Discover Patchings through the year…
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
We will update this page and post on Facebook on the changes to the facilities we are able to offer.
Patchings Art Centre opening
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:-
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 from 8th August 0115 965 3479
Walks in the grounds
Crew Yard Gift Shop
We hope to open these areas in the near future.
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!