News & Events

15th November – We’re open again as usual. 10am to 5pm – Monday to Sunday. Look forward to seeing you.


11th November – Advance notice: The Gallery will be closed all day on Monday November 14th due to electrical installation work. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.


November 2022 – Thank you for your patience whilst the improvement work is being carried out. Hopefully the temporary signage helps but just to reiterate. The café is temporarily situated opposite our main entrance, and the toilet block is behind the café. There is overflow parking opposite the toilets behind the café. The indoor café seating is still available, just mention to the café staff if you’d like to eat indoors and they’ll advise you. As always, we look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy your visit.


Somerset Art Weeks 2022- SANCTUARY

Somerset Art Weeks starts on Saturday 24th September and lasts until Sunday October 9th

We are venue 74 – please do come to visit us – we’d love to see you.


Friday 23/9/22 – The café has now re-opened in it’s temporary location

Improvement work will commence on the Avalon Marshes site on Tuesday September 20th and will last approximately 3 months.

Somerset Crafts will be open as usual for the duration of this work. We apologise for any inconvenience. The café will also remain open but will temporarily relocate during this period. It will be closed for one day only on Thursday September 22nd for relocation. The toilet facilities will also be temporarily relocated.

We will keep you informed of progress.


As a mark of respect, we will be closed on Monday 19th September for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen.


Proposed Road Closures due to upcoming road works:

Shapwick Road closure – September 15th/16th & 20th  – The road will be closed from the bridge just before the main entrance to Shapwick Heath reserve and will extend as far as the entrance to Hawk & Owl Trust’s Shapwick Moor reserve. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access during the closure. There will be access to the Avalon Marshes Centre which remains open for business and a diversion from Shapwick which will take people down Ashcott Road and through Westhay.

Ashcott Road closure – Sept 21st to 23rd & 26th to 28th -The road will be closed from the bridge just before the entrances to Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall reserves and there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access to either reserve or their respective car parks.


Monday September 5th: We’re open again and ready to welcome you with a lovely fresh new look!


Advance notice: For safety reasons our shop/gallery area will be CLOSED to the public on Monday 5th September whilst we re-arrange our displays for a fresh new look. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

The café and visitor information area will be open as usual


June 2022 – We’re very pleased to welcome our new ceramics artist, Frank Martin. Frank’s work is now on display at the gallery, and more details of his work can be found on the Gallery page, or on the list of Artists on the Home page.


Sat 5th March – Why don’t you come along to meet Dr Bike. Bring your bikes !


Tuesday March 1st – We’re open again with a lovely new Spring look


Please note that we will be CLOSED all day Monday February 28th as we will be moving our displays around to give the Gallery a fresh new look. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience.

The Cafe and VIP area will be open as usual but access will be from the Cafe entrance only


20/2/22 – Open as usual Sunday February 20th

19/2/22 – Due to power outage at the Avalon Marshes Centre we are really sorry but will have to remain closed today, Saturday 19th February. Hopefully this will be resolved today and we will be able to open as usual tomorrow.

17/2/22 – We’re sorry for any inconvenience but we will be closed all day tomorrow Friday 18th February 2022 due to predicted bad weather.

18/12/21 – All of us at Somerset Crafts would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please see below for our Christmas period opening hours

Christmas Eve 10am – 3pm

Christmas Day CLOSED

Boxing Day 10am – 3pm

27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and New Year’s Eve 10am – 5pm

New Year’s Day 10am – 3pm


We are delighted to welcome a new member to Somerset Crafts. Pete Borg is an artist/printmaker, his work now in the gallery features collagraphs, lino prints and monoprints with nature as his primary inspiration. Lovely work that adds to and compliments the varied range of art and craft already at the gallery. More about Pete can be found on his website


Christmas is coming and you can find original gifts to suit all pockets for all your friends and family at Somerset Crafts


Great news, we’re back online. Our phone line, internet and card machine are working again.


Somerset Open Studios has now ended but our Exhibition ‘Old & New’ will continue to run until Sunday 10th Oct 2021. All our members will exhibit their work.

We’re open every day 10am to 5pm

Our Exhibition ‘Old & New’ will run from Saturday 11th Sept until Sunday 10th Oct 2021. All our members will exhibit their work.
During the period of this exhibition:-

Somerset Open Studios – Saturday 18 Sept until Sunday 3 Oct 2021

Venue Name :Somerset Crafts
Venue Number: 166
Art Form: Textiles, Jewellery,
Featured artists at the venue: Viv White, Susanne Branham
Open 10am to 5pm every day

We’re very pleased to welcome another new member, Chris Thorn. Chris’s amazing X-Ray Art is now on display at the gallery. More information about Chris can be found on the list of artists on the home page.
We’re very pleased to welcome new member Sue Borrett who will bring her beautiful hand spun & dyed yarns and knitted items to the gallery. More information about Sue can be found on the list of artists on the home page.
We’re now open every day 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday.
We’re open again! Every day from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday
Although we’ve just had to temporarily close under Tier 4 regulations, we’re very pleased to welcome our new member, Kate Doig – Firewolf Glass. 
You’ll be able to see and enjoy Kate’s lovely glass work on display when it’s safe for us to reopen. Meanwhile, you can see some examples of her work on this website, and find her details with the other artists.
Keep safe everyone.
We’re very pleased to be able to announce that we’re open every day now from 11am to 4pm from Wednesday 2/12/20 in line with Government guidelines.
All the necessary safety precautions are in place, and we look forward to welcoming you back
We’re sorry but we are now closed until after the lockdown.
We look forward to welcoming you back when we can safely re-open.
Meanwhile please stay safe.
The Marshes Hub Tea Stop will remain open as a takeaway only

Somerset Crafts will be closed next week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3rd, 4th & 5th Nov) for the installation of our new heating system.

Sadly, a long time member of Somerset Crafts, Sue Heys, is planning to move, and will be leaving our group. She will be missed!
We all wish her well!


Somerset Arts Weeks – Saturday Sept 19th to Sunday Sept 4th Oct 2020

Please see details of Somerset Crafts involvement on our Events page

30th August 2020

Very pleased to announce that we’re going to be able to open the Gallery tomorrow.

We’re open Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August 2020, 11am to 4pm. Hope you can pop by.

After that our next days of opening will be Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2020

17th July 2020

We are so pleased to announce that we have now re-opened the Gallery after a lot of planning on how to operate safely for all. You will notice a one-way system, hand sanitising areas with gloves and bins for their disposal, and a few other minor changes.

Current opening times are 11am to 4pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Masks/face coverings for visitors to our Gallery/Shop will be mandatory from Friday July 24th in line with government regulations.

It’s great to be back and we all look forward to greeting you when you come to visit!

We hope to see you soon!

4th July 2020

Somerset Crafts Update

Somerset Crafts  is planning to re-open on Friday July 17th 2020

Initially we’ll be opening for 3 days a week, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

We’re so pleased to announce that we’ve been working behind the scenes to make it safe for us to re-open. We’ve put the safety of our visitors and members as high priority, so in line with government covid regulations, you will see a few changes. These will include, amongst other measures, the use of hand sanitisers and gloves, one way traffic through the gallery area and the number of visitors in the gallery area limited to 20 at any one time. Masks are optional unless government advice changes. Contactless payment will be preferred but we will be able to accept pin card payment & cash.

We’re really looking forward to opening our doors and seeing you all again

3rd July 2020

Marshes Hub Tea Stop Update

So excited to be opening back up our outside seating area tomorrow for all our lovely existing customers and new ones . We have ensured our customers safety is priority by carefully positioning the tables at least 3 to 4 metres apart to enable customers to feel safe whilst enjoying the luxury of a coffee and home made cake or an alfresco lunch. Benches have been placed across the lawned area in front of the amazing Archeological Park which will be opening soon.. Our delicious Marshfield Ice Cream parlour will also be open in preparation for the warm weather arriving next week. Gluten free, vegetarian and Vegan options available 7 days a week as we cater for all, we welcome you all. We also welcome back our amazing team who have been furloughed during the last few months and look forward to the future

12th June 2020

Somerset Crafts Update

Although lockdown measures are gradually being eased across the country with non-essential shops being able to open from 15th June, we at Somerset Crafts are not yet ready to reopen our doors. While you wait for us to reopen please feel free to contact members directly from the list of artists on the home page of this website. We’ll be in touch as the situation changes.

17th May 2020

Marshes Hub Tea Stop Update

We are now ready to reopen safely in the morning. Our hours will be 10am until 4pm 7 days a week as a takeaway for the phase 1 opening and we hope it won’t be long before we can open up our seating area safely as we have plenty of outdoor space for our tables to be 2 metres apart, this will be phase 2. Busy baking today ready for our lovely customers. Please respect the government guidelines when visiting the cafe for your own and the staff safety. ❤️ We will also be accepting pre-orders by telephone or messaging if you are planning to visit the reserves during the week. Take a look at our website

14th May 2020

Avalon Marshes Centre Update

In line with Government guidance Shapwick Heath NNR is now open to visitors and the car parks have been re-opened. The cafe at the Avalon Marshes Centre will open on Monday May 18th for takeaway only, however, please note there is no indoor or outdoor seating and public toilets, visitor information point, Somerset Crafts and hides remain closed. Please continue to respect social distancing rules when visiting the reserves. Many thanks.

11th May 2020

RSPB update

Despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions, the reserve remains closed to the public for now. Our priority is to ensure that we only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our members, visitors, volunteers and employees safe. We must also make sure that the wildlife that calls our site home is ready to receive attention after a couple of months completely on its own. With reports of rare species nesting on and near busy paths, it’s going to take us some time to make sure they are safe too. We ask that you bear with us in these difficult times and check our website and facebook regularly for updates. Thank you

March 24th 2020

As of this evening, in line with Government advice on the Covid-19 outbreak, the Avalon Marshes Centre will be entirely closed, including the car park. All hides on all Natural England NNRs are also closed until further notice. Please do not travel to Shapwick Heath NNR for your daily exercise unless it is your most local green space. Please follow Government advice on social distancing. Let’s all stay safe and look after each other, however we can, in these extraordinary times.

March 23rd 2020

The Marshes Hub Tea Stop will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff until further notice. If we do as we are told we will get through this and come out stronger than ever ❤️ Stay safe everyone.

March 21st 2020

Avalon Marshes Centre Update: Following the latest Government announcement, the on site Gallery, Information Point and Marshes Hub Tea-stop Café are all CLOSED until further notice.

March 19th 2020

Unfortunately Somerset Crafts is currently closed  for safety reasons and in line with Government recommendation due to Coronavirus/Covid-19. Stay safe everyone.

We will be putting updates on this website & on our facebook page.

January 2019

From 28th January for 6 weeks…

The Avalon Marshes Centre will be renovating the car park around the Romano and Saxon reconstructions so please enter and park on the North side (nearest to Westhay) to visit us.

November 2018

We had a very successful autumn exhibition and we still have some special pieces left on show, but will soon be rearranging the gallery for our Christmas exhibits

October 2018

March 2018

We are back up and running with our lovely refurbished gallery. Freshly painted walls and floor, a new roof and wooden cladding on the outside of the building!

We have some lovely reviews on Trip Advisor, have a look for yourselves and please leave us a review too if you have visited us and been impressed by what you have seen!

October 2017

We are all delighted and excited that Marie Burke has won the President’s Choice Award at the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition.

These were the paintings she submitted. We think the award was very well deserved!

11th February 2017

Natural England are pleased to announce that funding has now been secured for the development of new facilities at the Avalon Marshes Centre that will much improve the experience of visitors to the Avalon Marshes Landscape and  its  many nature reserves.  Works will include upgrading of the Craft Centre, an improved sewerage system and a new joint office for the conservation organisations that manage the nationally important nature reserves.  This work will also complement the historical reconstructions that are under construction by South West Heritage Trust and act as a catalyst to further develop the education and engagement activities on site.  Though there will be disruption we plan to keep the site as operational as possible during this busy period and both Somerset Crafts and Eco friendly bites will be open for business as usual.

Natural England’s Management Contractors have been appointed and are on site. The works taking place mean there will be changes to the layout of the site and Natural England and its partners will be using email, Facebook and Twitter to keep people informed. The first changes are:

  • Temporary toilets will be positioned just behind the Craft Centre adjacent to the Lifelong Learning Centre (south end of the site). These should be operational by Monday 6th February
  • The North (Westhay) entrance to the centre will be shut to public access during week commencing 6th February. This entrance will become the main construction works access.
  • The existing toilets will be re-located to the area in front of the café.  It is hoped to have these operational by Friday 17th February.
  • The Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) and RSPB portacabins are being re-moved on Monday 13th February. SWT’s reserve staff are now located in Natural England’s office (their new phone number is 01458 860556) and the RSPB’s cabin will re-located at the end of the Natural England offices.
  • Eco Friendly bites will be closed on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th February but the Craft centre and Somerset Crafts will remain open.

The next stages, later in February and early March, are:

  • The external refurbishment of the Craft Centre. This includes the replacement of the windows and doors.
  • Some minimal internal work inside the Craft Centre
  • Construction of a reedbed within the old Peat Moors Centre
  • A small pipeline through the car park. This will link the new underground sewerage system (to be built in September) with the final cleansing reedbed.

Further works will be taking place over the year and we will provide updates on these at a later date.

10th October 2016

During Somerset Art Weeks Viv White, Mithra Richardson and Kate Rattray were in residence in the gallery. They had set up their temporary studios and were busy making some new work for the gallery.

Here is Kate’s finished starlings that you might have seen her make. They are available to buy in the gallery.


Past events include the Somerset Stories, our member’s exhibition of new work, Somerset Art Weeks and Mosaic courses