Tag Archives: Arts And Crafts

Creation Station Scoops 5 Star Satisfaction Award And Best Improvement Award 2016


At The Best Franchise Awards ran by Smith & Henderson and sponsored by RBS, The Creation Station scooped two prestigious awards, the 5 Star satisfaction award and the  Award For Continuous Improvement.

The 5 Star Satisfaction award is based on an independent and anonymous survey of The  Creation Station franchise owners. The Creation Station’s commitment to regular and on-going developments gained them the Continuous Improvement Award.


Sarah Cressall Managing Director and Founder of Creation Station said,

“I am thrilled to have gained both awards. I understand the importance of listening and responding to our team of Franchise owners and striving to exceed our customer expectations as well as maximizing new business opportunities. We now inspire over 12,500 children and families per week through our classes, parties and events and we couldn’t do this with our great team of franchise owners and our Creative Hub head office team. My thanks go to all our franchise owners, our head office team and the team at Smith and Henderson for their on-going support to help us all make a positive difference to others.”

The Best Franchise Awards sponsored by RBS,  are unique because they based on the satisfaction of current franchisees.  Franchisees are asked to rate their franchisor on everything from training and support, to shared goals and how the experience of being a franchisee has compared with their expectations. This genuine recommendation by existing franchisees is a powerful marketing tool for winners, as it demonstrates a genuine testimonial from people living and working within their brand every day.

Steven Frost, CEO of Smith and Henderson said,

“We would like to congratulate The Creation Station on gaining these two prestigious awards.  What makes these awards unique is they are based on feedback from the real experts, thousands of actual franchisees. 2016 had a record number of entries into the awards with the winners recording record levels of franchisee satisfaction.”

To request a free information pack about running your own franchise click here.

For more information about The Creation Station  visit www.thecreationstation.co.ukk or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk.







New creative classes and clubs for children launch in over eight hundred locations nationwide


The UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches new pre-school and after-school clubs, across the country.

The hands-on, exploratory programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum EYFS. Each class is designed to support the individual child’s journey of discovery, through a wide range of different materials and tools, every week.


Rebecca White, on the independent Trust Pilot review site, stated:
“We have been coming along to the art sessions since my little girl was 2 and I wish we had known about it when she was even younger, as babies can do it too. This is truly one of the best activity classes you can do for your child. They get to explore, create and learn – all at the same time. There is paint, glitter, foam pieces, sequins and glue. Basically, all the things children want to play with. And no need to worry about the mess. They provide full overall suits that cover them from head to toe and they provide water and cloths to wash those sticky hands and feet afterwards, so mums can breathe a sigh of relief. Every week is a different theme, so they don’t get bored doing the same thing, and you get to take your creations home. It is such a wonderful class I cannot recommend it enough.”

The classes have a five-star rating on Trust Pilot, from two hundred and eighty-eight reviews.  They are delivered nationwide by a team of DBS checked, first-aid trained, and safeguarding-trained Creation Station franchise owners. The classes:

Baby Discover Classes (weekly)

  • Baby Discover classes, for parents and carers of 6-15 month old babies. Designed to help babies explore and discover their world through safe, tried and tested hands-on and toes-on creative activities.

Little Explorer Classes (weekly)

  • Little Explorer classes, for parents or carers with their 16 months to five-year-old child. The classes support children to explore materials and concepts, discover new techniques, ideas, and develop skills and confidence.
  • Pre-school classes are called ‘Scrunchy, Crunchy, Bumpy – hands-on discovery’. They include activities exploring scrunchy and crunchy, squishy and squashy and slippery and slimy textures. Activities include creating see-through moveable pictures, mobiles, puppets, and clay creations.

Create Clubs (weekly, after-school and holidays)

  • Create Clubs provide nurturing, creative, fun after-school activities. They are designed to support the child’s exploration, develop their ideas, discover techniques, and grow their confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills. This term’s theme is the Art of Science and includes examining reflections, optical illusions and the solar system.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station Ltd, said:
“I’m delighted that since 2002 we have been able to help inspire over 250,000 children and families through classes, clubs and parties. We are passionate about helping to bring creativity back into childhood, to help unlock their unique potential.  We work in partnership with lots of schools as well as local councils and family friendly companies who want to extend their range of services and bring families into their venue. I’m really grateful to all our partners, franchise owners and parents who help to inspire children’s imaginations.”

Find out more about The Creation Station franchise by clicking below to request your FREE franchise information pack

Lisa Hagg celebrates her 6th successful year with her own Creation Station Franchise




Lisa Hagg

I am delighted to be celebrating my 6th successful year running my own Creation Station franchise. My business keeps getting better and better. Here are just some of my highlights for 2016 so far…

*I have helped to inspire over 1,600 children in Bournemouth, just within the last 6 months alone. Bookings have reached an all-time record with regular contracts and waiting lists for my classes and we’re only half way through the year.

* My business has grown to an exciting new level. I have a successful team of great staff who run many of the classes and parties. Due to demand I am able to take advantage of the head office business developments and I am launching into after-school clubs and adult classes.

*I am making full use of the 5 star customer rating we have on Trustpilot as a national company. I am also making use of the extensive social media content that is created and provided by our Creative Hub head office, for me to share.

* I have strong brand presence in the area and this is supported by the fact we can gain contracts to run the Kidszones at the local family festivals. I’ve been working closely with a Bournemouth based event company which is leading to further contracts and partnerships within my community.

* By promoting our national monthly prize draw that ‘Creative Hub’ Head Office run every month, I’ve boosted my growing database to cross sell my services.

* My income has doubled in the last year alone and I can see my business continuing to thrive as we connect and help with so many children, parents, grandparents, local businesses, family focused and educational organizations.

Lisa Hagg

The Creation Station brand has just gone from strength to strength and is all about inspiring imaginations and nurturing potential. It’s wonderful to be part of such a positive and dynamic team.

I love being able to chose what I do and to be in control of my working hours. I also have the time I want to have with my girls, I choose the hours I work and our head office team support me to achieve what I want out of running my own business.

It’s definitely a different path to my years in banking and I feel very fortunate and proud of the work I do now. It was the right decision to take time out to reflect on what I really wanted back in 2010. Making the decision to have more fulfillment and control over my working life means that as well as now running my own rewarding and profitable business, I have been there for my girls.

I’ve grown in so many ways in the last six years. I’ve made so many new friends and had so much fun running my business. I’m really looking forward to seeing what exciting things 2017 holds for me, my family and my business.

Creation-Station 2016 logo - RGB - for AE

The Creation Station Launches New Born Creative Keepsake Classes


The UKs leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches a new craft service for parents who want to create a range of keepsakes with the baby’s hand and footprints.

The classes are called Tiny Treasures and are the brain child of Emma Theunissen who runs her own Creation Station franchise on the Isle of Wight.

“I’ve been running my Creation Station classes, parties and events for 3 years now and when I had my little girl Mae in January, I started to create lots of crafty keepsakes. Following Mae’s arrival I really wanted to create a safe, friendly and welcoming place for new mummies to come to, to meet new friends and create wonderful keepsakes together that they would cherish forever” says Emma mum to Kai aged 5 years, Zac aged 3 years and Mae aged 3 months. “I chatted it through with our Founder Sarah Cressall who was so supportive and now we are rolling it out across our 97 franchises throughout the UK and Ireland.”


Tiny Treasures is perfect for parents with babies from birth to 5 months. The fun interactive classes run for 90 minutes and are a relaxed way to meet other parents and to be creative, all at the same time.

Here’s an example of some of the gorgeous creations that will be able to be made and treasure at the Creation Station Tiny Treasure classes:

  • Make personalised Baby Bunting with a baby’s name and footprints
  • Create printed hand and footprint canvases with a baby to treasure their first marks
  • Frame a footprint with a beautiful deco patch wooden frame
  • Create a personalised baby hand and footprint greeting cards
  • Make 3D creative clay hand print or foot print to treasure for ever
  • Create wooden baby finger print memo holders to share with family and friends as a unique keepsake

Find out more about The Creation Station franchise opportunities by clicking below to request your FREE franchise information pack

The Creation Station Voted By Parents For National Award



CaptureCreation Station is short listed as ‘Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity’ as voted for by parents.
The UK’s leading children’s art and crafts activity franchise, The Creation Station, has been short-listed for ‘Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity’. The awards, run by ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones’, are open to the very best activities, classes, days out and party providers for young families and children across the UK.


I am delighted that our weekly Little Explorer classes have reached the finals for Best Pre-School Development Activity Award. Our educational programme is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage and actively supports each child’s cognitive development to help them explore, discover and develop” smiles Sarah Cressall, Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station. “As well as the educational benefits, the classes are great fun for parents too, and are a wonderful way make new friends and create treasured memories with your little one.”  cslogo

The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring children’s imaginations with fun, friendly, creative, hands-on experiences. Since 2002, over 250,000 children and families have been inspired through the fun experiences, and there are now 97 franchise owners across the UK with weekly classes in over 350 locations.

To help put creativity on the map and to vote for The Creation Station, please visit What’s On 4 Little Ones and select Creation Station from the drop down menu under:

>> Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity for 2 – 5 years olds.

To find out more about fun and creative baby and toddler development activities visit The Creation Station or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk

Finalists announced for The Creation Station Franchisee of the Year 2016


Franchise owners from across the UK are gathering in Birmingham on Saturday 6th February for the ‘Release The Creation Station Magic’ 14th annual conference in Birmingham.

The day will deliver many magical moments including an inspirational talk from a surprise guest speaker and advice on how every franchise owner can develop and grow their inspiring business. Highlights of the day include the interactive shared best practice called ‘Pearls of Wisdom’, the launch of some new and exciting initiatives and the Best Franchise Awards.

Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director said “The number of entrants for the Best Franchise Awards has been greater than ever. We have a positive and inspiring network who are proactively helping parents and organisations to inspire children imaginations and nurture creativity.”

There are a range of award categories: Franchisee of the Year 2016, Best New Franchisee 2016 and The People’s Choice Award, Best Member of Staff, Best Can Do Attitude and Best Retailer.



The following Creation Station franchise owners have been shortlisted for Franchisee of the Year: Sue Hammond from Bristol, Kirsty Hickson operating in Driffield, Jenny Farmer from Newton Abbot, Nicki Smith who runs the Creation Station in Bath, Melanie Dawson from Wimbledon, Penny Gilbert from Oxford, Claire Darnley operating in Halesowen and Ruth Morris from Aberdeen.

The following Creation Station franchise owners have been shortlisted for the Best New Franchisee; Alex Chaundy from Eastbourne, Jann Thorpe who inspires imaginations in Macclesfield, Rebecca Dickinson from Faversham, Kirstie Ireland who runs the Creation Station in the Orkney Islands and Rebecca Wootton from Ash.

The short list for the People’s Choice award as voted for by the Creation Station network of franchise owners are Sara le Roux, Kevin Kerridge, Emma Theunissen, Kirsty Hickson, Penny Gilbert, Sue Hammond and Nicole Norman. These member of the network have all gone above and beyond, lending valuable help and support to their fellow franchise owners.

The nominees for the Best Can Do Attitude are Jenny Farmer, Louise Richardson, Suzie Smith, Claire Darnley, Tracey Pennell and Ruth Longrigg, who have all dealt with challenges that arise in the world of business with a fantastic and inspiring attitude.

The winners of the above awards and for Best Member of Staff and Best Retailer, will be announced at the award ceremony at 3.30pm at the ‘Release The Creation Station Magic’ conference. Huge congratulations to all those shortlisted for reaching the final stage of this prestigious award.

FAB wins Highly Commended Award


competition winner

Your child can explore their creativity with a Fun Arty Box.

At a time when creativity is being squeezed out of the education system, there has never been a more important time to focus on creative play to support our children’s positive development.

The Creation Station, the UK’s leading childrens creative experience company, has scooped the top ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the 2015 Creative Play Awards. The Creation Station’s innovative Fun Arty Box is packed with 10 activities and a further 10 ideas to help each child explore their ideas, discover new activities and develop their self-confidence and creativity.

“We are so delighted to have gained this very prestigious award in recognition of creativity and the ideas in our Fun Arty Box,”
smiles Judith Lancaster, Creative Developer and Head of Communications, at The Creation Station. We developed F.A.B. in response to a growing demand from families who wanted their children to benefit from more hands on creative ways to explore, discover and develop. We’ve received wonderful feedback from children and parents and now this award is fabulous news!”

2015 Creative Play awards HC logoNew

The Creation Station’s Fun Arty Box scoops Creative Play Award

Now in it’s seventh year, the Creative Play Awards are sponsored and organised by Creative Steps magazine, a publication for adults which promotes creative play as part of a child’s development.

Evie loves her monthly Fun Arty Boxes” said Evie’s mum Kerrie Bush “They are such a great idea and we are very glad you started doing them. We have been going to the Creation Station pre-school classes for about a year and a half, however since Evie started school the F.A.B. boxes are great as it means she can  carry on being creative and developing her ideas and confidence.”

There are 12 different Creation Station Fun

design and make set

There are 12 fun themed Fun Arty Boxes to explore.

Arty Boxes each with a different theme, including:-

Clay Creations, Beauties and Beasties, Flights of Fancy, Designer Dinosaurs, Time Traveller, Selfie Portraits, Jungle Fun, Under the Sea, Wacky Races, Wish You Were Here, Monsters and Aliens, Festive Fun.

Fun Arty Boxes can be purchased as a one off gift, as a set of three or as a monthly subscription. For more information visit: http://www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk/products/fab-box  or call
The Creation Station Creative Hub on 01395 239700 or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk

The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring children’s imaginations through fun and educational hands on classes, out of school clubs, parties, events and products across the UK. If you would like to find out how you can get involved please visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk.