Arts & Crafts


With their absolutely cavernous shop on Queen Street, family run Franklins contains quite literally every type of accessory, material, and equipment you could ever need: from tapestry to knitting, from crochet to felt, from sewing machines to foam sheets, it is all here! Delivery via postal service available.

Nanna’s Yarn Barn

New to Colchester in 2020, Nanna’s Yarn Barn – located on Red Lion Yard – stocks a wide range of yarn for all your crochet and knitting needs. You’ll also find your crochet and knitting accessories, like needles and hooks, and Fiona and her team will always be most happy to help you. A ramp is in place for accessibility. Delivery available.


The stitching and sewing emporium Stitches, in Sir Isaac’s Walk, is a go-to for all your cloth, sewing, and associated crafting goods. With shelf upon shelf of buttons, accessories, cloths, ribbons, and more, you should make sure to visit this fabulous shop during your next visit to the town centre. Delivery available.

The Craft Spot

The Craft Spot, located in St Boltoph’s Street, sells quite literally everything you could need when it comes to stationery! With a wide range, including an ever expanding selection of ‘recycled-plastic’ and paper, stationery, as well as offering a photocopying service, this absolutely full shop is a fantastic place.

Blue Owl

If you are looking for something a little different for you, or your children, to do, why not try painting some pottery whilst enjoying a coffee & cake? You pick and paint your plain pottery item, then collect it in a few days! It really is a great and unusual thing to do, and the people who run this place are lovely, too!

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