Bauble Experience

(33 customer reviews)

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BOOKING INFORMATION: This product is booked in 15 minute slots per person. Multiple slots can be booked so that the experience can be shared with friends.  If booking for more than one person, please add your chosen time slot to your cart individually and click ‘book now’. This process can be repeated for additional participants and the total will appear in your checkout.

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Inspired to try glass blowing? Well, now you can..
Bauble Glass-Blowing Experiences: Suitable for 8+ years

A rare, educational & fun opportunity to not only watch artisans at work but to actually experience the alchemy of glass-blowing first hand in one of the last working crystal factories in England.

Experiences may be booked in advance or, if you are feeling lucky may be available on a ‘drop-in’ basis’ on the the day of your visit.

Your instructor will first demonstrate how coloured glass baubles are made and talk through the processes involved. You will be invited to select the colours you would like to use to decorate your bauble. The colour will then be placed on a metal table ready to be applied to the molten glass.

Once prepared your instructor will gather molten glass from the furnace on a ‘blowing iron’. Participants over 13 years of age will take control of the iron & fuse the coloured glass granules to the glass.  Additional help will be given to children under the age of 13 years of age for safety reasons. The granules then need to be melted, so you will apply additional heat in a reheating chamber until the glass is liquid and moving in the flame. Your instructor will then take the iron as you seat yourself at the glass makers bench ready to form the glass into the correct shape ready to be inflated.

Once this is done you will blow your bubble and use metal tools to finish the shape of the bauble. You may have to blow a number of times to get the right size and shape. Once this is done your instructor will apply a glass hook so it may be hung from a tree or in a window.

Bauble experience cost – £25 per person

Baubles will be cooled & ready for collection the next day after the event. Alternatively we can arrange postage.

Reviews from Trip Advisor:

“Great experience in a working glass factory, the instructor (Clare) talked us through the whole experience, both safety instructions and the where’s and why’s of glass blowing. Would recommend this to everyone. A hidden gem in the Lake District away from the lakes.”

“My daughters arranged a surprise glass blowing experience for the whole family, ages ranging from 8yrs to 70yrs. The instructor Clare is excellent and talked us through the whole thing. There is no danger for the younger ones, as arm protectors and goggles are given out and safety procedures explained. We all had a brilliant time making a bauble each, so have a wonderful memento of my birthday. I would recommend this to anyone.”

“Had an amazing time today at Cumbria Crystal. From the moment we walked in, the staff were very friendly. Four of us (all adults) had a brilliant time creating our own unique baubles. Claire led the experience and was very professional, knowledgeable and down to earth. We won the session in a competition but would definitely pay for the experience. We would all recommend this to family and friends. Look forward to receiving our baubles this week! Thanks to you all.”


33 reviews for Bauble Experience

  1. Elisabeth (verified owner)

    An excellent and very enjoyable experience. Clare’s enthusiasm and expertise shone through. It was suitable for the whole family (including our 12 and 10 year old daughters), It was great to gain an insight into how such beautiful glass objects are made and how much knowledge and skill is required. We are planning our return trip to try making a paper weight already!

  2. Diane

    Excellent, both my husband and Our 21 year old daughter had a great time making baubles. Clare was very patient and very welcoming . Have already told other family members and friends about our wonderful experience. We can’t wait to collect our baubles from the kiln.

  3. Karen Pelosi

    We have just had a bauble blowing experience at the factory outlet
    Our 11 year old son thought it was amazing!
    He normally never shows much enthusiasm for anything other than “Fortnight!!!”
    But his face was a picture a mixture of joy and awe!!
    Claire is a very talented lady and is very patient with the children
    Even our 6 yr old who was to young to participate but she even took time to explain everything to him
    I can thoroughly recommend this for a lovely thing for your family to treasure
    And also some lovely items in there small shop at great reductions on normal price
    Well worth a visit !!

  4. Fay Toward

    We did the bauble experience at the beginning of December and it was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone and will be doing it again this year

  5. Christine Dandy

    17th April 2019

    Spent a wonderful afternoon at Cumbria Crystal on the bauble blowing experience. This was myself and my 9 year old grandson. We said we would definitely go again and he made a wonderful bauble in the colours of his bedroom, mine was pink. Claire was very good at explaining everything we needed to do.
    Fantastic Experience but book it first not to be disappointed.

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Thoroughly enjoyable friendly experience. Learnt so much about the process and we were guided through the workshop expertly. Our baubles arrived safely though the post. Excellent value, whether on your own or in a group.

  7. Anthony Kelly (verified owner)

    I booked my 9 year old grandson in for the bauble making session as part of his birthday present. It was brilliant! Very impressed with the lovely lass who took the session. She spoke to Joseph as an adult,explained clearly and showed all steps and processes safely and accurately.So impressed are his parents with his achievement and enjoyment that when they all next visit from London,they intend to book themselves in for a go.My personal rating in kudos with my grandson makes me rate the experience a big 10. You may quote me on that.Many thanks.

  8. Beverley A. (verified owner)

    My grandson had an absolutely amazing time. I would highly recommend a visit and try the making a bauble experience. Highly recommended.

  9. Sandra (verified owner)

    What a fantastic opportunity to try something new, and take home the proof, with my lovely bauble which will hang on my Xmas tree to remind me each year. Definitely worth doing.

  10. Alex (verified owner)

    A wonderful experience for all the family. The lovely Claire kept us all safe and and guided us with our creations. Our teen daughter enjoyed this so much and best of all we all have a beautiful bauble as a reminder of the day.

  11. Amy Roper (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved this! Claire was a great teacher and quite informative not just on the bauble making but glass making in general. Would recommend this to anyone!!

  12. Margaret N. (verified owner)

    Easy purchase, lovely communication, swift and efficient.

  13. Lucy Graham (verified owner)

    What a wonderful experience! My two children (Matty & Evie) were booked on the bauble glass blowing experience and we were very impressed. It was definitely a highlight to our holiday and we would definitely recommend this to others. Everything was carried out extremely safely and we were talked and walked through the process before beginning. The lady in charge of the experience was very professional and gave Matty & Evie the confidence to work with the liquid glass. They loved blowing and shaping their bauble. We really hope to return for another experience.
    Many thanks to all involved for creating such a memorable experience.

  14. Jane (verified owner)

    A great experience with a good teacher – well worth the visit and a really interesting place to go to .

  15. Paul Stelfox (verified owner)

    Did this as a family of 3 (11 year old son) and it was great. Really good fun, hands on, interesting and just something very different to what we would normally do.

  16. Keith (verified owner)

    Excellant experience, well worth the money , step by step tuition brilliant

  17. Darlene B. (verified owner)

    What a great experience we had – my daughter and I both got to blow our own Christmas baubles under the watchful eye of Claire who really knows her stuff. Would highly recommend this!

  18. Julie Smith (verified owner)

    Had an amazing time at the bauble experience. The session was adapted due to my disabilities and Claire was awesome !! Everyone I spoke to was really friendly and helpful.
    Would highly recommend this experience to anyone xx Thanks so much

  19. Sue R. (verified owner)

    My husband and I both attended a bauble making session. We were made welcome right from the start and Clare, our tutor, expertly showed us how it was done and was on hand throughout the whole experience – we were very happy with the end product and would thoroughly recommend a visit 😀

  20. Yvonne mcguire

    Absolutly loved today and I have a beautiful glass bauble to prove it 😀

  21. Alfie Waters (verified owner)

    What a fabulous experience. This was bought as a gift for me, and I would highly recommend it for anyone. Claire was a great teacher, very informative and knowledgeable. It was fascinating to have the opportunity to see craftspeople at work and to see how much skill goes into each piece. I’m really pleased with the bauble I made, which will now have pride of place. Thank you to everyone at Cumbria Crystal.

  22. Anthony Murphy (verified owner)

    A great experience for my 2 boys

  23. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Came with the whole family – including an 8 yr old. It was very well organised and very safe. What a great experience!!

  24. Tom (verified owner)

    A fabulous experience – something completely new to us, making baubles to mark our wedding anniversary. Walked through it very patiently and expertly by Sammi (spelling? sorry – not sure) who deserves a promotion for putting up with old farts like us! Very highly recommended.

  25. emma mossop (verified owner)

    Great experience
    The lady I had was very informative and I was really pleased with the bauble I made.

  26. Louise Towers (verified owner)

    Absolutely fabulous experience from start of the booking to the end result…the lady who took our experience was so patient friendly funny true professional total assets to the company we will be back to do this again thank you for opportunity it’s truly amazing

  27. Alison B. (verified owner)

  28. Ian Desforges (verified owner)

    The bauble experience was great and Sammy(?) was a great teacher. Only problem was the lack of a customer use toilet and being told I needed to go across to Booths to use theirs! Ok but I would suggest you let your customers know this in advance so they can try and plan (I am unfortunately on medication that acts as diuretics and meant I needed to go across to Booths twice during my visit which I could have delayed taking if I’d been forewarned of your toilet situation). Otherwise it would have been rated 5!

  29. Leona F (verified owner)

    Thoroughly enjoyed the bauble experience. The assistant was helpful, positive and not condescending. Would recommend to anyone. Will be taking further experiences.

  30. Max (verified owner)

    We really enjoyed our time there, Sammy was amazing, we would have liked to have been more hands but appreciate that in the society we live in now that isn’t possible any more. We want to do other things next time. Many thanks

  31. Mike A. (verified owner)

    Great experience and friendly service, well worth the trip!

  32. Kellina Truch (verified owner)

    My 9 year old son loved the experience of creating a bauble. I was really pleased that my younger daughter and I were able to go into the workshop with him to watch. We are really excited to go to collect the bauble. Thank you for a fun and different activity.

  33. Jemma M. (verified owner)

    This was so much fun, will definitely go again next time I’m in the area!! (Also great price!)

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