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Willow Weaving Courses

near Battle, East Sussex   

  • Willow weaving courses in East Sussex
  • Learn traditional techniques from Julia Gurr
  • Half, full and two-day courses available
  • Make plant supports & woven baskets to take home

What's Included

  • Buy your voucher for one of the willow weaving workshops below:

Weave a Willow Plant Support

  • A practical class in making your own willow obelisk
  • Receive an introduction and demonstration on the materials and tools required
  • Learn the techniques to make your own plant support to take home with you
  • An opportunity to discuss willow growing, harvesting and preparation
  • Tools to share will be provided to use on the day
  • Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included
  •  This is a half day course

Introduction to Willow Weaving

  • A practical course introducing you to the basic skills of willow weaving
  • Become familiar with using willow and make a couple of items to take home with you
  • Learn about willow growing, harvesting and preparation
  • Learn different weaving techniques
  • Tools to share will be provided to use on the day
  • Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included
  • This is a full day course

Weave a Willow Basket

  • A two day course of learning willow weaving and basket making skills
  • A chance to learn about willow growing, harvesting and preparation
  • Be introduced to the tools and materials that you will use
  • Take home your own handmade basket
  • Tools to share will be provided to use on the day
  • Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included

What Can I Expect

Willow weaving courses - learn the craft of basketry and willow weaving on these fabulous workshops. All classes are very much hands-on and you'll all leave with woven goods that you've made during your class.

Taking place at Mantel Farm in East Sussex, these weaving workshops are ideal for those with little or no weaving experience. We are offering three different length courses and all include the materials and tools you need to weave.

All workshops include a talk on the traditions and heritage of weaving, the types of willow used, how you can grow willow yourself, the harvesting and how to prepare your willow for weaving. It's worth mentioning that some strength and dexterity in the hands is required for these courses and you will be using sharp tools.

Your host for these weaving workshops is Julia Gurr. She has been weaving using mostly willow, but also other materials, for many years. A skilled and artistic weaver, Julia makes contemporary and traditional pieces that are both beautiful objects and practical too, taking inspiration from different cultures. From a picnic basket to a large woven planter, Julie's woven artefacts are truly lovely.

During these workshops you will be making your own woven items that you will be taking home with you. On the 'Willow Plant Support' half day course you'll be fashioning an obelisk that stands proudly in your garden for your sweet peas or runner beans to climb as they grow. On the full-day 'Introduction to Weaving' course you'll make a stylish boat-shaped basket and a hanging basket that makes a delightful bird feeder or garlic store in your kitchen.

On the two-day 'Willow Basket' Course you'll create an intricate woven egg basket. You'll use several basket making techniques to produce the woven base, the sides, the turned down border and the handle. The finished piece is superbly strong, so it can be used not just for eggs, but shopping, collecting fruit and so on.

You'll be shown and taught various weaving techniques, such as randing, waling, pairing, finishing borders and making handles, some or all of which you'll be able to put into practice during your workshop. We think these willow weaving courses will appeal to anyone who likes arts and crafts and wants to learn a new, yet very traditional skill.


Scheduled 2021 Dates:

Introduction to Willow Weaving

  • 09.30-16:30
  • Sunday 28th March
  • Saturday 22nd August

Weave a Willow Plant Support
  • 09:30-12:30
  • Saturday 27th March

Make a Willow Basket
  • 09:30-16:30
  • Saturday 8th May
  • Sunday 9th May
  • Saturday 16th October
  • Sunday 17th October


  • Catsfield, near Battle, East Sussex

Suitable For

  • Good physical strength and dexterity in the hands is required
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Spectators are not permitted

Anything Else

  • Sharp tools will be used during your course
  • Closed toe footwear must be worn
  • Parking is available at the farm entrance
  • You will form part of a small group, maximum of 10
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

All orders are sent in plain packaging so as not to ruin the surprise.

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Premium Gift Pack includes a brushed metal steel tin which will hold your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Premium Choice.

(incurs a £4.99 shipping charge)

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Standard Gift Pack

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Vouchers are usually valid for 22 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 22 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Willow Weaving Courses
Willow Plant Support Workshop
Total Price£49.00
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