Knaresborough Beach and FEVA Festival

Knaresborough Beach is officially open!

As part of the FEVA Festival, Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre are hosting Knaresborough’s first ever beach – with a suitably seaside-themed programme of events.

Join us 8th – 17th August (we’re open every single day), or check out our beach events here.

Beach banner scaledRaffle tickets on sale now, featuring a huge range of prizes kindly donated by local businesses. Tickets will be on sale at each event – you can also get them anytime from the cafe.

Northern Songbirds Evening Friday 8th

Wetherspoons meal for 2

£25 voucher for Painting Pots

Cut and Blow Dry at Gloss Hairdressing

Hair products from Bojangles Hairdressers

Bottle of wine from Castle Vaults

Wild Flower Book from Castlegate Books

Word Art Picture from Well Hung Picture Company

Burlesque Saturday 9th

2 hampers (18+) from Sainsburys

2 sets of sequined pasties

£20 voucher for Sheer Bliss

2 auctions on the night – free window clean from Nick Brown, 1 hour personal training session with Billy Oldaker SILENT AUCTION

Beach Party Sunday 10th

Oil burner and essential oils set from Crystal Buddha

Bottle of wine from Castle Vaults

Massage from Inner Calm

4 bottles of Fruit Cider from Henshaws

Echo the Woods Monday 11th

File and Polish from The Nailery

Designer ladies bracelet from Harriets

Bottle of wine from Wetherspoons

4 bottles of Daleside Blonde from Henshaws

Whiskey Dogs Thursday 14th

8 pints of Ossett Ale from Cross Keys

Bottle of wine from the Market Tavern

Daleside Brewery Hamper from the Daleside Brewery

Bettys Hamper from Bettys

Hope and Social Beach Party Sunday 17th

2 beach hampers from Sainsburys

£45 voucher for a pair of sunglasses from Kingston White Opticians

£50 voucher to use at Carriages

Back massage from Pendulum Therapy

2 bottles of Spanish olive oil and piccalilli from Piccalillis Deli

Picture framing voucher from Green Dragon Framing

Art voucher from Art in the Mill

Sunday Lunch for two from the Dower House

AUCTION signed Nikky Corker seaside print SILENT AUCTION


Inspirational Yorkshire Ladies Lunch

On Thursday September 11, Henshaws are bringing you a wonderful afternoon with special guests, top chef Stephanie Moon, Amanda Owen – the Yorkshire Shepherdess, and Lady Emma Ingilby from Ripley Castle.

The event will be held at Harrogate’s finest four star hotels, the Cedar Court Hotel, overlooking the famous 200 acre Stray parkland. The historic Grade II listed Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate dates back to 1671 and sits on the site of the town’s first ever hotel which makes it the perfect setting for afternoon tea.

All three ladies have inspirational stories to tell about their lives, Stephanie having starred in The Great British Menu on two occasions and worked as consultant Chef at Rudding Park. Amanda Owen has a fascinating story of rearing children and animals on a 2000 acre sheep hill farm at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire. Lady Ingilby will also speak of her life and triumphs running Ripley Castle and its calendar full of events.

Lisa Sherratt, Henshaws Fundraiser, “This is the first time Henshaws have run an event like this in a long time and I hope people will come along to support us.  It should be a lovely afternoon and we’re so excited to have these inspirational women on board.”

Tickets are £22.50, which include reception drinks and a two course lunch with all proceeds going to Henshaws and continuing the work they do to support people affected by blindness and other disabilities. Tickets are available online at or by calling Lisa Sherratt on 01423 799601 or email

Ladies Lunch

Blind artists create artwork to celebrate 150th year of John Lewis

Art_Wall_John_Lewis_2014_023Henshaws Society for Blind People was invited by John Lewis to produce artwork to be displayed on the Community Art Wall in their Trafford Centre store to celebrate the 150th year of the retail outlet.

Artwork was produced by individual service users and groups at Henshaws who all have a visual impairment or a disability. The Parent & Toddler group created a finger-painting of a fish and Kimberley Burrows, a service user in Manchester, created a composition of her ‘favourite things about John Lewis’.

Art Makers from Henshaws Arts & Crafts Cen
tre in Knaresborough produced three pieces of colourful artwork, which followed a nature theme that included a butterfly, a vase of flowers and a print of the inside of a cabbage. And the Arts & Crafts group in Manchester created a tactile cupcake collage, which was even sprinkled with hundreds and thousands!

Glen Lockett, Head of Fundraising said: “We were thrilled to be asked by John Lewis to get involved with their Community Art Wall. We have such talented service users here that it is great to show off the artwork they can produce.”

The artwork will be displayed in the Place to Eat restaurant at John Lewis, Trafford Centre until July 21 2014.

See below a gallery of images taken of some of the service users with their artwork.


Henshaws students complete Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Five Henshaws College students have just completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Conor, David, Liam, Krissy and Jake walked 20.5 km and climbed to a height of 460 metres during their two day Expedition in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.

The students navigated using specially created photo maps designed by College staff. Each map covered one stage of the route and showed students which objects they needed to look out for to find their way such as bridges, gates and local landmarks.

One of the Expedition leaders and College instructor Jill said: “Our students coped with all the weather that was thrown at them, slept in their own tents all night and climbed all the way up to the radio mast at the top of Guisecliffe Woods in Pateley Bridge. We supported our students to use their individual strengths throughout the training and the expedition. They worked together and have formed a good team. We are incredibly proud of them all!”

David drew the picture below of the group and their tents, along with a write up of the weekend which says:

“One cloudy day, David, Jake, Connor, Krissy, Aimee, Gill, Guy, Liam and Christopher were going for a long big walk and everybody was singing music. We went up up to the top, up up to the top, up up to the top and and then down down to the top, down down the top. And straight in to camping and dinner and bedtime, breakfast and brush teeth and a long walk back home – the end!”

David's D of E picture











The Expedition is the final section of the award for Henshaws students. Earlier this year they spent several months creating a new wildlife pond at College for the Skill section of their award.

The students enjoyed learning lots of different skills during the process, as Conor explains. “We had to dig out the mud and make a border by bending sticks around the edge. We hope there will be frogs and fish in our new pond.”

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You can visit the College pages of our website for more information about our programmes of learning and support for young people for disabilities.


Motorbike ride to support blind people

Sausage Run - Kimberley BurrowsThis Saturday July 12th, three Henshaws service users who are visually impaired are taking part in a motorbike ride from Manchester to Yorkshire, to raise awareness and funds for Henshaws Society for Blind People.

The Sausage Run is a Henshaws fundraising event where motorbike and scooter riders travel together from Henshaws Manchester Resource Centre in Old Trafford, to Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. The service users will be riding pillion on the back of motorbikes with guides driving, as they travel the 80 miles to Yorkshire along with sighted motorbike riders.

The service users are Kimberley Burrows, 25 from Irlam, Gareth Hughes, 25 from Little Hulton and Malcolm Elthrope, 38 from Old Trafford. They are all severely sight impaired and currently attend Henshaws Resource Centre in Manchester on the Skillstep course. Skillstep, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, is a 12 week course for people with a visual impairment who want to work, volunteer or continue studying.

Kimberley said: “”I decided to take part in the Sausage Run as I would never have been able to have had the chance to ride on a motorbike otherwise – being severely visually impaired. This is a fantastic opportunity and I had a practice run with my bike partner, Chris, which I absolutely loved so I am now really looking forward to the event!”

All riders will receive a free Henshaws Sausage Sandwich for partaking in the ride-out. The famous Henshaws sausage is made using free range pork from Easingwold and a blend of secret seasonings and spices exclusively for Henshaws by local butcher Elite Meat.

The riders will take a completely non motorway route to head across Yorkshire on this scenic route, which is the perfect opportunity for all riders, including learners to get together for a social and fun day out.

There are still places for the event which costs £10 to register and all participants are expected to fundraise to raise valuable funds for Henshaws vital services to support blind and visually impaired people.

To register your place on the Sausage Run please contact the fundraising team on 0161 872 1234 or email