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About Rainbows

shop front Rainbows is an award winning Paint-Your-Own Ceramics Studio situated in the heart of the beautiful historic City of York. We offer a fun and relaxing environment for people of all ages to come and express their creativity.

Rainbows is the perfect place to come and chill by yourself, with friends, or a great activity to do with the kids.

We have a large selection of ceramics and vibrant paint colours to choose from to help you create your own unique work of art. We also have a variety of tools; from stamps and sponges, to stencils and paint pens.

We only take bookings for groups of 6+ or parties, otherwise please just turn up and feel free to stay for as long as you like. We have a selection of hot & cold drinks and snacks.

Once finished your item will then be ready to collect in 1 week after it has been glazed and fired. If you are visiting York we can post your item to you or we can hold it for as long as you need until you can collect. We will always do our best to fire your item quicker if requested. Alternatively you are welcome to paint in our range of fun, bright acrylics and take your item away the same day. We have lots of decorative items like princesses, fairies and animals which are perfect for this process and you still have all the painting fun.

Rainbows have also been entertaining children for over 10 years and we are proud to have won awards in both 2016 and 2017 for our children's parties. We also offer a personalised hand painted gift service for weddings, christenings and birthdays. Please follow the button to ‘Let Us Paint It’.
shop front Rainbows is an award winning Paint-Your-Own Ceramics Studio situated in the heart of the beautiful historic City of York. We offer a fun and relaxing environment for people of all ages to come and express their creativity.

Rainbows is the perfect place to come and chill by yourself, with friends, or a great activity to do with the kids.

We have a large selection of ceramics and vibrant paint colours to choose from to help you create your own unique work of art. We also have a variety of tools; from stamps and sponges, to stencils and paint pens.

We only take bookings for groups of 6+ or parties, otherwise please just turn up and feel free to stay for as long as you like. We have a selection of hot & cold drinks and snacks.

Once finished your item will then be ready to collect in 1 week after it has been glazed and fired. If you are visiting York we can post your item to you or we can hold it for as long as you need until you can collect. We will always do our best to fire your item quicker if requested. Alternatively you are welcome to paint in our range of fun, bright acrylics and take your item away the same day. We have lots of decorative items like princesses, fairies and animals which are perfect for this process and you still have all the painting fun.

Rainbows have also been entertaining children for over 10 years and we are proud to have won awards in both 2016 and 2017 for our children's parties. We also offer a personalised hand painted gift service for weddings, christenings and birthdays. Please follow the button to ‘Let Us Paint It’.

What It Costs

Ceramic items start from £6.00. We stock a large range of ceramics for adults and children including plates, bowls, mugs, teapots, vases and piggy banks. Check out our gallery to see what our customers have painted!

In addition to the cost of the ceramic item, there is a studio fee of £4.00 per painter. The studio fee covers your studio session, use of all paint and studio materials plus glazing & firing. Each person may paint as many pieces as they like for one studio fee per visit. We do not charge by the hour and you are welcome to stay as long as you like during opening hours.

A special party package is also available, please see Kids Parties or Adults Parties for more details.
Ceramic items start from £6.00. We stock a large range of ceramics for adults and children including plates, bowls, mugs, teapots, vases and piggy banks. Check out our gallery to see what our customers have painted!

In addition to the cost of the ceramic item, there is a studio fee of £4.00 per painter. The studio fee covers your studio session, use of all paint and studio materials plus glazing & firing. Each person may paint as many pieces as they like for one studio fee per visit. We do not charge by the hour and you are welcome to stay as long as you like during opening hours.

A special party package is also available, please see Kids Parties or Adults Parties for more details.

Opening Times

Mon 10am - 5.30pm
Tues 10am - 5.30pm
Wed 10am - 5.30pm
Thurs 10am - 5.30pm
Fri 10am - 5.30pm
Sat 10am - 5.30pm
Sun 11am - 5pm

Please note we only take bookings for groups of 6+ painters.
Evening bookings are available from 6pm, Mon-Sat for 10+ painters.

Rainbows Events

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  • Summer Hols Activities

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  • 2017 Ladies Nights!

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  • Latest News

  • Here for a day? Take it away!

    If you are visiting York and unable to wait for your item to be fired then you can paint in Acrylic paint …

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  • A tale as old as time..

    We are loving Beauty and the Beast so we have painted a set for the window! Why not pop in to paint yourself a …< [ .. ]

  • How To Find Us

    15-17 Bootham,
    York YO30 7BW
    T: 01904 675533

    You can find us on the corner of Bootham and Gillygate, just outside Bootham Bar. On foot we are 2 minutes walk from the Minster and 5 minutes walk from the train station. If you are driving, Bootham Row pay and display car park is 2 minutes away in the next street. The nearest Park & Ride is Rawcliffe Bar.
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