts and crafts can be expensive, so we do everything that we can to make things affordable.

We offer a number of reduced fee places on all of our courses. Anybody on Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or other low income benefits can make of us to three reduced fee places each year (one per term) – subject to availability.

On top of that we run a bursaries scheme to provide access to courses for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. In particular, the Christine Godfrey memorial bursary pays for a year’s worth of pottery courses for a talented newcomer, in memory of our wonderful friend Christine, who was a fixture in our pottery studio for many years.

We also run a number of supported drop-in sessions, for which no membership is required and which are free to attend:

Pathwork quilt

A relaxed volunteer-led session for anybody with an interest in mixed crafts, and a basic level of knowledge or ability.


Fern leaf

Draw and paint in the company of other like-minded people, sharing skills and learning new things.


Coffee around table

A supported drop in for people looking to create or mend wooden items, a technician will be on hand to provide support. You can pick from one of the two sessions above subject to availability.