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).

    May 2016

  1. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 10 May (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. Felt Making

    Felt Making

    Thursday 19 May (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

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

    Bird Feeders

    Thursday 19 May (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    During this half day basket making workshop we will teach you to make a beautiful basket bird feeder. Choose from three bird feeder designs; a handing bird table, peanut 'cocoon' or fat ball hanger. These basket weave bird feeders will be perfect for your garden or even as a gift for someone who loves their garden birds.
  4. June 2016

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

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 4 June (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    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!

  6. Frame Baskets

    Frame Baskets

    Tuesday 14 June (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    On this one day workshop you will learn how to basket weave and construct a circular frame basket. There will be a choice of different coloured willows and seagrass to ensure your basket is totally unique.
  7. Corn Dollies

    Corn Dollies

    Wednesday 15 June (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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!

  8. Summer Candle Making

    Summer Candle Making

    Friday 17 June (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!
  9. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 21 June (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!
  10. An Introduction to Stained Glass (Copper Foil)

    An Introduction to Stained Glass (Copper Foil)

    Thursday 23 June (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    During this fun and hands-on introductory stained glass workshop you will master the Copper Foil (Tiffany) technique to produce 2 beautiful light-catchers and take away the skills to continue this new craft at home! (Suitable for complete beginners and for those who have had a go, but would like to learn more!)
  11. July 2016

  12. Panier and Picnic Baskets

    Panier and Picnic Baskets

    Saturday 9 July (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £175.00

    Learn to construct your perfect picnic basket for all your Summer picnic outings during this two day basket making workshop. You will learn how to construct your own unique basket with a choice of different willow colours and a selection of interesting weaves. (The price quoted is for the 2 day workshop).
  13. Panier and Picnic Baskets

    Panier and Picnic Baskets

    Sunday 10 July (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £175.00

    Learn to construct your perfect picnic basket for all your Summer picnic outings during this two day basket making workshop. You will learn how to construct your own unique basket with a choice of different willow colours and a selection of interesting weaves. (The price quoted is for the 2 day workshop).
  14. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 12 July (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!
  15. September 2016

  16. Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Saturday 24 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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.
  17. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 27 September (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!
  18. Felt Making in 3D

    Felt Making in 3D

    Thursday 29 September (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £75.00

    Join us for this fun and creative workshop with local artisit Heidi Street-Ward to master the fascinating art of felt making and learn how to make a three dimensional hollow wet felted vessel or pod structure using a resist template.
  19. October 2016

  20. Bird Feeders

    Bird Feeders

    Friday 7 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    During this half day basket making workshop we will teach you to make a beautiful basket bird feeder. Choose from three bird feeder designs; a handing bird table, peanut 'cocoon' or fat ball hanger. These basket weave bird feeders will be perfect for your garden or even as a gift for someone who loves their garden birds.
  21. Corn Dollies

    Corn Dollies

    Thursday 13 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £45.00

    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!

  22. Frame Baskets

    Frame Baskets

    Friday 14 October (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    On this one day workshop you will learn how to construct a circular frame basket. There will be a choice of different coloured willows and seagrass to ensure you basket is totally unique. Frame baskets are perfect for shopping, fruit picking, storage or just as a beautiful display item for you friends to envy - and this one will be made by you!
  23. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 15 October (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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!

  24. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 18 October (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!
  25. Children's Felt Making (for all ages)

    Children's Felt Making (for all ages)

    Tuesday 25 October (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £18.50

    Come and join us for this fun and creative children’s workshop to learn how to make your own hand-made felt picture using colourful sheep’s wool with local artist Heidi Street-Ward. Felt is a wonderful material and is simply made by rubbing and rolling wool together with warm soapy water.
  26. November 2016

  27. Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Friday 4 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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.
  28. Christmas Candle Making

    Christmas Candle Making

    Saturday 5 November (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.
  29. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 10 November (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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  30. Christmas Willow Decorations

    Christmas Willow Decorations

    Saturday 19 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Learn to make a willow star, garland, wreath, reindeer, Christmas tree, mince pie platter or your choice of Christmassy decoration on this one day basket making workshop. There will be a variety of willow colours to choose from and you should expect to make 2-3 items during the day to take home and add to you Christmas decoration collection.
  31. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 22 November (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!
  32. A Victorian Christmas

    A Victorian Christmas

    Wednesday 23 November (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    With traditional Victorian Kissing Balls and Christmas cornucopias, garlands of dried fruit and swags of ivy ribbon, this one day workshops will show you some of the traditional ways the Victorians celebrated Christmas. So come and join us and take a step back in time to recreate some of the wonderful Christmas decorations and delicacies from the Victorian era with a modern day twist.
  33. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 24 November (Course)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £0.00

    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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  34. December 2016

  35. Christmas Jumpers (evening workshop)

    Christmas Jumpers (evening workshop)

    Thursday 1 December (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Who can resist a good Christmas Jumper? Put you in the party mood or to give a personalised jumper to a loved one. Now you can create your own design with the help of Jenny who is brimming with fun and exciting ways to decorate your jumper.
  36. Christmas Jumpers (morning workshop)

    Christmas Jumpers (morning workshop)

    Thursday 1 December (Half Day AM)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Who can resist a good Christmas Jumper? Put you in the party mood or to give a personalised jumper to a loved one. Now you can create your own design with the help of Jenny who is brimming with fun and exciting ways to decorate your jumper.
  37. Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Friday 2 December (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    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.