10 great craft centres 

That saying about the devil making work for idle hands must really have hit home here. From lovespoons to woollen blankets, Wales is arguably the craftiest place on the planet.

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    Designer-makers at work by Corris Craft

    Nine craft workshops to choose from at this terrific site, allowing you to visit the studios, see the artists at work and choose handcrafted gifts with a twist including celtic inspired jewellery, handmade candles, handmade chocolates and fudge and pottery. Have a go yourself and then enjoy choice, locally-grown food and drink at the centre’s cafe.

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  • More than 300 years after a mill was first established at Melin Tregwynt, it remains the place to see intricate woolwork, clothes, accessories, blankets, throws and more. This hive of textile ingenuity has a cafe to relax in, and is within a yarn’s throw of cliffs, coasts and spectacular scenery.

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    Craft In The Bay, Cardiff Bay

    Part of The Makers Guild representing 74 artists in Wales, this centre aims to showcase the finest contemporary craft in the country, with studios, exhibitions and a chance to get stuck in with a range of workshops. Learn the tricks of the textile trade or pick up a few treats.

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  • This cosy, award-winning hillside building has a unit dedicated to treasures, featuring glitzy jewellery, crafts and gifts, as well as an accompanying section devoted to cross-stitching. Get stuck in or sample some of the home-cooked food on offer at the highly-rated cafe. A home of traditional Welsh cuisine and craft.

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  • A must-see if only for the magnificent architecture of its modern buildings, the Ruthin was shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for good reason. It’s an uplifting place to witness the best in contemporary Welsh craft, with revolving exhibitions and a perfect location under the Clwydian hills.

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  • Lovespoons – the carved signals of romantic intent dished out in Wales since the 17th century – pop up in their largest and smallest forms opposite Cardiff Castle here. Ornaments, suits of armour, historical ephemera and unusual items such as miner’s lamps also feature, as well as Welsh and Celtic jewellery.

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  • Flamboyant, vibrant and always quirkily imaginative, the Quilt Centre tells the tale of a rich history stretching from the 17th century to the aftermath of World War II. It opened in the elegant Lampeter Town Hall in 2009, and features diverse international collections, revolving exhibitions and excellent facilities.

  • This busy centre opened in 1989, and these days it’s the home of a range of artists and workshops, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. Its crafty inhabitants share the space with two bustling galleries where you can admire their handiwork and pick up a few unusual, eye-catching gifts.

  • Surely one of the most idyllic galleries around, this craft centre houses light-filled galleries inside a series of converted barn buildings. It’s a serene setting for exhibitions from talented Welsh makers, and also hosts classes and a shop full of beautiful gifts. The accompanying cafe is great for relaxing.

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  • Selection of art and wooden craftwork at the Court Cupboard Gallery

    Court Cupboard Gallery, Abergavenny, South Wales Valleys

     by Court Cupboard Gallery

    This unusual gallery calls farmyard buildings its home, dating back five centuries and positioned next to a former courthouse featuring an underground prisoner cell. Spinning, gold, silver, gemstone, blacksmithery, stained glass and beadwork are among the crafts showcased by a wide range of artists, as well as a comfortable coffee shop.