"Our aim is to Support local artists by offering a creative hub for the community of Burton upon Trent and its visitors and promoting creativity for improved mental wellbeing"

The gallery is situated in Crossley House which is located between the Market Hall and Burton & South Derbyshire College in Burton upon Trent.  The venue houses; to the front, a coffee shop, where you can enjoy a range of fine teas and ground coffees, along with a range of tasty homemade fine snacks and cakes, with ingredients locally sourced wherever possible.  The café includes the offer of vegetarian / vegan / gluten free options, all served in a creative way to match the creative environment.

There is a small selection of art materials for sale in the shop area to nurture creative skills, before you enter the gallery space proper, which is a large area (approx 36sq metres), housing a range of artwork; from paintings and drawings to jewellery, pottery and sculptures, predominantly by local creatives.

A programme of beginners workshops are available, to build up your confidence and develop new skills.

Address:  The Messy Hare Gallery & Coffee Shop | Crossley House | Manor Croft | Burton upon Trent | Staffordshire | DE14 1HJ

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 3pm NB We are currently temporarily closed due to Covid-19 restrictions


Calming, Welcoming and Quirky

“During the lockdown, I was looking at cafes which had something different about them other than profit and I was itching to visit this place! What really brought me to this place was the ethos, using art to express thoughts and feelings. Which is very good for your mental health. We had a warm welcome and most importantly Corvid Procedures were in force but no in your face. This was a great first impression. The refreshments we had were generous sizes especially the mocktails! We were meant to go to Weatherspoons for an alcoholic drink but we stayed and had cocktails instead, We also had pizza and garlic bread which was tasty! The gallery is also lovely too! Lots of different mediums and variety. I can’t wait to visit a workshop! What topped it off was the owners of the cafe/gallery, they were lovely to speak to and shown commonality with us. Wishing you all the best x” July 2020

J Bugs via Trip Advisor

General Feedback Sept 20

“I came in after a recommendation, it’s a revelation. Lovely gem of a place. Great coffee and teacake.” “Yummy cake – loved it very relaxing” “What a bright, vibrant and welcoming place! Plus delicious coffee and cake” “I needed somewhere to relax. Very comforting. Clean. Good service. Will recommend.”

Various Customers

Absolutely Lovely Atmosphere

“Absolutely lovely atmosphere. Varied, interesting menu, Fabulous!!! Everything so original. I will recommend wholeheartedly! Thank you. Workshops too… can’t wait “


Watercolour Workshop Feedback Jan 20

General Feedback Very encouraging. Lovely to try things in an uncritical environment Looked forward to coming back each week A wonderful freeing experience, thank you Fantastic teacher. Enjoyed the small group. Thank you Enjoyed the 3 week course. Learnt so much.  

Various Students

Linoprint Workshop Sept 20

“Really enjoyed myself. Really good instruction. Helped me feel confident. Loved it” “Great session. Informative and Good Pace. Plenty of materials. Would recommend.” “Had a great time! Friendly, welcoming. Great coffee and hare biscuits. Workshop was so much fun! Thank you”

Various Students

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