Top ten Give-it-a-go arts and crafts venues

A Mini Maker gets to work at the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth
A Mini Maker gets to work at the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth
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1 Omega Centre, Somers Town, Portsmouth (omegacentre.org)

Book yourself on a term-long craft workshop and arm yourself with new-found skills in everything from glass making to screen printing.

2 Mini Makers, Aspex Gallery, Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays (aspex.org.uk)

These very popular Saturday morning sessions give little ones the chance to get creative.

Hour-long sessions are suitable for toddlers and under-eights and cost £5. Places should be booked to avoid disappointment.

3 The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant (thespring.co.uk)

There’s plenty of workshops on offer here for both adults and children, including a family fun day on Saturday April 7, where you can make Easter bunnies and paint your own cards.

4 The Lodge Arts Centre, Victoria Park, Portsmouth (artful-lodgers.org.uk)

There’s always something to see and take part in at this community art centre and Fairtrade cafe.

5 Monthly make sessions, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham (3.hants.gov.uk/ashcroft)

Learn the art of something new – every month.

The next workshop takes place a week today from 7-9pm and will be dedicated to paper sculpting. The £10 fee covers the cost of all materials and a drink from the bar. Places are limited, so book in advance.

6 Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport.

A free fortnightly art club plus regular crafty workshops make this a good place to go if you fancy exploring your creative side.

7 Love Southsea free kid’s club, Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

Parents can support local traders and browse the market stalls while their children get creative at these new workshops.

The market is on from 11am until 3pm every first and second Sunday of the month, with the kid’s club running from midday until 1pm.

8 Artyzpotz Ceramics, Castle Road, Southsea (artypotz.com).

Perfect for beginners, you can pick ready-made pottery to paint yourself.

For a small studio fee and the cost of your chosen item – from between £2.50 and £30 – you can get creative and the studio will then fire your finished masterpiece, ready for collection.

9 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Check out the family area on board HMS Warrior during the Easter holidays (March 31 – April 15) for some pirate-themed art and craft activities. It’s free to take part but you’ll need a valid dockyard entrance ticket.

10 Westbury Manor Museum, West Street, Fareham.

Regular have-a-go sessions take place at the town’s museum, in West Street.

On Wednesday April 11, take part in a spring animal mask session. It’s free, apart from a contribution for the materials.