Keeping you safe - Workshops

The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority.

We’re following the official government guidance on working safely during coronavirus to make sure we are Covid-secure.

From 27 October 2020 the Barn will re-open for Workshops following the guidelines of the Scottish government. As we welcome you back, find out how we are keeping you safe so that you can plan your visit.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority. We’re following the official government guidance on working safely during coronavirus to make sure we are Covid-secure.

Measures we’ve introduced so far include:

· Carried out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment

· Deep cleaned all areas to be used for workshops

· Cleaning regime to include washing or wiping down all touchpoints and surfaces accessible to the public with antibacterial products before and after each workshop

· Set up hand sanitiser dispensers at entry/exit points for use before going into the workshop space

· Provide additional anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and disposable paper towels in the workshop space and signage to encourage regular hand-washing

· One of our team will be on hand to assist the tutor and answer any questions

· Have a safe distancing queuing system to ensure people can enter and leave the space at a safe distance

· In line with Scottish Government guidelines our team and tutor will be wearing face coverings

· Ask all workshop attendees to bring and wear a face covering

· Ask all visitors to adhere to current physical distancing rules as laid down by the Scottish Government

· Provide lidded tubs where all personal items not needed during the workshop can be stored

· Limit the number of people using the space at any time to current Scottish government safe distancing guidelines (numbers on our workshops are currently reduced to a maximum of 6 to maintain the physical distancing required by the Scottish government guidance)

· Provide individual tables and ensure you are 2m from everyone else

· Display clear Covid-19 safety signage reflecting current Scottish guidelines

· Implement one-way systems where appropriate

· Ensure toilets and facilities are regularly cleaned and have sufficient supplies of soap and tissues

· On full day workshops where lunch would normally be provided, ask people to bring their own food and utensils

· Provide access to drinking water and hot water for tea/coffee, and provide wrapped tea bags and biscuits and disposable cups

· Clean any shared equipment between use

· Limit the time participants spend in the space to that needed to learn the skills being taught e.g. encourage participants to take workshop breaks outside

· Open fire doors as necessary to provide ventilation

· Require those attending a workshop to confirm they have no Covid-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) and have not been in close contact with anyone who has within a 14-day period prior to their workshop date

· Comply with Scottish government track and trace requirements

We’ll continue to review and manage any risks and to respond to any changes in the guidance, keeping our staff and volunteers trained and up to date as we go.

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We are very excited to be welcoming you back to Workshops at the Barn.

As a result of Covid-19 you will notice some differences in the way we manage our sessions and what we ask of our participants. We want everyone to have a great experience at the same time as keeping everyone safe!

Please read these guidelines so you know what to expect.

Plan your visit

Keep others safe

Please, stay at home if you have symptoms of illness such as a cough, sore throat or fever or have been in contact in the past 14 days with someone who has coronavirus.

You must wear a face covering during your visit, for your safety and the safety of others. Adults unable to wear one for health reasons are not required to wear a face covering. We ask that our participants remember that not everyone is able to wear a mask and the reason for this may not be immediately visible.

What if I’m not feeling well on the day?

If you are suffering from symptoms of Covid-19, even if it is undiagnosed please do not come on the course. Email us to let us know and we will give you the details for rearranging your attendance. We can offer full refunds or credit vouchers for individual sessions for those who are unable to attend.

What if there is another lockdown?

We hope that there will not be another lockdown but if there is one in Scotland or a localised one in Aberdeenshire we will postpone the workshop to another date. If you live in an area where a localised lockdown is in force, please email us as soon as you can to let us know that you cannot attend.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring the following with you: glasses for distance and close up work if you need them, a face covering, lunch, and a pen. You do not need to bring any materials or tools to participate in this class. Materials and tools will be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive and will be for your use only for the duration of the class. There is one shared item of equipment. This tool will be cleaned and sanitised between uses. Please wear warm clothing that you don’t mind getting dusty. You may also work outdoors, so please check the weather and dress accordingly.

When you arrive

Please note our building remains closed. Workshop participants can arrive 15 minutes before a session. We will be unable to let you into the building before this time as there is no indoor space for waiting. Entry is via the main Barn entrance. You will be met at the entrance by one of our team who will check your name against our booking list. You will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided before being directed to your table and storage tub in the space being used for the workshop. Bring only essential personal belongings and either keep them with you at all times or put in the tub provided.


To support social distancing we have limited toilet facilities. The backstage toilets will be open and will have a one-in-one-out queuing system.


Every workshop tutor has worked with us on a Covid-secure risk assessment and has received information from the Barn that explains how they must work to keep themselves and all our participants safe. Tutors will, where possible, teach the class from the front of the room. Tutors will wear a face covering and where individual support or advice is required, they will maintain social distancing. All materials and tools supplied by the tutor will be cleaned and sanitised before use.

Your Privacy and NHS Test and Trace

When visiting our venue, we will already have your data and some information about you from your online booking. We will use this information if needed for the NHS Test and Trace service to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government has asked organisations to do this in order to keep our visitors and employees safe.


Please let us know if you have any special requirements or access needs so we can provide the best service possible.

What’s open on site:

FOLD Craft & Design Store

Thursday - Saturday from 12pm to 4pm until further notice

The Gallery is open and admission is free but tickets for the exhibition must be pre-booked

Thursday – Saturday 12 – 3pm

Eating & drinking:

Buchanan Bistro

Hot drinks, cakes, bakes available Thursday-Sunday from 10am-4pm

Please contact the Bistro for hot take-away meals to enjoy at their outside tables or to book a ‘bistro booth’ for indoor eating

Tel: 01330 826530


Get in touch

We're happy to help with any questions you might have. Send us an email on

Please check our website before your visit for any updates to these guidelines. Attending workshops at the Barn will feel a little bit different, but we will do what we can to make sure you enjoy your visit.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back the Barn.

Thank you

the Barn Team

Oct 2020