Australia's ClassBento launches in the UK - supporting local businesses with online courses

ClassBento - an series of online craft workshops - has launched in the UK for the first time.

Published 26th Nov 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

On 27 November ClassBento launched its series of at-home artisan online classes and craft boxes in the UK, and is set to support Scottish businesses such as Porter & Rye and eteaket.

ClassBento connects anyone looking to try new experiences with top Australian and UK based artisans, creators and foodies.

Experiences include a photography class in front of Sydney Opera House, Christmas wreath making with vintage whisky casks, and cocktail making.

All designed to promote wellbeing, there are hundreds of classes to choose from, including the ClassBento LiveBox Classes, which include a craft box with all the materials you need, delivered to your door in time for the live streaming class.

As we are all spending more time indoors, ClassBento’s live online classes make it as easy as possible to try a new activity or have a fun virtual social activity together.

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Through these online classes, ClassBento is supporting UK artists and makers who have had to limit their usual physical classes due to social distancing restrictions.

The classes offer the chance to learn a new activity during isolation, meet up with friends virtually or as a Christmas gift for a loved one -there are hundreds of classes to choose from.

What is ClassBento?

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The whisky wreath making workshop

ClassBento was founded in 2016 by Brit, John Tabari and Australian Iain Wang while they were working together in Australia.

Engaging in arts and crafts have been proven to strengthen the brain’s resilience to depression and decrease stress levels, and they wanted to make this easier for people to access.

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With the current pandemic, there’s never been a more important time to stay mentally active and socially connected.

CEO and Co-Founder of ClassBento John Tabari, from Newcastle, was inspired to start ClassBento after watching his grandmother struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s and ClassBento is committed to helping support those with dementia by donating to Dementia UK with every class booking.

Talking about the UK launch, John said: “This pandemic means it’s more important than ever to stay socially and mentally active and support our local community of artists and makers.

"Our incredible live-stream teachers’ workshops have been instrumental in helping to keep friends and families connected during lockdown in Australia and the time felt right to now bring these to the UK too.

"We hope we can do our bit to help friends, workmates and families with kids keep connected and stay stimulated during lockdowns.”.

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To find out more or book a class visit the ClassBento website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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