Let the world go for a while and spend time learning how to make a lovely basket. Using traditional basket making techniques and a variety of willow. By the end of the day, you should have a stylish basket to take home. You will be taught by full time basket weaver and crafter Ellie Morgan a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmaker. No experience needed. Tools and materials are provided, along with lots of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep you going. Our experience also includes a delicious lunch cooked over the campfire. Arts and crafts experience gift cards - Our flexible gift cards make brilliant presents and allow the lucky recipient to choose this or any course that takes their fancy. Corporate team wellness craft experience day - Teambuilding with a difference! Spend time crafting together, away from the stresses of the business world. We are happy to tailor an experience that’s just right for your team. About Joy Farms - The Joy Family has been working their land and crafting in the tranquil Surrey Hills for nearly a century. Adrian Joy, the third generation of his family to farm, enjoys woodcarving – spoons in particular. Adrian is now married to Sarah, a fellow creative who loves arts and crafts. Together, they offer the opportunity for you to enjoy this special environment and discover new skills and hobbies. They can’t wait to welcome you! Please note. Depending on the date, you'll make a slightly different shaped basket 28 May - Berry Willow Basket weaving - 09:30-16:30 11 Jun - Frame Willow Basket weaving - 09:30-16:30 17 Sep - Asymmetric Willow Basket weaving - 09:30-17:30 We will guide you through the steps of making a basket of your very own. (Our goal is for everyone leaves with a finished basket on the day, depending on the group we sometimes run over time or may agree as a group to make lunch a bit shorter).
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What to expect The small classes take place in the beautiful setting of our family farm nestled on the edge of Sheepleas nature reserve and at the foot of The Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The workspace is undercover in an open sided farm building, or weather dependant can be around the open fire in a small adjacent copse. Lunch is often cooked on the same fire and served there. Most participants are beginners, although some may be returning to further practice their skills and gain more experience. Please bear in mind basket making is tough on the hands, so if you have a loss of strength in your hands you might find this class difficult. What kind of day will it be? This is aimed at being a creative day “making”. We aim to make it a relaxed pace, however we have lots to teach you.
8 hours (9:30am to 5:30pm)
Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts
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Welcome to Joy Farms, a friendly creative hub inspired by nature. You will find us in the idyllic countryside of The Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Guildford. We offer a range of beginner-friendly art and craft experiences (and if you’re a more experienced crafter there’s still plenty to get your teeth into!). Our courses include green wood spoon carving, basket weaving, woodturning, floristry and more.
- Public transport
- Corporate days out & team building
- Father's Day
- Parking provided
- Suitable for beginners
- Mother's Day
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
- Intermediate level
- Stag dos
- Hen dos