Level Best Art Cafe in August I

Level Best Art Cafe in August I


Welcome back


See all about us in August for the next 4 blog posts.


We started the month with hopes that we could return to the routine use of our cafe building and our first official sessions were held there on the 10th of August.

We are pleased to be operating a hybrid service of sessions at the cafe as well as online / outreach sessions for those not ready to return to us in person.

Interestingly, some of our service users have chosen online to be their main service from now on (at least until we have our pre lockdown numbers back, at which point we expect the social scene will draw even the most introverted of us back).


We have broken the Art Cafe up into 2 zones.

  • Zone 1 - The front of the cafe and art studio (accessible from the front door)
  • Zone 2 - The back of the building and kitchen (accessible from the back door)


We are still not open to customers but, we can have a socially distanced chat from our front door or cafe windows if you are passing Culver St East Monday - Friday .

At Level Best Art Cafe, we have several bubbles isolating staff & a number of trainees from each other on different days of the week, to help us with tracking and tracing in the event of an outbreak of COVID 19. 

Our blog (& other social media) continue to be the best place to see all of what we have been up to, so remember to click the link at the bottom of this post, to see photos and videos from weeks 2, 3 & 4 (and back again) in August!



To see previous posts from Level Best in lock-down, visit:


Level Best in lock-down: April round up

Level Best in lock-down: May Round Up

Level Best in lock-down: June Round Up

Level Best in lock-down: July Round Up




3rd to 7th August 2020





Bird, Goofy & Mickey Mouse drawing step by step Jamie Croft








Prepared tables in zone 2 for Daconbake sessions



muffins by Dale Northcott & Elizabeth Richardson



                                                                Sausage & egg pie by Tony Hale








apple turnovers Daniel Lewis





chicken & leek pie by Angus Wilkinson







Daconbake kitchen Alison Ling






Daconbake taster session zone 1 with Dean Simon & Daniel







Homemade easy ice cream tutorial by Sarah Herbert






sun flowers, home grown mint & veg patch by Daniel Lewis








sword & shield by Dale Northcott
& colouring in hearts by Jessica Allum Brown






painting Fish




Chicken, Pesto and Olive bake Jamie Croft







lemon Drizzle by Dean Smith








victoria sponge cake Simon Waller






allotment session with Daniel, Dean, Simon & Adam









baby Groot step by step by Stephen Davoine.

Stephen first drew this character in July with staff via Skype, but this 1 he did on his own
using the step by step tutorials available on our website






Daconbake session with Sarah, Darryl & Rebecca






drawing leaves: asparagus, cypru leylandii, grape,
strawberry, tomato & acacia by Dean Smith








making cake Kyriaki Skambalis






cinnamon biscuits, pasta bake
& healthy chicken salad by Daniel Lewis









gluten free chocolate chip cookies by Tony Hale






Daconbake sssion in the kitchen with Alison Linda & Rebecca Brown





Level Best Art cafe aprons





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Level Best Art Cafe,
D'arcy House, 3 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex C01 1LD

01206 366 059


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