Discover Patchings through the year…

Patchings – Open 10am – 4pm  (Wednesday – Sunday)
We have hand washing station as you enter Patchings, with a one way system to take you around safely.

Outside Dining – in our spacious court yard area with 2m between tables.
Please Book in Advance – 0115 9653479 – You will be greeted on arrival by our a member of our team wearing full face visors for your safety.

Inside Dining – We have modified our Indoor Cafe area to accomodate 2m distances between tables. Please Book in advance – 0115 9653479 – You will be greeted on arrival by one of our Team members wearing full face visors for your safety.

Art, Cards and Gifts – As we begin to take small steps in re-opening Patchings we have initially opened our art shop, here we offer a counter service, where you will be served from behind a large protective clear screen again for the safety of our visitors.

Opening up again

As we open our doors almost to the day when we first opened in 1988, we look forward to welcoming you to Patchings once again. It has been an ‘interesting’ period for us and many in the tourism industry, but we are pleased to be back doing what we enjoy and meeting people who share our passion for art.

You will understand our need to be cautious as we open, which is the reason for a gradual approach ensuring we are careful about your well being. You will find differences in the layout, with a one way system in operation where possible, with 2 metre distancing and various hand sanitising points – all signposted for your convenience. 

Because we are sensitive to these uncharted circumstances, we are opening the various facilities at Patchings in a gradual way, beginning with the café and art shop, which will include a selection of cards and items from the popular Crew Yard Gift Shop. These will be run by a limited number from our team, while others remain on furlough to help us manage the finances. The shorter opening week and hours will also assist.  

Over the next few weeks we plan to add further to what is available. We are keen to put in place all that was here in March, but guidelines and regulations do limit what we are able to provide.

Information about the Art School Autumn programme will be available shortly, but to keep up to date do consider joining our Newsletter subscribers, the link is below.

Meanwhile if you intend to visit the Patchings Café, we do ask you to ring and make a reservation (0115 9653 479). This will ensure we can cater for you, as it has been necessary to reduce the number of tables in the indoor area. Our sincere thanks to the many who have continued to support us during the last months in so many ways. Be assured even the brief kind message of support has been extremely welcome and re-assuring.

We look forward to seeing you soon and the opportunity of enjoying your company.

Liz, Pat and Chas
Rachel and Gary  

Patchings Art Centre opening
October 2020


Please note our changes to our opening times for the forceable future.


Wednesday to Sunday – 10am to 4pm  

There are parts of Patchings which we are unable to open for the moment. Be assured however we do miss not being able to provide the full Patchings experience.

Meanwhile be assured that we will continue to dedicateour time and energy in providing all we can.

Details of what is currently open are given below:-

Patchings Café

Open 10:00am to 4pm Wednesday – Sunday

Serving Coffee, Snacks, Light Lunches and Homemade Cakes.

For the Café you will need to reserve an indoor or outdoor table prior to your visit. Please telephone 0115 965 3479. As we have reduced the number of tables in the Café, it will help is manage the situation.

Reception, Cards and Art Materials

Open 10:00am to 4pm Wednesday – Sunday.

We have created a safe counter service within this area allowing the purchase of art materials and cards. We hope to introduce some items from the Crew Yard Gift shop. Please respect the ‘one person only’ arrangement.

Patchings Framing Centre –

We are taking appointments for new work in September

Call 0115 965 3479

Barn Gallery

Open 10:00am to 4:00pm

Club Member’s Exhibition.
My Favourite Painting

Grounds and Gardens.  

Closed till April 2021.

Our virtual Festival is still open for you to have a look around at your leisure.

Patchings Artists’ Trail

Walk through time with Artists

on a magical interactive experience.

  •  Meet and hear from five famous artists and visit their studios.
  • Learn tips from them such as mixing colour and drawing a self portrait.
  • Walk through a unique outdoor gallery of  ‘Our Favourite Paintings’ exhibited within glass that tell the story of art with an audio commentary.
  • Visit the camera obscura to see the landscape fascinatingly displayed through mirror and lens.
  • Enjoy many more activities and experiences in this new all year round attraction.

Opening soon – watch this space!