The Arts & Health programme at Farnham Maltings includes a range of creative and sociable activities designed to improve wellbeing – and be really enjoyable!

There are many wellbeing benefits to doing crafts and arts activities – it’s not only about creative experiences but also challenging yourself to try something new and socialising with others. We are always growing our programme to include more engaging groups which use creativity to build a happier, healthier communities.

Nimble Fingers

A free knitting and crochet drop-in.

Whether you’re advance knitter looking for some fresh ideas and new company, or not even sure that a crochet hook is, this is a fantastic, friendly spot to enjoy all things woolly. Bring your own project, or we’ll always have kit and simple patterns to get you started. Not need to book.

Second & fourth Tuesday of the month (excluding August), 10.30am-12.30am. Free. Farnham Maltings Foyer.

Meet Me at the Maltings

The flagship of our creative and sociable activities which connects local people from all backgrounds and experience, through a variety of crafts and arts.

We meet every Thursday from 10.30am-12.30pm and enjoy a two hour creative crafting or visual arts, led by experienced and encouraging artists.

You’re welcome to drop-in, but sessions do book up so we recommend booking in advance. Bring a friend, or come alone and meet someone new, and give something new a go!

Thursdays, 10.30am-12.30pm. £6 (including materials & refreshments). See the Summer 2018 programme (please note there are no sessions in August).

NEW – Creative Writing for Wellness

Writing workshops starting September 2018.

These interactive workshops will be a six week course designed to get you writing more – or starting out for the first time.

Led by award-winning local novelist and therapist, Joanna Barnard, the sessions will explore how writing creatively can benefit your mental and emotional wellbeing. With exercises incorporating different styles of writing including journaling, poetry and short stories. Suitable for adults of all ages and experiences.

Mondays, 7pm-9pm. £36 for 6 sessions (try the first session as a taster for £6).

Past projects

As part of Farnham Craft Month in October 2017, Meet Me at the Maltings embarked on a social crafting project to make our own English Paper Pieced Quilt.  Over the month we welcomed over 80 participants to our foyer who all met new friends and many brought their own fabric contributions. Following on, many went on to complete their own quilts or cushion cover projects, or enroll in local courses to develop these new skills. For that reason, it even prompted the Maltings to buy a large communal table for the foyer for people to share all year round. The quilt was exhibited in October 2017 at the Farnham Festival of Crafts.

Initially set up in response to a nationwide ‘loneliness epidemic’, this has become a friendly, self-organising and dynamic group of people who look out for each other and welcome newcomers. In the past, Meet Me at the Maltings has been generously supported by Farnham Town Council, Johnson Wax Charitable Trust and Waverley Borough Council.

Not sure if it’s quite for you?

We know that coming along to a new group can be a bit daunting or a bit tricky to arrange. So, if you have any questions about our creative and sociable activities, or would like to find our more on behalf or a friend of relative, please email christine.lee@farnhammaltings.com. We can also arrange for you to have a free first session so you can come along and try it out.

If you have any questions about access please get in touch or check out our access page. Similarly, to arrange supported transport to any of these sessions we recommend contacting Driving Miss Daisy, a companion driving service on 01252 912410.