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Creative holidays: UK based courses

Find creative retreats and holidays across the UK to learn a new creative skill in a beautiful new environment! A craft residential is a great way to holiday with friends or when travelling solo.

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Cumbria
Swallows & Artisans is a stunning newly renovated workshop space available for hire in the heart of the Lake District. With a purpose built interior incorporating ample work space, soft seating, display area and simple kitchen facilities the venue also offers views over the lake and hills. Take advantage of Lanehead, the adjoining 8 bedroom property (sleeping 35) and combine the two venues to host your own creative retreat! Swallows & Artisans contains purpose built...
£35
Cumbria - Next course on 4th June 2019
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with a little experience of the wonderful art of needle felting. Using local wool, in an array of beautiful colours, you will learn the basic techniques of 3D needle felting to make your very own original mushroom/toadstool scene. Course length will be approximately 3 hours and will include a needle felting kit for you to take home. You will mount your scene on a...
£55
Norfolk - Next course on 22nd May 2019
This is a gentle introduction to watercolour painting day, aimed at those who have never painted before, or those who have and need help overcoming some common stumbling blocks, such as washes ending up too muddy, bitty, or too pale. Gilly is an experienced watercolour painting tutor, and knows all of these problems are very fixable by applying the right exercises and techniques at a very basic level, as a foundation to build really beautiful...
£55
Norfolk - Next course on 3rd May 2019
This workshop is aimed at absolute beginners and those who have attained a competent level of application technique, but would like to experiment with different approaches. Gilly is able to run the same subject at beginners and improvers level, so no one is left feeling out of their depth. In this workshop we will be exploring how to build up layers of translucent washes wet on dry, this is called glazing, we will be using...
£60
Cumbria - Next course on 6th June 2019
Join the talented local calligrapher, Claire Gould, for a relaxed beginner's modern calligraphy workshop where you will learn everything to get you started with beautiful handwritten lettering styles. So you love all the gorgeous hand lettering on Instagram and Pinterest, but you have never held a calligraphy pen before. Maybe you had a calligraphy set for Christmas, or you made a New Year’s resolution to learn a new hobby. We’ll start with assembling a pen...
£60
Cumbria - Next course on 6th June 2019
Let’s explore the magic of fabulously creative brush lettering pens! There’s something very accessible about brush pen calligraphy and brush lettering – part of the fun is colour blending – your tutor, Claire, will show you how to paint simple words in sunset colours! You’ll have a selection of brush lettering pens to use on the day – bring a friend and you can swap your pens during the class for more variation in your...
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 5th June 2019
We’re excited to host Siobhan from The Little Lakeland Soap Company at Swallows & Artisans. Siobhan combines 100% pure essential oils and quality natural ingredients into beautifully luxurious soaps, candles, bath salts, lip balms and more. In this one day workshop you will learn about the different scent blends, the properties of each oil and why they were chosen. First watch a demonstration and then, with help and guidance from Siobhan, you will create your...
£95
Isle of Wight - Next course on 1st June 2019
A day spent with professional photographer Wendy Carrig Portrait Photography : Working with Daylight : What to expect A short talk on Wendy’s career to date, with particular reference to portrait photography and some of the ways in which she approaches portraiture in her commissioned work and personal projects. A demonstration of portrait photography using natural daylight as the only light source and students as the subject – Wendy will also create individual portraits of...
£95
Kent
Discover the wonderful world of fused glass in the beautiful medieval village of Chilham, in the heart of the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. Each full day of tuition costs only £95 and takes place in our new purpose built teaching studio. (Some of the photos show our previous, smaller studio right next door.) Courses generally start at 10am and continue until 5pm, though we're flexible. You'll be given as much help as...
£100
Cumbria - Next course on 6th June 2019
This is a combined option of the two separate workshops we have running on 6th June and 6th August. Come and play with us for the day and enjoy a discounted rate. Start the day with learning how to write with a traditional dip pen, using lightness and pressure to create beautiful thin and thick strokes. Claire will teach the basics of a modern calligraphy alphabet and show you how to vary the flow of...