About Us

a floating art studio

Founded 2013

Crafts Afloat!


Crafts Afloat is a unique experience for those who enjoy a touch of creative escapism.  We offer a range of full day art and craft workshops, suitable for adults, and teenagers of all abilities. The Crafty Snail Narrowboat Studio is moored on The Rochdale Canal in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  On board this beautifully renovated narrowboat you can take part in a variety of textile, mosaic, glass and print classes, plus guest workshops.

The workshops are facilitated by Melanie Louise, who is an experienced, fully qualified art teacher and practising artist.  The craft boat can accommodate up to six people.  During most full day workshops there will be maximum of four or five participants, to ensure you have plenty of space, and receive all the support you require.  Workshops include refreshments throughout the day and a delicious lunch at The Olive Branch or The Stubbing Wharf pub in Hebden Bridge. See Workshops for more information.

Crafts Afloat also hosts crafty parties for adults and children.  The craft boat is the perfect little venue for birthdays, hen parties, baby showers, friendship reunions or retirement celebrations. A range of options are available to create the perfect bespoke party for your group.  See Special Occasions for more information.

The craft boat is an excellent space available to hire for pop-up occasions; craft fairs, gallery exhibitions or corporate events.

So, if you are looking for creative things to do in Yorkshire, this could float your boat!
Hebden Bridge is nestled in the beautiful Calderdale Valley.  Easily accessible by car or train from Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.

Hebden Bridge is a fabulous place to visit, you will be sure to leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Crafts Afloat is powered by solar energy.


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Debbie Yates

I have visited twice in just over a month! Amazing lady, super fun & gorgeous crafts! Have been with both family and friends who all adored it too! Workshops made to suit each group perfectly, I will definitely visit again soon! X

Kirstie Garside

I had a great day out on the crafts afloat boat. A delicious lunch with wine was supplied nearby and we went home with beautiful pieces of felt work. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Charlotte Pinney

Thankyou so much for a wonderful day crafting with you. You helped me create a mosaic picture that I love (I'm about to post some pics for you to see it now it's all dry & grouted). Thankyou again x

Tess Rattigan Was Lightfoot

A fabulous workshop which I really enjoyed and also learnt so much. Melanie is a fantastic teacher and a lovely person too. I am carrying on felting and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you Melanie!!

Debbie Bowers

My daughter (8) had an amazing afternoon at the mosaic craft afternoon. Melanie is both lovely and incredibly talented and Evie had a fab time - thank you

Theresa Bampton-Clare

Had a fantastic day - great fun and productive. Mel was very patient and we all released our inner artist. Will definitely do again - really fancy trying mosaics next.