Café Patchings

Serving wholesome home cooked food….

Visit the homely atmosphere of Café Patchings, which is open daily throughout the year from 9.00 am. until 5.30 pm, except between Christmas Day and New Years Day inclusive.
With many establishments offering self service, Café Patchings maintains its table service facilities. During warmer weather visitors may prefer to sit in the open in one of the two Crew Yards. The open fire is always popular during the winter months. Free Wifi is available.

To reserve a table contact the cafe on 0115 965 7897

Crew Yard Gift Shop

Open 10am – 5pm Come and find the perfect present in a relaxing and enjoyable environment we have a wide ranging gift selection to suit all occasions…

  • Dora Door Stops
  • John Kershaw Pottery
  • Matthew Williamson Stationary
  • Emma Britton Glassware
  • Gillian Arnold Floor Lamps
  • Hannah Turner Cereamics
  • Jellycat
  • David Curtis 

Framing & Print Studio

Our Framing Service is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm or Sundays by appointment.

The Framing Centre is a specialist studio, creating a suitable environment to allow customers time and choice as they consider how best to have work presented.

With numerous moulding samples and mountboard in different colours, textures and finishes you are certain to find the perfect combination for framing needs. We provide a first class professional service aimed at promoting and presenting work in the best possible way, ensuring style, colour and the hanging location are all chief considerations.

  • Mounts cut to size
  • Glass cut and canvas stretched
  • Stretching needle work
  • Memorabillia
  • Large Format Fine Art Printing – Cards, Prints, Canvases etc

“Come along and see us, you will be surprised…
…what a difference a frame makes!”

For all your framing enquiries, please contact Framing on 0115 9657896 or email us directly at, thank you.

Work with Schools

Workshops for Children and INSET Days

Patchings Art Centre offers a very special facilities for visiting schools. The uniqueness of the setting with spacious teaching areas, exhibition galleries, studio artists offers environment ideal for creative activities.

In addition, the professional practising team of artists provide an unrivalled level of tuition, expertise and experience, for practical sessions with groups of children.

A wide range of subjects are available including painting in watercolour, drawing, oils and acrylic. We also offer a variety of forms of printing including press and screen printing. There is a range of textiles subjects covering silk painting, felt work,  rug work and other creative textile activities and model making mediums.

Sessions can be linked to the National Curriculum as well as work by particular popular artists. There are a variety of packages available for full classes or smaller groups. We can also cater for special needs groups.

Art training for Teachers. INSET Days

With the wealth of technique and expertise, Patchings also organisers Training’s Days for Teachers in Art and Craft subjects. These have proved extremely popular, especially as a creative, stress free activity following Ofsted

A typical day would be:

  • Watercolour or oil painting
  • Weaving or textile collage
  • Buffet lunch
  • Silk painting or printing on paper

Each session lasting about 1 ½ hours with a break for tea or coffee between session.

For further information about all our school activities, please contact Pat Wood on 0115 965 3479.

Patchings Grounds

The walk is open 10am – 4pm daily from April to September,

Discover a myriad of insects and wildlife as you meander along the grass paths. Access is free between these times,

however there are painting opportunities for groups or individual sessions – please ask for for details.

Studio Artists

We have a group of independent artists and crafts people working from their own studios at Patchings.
If you are making a special visit to see one of our artists please check they will be in prior to the visit.

Please Note : We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked web site.

Bear Hugs

Handmade collectors artist teddy bears

Traditional Cottage Crafts by Joyce Dandridge

Creative Twists and Turns – Artist / Maker – Linda Alton

Jewellery Designs  ~  Jewellery Making Workshops  ~  Mixed Media Art and Craft

Tas Severis – Artist


Pete Bridgwood – Gallery


Patchings Club Members

The Centre has a thriving club membership who meet on a Thursday each week to enjoy their art. The Club Day provides time for members to work on their chosen subjects with tuition each week from Liz and Chas. Part of the programme includes a monthly session by a guest or visiting artist and each term, Liz and Chas introduce a special project. Examples of these projects can be seen along the Artists’ Way and in the glass work in and around the restored well located in farm building visitor centre area. Club Members also exhibit their work in the Pavilion and play a valued role in many of Patchings’ activities including the annual festival. For further information about membership, contact Pat Wood.

Club Members Page


Links to friends of Patchings

Below are some Links to the people that help support Patchings through the Year.

Please Note : We cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked web site.