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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Christmas Event, Thu 15 Nov - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Christmas Baubles: Glassblowing

Christmas Baubles: Glassblowing

Details

Blowing a lead crystal Christmas bauble is a fantastically exciting and educational experience for almost anyone.

Whilst these are regularly available throughout the year they were so popular last Christmas that additional opportunities have been created to meet the anticipated demand this year.

No experience is necessary and Clare, the instructor, will guide you through every step of the process.

Clare will first demonstrate how coloured glass baubles are made and talk through the processes involved. You will then be invited to select the colours you would like to use to decorate your bauble.
Once this is prepared your instructor will gather molten glass from the furnace on a ‘blowing iron’ and you will have the opportunity to apply the colour & form the glass.

After reheating the glass you will blow the bubble and use metal tools to finish & shape the bauble. You may have to blow a number of times to get the right size and shape. Clare will then apply a glass hook so your Christmas bauble can be hung from a tree or in a window.

Your glass needs to cool in a kiln overnight to prevent it shattering. Your creation will be available for collection the next day, or if you prefer we can arrange to have it posted to you.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 15 Nov - Sun 23 Dec 2018 09:00 to 16:30
Saturday to Wednesday
Duration: approx. 15 minutes per person.

Prices

8+ years £20.00
13+ years £25.00

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Wheelchair friendly access. Dogs & children welcome. There are no toilets in the building but some are available at Booths supermarket immediately opposite the factory. Refreshments & light meals available in Booths. Free parking available.

Address

Oubas Hill,
Ulverston,
Cumbria,
LA12 7LB

Directions

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Map reference: SD 294786  Lat: 54.19828 Long: -3.08367

Enter Ulverston on the A590, turn left at the first roundabout. The factory is immediately opposite Booth's supermarket.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Ulverston station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Notes

Cumbria Crystal is a fully working factory. Visitors are welcome to watch the artisans at work. It should be noted that we cannot guarantee what they will be making on any day. Factory staff are generally unable to stop what they are doing to talk to guests. However shop staff are very happy to talk visitors through the processes.

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