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  • Writer's pictureMelinda Nicholds-Brown

A desire to bring joy and happiness.

We're fairly sure you know how Larkswold was conceived, but maybe you are new to us and would like a little insight? Founded in 2020, Larkswold was born from my dream to create a magical place for people to come and feel a sense of calm and joy whilst crafting. Emma (a close friend) & I were both working hard in other jobs but I felt strongly that there was a gap in the Cotswolds for craft experiences that really focus on enjoyment as much as learning. We have worked hard to make sure our environment and workshops make our guests happy and they leave having created something wonderful, no matter what skill level or experience.

In researching the benefits of craft I came across actual studies that back up what I felt already - that craft is a new way to gain wellbeing. Exercise has taken the main stage for a long time, but craft taps into peoples need to do stuff with their hands and be creative. In the biggest study of its kind (almost 50,000 people), 2018's Great British Creativity Test examined how creative activities can help us manage our mood and make us feel happier. Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt from University College London, the research concluded that even a small amount of creative activity can improve your wellbeing in three main ways:

  1. Distraction – be creative to avoid stress

  2. Contemplation – be creative to get some perspective on your life

  3. Self-development - be creative to build up self-esteem and confidence

From the moment you arrive at Larkswold, we are here to make your day special. Freshly ground coffee & daily homemade cakes, you are sure to find something to tantalize your taste buds.

“We really love running Larkswold. Cool location, being creative, meeting lots of lovely guests and of course, cake and a cuppa!” says Melinda.

Craft, like so many other things, is just a matter of learning the techniques and practicing.

The reason for the growth of crafting in young professionals has been the escapism and that it's a lovely way to spend time with friends and family – to reconnect. We believe this now more than ever after this last crazy year of not seeing our friends and family.

Having a shared experience to look forward to and reminisce about after, is so important in these new times since lockdown, as is having some quality time purely for yourself.

“Having been featured in magazines, used as a photoshoot location and promoted by Cotswold Tourism, I couldn’t have dreamed we would have achieved so much in such a brief period of time. I can't wait to see what the future brings” says Emma.

We've hosted two amazing Spring Wreath Workshops since re-opening and have both Silver Smithing and Spring Wreaths coming up next week. Check out the calendar for details, times and dates.

On another important note, the chicks in the kitchen are doing well. Flappy, Dora, Flora and Melony are nearly fully feathered and ready to go join the big girls outside making room for the 6 Cayuga duck eggs ready to hatch on the 23rd April.

And YES! I have finally perfected making Sourdough thanks to the super 'hostess with the mostess' Mrs Emma Birch. We had a Zoom call to walk through the entire process.

BOOM :-)

Sound interesting? Chat with Melinda 0770 434 6458 or email

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