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Creative Workshops and Craft Experience Days
Watch, learn and have a go yourself on these craft experiences! You’ll be trained by enthusiastic professionals who are all experts in their creative fields, be it working glass, ice, flowers or metal. It's time to roll up those sleeves and get properly stuck in as you put your inner artistry skills to work!
We're talking artisans, craftsmen and women, making things by hand and giving goods that wonderful bespoke look that just can't be bought on the High Street. Imagine arriving at the studio to fashion your very own silver personalised necklace? Maybe you’ll be learning how to fuse glass or even trying the art of Batik. Whether what you've made during your workshop is a gift to give or will take pride of place on your mantelpiece, you are sure to get loads of fun and enjoyment out of your day. Read more...
• Blacksmithing at a forge in Brampton near Carlisle • Workshops are in a purpose-built teaching forge • Learn to forge using traditional techniques & tools • Take your very own hand-made forged item home with you
• One day creative workshop in the Yorkshire Dales • Hosted by art teacher Katherine in her farmhouse • All sorts of classes from Batik to glass fusing • A friendly welcome, time to chat & food included
• Discover the art of making, shaping & blowing glass • Hands on tuition in a professional glass workshop • Make your own souvenir glass art to take home • Half day & full day experiences are available
• Learn about beekeeping in the Garden of England • Half and full-day courses at Hawkhurst in Kent • Explore an empty beehive and a 'live' beehive • Informative & entertaining hosting by beekeeper John
Get crafty with this range of hands-on experiences
You might think signing up for a craft experience sounds like it's going to be a session involving sticky-backed plastic and cardboard loo rolls tubes in that typical Blue Peter craft corner kind of way. But on these crafty courses nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, a bit of imagination might always put you in good stead when it comes to designing what you're going to make, but it's not an obligation as great ideas will be bouncing around all the time. You'll be amazed with what you come up with!
No previous experience necessary for craft courses
And don't worry if you don't know your pinking sheers (you'll find those in your sewing box) from your lifting tongs (you'll find those in the forge). All of these workshops and coures assume you have zero previous experience. What's more, all the textiles, tools, base materials and equipment are all included, so all you have to bring along is a willingness to get stuck in and a desire to get crafty.
Craft courses in everything from flower arranging to ice sculpting
As for what you'll be crafting, we've got a rather eclectic mix of experiences for you. One of the most satisfying is the flower arranging workshop. There's nothing worse than receiving a bunch of flowers and then making a right pig's ear of putting them in a vase, so imagine how wonderful it'd be to be able to mix foliage and flowers to come up with a stunning display that is sure to wow.
Glass features quite heavily in our programme line-up, with courses to make blown glass, stained glass and fused glass too. You can even go right back to the 80s and make your very own neon sign. It's retro hip and very cool these days, as you can see from this Los Angeles Neon Light exhibition video!
Then there’s jewellery. Perhaps you want to make the man in your life a very special pair of cufflinks? Or if you want to buy a present for the soon-to-be-married couple, how about the very unique gift of being able to work with a jeweller to make their own wedding rings? Very romantic indeed.
In fact, there are so many craft experiences we can't mention them all here, so we suggest you have a browse and see what's what. Whether you yearn to make your own blown glass vase, or quite fancy creating a unique neon artwork, we've got it all and at no point will anyone say 'And here's one I made earlier'!