In-person course
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Beginners' Stained-Glass Course, 2 days



A two-day introduction to the traditional method of Stained Glass Making. This course, in traditional method of stained-glass construction, will give you an insight into this ancient craft. You will be fully guided through the process and given lots of tips, tricks, insight and appreciation of stained-glass window-making. The course will start with an introduction to the art of stained glass, the design, and how we ‘paint with light’, including the equipment and tools used to do this. You will quickly move on to the practical aspect by learning how to score and break glass. This will be followed by practice cutting glass to a design until you're ready to start cutting the coloured glass for your main project. You can either use one of the designs provided or bring along a design of your own. There will be a full demonstration of the process of constructing a panel and at each stage and we will discuss the tools and techniques being used. Work will be focused on building and finishing your stained-glass panel by leading, soldering and cementing your design piece which you'll finish in time to take home. Your tutor for the day is Jo Turner, a heritage stained glass maker, who has many years of experience making and teaching within the adult community learning environment. (Jo also offers a two day Medieval glass painting workshop and half-day glass suncatcher copper foiling workshops on various dates during the year at Stanwick Lakes). This class is suitable for complete beginners and is limited to five participants. The course will take place in our Traditional Barn at Stanwick Lakes, a beautiful 750-acre nature reserve and visitor attraction in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Car parking is also free of charge on the day of your course. Basic tea /coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge during the course. Food and drinks can be purchased in the café in the Visitor Centre or bring your own packed lunch. Please note if you are purchasing food from our Cafe, a pre-order form will be available on the morning of the course (a selection of paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc are available) so we can have your food freshly prepared for you.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


At Stanwick Lakes, we offer a range of Arts & Crafts and Heritage Courses, from watercolour painting classes to blacksmithing and wood-carving workshops. Alongside offering craft courses, Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Romantic
  • Parking provided
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
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Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

We have extensive play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore at leisure. We also have specially considered areas dedicated to nature and its wildlife, as well as the history of the site.

Parking is free for workshop attendees - please give your registration plate details to our reception staff in the Visitor Centre on the day.

Alternatively, you can become a member for just £42.00 per year, giving you free access to all our facilities for a whole year, while supporting Rockingham Forest Trust.


Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY