As part of our busy, fun filled Bournemouth weekend we were lucky enough to visit here for some creative fun and tasty lunch. How have we visited Bournemouth so many times and not known about this place? This was our first time visiting and it definitely won’t be our last!
Location and parking
All Fired Up is located in the centre of Bournemouth, just off of ‘the square’. There is 2 hour street parking directly outside as well as many multi story car parks nearby. We parked in the town hall car park which was just a 3 minute walk away.
They offer lots of ceramic painting options. You can paint teapots, mugs, princesses, unicorns, dragons, turtles and many, many more!
Once you have completed your painting you will need to leave it with them for approximately a week so they can get it ‘All Fired Up’! However, if you happened to be visiting whilst on holiday or are not from the local area they also offer a postal service (for an additional charge) allowing you to have your creations posted back to your home.
As well as traditional ceramic painting they also offer foam clay. You choose one of the ceramic ornaments from the huge selection and cover it in foam clay (there is a large variety of colours to choose from). Foam clay is a modelling clay with small polystyrene beads. You simply take small amounts and squash it onto your ornament. It is air drying.
This was perfect for us in many ways. Firstly, it is totally mess free! The clay is not sticky but has an unusual bubbly texture which the children loved (we found it very therapeutic too!). Also, both Bug (age 4) and Mimi (age 2) could do it on their own; we simply helped for our own enjoyment. In addition to this, it is air drying which meant we could take it home with us as soon as we had finished.
Price of crafts
All of the ceramic ornaments are individually priced and start from approximately £5. There is also an additional £3 studio fee per painter which covers the cost of the paint, glazing and firing of artwork in kilns.
This is a ceramics café. Both the ceramic side and the café element impressed us! The drinks menu was incredible:
My husband enjoyed a delicious Cappuccino and I had the most divine Italian White Hot Chocolate. The children were not left out and ordered a baby chino each.
The lunch menu is extensive and there is a great kid’s lunch box option. This includes a sandwich with choice of filling and type of bread, a piece of fruit, chocolate cake, crisps and a drink. We ordered a sandwich and a Panini. All the food was lovely and fresh and we felt everything was very reasonably priced.
So how suitable was ‘All Fired Up’ for families with young children?
This was a fantastic cafe for children as it offered a great kids lunch, a huge selection of drinks including baby chinos and high chairs were readily available.
On the arts side of things, there was a big selection of ceramic ornaments for the children to choose from. They could either paint these or cover them in foam clay. For younger visitors we felt the foam clay was the perfect option. Mess free, easily applied, colourful and could be taken home that very same day – ideal!
All of the staff we met were incredibly kind, helpful and friendly, making the children and us feel completely at ease. There was a real mix of clientele: elderly, families with young children, families with older children, couples and groups of friends. It is a calm, friendly environment to spend a morning, afternoon or you could even immerse yourself in the art for a whole day!
The activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and very calming, we too found it therapeutic and it also allowed us time to converse comfortably while the children were happily entertained. We have said that we will undoubtedly return with the children, and the nieces and nephews too!
For more child friendly activities and to find out more about our brilliant, blustery weekend in Bournemouth, read here.
Big World Little Explorers were the guests of Bournemouth Tourism but all opinions are our own.