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Bountiful baskets at Cowshed Creative in the Lake District

Bountiful Basket Workshop at our traditional farm in the Lake District National Park

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Opening 25 Aug. 2-metre distancing and smaller groups.

BASKETS: Learn a traditional rural craft and make your own timeless round basket with a handle. A course for anyone who likes to use their hands, enjoys the smell and
creaking of willow as they work on their woven basket and wants the satisfaction of
creating something unique with lots of practical uses. This two day course will equip you with the skills to make a truly original basket and provide you with the confidence and ability to work on further baskets at home. No previous experience required.

Alongside advice on how to order and soak willow and what tools to use, you will be
given advice on foraging for materials in the garden or hedgerow, and how to incorporate these into your designs. Based on a traditional English round base basket, you can choose from a variety of handle options: traditional handles, inbuilt handles or using a step-rimmed, less conventional lashed-stick handle with contemporary design elements. Which ever you choose, your basket will stand out!

Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses for nine years, including; hazel wattle hurdles, Swedish spoons and greenwood carving and baskets and willow structures in the garden. She also runs family and Adult Nature Connection courses and works as a qualified Forest School practitioner. Hannah’s classes are fun and sociable, whilst also providing quiet, relaxing time, allowing you to become deeply absorbed in your own project and connecting with natural materials

This workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a traditional converted Lakeland barn at Browfoot Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay in a camping pod on the farm. Check out our website for availability.

All our tutors are carefully selected professionals and experts with extensive teaching experience. Whilst this is a relatively new venture, George, who set up Cowshed Creative, has many years of experience programming and running creative courses at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and for Cumbria Adult Education.

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What's included in the price?

The workshop fee is £70 and includes a tasty 2 course lunch with home baked bread and cake and refreshments throughout the day. We like to finish the day with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner.

All equipment is provided. There is an additional material fee of £10 payable to the tutor.


George Grange at Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses)
Browfoot Farm, Brow Foot Lane
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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In-person course
- - #23235

Loved everything about it!
Great course & fabulous venue.
Nothing else to say, just; am going again.

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Thanks so much for all your positive feedback Kay. Hope to see you again.

In-person course
- - #23118

Loved the course. Hannah guided us through with infinite patience and generously shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for this beautiful craft - I'm hooked! I'd highly recommend Cowshed Creative to anyone- it's a fantastic venue in a beautiful location. George was a fantastic host, and made us all feel very welcome. Great food, good company & crafting - my idea of a perfect day - I'm spoilt for choice as to which course to book next!

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Thanks for your lovely comments Justine. Hope to see you again.

In-person course
- - #23065

I thoroughly enjoyed my day, Hannah was very patient and knowledgable in answering all our questions. I came on my own and met some great people. We had a lovely lunch which we ate outside. It is a super venue and I am proud of my trug. George has thought of everything and I have already booked and am looking forward to my next workshop.

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Thanks so much Heather. We look forward to seeing you again!

In-person course
- - #23051

Fantastic day in a wonderful location. Hannah was very thorough & encouraging & it was great to be able to produce a simple basket in a day. The barn opens out onto beautiful views of the Kentmere valley & we were able to sit outside for a delicious lunch of homemade soup & cakes.

Response from Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses):

Many thanks for your enthusiasm and lovely comments.

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