HELLO, and thank you for taking the time to find out more…

I’m Emma, the lady working frantically behind the scenes to ensure that Workshop & Play delivers the sessions you want! I’m a born and bred Bedfordshire girl and have had my roots down in Ampthill for more than 12 years now.

So why have I started Workshop & Play? I’ve always thought there was more out there for me, that maybe working for someone else’s successful business (or not in some cases!) wasn’t all that I was meant to do with my life. My head has been buzzing for at least the last 12 years (which just so happens to coincide with the birth of my first daughter - a coincidence? Mmmm, maybe!); full of ideas about new business ventures, how I’m going to achieve a better work-life balance, how I can see more of my friends, support the community and work locally. Okay, the occasional thought may have involved winning millions by doing the EuroMillions Double-Rollover (because the normal lottery just wouldn’t be enough for me, and my pals!) Thankfully, I haven’t relied on that plan!

It was only in February 2017, when my last company downsized (gave me the boot!) that I felt the time was right to follow my dreams. Now, I finally feel brave enough to move ahead, and I am confident that Workshop & Play will be a welcome addition to life in Ampthill.

A little more about me…what makes me tick? I am blessed with two beautiful girls (three if you include my fur baby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ruby). I like nothing more than a good walk around Ampthill Park, a snuggle with my girls on a Sunday afternoon and a gin cocktail, actually any cocktail, with the lovely friends in my life.

I love bright colours, quirky ornaments, pretty stationery and I'm a demon on the dance floor… don’t get me wrong, I'm no Darcy Bussel, but I do the best caterpillars! I hate exercising (I did far too much sport as a youngster) and since discovering life outside sport (aged 24yrs), I seem to have been on a permanent diet!

Other than that, I’m just trying to make life nice for me and mine.

So, if you’re passing Workshop & Play on one of our open sessions, please do pop in and share your story and ambitions with me. You never know…out of nothing, could come something.

Wishing you all a creative and above all else, happy life.

P.S. Don’t forget… ‘Make Time, Create Time, Me Time”


Me at 'work' :)

Me at 'work' :)

Creative Workshop & Venue

Creative Workshop & Venue



Workshop & Play Yellow Bench

Come take a load off!

Become a Host

We are always on the lookout for passionate, creative and enthusiastic hosts to run workshops. We'd love to hear from you if you feel you can impart the love for what you teach to our audience.

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Thank you so much for running such wonderful workshops - I came away feeling truly inspired!

Jackie Holmes, Client

We're here for you, and we look forward to your visit!

We are based in the centre of the beautiful and historic Georgian Market Town of Ampthill, Bedfordshire. You can find us just off the main high street (through an old coach house archway), look out for our logo and our bright yellow bench!

Oh and we’re very close to The Stationery Boutique. In fact, if you have time to kill before your workshop starts, why not pop in…if you love stationery then you’ll love this shop. The ladies will happily give you directions too! Alternatively, nip round to their sister shop, the Home & Gift Store (opposite the Waitrose car park) where you’ll find two floors of house interior gifts and goodies.

If you're coming to a workshop or party and our door is closed, just press the buzzer and we will appear, ta da!

Regrettably we don't have disabled access. If you would like to attend one of our workshops or party and require disabled access, please do get in touch and we will do all we can to help you.



Church Street Pay & Display Car Park - Long Stay £2.50 All Day
0 - 1 hour = 80p
1 - 2 hours = £1.20
2 - 4 hours = £1.50
All Day = £2.50
Pay online at http://www.rcpparking.com/http://www.rcpparking.com/

Other Free Parking in Ampthill, includes:

  • Town Centre Car Park (Waitrose) - Free - 2 hours limit (4 hour limit on Mondays to Wednesday in the parking bays with a Red 'M')
  • Car Park behind Aragon Housing Association, only on Saturday on Sunday - accessed via Chandos Road & Katherine's Gardens
  • Woburn Street - Parking Bays & Sands Car Park
  • Bedford Street - Parking Bays

Fear not, nothing in Ampthill is that far away!

Get in touch

The Barn, Rear of 102-104 Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2JP

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Opening hours

These will vary depending on whether we have a workshop running or operating as a co-working venue. To keep up to date be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter where we’ll be posting regular updates.

If you see our fun & quirky 'Gone Fishing' sign...we're not really fishing! It just means you've missed us but we’ll be back soon.

Venue Hire

Alternatively, if you’d like to hire the space for a meeting, event or children’s party get in touch

"What a beautiful, calm space to work and hang out in - drop in a say hi to Emma and Karen See you next week with my laptop!”

Claire Rance

“So lovely to meet with Emma from @workshop_play and talk workshops - such a beautiful place to create .. excited to have the opportunity to run some workshops here - watch this space 😊😊”

Steph Phillips - Hook & Scumble

"It was lovely to meet you yesterday! What lovely vibes you and your new venture emanate. I'm so excited to see what the future holds for Workshop and Play. I am definitely watching this space “

Zoe Bryan

"Spent yesterday working in this great new co-working venue in the heart of Ampthill. A bright, modern and relaxed working environment with free wifi and refreshments available all day. Even popped out to get lunch and mooched around the shops. Emma the founder and owner is a gem. Will definitely be back!”

Karen Cotton