In-person course
in Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray

Basket Willow Weaving at Hanwell Wine Estate, lunch and wine included



This is your chance to make your very own wonderful willow weaved basket. Our one-day workshop will give you the opportunity to discover the pleasures of working with willow and create a stunning functional basket, perfect as a centerpiece on your kitchen table, to hold fruit, bits and bobs or maybe dried flowers. Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience learning to work with locally sourced willow in the beautiful surroundings of Hanwell Wine Estate. Jean, your tutor, will take you through a journey teaching you the basics of making a basket from English willow. She will share with you her years of experience and knowledge of tools and materials to use. Jeans’ exceptional experience will guide you through, so by the end of the day, you will have learnt different weaving techniques and make a lovely useful basket. This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of using willow. By the end of the day, you will have made one round basket to take home with you. “The beauty of this once commonplace craft is now an increasingly rare craft” Outline of the day - 9.25am Arrival with light refreshments and settle in - Introduction on the history of willow - Get hands on with willow - Refreshment break with snack - Start preparation for your basket structure - 12:30pm Lunch is served – 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of local wine - Continue where you left off - Refreshment break with snack - 16:30pm Home time with your wonderful basket handmade by you. About Jean your tutor A farmer’s daughter with a true passion for the countryside and keeping rural crafts alive, I have been teaching creative basketry for almost twenty years. I have a deep-seated love of the land and can often be found foraging around local hedgerows for natural materials to use in my work. I gather earthy, sustainable materials such as willow, dogwood, bark, foliage and fleece which I use to create beautiful, functional baskets and structures with irresistible smells and tactile appeal. I also grow and harvest willow, reeds, herbs and wild plants in my own little plot of earth – The Brikkle Wood, Hallaton. Since completing a City and Guilds in Creative Basketry at the City Lit, London in 2003 I have continued to improve my techniques by attending courses with world-renowned basket makers for example, Joe Hogan, Sheila Wynter, Francois Desplanches, Mary Butcher and Owen Jones. My classes are lively, fun and a lovely way to learn new craft, they attract a broad mix of students from children to adults and people with disabilities, including learning disabilities. To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 6.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.


8 hours (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

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



Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Romantic
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
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