Welcome to Bay Tree Cottage Workshops

Traditional and Rural Crafts

From soap making to indigo dying, bee keeping to stained glass, our extensive range of craft workshops will help you rediscover the homespun crafts of your grandparents’ era!

Working with a range of country craftsmen (...and women), our tutors are true experts in thier field and keen to pass on thier knowledge to others! They will work with you to master some time-honoured skills to keep our traditional country crafts alive!

Unless otherwise stated, timings for all workshops are as follows:

One day workshops - 9.30am to 3pm (includes homemade lunch and refreshments).

Half day workshops - 9.30am to 12.30pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments).

Half day cookery Workshops with lunch - 9.30am to 1.30pm (Monday to Friday) or 10am to 2pm (Saturdays) (includes refreshments as well as the lunch).

Evening workshops - 7pm to 9pm (includes homemade cake and refreshments).

    February 2018

  1. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 6 February 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  2. Craft Night - Jewellery Making for Beginners

    Craft Night - Jewellery Making for Beginners

    Wednesday 7 February 2018 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £24.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local jewellery artist Jackie Gibbs to master the art of jewellery making
  3. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 24 February 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    During this fun hands-on workshop, using both single strand and chicken wire, Lindsay will show you how to create and develop the form of a bird in wire! From a Chicken, Goose or Bird of Prey, you can choose your 'feathered friend' and with help and guidance from Lindsay, bring it to life in wire!

  4. Candle Making

    Candle Making

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    If you enjoy the beauty and fragrance of candles in your home, then come and join us on this one day workshop and we will show you how you can make your own bespoke range!
  5. March 2018

  6. Craft Night - Bath Bombs

    Craft Night - Bath Bombs

    Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £24.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local crafter Fiona Forbes and learn how to make and decorate your own bath
    bombs!
  7. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 13 March 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  8. Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Friday 16 March 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    Come and join us for this creative one-day workshop and make your own beautiful genuine stained glass A4 abstract hanging panel or small window, using traditional techniques unchanged for years.
  9. April 2018

  10. Craft Night - Introduction to Leather Craft

    Craft Night - Introduction to Leather Craft

    Wednesday 4 April 2018 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £24.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local leatherwork specialist Carolyn Brown and master the art of leather craft.
  11. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 17 April 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  12. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Thursday 19 April 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for the morning and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional rural craft to make your own willow plant support, which look wonderful in the garden and are great for Sweet Peas, Runner Beans and anything else that climbs ...except for small children!
  13. Basic Felt Making

    Basic Felt Making

    Friday 27 April 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local artist Heidi Street-Ward to master the fascinating art of felt making.
  14. Willow Plant Supports

    Willow Plant Supports

    Saturday 28 April 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for the morning and learn the secrets of this ancient traditional rural craft to make your own willow plant support, which look wonderful in the garden and are great for Sweet Peas, Runner Beans and anything else that climbs ...except for small children!
  15. May 2018

  16. Art In the Garden – Springtime!  Ink & Wash

    Art In the Garden – Springtime! Ink & Wash

    Tuesday 1 May 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Come and get arty in our lovely garden! During this one-day course Northampton artist and Printmaker Iain will guide you through some approaches to working with the versatile medium of ink and watercolor.
  17. Craft Night - Papercraft

    Craft Night - Papercraft

    Wednesday 2 May 2018 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £24.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local papercraft artist Jenni Norey and master the art of papercraft
  18. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 8 May 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  19. June 2018

  20. Art in the Garden – Roses and Early Summer! Inktense & Watercolour Pencils

    Art in the Garden – Roses and Early Summer! Inktense & Watercolour Pencils

    Tuesday 5 June 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Come and have a go with this flexible and vibrant material! Inktense blocks allow you to sketch quickly and freely with vibrant colours and textures whilst watercolour pencils allow you to add detail. Excellent for layering! Excellent for lush rose colours early summer colours!
  21. Craft Night - Buttons & Beads

    Craft Night - Buttons & Beads

    Wednesday 6 June 2018 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £24.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local crafter Lizzi Bucklow-Holt and learn how to make your own buttons and beads!
  22. Summer Candle Making

    Summer Candle Making

    Saturday 9 June 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    If you enjoy the beauty and fragrance of candles in your home, then come and join us on this one day workshop and we will show you how you can make your own bespoke range of candles this summer!
  23. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 12 June 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  24. An Introduction to Stained Glass (Copper Foil)

    An Introduction to Stained Glass (Copper Foil)

    Saturday 16 June 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    Come and join us for this creative one-day workshop and make your own beautiful genuine stained glass lightcatchers, mirrors, necklaces and 3d objects using the Copper Foil (Tiffany) technique. (Suitable for complete beginners and for those who have had a go, but would like to learn more!)
  25. Leather Craft - Belts and Dog Collars

    Leather Craft - Belts and Dog Collars

    Thursday 21 June 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local leatherwork specialist Carolyn Brown and master the art of leather craft.
  26. July 2018

  27. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 7 July 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    During this fun hands-on workshop, using both single strand and chicken wire, Lindsay will show you how to create and develop the form of a bird in wire! From a Chicken, Goose or Bird of Prey, you can choose your 'feathered friend' and with help and guidance from Lindsay, bring it to life in wire!

  28. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 10 July 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  29. September 2018

  30. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 25 September 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  31. Mosaics

    Mosaics

    Friday 28 September 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    In this one day hands-on workshop, with tutor Anna Conti, you will learn how to design and create your very own mosaic!
  32. October 2018

  33. Willowcraft - Bread and Fruit Baskets

    Willowcraft - Bread and Fruit Baskets

    Tuesday 2 October 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with willowcraft specialist Eddie Glew and master the art of basket making
  34. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 6 October 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    During this fun hands-on workshop, using both single strand and chicken wire, Lindsay will show you how to create and develop the form of a bird in wire! From a Chicken, Goose or Bird of Prey, you can choose your 'feathered friend' and with help and guidance from Lindsay, bring it to life in wire!

  35. 3D Felt Vessels

    3D Felt Vessels

    Wednesday 10 October 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local artist Heidi Street-Ward to master the fascinating art of felt making.
  36. Corn Dollies

    Corn Dollies

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    If you have ever been fascinated by this ancient craft, join us for this half-day workshop with our local Country Craftsman, Bert Manton, and learn the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies, suitable for complete beginners!

  37. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 16 October 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  38. November 2018

  39. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 6 November 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join us on this upholstery day and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
  40. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 8 November 2018 (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £48.50

    Give your Christmas cards a very personal touch this year and join us for this set of two evening workshops where you will learn the art of lino printing to produce a wonderful piece of artwork.

    This form of fine art printmaking is a great technique to use for making Christmas cards as once you've cut the design in the lino, you're ready to print as many cards as you need.

    So come and learn this new technique, and make your cards to stand out from the crowd and impress your family and friends with your creative flair!
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  41. Christmas Candle Making

    Christmas Candle Making

    Wednesday 14 November 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Learn how to make festive candles during this festive workshop. The workshop itself not to mention the candles would make a wonderful Christmas present and you'll make lots to take home. Join us on this one day candle making workshop using soy wax and unusual containers, we guarantee it will be a wonderful Christmassy treat.
  42. Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Friday 16 November 2018 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £120.00

    Come and join us for this creative hands-on one-day workshop and make your own beautiful genuine stained glass light-catchers and/or angels, to hang on your tree or stand in your window this Christmas.
  43. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 22 November 2018 (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £48.50

    Give your Christmas cards a very personal touch this year and join us for this set of two evening workshops where you will learn the art of lino printing to produce a wonderful piece of artwork.

    This form of fine art printmaking is a great technique to use for making Christmas cards as once you've cut the design in the lino, you're ready to print as many cards as you need.

    So come and learn this new technique, and make your cards to stand out from the crowd and impress your family and friends with your creative flair!
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  44. Willow Christmas Decorations (afternoon workshop)

    Willow Christmas Decorations (afternoon workshop)

    Thursday 29 November 2018 (Half Day PM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with willowcraft specialist Eddie Glew and make an array of Christmas decorations
  45. Willow Christmas Decorations (morning workshop)

    Willow Christmas Decorations (morning workshop)

    Thursday 29 November 2018 (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £47.50

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with willowcraft specialist Eddie Glew and make an array of Christmas decorations