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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Craft Experience

Paperweight Experience

Paperweight Experience

Details

You will add your chosen colours to molten glass and proceed to heat and shape the glass into a decorative solid glass paperweight. You will use a variety of glass-makers tools to create unique patterns in the colour. If you wish to create decorative air bubbles inside the glass you will be shown the secret to achieving this.

Once this preparation is done you will shape the glass into a round or oval paperweight form using wooden blocks or even wet newspaper held in your hands! Metal jacks are then used to finish the shape and prepare the glass for removal from the iron.
Paperweights take 2-3 days to finish after your experience. They take 24 hours to cool & then our craftsmen will grind the bases flat for you so they sit nicely.

Paperweights are very hands on & in addition participants will be invited to form the liquid glass with wet newspaper held in their hands!

Prices

13+ years, 30 minutes, £45 per person
Workshops are suitable for group sizes up to 8 people.

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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