Nestled in between units of shops at Oakley Vale, Corby, is the delectable Treats & Treasures – the brand new business venture of Louise Boyle who has lovingly created a place for all of the family to enjoy.
Offering pottery painting for children for just £5, it’s perfect for all budgets (you’d find it difficult to find cheaper anywhere else).
And what’s more, you can enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake while you watch your little ones being creative.
Treats & Treasures officially opened its doors on Friday, November 20, and has already received positive feedback.
Louise says: “I chose to keep the opening of the shop low key, using word of mouth instead.
“However, the response that I’ve received already is just amazing.
“Our first weekend of opening saw all of our tables full with children painting their chosen pottery pieces. Long may it continue!”
So, just what can you expect from your visit? Once you arrive you can decide whether to paint a piece of pottery or create your own snow globe.
Each option costs £5. My youngest, Ruby, was with me and picked a boat shaped money box to paint.
There is a main painting table for children (although more are in use when there is a higher demand).
Ruby sat down with her pottery boat and was given a set of paints, a pot of water and paintbrushes to get started!
On the tables there are aprons available to help protect your little ones’ clothes and while you watch them paint away, you can enjoy a cup of tea and cake (extra charges apply).
While Ruby painted, I enjoyed a lovely pot of tea and a slice of home-made Victoria sponge (all food here is home-made).
For an extra 75p, children can get a cup of juice and either a cake, cookie or cake pop.
Ruby opted for blackcurrant juice and a chocolate chip cake.
It took Ruby about 40 minutes to finish painting her boat, after which she sat and enjoyed her juice and cake.
In order to help keep costs down, I was told I would need to pop back after our visit (at a convenient time for me) to pick up the pottery which will be made lovely and shiny by having a glaze added.
Treats & Treasures is not only a place to paint pottery; it’s a beautiful and serene setting to enjoy eating and drinking with the family.
There are also lots of quirky home-made items for sale too such as knitted baby hats and cardigans, broaches, bags and cards.
Bigger items, such as tables and vases are also on offer – all of which are lovingly created or sourced by owner Louise.
Ruby really enjoyed her time here and wanted to create her own snow globe too – so I think we’ll just have to come back again so that she can do this.
On telling my eldest daughter about our fun day, she was keen to make a visit too, so we will definitely be back!
There is nothing like this in Corby and Treats & Treasures certainly brings something new and unique to the Oakley Vale area – and Corby itself.
With Christmas fast approaching, why not pop in and let the kids paint their own Christmas decoration?
There are lots of Christmas themed pottery items available including snowmen, Santa’s and Christmas trees.
Treats & Treasures are open Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.
They also cater for children’s parties on Sundays and after closing hours throughout the rest of the week.
Call 074950 35225 for more details or to book a party.
There’s plenty of parking available and Treats & Treasures’ clear signage outside the shop ensures you won’t miss it.
For directions see the Facebook page.