The Pit Stop Blog

This blog aims to offer you a taste of what a Pit Stop is and what it does. A Pit Stop brings men together through informal activities and conservation to build social connection, friendship and a sense of belonging. MensCraft run Pit Stops in locations across the county. If you wish to contact us directly, please click here

Pit Stop Kung Fu – Ryan’s Journey

As part of our Pit Stop offer in Norwich, we run a free weekly Wing Chun Kung Fu class for men on Monday evenings. Meet Wing Chun Kung Fu martial arts instructor, Ryan Moyce, as he talks about his approach to Wing Chun, as well as his own transformational martial arts ‘journey’…

A Guilt-free Sweet Treat…

Us chaps aren’t always that careful about the fuel we put in our tank. Here’s one small way we can enjoy a guilt-free sweet treat

Get your ManMOT at our events during Men’s Health Week

Get your ManMOT at our events during Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week we are encouraging all men to check out their health by having a Man MOT. The ManMOT is a practical manual created by the Men's Health Forum that identifies DIY checks & challenges for men of all ages, encouraging them to monitor their...

Thanks for the Inspiration Fellas!

I may be a member of staff, but inspiration is a two-way street. This is a post about how the achievements of the MensCraft Pit Stop community have inspired me to turn and face a long-held fear

Finding the Plot!

The Common Plot Pit Stop meets on Thursday afternoons, 1-3pm, at the Valpy Avenue allotments in the Mile Cross estate. We invite men to grow together as part of a friendly and supportive group. Here is a piece that ranges from mud pies to African hydration methods.

Getting Lost

In this post, Norwich Pit Stop Coordinator, Colin Howey, discusses some of the benefits of wandering and getting lost

Pit Stop – Update from the East

A short piece written by Nick Buck, Pit Stop Coordinator in the East of the county, offering an update about the development of the project on his ‘patch’.

The Power of a Gentle Man

In this piece, MensCraft’s Norwich Pit Stop Coordinator, Colin Howey, talks about a positive male role model, his friend Mike, who showed him a better path…

History Health Walks – a picture is worth a thousand words

The Pit Stop History Health Walks take place every Monday, 11-12:30. However, today, we had an indoor session at the Men's Centre where I talked about some of my collection of historic maps, artefacts and books. Among the things we looked at was this maritime map...

The Bendy Blue Violinist

Every week I watch with wonder at the creativity of our Pit Stop members. Here is one such example: an image of a bendy violinist copied from an original by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), named, 'The Blue Violinist'.

Pit stop locations


Thursday 10.30 to 11.30am
Merchant's Place, Church Street, Cromer NR27 9ES

For further information contact

Crystal Kent (local host)

mobile 07704 428872

King's Lynn

Friday 11am to 1pm
The Connection Project, 28 Bridge Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5AB

For further information contact Sarah Hayman mobile 07895 272237


Thursdays 3 to 5pm (starts lat April 2022)
The Shed, 46-60 Ayton Road, Wymondham NR18 0QH.

Contact Ben Holland-Smith
mobile 07864 697718



Tuesday 3 to 5pm
Dereham Memorial Hall, 62A Norwich Street, Dereham, NR19 1AD

For further information contact

Ben Holland-Smith (Local host)

mobile 07864 697718

North Walsham

Friday 2 to 4pm
Salvation Army Hall, Hall Lane, North Walsham, NR28 9DT

For further information contact

Crystal Kent (local host)

mobile 07704 428872

Great Yarmouth

Friday 12 to 2pm
St George's Theatre Café, King Street, NR30 2PG


Thursdays 2 - 4pm (Opens 28th April)
Re-Utilise, Unit 2,
Whapload Rd, Lowestoft, NR32 1UL.

For further information contact

mobile 07542 587209


Tuesday 2 to 4pm
Men's Centre, 47-51 Pitt Street, Norwich, NR3 1DE

For further information contact Colin Howey on

mobile 07784 307970