Rip Tied’s January News
January 2, 2017

Love is in the air…

With this edition of the Rip Tied newsletter coming to you in February, we couldn’t ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching  and we are surrounded by hearts and roses! So we have some love-themed news to share with you, from our new workshop for brides-to-be to this weekend’s offers on valentine candle making for the kids.

But first we are celebrating a new partnership (non-romantic but exciting all the same!) with a local children’s author. Read about our Sally the Oil Rig Seal workshops below for more info.

UntitledThis weekend and throughout half term (half term opening times can be found here on Facebook) we will be rolling valentine’s candles as shown in this picture. With prices from £4, this is a great chance to get the kids involved or make a handmade gift for that romantic personal touch.

And as mentioned, brides to be can get in on the candle rolling action with our new favour-making workshop which is both fun and can help with those all important wedding budgets. Find out more here.

Our exciting plans for the coming weeks are summarised below. Please take a look, and don’t forget to pass on/share our newsletter – as promised those signed-up receive exclusive discounts, so I’ll just say check out Wowcher!

Sally the Oil Rig Seal workshops

Children’s author Peter Brunton, from Middlesbrough, will bring to life his books based on the character of Sally the Seal, attending to read, take questions, sing the Sally song, and get stuck into craft activities with the children. Workshop includes:
– Option for signed copies of Peter’s books/audiobooks (available to buy at additional cost)
– Supply of 16” ‘Stuff your own Sally’ and guidance through teddy bear making
– Materials & guidance to make a pup/ship/helicopter wooden spoon puppet
– Materials & guidance to write a Sally inspired poem set in a frame handcrafted by the children
– Juice for all children
– Donation to MS Society Teesside

What you need to know…
The suggested age range for this workshop is 4 – 9 years. Adults must stay with their children during the workshop (we suggest at least 1 adult per 3 children) and you must pre-book online by clicking here.

Workshop Dates
Thursdays and Sundays throughout March.
Thursdays: 4 – 5.30pm
Sundays: 11am – 12.30pm

Petit Picasso workshops
(art & messy play)

During these sessions, children, with the help of their accompanying adult, will create a (very easy) concept piece of artwork using a specific painting technique and then there will be free arty clarty play with a range of materials and equipment, with the opportunity to create a second piece of artwork. Currently, all activities will be related to the theme of Wintery Weather.

What you need to know…
Spaces can be pre-booked by contacting the workshop host Lauren on lauren@petit-picasso.com. You can also turn up on the day and won’t be turned away if there is space!

Workshop Dates:
Half term special
Fri 17th February: 10am – 12 noon, all welcome between the ages of 6mths to 5yrs.

Jo Jingles classes

A weekly Jo Jingles class is a chance for your little ones to use their creativity in a new way, through music, singing & movement. Suitable for babies & pre-schoolers, classes are carefully structured around a fun theme and children get hands-on experience with different percussion instruments & props each week. The class mascot ‘little Jo’ is always ready with the actions & knows 1000+ songs.

What you need to know…
Carol runs the Tuesday classes in a friendly, informal manner & encourages parents to join in with your child. Booking is essential as these classes are becoming increasingly popular, please contact caroljojingles@yahoo.com

Workshop Dates:
Term dates: Tues 21st Feb – Tues 4th April inclusive (7wks)
9.15 – 10am: Mixed Ages (walkers – pre-schoolers)
10.10 – 10.55am: 3 months  to walking

…or just drop in!

Don’t forget, every weekend and every time a workshop is on, you can just drop in (no need to pre-book) and take part in any of our regular craft activities. A price list of these can be found here and details of where we are can be found here on Google maps.

Get in touch with voucher requests, bookings, queries or suggestions on:


Thinking ahead to Mother’s Day

Our partner photographer, Nicola Rothwell, will be on site on Sunday 2nd April should you wish to have a photograph taken to capture your fun here at Rip Tied, or pre-book a 30 minute mother & child photo shoot for £40 – you will receive 15 images on disc with one free 10×8 print.

Please contact Nicola directly here.


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