Basket making for beginners using willow



You can make a multi-coloured round basket on this one day course. Learn ancient weaving techniques and take home your own creation.

Jonny and Becky are both qualified teachers and have been teaching basket making for 25 years.
Basketiers sit or stand to weave at table top height.

We have regular workshops teaching people to make their own coloured willow baskets using locally grown and Somerset willows.
If you are a beginner and you want to make a large, strong and durable basket in coloured willow, this is the workshop for you.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tools and materials provided in our warm and comfortable craft studio
Hot drinks and afternoon cake
Learn about the cultivation and use of willow.
Optional lunch £7, warm tart and a range of salads from our truly talented caterer Josephine.
(Choose from Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free).


Becky and Jonny White at Jon the basket


The Granary, 7 Half Key Court
Half key
WR14 1UP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


1 day (9:45am to 5:00pm)

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Krista - - #36388

Had a wonderful day basket weaving, met Johnny & Becky, who made the group feel welcome. Provided tuition and guidance throughout the day. Plus a wonderful lunch and homemade lemon cake. Thank you for your patience and guidance. Loved the music in the workshop… great background tunes from the ’60s and '70s. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day. And we take home the basket.

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Lisa Barber - - #36377

A wonderful day in a beautiful spot, Becky and John were great teachers, helpful and patient, We were looked after well and treated to a fantastic lunch. Thank you

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Jess & Nick Lobo - - #36211

We had the nicest day, learning to weave baskets with Johnny and his family. The workshop is charmingly rustic and cosy and hot drinks are brought to your workbench whenever required. We were both chuffed to bits with the beautiful baskets we made under Johnny and Becky's informal, yet informative tuition. Delicious lunch was provided, fresh, by a friendly local supplier. All in all a lovely, relaxing day. Highly recommended ❤️

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Rachel Heathfield - - #36196

What a brilliant way to spend a day! Jonny and Becky (&Leo) were brilliant. They were so skilled and patient and their warm hospitality in their home was wonderful. I felt supported in my learning and was really really pleased with the basket I made. Everyone at home was amazed it was my work!!
HIGHLY recommend. Thank you to Jonny and Becky.

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Julia Mackichan - - #36195

I received this day as a gift and I thoroughly enjoyed the day Jonny was a very good and patient teacher and I came away with a beautiful basket much admired by my friends.

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Jennie - - #36155

Lovely day. Jon and Becky were very knowledgeable and helpful. There was a lovely atmosphere in the studio and in the house where we had a tasty lunch. I came away with a beautiful basket. Jon and Becky kept their eyes on us and were quick to help if we needed assistance. Thank you Jon and Becky.

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Helen Coke - - #35941

What a lovely day!
Lovey welcoming hosts. A super location.
Delicious refreshments all day
Patient and skilled tutors
A wonderful way to forget the outside world.
A very absorbing course.
I’m really pleased with my finished basket .
The course is a great addition to any ‘bucket list’.

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julia white - - #35905

What an excellent day, from the tea and homemade flapjack on arrival, right up to the end of the day. Jon and Becky were friendly and attentive teachers who helped us get the most out of the day. The whole day flew by and I am thrilled with the basket that I made. I would be more than happy to join them for another day in the future and would certainly have no hesitation in recommending their course to anyone. Thank you so much, very much worth the journey from Leighton Buzzard!

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Yvonne Rush - - #35898

Very enjoyable day learning how to work with willow. Jon and Becky were very friendly and helpful, patiently correcting my mistakes! Had a very tasty lunch and Becky's lovely home-made cake. Money well spent.

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Jill Turner - - #35895

Brilliant one day course. We were taught different techniques and how the willow is grown and the preparation process before it can be used to weave. Becky and John are very helpful and patient tutors and Becky bakes the best cake. Well worth the money for a fun and productive day, I bought home a lovely good-sized basket that I made with some help.

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Andie - - #35893

A fantastic course. John and Becky were very helpful and friendly, met some amazing people and had a great lunch. What more could anyone want! A brilliant day out.

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Ashraf - - #35850

Had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Was most certainly more than expected. The dedication to creating a wonderful start to Weaving was immense. The hospitality and knowledge of both of you was amazing.

My only reservation is the time it took me to travel to your location. Nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Lester king - - #35696

Jonny and Becky gave expect advice and were very attentive and supportive during the day. They were very friendly and warm hosts. We would highly recommend this course. Great day out.

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Diane - - #35677

A very enjoyable day, I couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed.
Jonny and his wife were supportive and clearly knowledgeable.
Lovely to come home with a completed basket

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Barbara Ward - - #35660

A brilliant day, so enjoyable. Jonny and Becky are excellent teachers, very patient!
I would definitely recommend the course. Thanks also for the lovely lunch, home made cake and general hospitality

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Alice Brooks - - #35656

Really enjoyable day, with a really chilled atmosphere loads of help and a fantastic basket to bring home that will last forever. Definitely recommend it and choose the lunch as it’s fabulous, didn’t go hungry or thirsty all day.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Alice
It was great to me you all and your baskets were fantastic!

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June and John Wilson - - #35427

An extremely rewarding day and came away with two very professional baskets. Jon and Becky are a delightful and helpful couple.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you both. Your baskets were amazing and it was a pleasure to meet you.
Best wishes
Jonny Xx

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Claire - - #35407

A great day. The support from John and Becky was amazing, and the class is relaxed and friendly. We came away with a beautiful basket each which is so strong and well made (if I do say so myself) that it will last a lifetime. I’d happily do this class again and again.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Claire
We look forward to weaving with you again.
Best wishes
Jonny Xxx

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Luke - - #35375

Jon and Becky are really great teachers and we came away at the end of the day with lovely looking baskets, plenty of tea and coffees and good tunes playing on the stereo as well. A great day!

Response from Jon the basket:

Thanks Luke
Great to meet you.
Hope to see you around locally.
Jonny and Becky Xxx

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Deborah Tissiman - - #35370

What a fab day... Jon and Becky have endless patience... It's hard work and a full-on day. but from the offset, Jon made you feel confident, that you were going to accomplish making your basket.
Very relaxed atmosphere, good banter. Jon chatted throughout the day telling us about basket making in general, as we worked, which was more interesting than being given a chapter and verse hour which generally flies over your head.
One to one help, when you needed it, Becky and Jon explained what to do simply, and we were allowed to go at our own pace. Becky's flapjacks and cake were delicious...
Make sure you book the lunch or you will definitely miss out on a treat.
I really recommend this course as an introduction to basket making, you'll come away with a super basket to be proud of.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Debbie, we both really enjoyed meeting you and your basket was beautifully woven.
Thank you so much for coming to spend the day with us weaving baskets.

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Liz Rashvand - - #35246

I really wanted to 'have a go' at making a willow basket and this day was perfect! I can't believe I made such a lovely basket as I had never attempted anything like this before. I really love my basket, especially the 'feel' of the willow and the gorgeous colours.

Jon and Becky were such easy company, and so expert they made everything seem straightforward. I was worried I wouldn't be able to follow the instruction but Jon and Becky were simply wonderful!

Becky's cake and flapjack were a real treat too, thank you Becky!

Beautiful location, and a terrific day!

Thank you both so much :)

Response from Jon the basket:

That's lovely to hear Liz.
We are so glad you enjoyed your day, brilliant news!
It was wonderful to spend the day weaving with you, your daughter and the rest of the group.
Thank you for coming.

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Jodie - - #35131

I had a great day basket weaving with Jon and Becky. Jon was really welcoming and the studio was well equipped with everything we needed. Every stage of the weaving was explained and demonstrated well and Jon and Becky were on hand to support as much as I needed.
It was a lovely size group and we enjoyed a beautiful lunch outside as well as some lovely home made cake - thank you Becky!
A wonderful day which I can’t recommend enough, I’ll be using my basket regularly! Thank you

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Ros and Paul - - #35062

Really enjoyable day. Excellent preparation and the pace meant we had a beautiful finished basket at the end. Jon and Becky were great tutors and very helpful. Great lunch and lovely cake made by Becky. I would thoroughly recommend.

Response from Jon the basket:

Hi Ros and Paul
That is great to hear, we are so glad you enjoyed the course.
Thank you
Jon and Becky

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Jll - - #35049

Throughly enjoyed the basket making, and was surprised by the size of the basket we made! Jon and Becky were very good teachers and gave 1-2-1 tuition when needed. A great day out and lunch was fab!

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Annie Healy - - #35048

I’m so proud of the basket I made on Jonny’s course. The willow used is a beautiful mix of greens,reds and browns. In a relaxed but focused atmosphere, Jonny and Becky took us through the stages of basket making and the different weaves involved. With clear direction, demonstration and ample support when needed leading to a very successful outcome. The studio is bright and spacious and we were welcomed and kept supplied with ample drinks and home-made cakes. A really satisfying day.

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Claire Hilton - - #35044

I had a lovely day today making a basket. I was impressed with thw preparation and materials provided as well as refreshments. The teachers were both very knowledgeable and even when i found it challenging i wasnt stuck for long. Very pleased with thw finished product. Would thoroughly recommend.

Response from Jon the basket:

Hi Claire
It was a pleasure to meet you again and both Becky and I were very honoured that you chose to spend your birthday willow weaving with us.
Warm wishes
Jonny and Becky

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Liz - - #34853

What a fantastic day! Jonny and Becky were friendly and helpful and excellent teachers. There was a lovely atmosphere and going through the entire process of making a basket from start to end was really interesting and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this course!

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Janet Shipley - - #34603

Had a wonderful day. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Jonny and Becky were so patient and good teachers. I will now always appreciate the work that goes into the making of baskets. Cannot believe that I actually came away with a decent size basket that I had made with their help and guidance, it has pride of place in my home. Also had lovely lunch too. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants a good day out in good company and have something to show for it at the end.

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Theresa Buhryn - - #34602

Great day - highly recommend

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Jennifer Corney - - #34582

A well planned course Johnny and Becky were attentive to all in the class and our reward was taking home our self made basket.
I would like to learn more about the willow industry maybe on further courses that you do

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Jim Milner - - #34580

What a fantastic day with the perfect hosts. Fantastic instruction from years of basketry experience. From start to finish the art of basket making is made clear and all the methods we used were expertly demonstated, often with one to one tuition ensuring that all who attend meet their objectives and leave at the end of the day with a quality basket. 100% highly recommended. Got on a'll love it.

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Rikki - - #34297

Jon and Becky were fab and it was a smashing day! Lovely little studio setting and the pair couldn't do enough for us.
If you get the choice of lunch as well definitely do it cos it was absolutely delicious.
Thanks, guys!

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Rosemarie Scoble - - #34290

Brilliant day, so friendly and helpful. Ive never made one before, i now appreciate how much work goes into making one. Lovely way of meeting new people. Lovely lunch. And plenty of tea and cake throughout the day. Thank you both.

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Carla Mcconnell - - #34158

As a total beginner this was a fantastic intro to basket making and I'm really impressed with the finished basket. The steps to making it were enjoyable and varied, I learnt so much in just one day. Jonny and Becky were relaxed and supportive throughout, we had all the tools we needed and pre-selected willows to hand, and there was just the right balance of making and enjoying a superb lunch and cake. I thoroughly recommend it!

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Lucy Payne - - #34105

This course was very enjoyable and I would highly recommend it. It is based in a stunning location and Jonny and Becky are fabulous hosts. They are skilled, knowledgeable and patient tutors enabling everyone to succeed in making a basket to be proud of. Lunch was delicious, as was the chocolate cake! Many thanks Jonny and Becky for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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Sandy - - #34058

Excellent tuition and guidance from Becky and Jonny. A thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying day.

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Susan - - #33972

Thank you so much Becky and Jonny.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I am delighted with my oval basket.
In addition - I would very much like to acknowledge Becky's and Jonny's kindness and generosity.
Rather than a workshop attendee - I really felt more like a guest.
Since the workshop - I think I have managed to refer to my basket making in every conversation I've had.....

Great People - Great Workshop - Great Location - Great Lunch - Great Cake - Great Basket Xx

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you so much Susan.
We loved your gorgeous card you sent and it was lovely to meet you and spend the day weaving with you.

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Tina Youde - - #33637

Jonny and Becky were very friendly, welcoming and great teachers of a very old skillset. They took us through the process of making a basket with ease and expertise. I would definitely recommend this course run by both experienced teachers of a lovely craft.
I am very proud of my end result!

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Robert Wright - - #33445

A great course, fun to learn and a product at the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Rebecca McKenzie - - #33349

This course was a lot of fun and I now have a lovely (and pretty big) willow basket! Jonny was very welcoming and kept us hydrated with lots of Tea! Lunch was delicous. Becky joined us after lunch to lend a hand with the tricker bits of the baskets. Overall, a wonderful way to spend the day with great company, great teachers and a hand made basket to take home at the end of it.

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Fiona Douglas - - #33140

This was a surprise birthday gift for my husband, we had a great day and made two baskets. The course was clear and informative, having support when needed and allowing independence to practice skills. Jonny and Becky made everyone very welcome, the cakes and lunch were lovely :) The views from the workshop and conservatory were great, a beautiful location.
I hope to return!

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Helenalilly - - #31839

This was a really fun beginners course, that left you with something practical at the end. It was a joy just to be out in the countryside, as the course is located in the beautiful Malvern. There was a lot of information with regards to willow, what to get, from where and when to get it. Definitely something to do with the people in your 'bubble'.

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Sheila Beasley - - #31238

A fantastic experience in a well equipped, spacious workshop, set up efficiently with Covid in mind. John and Becky shared their knowledge effectively and with patience and humour. I was thrilled with the quality of my first attempt at basket weaving and would certainly recommend the course to others.

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Linda K - - #31235

It was a real pleasure to spend the day with both Jonny and Becky in their lovely workshop and home. The instruction was perfect- socially distanced and masks as appropriate. They have taken Covid restrictions seriously yet allowed us to have a relaxed and enjoyable day.
The basket I produced is better than I dared hope for- thanks for the excellent instruction and non-invasive supervision. Both Jonny and Becky gave expert instruction and shared advice readily so we all achieved baskets to be proud of. I’d recommend this course wholeheartedly. I’m definitely going to have another go at home- thanks to Jonny and Becky for the inspiration.

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Rachel - - #31227

Excellent day of quality tuition. Jon and Becky were helpful and informative and very, very patient.
I was extremely happy with my completed basket.

The chocolate cake and flapjack were tasty too.

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to try basket making.

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Kate Sheehan - - #31226

Fantastic day.
Great tuition, delivered at a pace you can follow.
Very relaxing day and thrilled to produce a really beautiful basket.
Highly recommend John and Becky.

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Susanne Frank - - #31160

Truly lovely day, great setting, excellent teaching, really friendly relaxed atmosphere and delighted with my basket.

Response from Jon the basket:

That is fantastic Susanne, it was lovely to meet you.
Best regards Jonny and Becky

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Denise Armon-Jones - - #30501

Spent a wonderful day with Jonny and Becky in their lovely workshop. It was informative, challenging and hard work and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I attempt another course!

Response from Jon the basket:

Brilliant. We would love to have you back Denise
Thank you

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Belinda - - #30492

What a treat during these dull and sometimes depressing Covid times. To go to a beautiful spot in the countryside and make a fantastic basket with good company in a covid safe space was a real joy. Jonny is a great teacher and the materials we used were really high quality which meant I ended up with a much better quality basket than I was expecting on a first go! I thoroughly recommend the course and would love to go again - you can never have enough baskets!

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Belinda.
It was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day weaving.

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Lin Spreckley - - #29391

A very enjoyable day - good tuition, good company and good food - thank you!

I was lucky enough to share the day with a friendly bunch of mixed abilities. In spite of that we all finished the day with a very nice looking basket (admittedly most more professional than my wonky offering). This was due, in no small part, to the patience and teaching of Jon (and his lovely assistant.... )
Lunch was as good as I've had in a very long time - fresh and tasty!!
I'd go again to a course run by Jon 😊

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melanie - - #29360

Jon was very inspiring and friendly, the studio is very welcoming and learnt a lot in one day. Love my basket and a great lunch too. Thankyou so much to both Jon and Rebecca

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Eleanor - - #28747

Really friendly and knowledgeable teacher. Food was amazing, and a lovely learning environment. Fantastic course with like minded people.

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Sue Beaumont - - #28560

I really enjoyed the course and the excellent tuition you provided. Making a basket has been a long held ambition of mine. Thank you for helping me to achieve this.

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Eddie and Bin Bailey - - #28319

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Nicola Cooper - - #27053

Thank you so much for a great day, I really enjoyed it all. I was a total beginner but came away with a lovely basket.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming, and Jonny was a patient and knowledgeable teacher.
It was a bonus to be served such a sociable and delicious lunch.
Thank you very much for an absorbing and memorable day.

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Bruce & Lisa Jarv est - - #26996

We have been on a number of workshops over the years covering a range of crafts, but I have to say Jonny's enthusiasm, skill and kind humour made it a very special day. At no point did we feel rushed so had a most enjoyable experience. Lunch as others have commented was perfect and the whole day was really good from arrival until we departed with our lovely sturdy baskets. We can unreservedly recommend.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Bruce, it's great to hear what you thought of the day and I'm so glad you liked it. See you both again for another basket one day hopefully? Best wishes

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Elizabeth Griffin - - #26627

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Jon was a very good, patient teacher. Great food and company and I came away with a lovely basket to remind me of the day.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Liz, I am glad you enjoyed the day.

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Luisa turner - - #25800

John and Becky good ,patient teachers, let us all stay til we had finished our baskets which took some of us longer than planned, delicious food ,great day, thanks

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Annie Beatty - - #25633

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Response from Jon the basket:

Thanks Annie, it's been uplifting to meet so many like minded people who are interested in willow baskets.

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cleo - - #25616

Jon is an excellent teacher bringing a fun and an engaging approach to teaching basket weaving. The location and workshop space is perfect. Really enjoyed all aspects of the day including Becky's homemade cakes. A lovely way to spend a Sunday and learn a brilliant new skill. Thanks Jon and Becky for your warm welcome.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you for coming to make a basket Cleo. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day.

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John Jones - - #25615

A really good day in a relaxed atmosphere with great tuition and help from Jon to make the basket.

Lots of steps and different techniques to learn and use, and hopefully remember next time I want to make one on my own!

The home made lunch provided was really good also and not to be missed.

I would definitely go back again to learn how to make various other items that I see on display while there.

Response from Jon the basket:

It was great to meet you John and your basket was quite amazing.
It would be a pleasure to host you on another day.
Thank you

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Steve White - - #21873

A splendid day it was, a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable and lovely space with clear instructions from Jon.
We created the base for our baskets in the morning (with a tea and delicious cake break too!).
A really delicious lunch was provided in Jon and Beckys kitchen and then back to the workshop space to finish our baskets. I have been twice, the 1st basket is a beautiful thing with a handle for bringing in fire logs and the second a specialised one for one of my performance bikes.
I highly recomend the whole day, great instruction, friendly group, great space, lovely lunch and a treasure to keep for ever! 🧡

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Jane - - #21868

Jonny was a good teacher, lunch & company was great. Enjoyed the workshop very much & I would do one again. Wonderful to come home with a shopping basket of such beautiful colours, that I've made myself from willow rods & that will last for years to come.

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Jette - - #21862

I received this day as a gift and didn’t know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and came away with a beautiful basket made by own hand which was a real bonus. Basket weaving is not as easy as it may look but Jonny is a very good teacher. I have to also mention that the lunch was outstanding, enhanced by the fact that someone else on the course had brought a bottle of vino or two so all in all, great course, fantastic lunch, good company with lots of laughs - I would definitely recommend it!!!

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Lesley Rhodes - - #21856

Very good day. John and Becky were very patient and helpful.

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