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Creative Retreats and Holidays

Studio at Tollgate Cottage, Maidstone Road, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DD

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About this venue

Creative Retreats and Holidays are a microenterprise in the medieval village of Chilham, Kent, running relaxing short breaks, creative day courses, retreats and regular weekly classes in stained glass, glass fusing and glass appliqué (a form of glass mosaic).

Access Guide

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  • There is onsite parking available here but there is no designated Blue Badge parking.
  • The most accessible entrance has: a step and a manual door.
  • There is stepped access once inside.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: a standard toilet.
  • This venue also has the following available: seating.
  • The venue offers creative glass courses on a range of glass art subjects including stained glass, fused glass and glass appliqué (stained glass mosaic).
    Courses can be over various days or you can join a regular weekly course.
    A water bowl is available for an assistance dog.
    Fused glass and glass appliqué are the activities that can be done by those with reduced hand strength / movement or by under 18s or pregnant women. This is due to the involvement of led with other parts of the course.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 19:30.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 21:45.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 21:45.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 19:30.
  • Friday 10:00 - 19:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:30.
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    • Opening times will vary depending on the classes available.


  • This venue has a car park .
  • This is an open air car park with a tarmac surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.

Public Transport

  • There is not a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • The nearest train station is Chilham.
  • Chilham Station is approximately 0.9 miles away.


  • There is stepped access at this entrance.
  • There is one step.
  • The step is not clearly marked and there are no handrails.
  • Not positioned at a recommended height: the bell.
  • There is a single manual door which opens away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 77cm.
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    • The step into the building is 14cm high.
    • The path leading towards the door has a minimum width of 75cm.
    • There is signage to direct visitors, as well as instructions pre-arrival.
    • There is a doorbell 150cm high.

Inside Access

  • There is not step-free access throughout the majority of the venue.
  • There are stools and chairs without armrests throughout the building.
  • The building does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There is a 76cm high table upon entry which used during breaks (photograph 1).
    There are items for sale on the shelf space from 90cm high.
    There is a sink that is 90cm high (photograph 2).
    Photographs 3-6 show the kiln room.
    Photographs 7-10 show the main area for the workshops on the first floor.
    The counter is 84cm high and the tables are 76cm high.

Entrance (Kiln Room)

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.
  • There is one step.
  • The step is not clearly marked and there are no handrails.
  • There is a single manual door which opens towards you.
  • The width of the opening is 71cm.


  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
  • There are 13 steps between floors.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there is a handrail on the right.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is stepped access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens inwards and has a good colour contrast.
  • The shared standard toilet was surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
  • The step to access the toilet is 21cm high.
    The toilet seat has a good colour contrast, and the sink is 88cm high.