Our Story

This shop you see before you is a part of Bristol Folk House, an adult education centre providing a variety of part-time day and evening courses and workshops for over 18's.

We started this shop during the COVID19 pandemic to showcase and support our local community of artists, makers and creatives. 


The Folk House provides a welcoming environment in which to explore your creativity and learn new skills. We provide courses and workshops that engage the local community. The cafe provides fantastic organic food and a space to get together before and after classes. It is also open to the public and is the perfect place for those seeking a relaxed and friendly place in Bristol city centre. Live music and festivals happen throughout the year, as well as markets, events and exhibitions.

The Bristol Folk House is part of a charity and we receive no funding from the government, the city council or any other institution and our income is wholly derived from course fees, venue hire, members and fundraising events.

The centre began in the 1870's with the aim of supporting access to education in the community. The first programme of activities was produced for the academic year in 1920-1921.