Team at Exeter Hobbycraft celebrate new store opening

Hobbycraft, the UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer, celebrated the opening of its new store at Rydon Retail Park, Exeter on Saturday with a host of crafting activities, product offers and goody bags for the first 100 customers who walked through the doors.

The store officially opened on Wednesday 1st September, whilst the grand store opening event took place on Saturday 4th September at 9.00am, attended by the Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Trish Oliver.

The new Hobbycraft colleagues were on hand to provide their expertise and encourage locals to master a new craft or refine a long-time favourite. The store opening created 19 new jobs in the local area for crafting experts, with some of the team including:

  • Karen Cornelious – Sewing Expert
  • Karen Barker – Crochet Expert
  • Kathy Lavis – Baking Expert
  • Joanna Collins – Papercraft Expert
  • Briony Dillion – Felting Expert
  • Molly Craven – Watercolour Expert


As well as the amazing offers and wide array of products available in celebration of the store opening, customers were also able to enjoy the dedicated Custom Crafting area. Custom Crafting is a new inspirational crafting area that introduces the digital personalisation Cricut tool to customers. The space is designed to inspire shoppers as well as encourage them to try out products and crafting techniques, and customers got their first chance to try out the new innovative area on the weekend.

Store Manager, Tina Hippsley comments: “Our new store is packed with crafting materials to suit all ages and abilities, and beginners through to experienced crafters are all welcome to pop into the store and chat to our creative colleagues. They’re always happy to share their knowledge, tips and tricks.”

To find out more information please visit the new Hobbycraft store Rydon Lane Retail Park

Digby Drive Exeter EX2 7HX or visit the Hobbycraft website at or tweet the store @Hobbycraft_EXT. The newExeter store is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 7.00pm and Sunday 10.30pm to 4.30pm.

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