About our courses…
Recharge and rejuvenate yourself on this therapeutic weekend course
For over a decade now I have shared the secrets and magic of English Willow Basketry on this two day course. Discover for yourself the elegant and beautiful techniques that turn simple sticks of willow into timeless pieces of wonder.
As a participant you will spend a pleasant therapeutic weekend learning how to make a round shopping basket with a roped handle and a bread basket to take home and keep. I try to create a holistic approach to basketry incorporating breathing and mindfulness to create an immersive experience. Basketry is philosophy and I hope you will leave the weekend feeling a little lighter and more joyful.
Held in the lovely Parish Hall, Walnut Hill in Surlingham, Norfolk NR14 7AG which is about four miles south of the historic City of Norwich and its many attractions.
I will provide tools and materials, tea and coffee and expert tuition. It is an enjoyable and rewarding experience and you will help maintain a heritage craft. We commence 9.30 and finish around 4pm each day.
For those that have already attended a course there is the opportunity to learn how to make a small log basket with under foot base and twisted handles.
Price is £150 per person. A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place with the balance payable 2 weeks prior to the event.
You can also buy a course as a gift voucher at my online shop as the perfect gift for that creative loved one*.
To book a place or for further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07948977104
7/8 May 2 places available
21/22 May fully booked
25/26 June fully booked
10/11 Sept places available
17/18 Sept places available
8/9 Oct places available
22/23 Oct places available
12/13 Nov places available
In the event of any Covid-19 regulations,local or national, that affect participation, courses will be postponed and participants will be able to book on a future course date if places are available.
If you’d like to stay in the area there are a number of b&b’s and campsites available in the surrounding area or in the nearby wonderful city of Norwich. I particularly recommend
Pottles Barn B & B
Aldefen Marshes Wild Camping
Basket making course vouchers
A voucher for my basket making course makes a wonderful present for that creative loved one. A voucher comes with a hand made card for presentation . There are a range of dates listed above and the recipient needs just to choose a date, email me to book a place, and they can enjoy a day learning the wonders of basket making with me and Willow the dog.
Vouchers can be purchased from my online shop or from my stall and I will post them to your home address.Vouchers must be used within twelve months of purchase (unless no places are available on advertised courses).
Group bookings and short courses
Recharge the team
Therapeutic, creative, mindful. You can book me for the day to teach your team to make a basket (10 people).
Price £75 per person
I can also provide a short course for up to 15 people making a catalan hedgerow tray. The course lasts two hours and participants learn a life long skill easily replicated at home using materials cut from the hedgerows. You just need to provide the venue.
Price £30 per person
“I just wanted to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed the course on Saturday – it was so great. I absolutely love my basket (everyone at home is v. impressed!!) and I though you were a fantastic teacher and leader – really skilled and engaging. The pace was pitched perfectly to allow all of us to practice and make progress on our baskets with plenty of support where necessary. AND loved the cakes…!
I am thrilled to have some basic basket making skills and hope to make more in the future.
I will recommend you to everyone!
Thanks so much for the wonderful day.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an amazing day! I really enjoyed it. So proud of my apple basket. Can I come again and bring my two girls?
Thank you again!”
*Terms and conditions:
Vouchers to be used within 12 months of purchase.
Vouchers are not transferable
Book a date from the available dates on the website. Once booked, two weeks notice is required for cancellation and only if a replacement participant can be found, otherwise the voucher is deemed spent.