Candle making course (introductory) - in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, Sussex



Our course will offer a brief introduction to the history of candle making, an understanding of the types of waxes available and their advantages and disadvantages, how size and types of candle wick are also important, burn times and so on.

We will then move on to the equipment necessary for both the hobbyist and those who are interested in a business opportunity. All the techniques will be explained and demonstrated, and common mistakes ironed out.

Our hands-on course is designed with fun in mind for the whole family to enjoy. You will have an opportunity to make your own candles - from simple tea lights to pillar candles and scented jar candles - that you can take home with you.

Our objective is to offer a fun and informative course with small classes; a maximum of 7 people.

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?

All tools and materials are included.
Coffee, tea and biscuits are available at the workshop.


Simon Harman at Will O The Wisp Candles Limited


Unit 14, Hillsdown Farm
Birch Grove
Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath
RH17 7DH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


4 hours (9:30am to 1:30pm)

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Fleur Malta - - #27213

This course was absolutely fantastic. We learnt so much in such a short time. Simon is a wonderful and fun teacher. We made lots of candles to take home. Thank you so much it was such a pleasure!

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Julie - - #25156

This was a Birthday treat from my children and it was the best fun. With Simon's great sense of humour and 5 happy participants, we all had a fun filled morning combined with learning from a true craftsman. 5 gold starts from me.

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Kathryn - - #24801

What a super course! Jam packed with information and hands-on candle-making. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Katherine - - #23459

I had a lovely morning on this course and learnt a lot. Simon was great!

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Joanne Hall - - #23400

Very practical advice from Simon and a fun day. I definitely came away with the confidence to try this at home.

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Ally Clark - - #22501

I would definitely recommend this course, Simon was very informative, and it was a great introduction to candle making.
Looking forward to attempting to make more at home!

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Zö Christien - - #22484

My sister and I took Simon’s course last weekend. We had a fantastic time! Simon was great and such a good teacher. He clearly knows his stuff!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn a new craft or start a new vocation.

Thanks so much.

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Steve Hoare - - #21723

Great morning! Simon shared a wealth of knowledge and practical skills in the art of candle making in a relaxed atmosphere. Thank you.

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Zoe Arena - - #21711

Practical and informative, thank you.

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Lorraine - - #21491

Excellent course. We learnt so much. Simon was an excellent teacher. We were so lucky because there were only the two of us on the course, so it was really personal. We made loads of candles and were not rushed away when the time came to finish up.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone thinking about making candles!

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keri watson - - #18617

really enjoyed our morning with Robert! made 7 candles!! also learnt a lot about what I have been doing wrong with the wicks!! recommend to anyone!!

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Samuel - - #17845

Simon is an amazing teacher.
A gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and an embarrassment of experience.

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Gemma Richards - - #16003

Had the most enjoyable morning candle making yesterday, my mum in law and I were incredibly lucky as there were some cancellations so we actually ended up having a one to one workshop.

It was so informative but super fun too, loved learning about all the different techniques and ‘hand dipping’ was a highlight for sure.

Would recommend the class to anyone and everyone, great to learn a new skill!

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Kim Chambers - - #15792

We had the most amazing time with Simon, who was so knowledgeable and a great tutor - we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it - super excited that we came away with lots of lovely candles :)

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Jo M.A. - - #15770

Simon was super knowledgeable. He also adapted the course as we progressed to be in line with our interests.

Plenty of tea and biscuits, too!

When we realised we’d left without our scented jar candles, the team were happy to post them. Fabulous customer care.

Highlight of the day: hand dipping!

In-person course
Carol Dray - - #14634

I had an amazing one to one master class with Simon Harman. The class content was informative and fun.
We used wax, wick, colour, scent and moulds in a variety of ways.
This course is for everyone you will definitely want to go straight home and start candle making.

Thank you Simon

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Bernice O’Reilly - - #13965

I lucked out today as the other people on my course had cancelled and I ended up having a 1-2-1 with Simon. He explained everything thoroughly and was happy to share all the tips and tricks of candle making at a great pace. I came away having made a range of candles and the course more than lived up to my expectations! Definitely recommended for the beginner.

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