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).

    September 2017

  1. Art In the Garden 1 - Ink & Wash

    Art In the Garden 1 - Ink & Wash

    Wednesday 20 September 2017 (One Day)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £95.00

    Sorry, This Course is Over

    Come and get arty in our lovely garden! During this one-day course, Northampton artist and Printmaker Iain Hodgkinson will guide you through some approaches to working with the versatile medium of ink and watercolor..
  2. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 23 September 2017 (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!

  3. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 26 September 2017 (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!
  4. October 2017

  5. Art In the Garden 2 - Inktense & Watercolour Pencils

    Art In the Garden 2 - Inktense & Watercolour Pencils

    Tuesday 3 October 2017 (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.
  6. Corn Dollies

    Corn Dollies

    Wednesday 4 October 2017 (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!

  7. Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Stained Glass (Leaded Panel)

    Friday 6 October 2017 (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.
  8. Frame Baskets

    Frame Baskets

    Friday 13 October 2017 (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.
  9. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 17 October 2017 (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. November 2017

  11. Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Thursday 2 November 2017 (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.
  12. Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Wire Sculpture - Chickens, Geese & Feathered Friends!

    Saturday 4 November 2017 (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!

  13. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (1st of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 9 November 2017 (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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  14. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 14 November 2017 (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. Christmas Candle Making

    Christmas Candle Making

    Wednesday 15 November 2017 (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.
  16. Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Stained Glass Christmas Decorations

    Saturday 18 November 2017 (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.
  17. A Victorian Christmas

    A Victorian Christmas

    Thursday 23 November 2017 (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.
  18. Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Lino Printing Christmas Cards (2nd of 2 evenings)

    Thursday 23 November 2017 (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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  19. Christmas Willow Stars

    Christmas Willow Stars

    Wednesday 29 November 2017 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    Come and join us for this evening workshop and learn how to create some gorgeous festive stars made out of willow, left bare and rustic or adorned with twinkling lights, they will look gorgeous in your house this Christmas!
  20. December 2017

  21. Christmas Willow Stars

    Christmas Willow Stars

    Wednesday 6 December 2017 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    Come and join us for this evening workshop and learn how to create some gorgeous festive stars made out of willow, left bare and rustic or adorned with twinkling lights, they will look gorgeous in your house this Christmas!
  22. Christmas Willow Stars

    Christmas Willow Stars

    Thursday 7 December 2017 (Evening)

    Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone

    £35.00

    Sorry, Fully Booked

    Come and join us for this evening workshop and learn how to create some gorgeous festive stars made out of willow, left bare and rustic or adorned with twinkling lights, they will look gorgeous in your house this Christmas!
  23. Traditional Upholstery

    Traditional Upholstery

    Tuesday 12 December 2017 (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. May 2018

  25. 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.
  26. June 2018

  27. 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!