Bauble Experience

(5 customer reviews)

This product is booked in 15 minute slots per person, and can only be purchased and time allocated one booking at a time, if booking for a group please add your bookings to your cart one at a time.

Please type in all the names of the participants in the notes section of the check out so we are able to prepare your labels before the experience.


Inspired to try glass blowing? Well, now you can..
Glass Blowing Experiences.

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.

5 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.

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