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Get Crafty This Winter In Christchurch

Credit: Regine Tholen

Find A New Hobby!

With the cooler months setting in it’s time to get a little creative with ways to spend those chilly days and nights in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

More time spent indoors means more time to try something new, and the good news is that the city is bursting with creative and quirky classes and workshops to check out. You might just find a new favourite hobby!

Create Useful Crafty Goods

Nestled in the beautiful heritage setting of the Arts Centre, Rekindle is a space where creativity can run wild. With a number of different workshops running at different times throughout the week, Rekindle creates space for resourcefulness by teaching the skills and knowledge involved in creating useful everyday items.

Learn how to make your own natural soap, or traditional weaving techniques to make handy baskets. A favourite for winter - master the art of felting and craft your very own cosy felt slippers. The options are in plenty!

The Arts Centre, Te Matatiki Toi Ora 28

Try Painting With A Side Of Wine

Wine – check. Painting – check. Pinot and Picasso combines two great joys to make one very good time! Head along to a class where you can sip on your beverage of choice and be guided through painting a picture that you can proudly take home at the end. Your expert instructor will help you along the way and give step by step guidance on creating your beautiful work of art.

Each class has a different theme for what you will paint, with options including a beautiful nature scene, a glass of wine mid-spill or your very own beloved pet!

399 Montreal Street, Central City 

Something To Spritz Everyday

For something truly unique, have a go at creating your very own perfume! Fragranzi offers the experience of creating a special scent tailored just to you and the aromas you love most.

Warm up while indulging in all of the unique scents and walk away with one you’ll love to spritz every day. You can book as a group, making a fun idea for birthday celebrations or bachelorette parties, or head along with a friend for a special day out. Individuals and small groups don’t usually need to book during weekdays but best to book during weekends.

28 Worcester Boulevard, City Centre 

Spin Your Own Pottery

If you have always been intrigued by the way a lump of messy clay spins and spins until it becomes a beautiful intricate vase, maybe now is your time to try a pottery class! Stolen Bagel Pottery Studio has a range of different workshops and classes, from 1-hour lessons to week long courses, so there is something for every interest level.

Learn the very basics in a shorter class and make your new favourite mug or take up the challenge of wheel throwing and get stuck into the techniques of pottery over a few sessions.

289 Ferry Road, Waltham

Cook Up A Storm

As the winter nights become cold, the best way to warm up is with delicious home cooking, and some new recipe inspiration is a great way to kick off the season of cosy meals. Taking a cooking class is a great way to learn new ways to make the most of seasonal produce, enhanced with flavours that will make your tastebuds sing.

There are a few fantastic options for cooking classes here in Ōtautahi Christchurch, including Riverside Kitchen. Classes are wide ranging and include options such as Winter Bistro, Mediterranean Feast, French Classics, Home Made Pasta, Plant Based and many more! All classes start with a demonstration followed by a chance to create some of the dishes yourself.

If you are a fan of fresh, bold flavours or want to experiment more with Asian cooking, then Asian Garden Cooking School is the place to go! Aiming to share the philosophy and techniques of Asian Cooking, the classes are full of knowledge sharing and of course delicious, authentic food.

Enjoy a refreshing beverage while you learn and watch the masters at work, before getting stuck in yourself. You will definitely leave feeling full of inspiration for your next at home menu!

Riverside Kitchen - 40/100 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City 

Asian Garden Cooking School - 7 Witchurch Place, Harewood