Christmas has now well and truly started in our house after our visit to “A Magical Wedgwood Christmas” at World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent which was such a lovely, creative family day out!TYPICAL MUMMY
Our Wedgwood Experience
Our Wedgwood Experience started in the Decorating Studio where the children were able to create their own Christmas plate design (either freestyle or colouring in a pre-printed design) to be transferred onto a plate and fired for us to keep. Little Miss was adamant that she was designing a unicorn plate but Bean kept to the Christmas theme and coloured in a Christmas Gingerbread House. I have never seen him colour so carefully and attentively – he was really engrossed in the activity! We can’t wait to see the results of their efforts when we go back to collect the finished plates (You can also have them posted to you for a small extra charge, if you are unable to collect).
Once we had finished in the Decorating Studio we went to explore the Wedgwood Museum, following the Children’s Trails. I was particularly impressed that they have two trails to follow, one for younger children and one for older children, which meant that Little Miss (aged 3) was able to participate too, which often isn’t the case. The Wedgwood Collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the world and the Museum tells the history of of 250 years of British ceramic production. The children took the tasks on their trail sheets very seriously as they explored the exhibits and admired all of the beautiful pottery on display.
We then headed over to the Factory Shop to check out the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton bargains. I was particularly enamoured by the Ellen DeGeneres Joy collection so I’m hoping that Santa’s reading this!
Our lunch in the Dining Hall was delicious and gave the children time to recharge their creative juices before returning to The Decorating Studio to paint some Christmas pottery. Little Miss P chose to decorate a snowman tree decoration whilst Bean preferred to paint a small vase. Mr J and I also joined in with the activity, painting a christmas tree & teddy bear tree decoration. It was so lovely to do something creative together as a family and the decorations will take pride of place on our tree this year!Our next activity was the one Bean had been looking forward to all day – throwing our own pots in the Master Craft Studio! We rolled up our sleeves, popped on our aprons and had a great time on the potters wheels under the guidance of our expert, Ashley. He taught us how to form our wet lump of clay into impressive looking pots and we are all looking forward to showing off our creations once they’ve been fired! This was a fabulous experience which Mr J, Bean and I really enjoyed! Children under 6 aren’t allowed to use the potters wheels so Little Miss was kept happy modelling her own creations out of clay with a rolling pin, cutters and various tools.
Prices: Museum – free entry. Paint a pot/Christmas tree decoration – £5. Design a dish/plate/ceramic bauble to keep – from £7.50. Throw a pot – £10 for firing and collection, £5 extra for delivery. Full Wedgwood experience day – £49 (Entry to the Factory Tour & Museum, Tea tasting, sampling Wedgwood Teas, pot throwing, plate designing, Afternoon Tea in the Tea Conservatory, 10% discount in the Wedgwood Flagship Store, Annual Membership Pass giving you unlimited free entry into the Wedgwood Museum, the Wedgwood Factory Tour plus 10% off dining and purchases from the Flagship Store for an entire year, worth over £35). There are also Factory Tours available during the week. See here for more information and to buy tickets.
Disclosure – We were kindly gifted our day at World of Wedgwood in exchange for this review.
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