Candle Making Workshop with Bilsington Priory Afternoon Tea

The stunning Edwardian Manor House and 13th century Priory


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Designed to help you escape day to day life for a few hours our hands on course offers you the opportunity to learn a new skill and ignite your creativity in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The course will last for approximately 5 hours and be held at Bilsington Priory in Ashford. A stunning setting overlooking the 13th century Priory with fields as far as the eye can see.

Taking you through the day will be Karen, founder of The Aromatic Candle Co. You will be given an overview of the different types of waxes and wicks that are available before making your own container candles and a selection of aromatic wax tablets with botanicals. Personalise your own beautiful handmade products by choosing from a wide range of high quality fragrances from one of the best suppliers in the UK. While your creations are left to set you will enjoy a scrumptious homemade afternoon tea from the Priory team. To round the day off you will be advised about candle care and candle safety before heading home with your products, worth over £50.

No experience is necessary as you will be guided through each of the steps.

Come and learn how to make gifts for family and friends or if you have a wedding coming up you may like to make your own favours. Whether it’s for fun or to celebrate a birthday or a hen do, all enquiries are welcome and private courses are available.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All the materials, tools and equipment needed to make your creations
A selection of Pukka Teas, coffee and soft drinks
Afternoon Tea by the Priory Team
(Dietary requirements must be notified in advance)
A 200g container candle, a 90g tin candle and a selection of aromatic wax tablets that you make on the day will be yours to enjoy in the comfort of your own home
Free parking


Karen Ballard at The Aromatic Candle Co


St. Augustines Priory
Priory Road, Bilsington
TN25 7AU

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


5 hours (10:00am to 3:00pm)

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In-person course
Nicole Eyres - - #34088

Had the absolute best time doing this masterclass. I went with my mum for a birthday treat and it was just the best day. We learnt lots of things we didn’t know about candles as well as getting to make our own to take home.
The whole class was very organised and Karen also really explained things well and answered any questions we had. She made us feel comfortable and have fun learning a new process. She also provided champagne to celebrate my birthday (and another guest who also was celebrating a birthday) with our delicious afternoon tea and I thought that was such a lovely touch. Really enjoyed the day and couldn’t recommend it enough.

In-person course
Lesley Eyres - - #34087

This course was bought as a gift for my daughter's birthday and as we arrived at Bilsington Priory we knew it was going to be special. The day started with Karen explaining the course content and the materials we were going to use ... and then the fun began.

We chose fragrances from a large selection and were led step-by-step through the process of making a container candle, candle in a tin and botanical wax decorations, all the time learning about the different wax properties and appropriate wicks.

While the candles were setting we were treated to a yummy afternoon tea and were even given doggy-bags to take some of the cakes home! Back to the classroom we labelled our candles and tied ribbons on the wax decorations.

Karen is such a great tutor, she was friendly and explained everything clearly and professionally. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.

In-person course
Jenn Read - - #33931

Loved this workshop. Karen was helpful and patient and explained all the processes amazingly well. We made some gorgeous smelling candles.
The afternoon tea was yummy and the location was stunning.
We’ll definitely be back - thank you Karen

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. I look forward to meeting you again.

Best Wishes

In-person course
Sue & Sam - - #33212

We finally arrived at a wonderful location - a year late for obvious reasons. Location rustic, rural and full of history. Great relaxed atmosphere and course took place inside the Priory.
Karen welcomed us with unlimited drinks. Introductions over Karen gave a chat on candle care and burning techniques (I never realised there was a procedure to allow a candle to burn flat!) A delightful afternoon tea (both vegetarian and classic) served in a comfortable, sunny, conservatory by Libby who is a pleasure to chat with. My daughter and I shared a lovely day together, laughing, in good company and making some beautiful candles to take home. Thank you Karen for persevering with the dates, making us all feel comfortable and sharing your talent

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Sue & Sam, what can i say but thank you so so much for your patience! It was an absolute delight to meet you both at last and I'm thrilled that you had a lovely day. Bilsington Priory is a stunning location, a bit of escapism from daily life! I hope you enjoy your creations and hope we meet again in the future.

Best Wishes

In-person course
Leone Hartnell - - #33190

I really enjoyed this workshop. Karen was very well prepared, explained everything very well. All the materials were of a high quality and most of all it was fun! Thank you Karen!

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

I'm thrilled you had a good time, it is so nice being back teaching the courses again. I hope you enjoy your creations!

Best Wishes

In-person course
Sarah - - #31489

Terrific course and excellent value for money. Came away with lots of hand made items, full of delicious cream tea and having made new friends. Can highly recommend.

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you so much for your review Sarah. It was lovely to meet you and I'm glad you had a good day.
Best Wishes

In-person course
Kelsey - - #31439

Had a wonderful day in a lovely venue making candles and wax tablets. Loved every minute of it, Karen is very knowledgeable and instructions were clear and precise so very easy to follow.

I came home with a lovely jar candle, one in a tin and 6 wax tablets with botanicals. Can't wait to light them in ideally two weeks when fully cured.

Highly recommended x

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you for your lovely review Kelsey, it's very kind of you. I'm sorry to make you wait to light your candle :-) it'll soon fly by!

In-person course
Dayni JA - - #31398

What a wonderful way to spend the day learning something new.
The location for this course is in beautiful surroundings and adds to the overall experience. Karen took us through every step of the candle making process and is very thorough in her teaching. We learned about fragrance, the whole candle making process and everything else needed to make your own candles.
Making a large candle in a glass, a smaller candle in a tin and 6 beautiful wax tablets. Using an array of decorations to finish off the tablets allowed us all to be creative. The materials we used were all of excellent quality and Karen has done a fantastic job of presenting the course with social distancing rules in place. Karen is very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions
While our candles cured we all enjoyed a glorious afternoon tea which finished the course nicely.
I would highly recommend Karen & the course to anyone.

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you so much for your lovely review Dayni, it's very kind of you. Your creations were gorgeous & I hope that they are scenting your home beautifully!

In-person course
Sue - - #31182

What an amazing day 😀
Fantastic course learning the theory behind the materials needed and the art of candle making ,we then went on to make a candle in a glass jar and in a little tin, followed by making 6 wax melts with a fabulous choice of decorations and ribbons and quality materials.
Whilst waiting for them to set and before decorating the melts with ribbons ,we enjoyed the most scrumptious home made quality afternoon tea and fresh coffee.

So much care and attention to make it covid safe in the most beautiful setting and for the first time in a while, from 10 till 3 my daughter and I were relaxed chilled and enjoying craft time - just the medicine needed to heal the mind during these strange times. Thank you Karen for a wonderful day .would highly recommend to anyone who loves 🕯 and 🧁 !!

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you Sue for reviewing our course. It was lovely to meet you and Kirsty and I'm so pleased you both had a lovely day. Your creations were wonderful, I hope that you enjoy them.
Best Wishes

In-person course
Lynne Waggott & Gail Clifton - - #31178

Wow! What a great day learning the art of candle making. We learnt so much and all delivered in an easy to follow, comprehensive and informative way by Karen.
Held in a beautiful location in the Kent countryside, it's a very relaxing experience - you get so involved in choosing your candle fragrances and creating your decorative wax melts you don't think about anything else.
Enjoyed a fabulous home baked afternoon tea whilst the candles cured.

Thoroughly enjoyed our day and we highly recommend this course!

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you Lynne & Gail for your lovely review. I'm so pleased that you both really enjoyed your day, you made such wonderful candles and aroma wax tablets - enjoy!
Best Wishes

In-person course
Caroline Roberts - - #31088

Thoroughly enjoyable day, very relaxed and learnt so much ! Really nice to do something creative and course takes you out of yourself and makes you concentrate on something lovely.

Our day was spent with a really informative intro, selection of scents and then creating our own large candle, tinned candle and six hanging wax melts decorated to our own individual choice, which was really fun.

Karen was excellent, very knowledgeable and conveyed all the information in an excellent format - very relaxed.

Afternoon tea was fab while we waited for our creations to cool

Overall a brilliant day and highly recommended for a very different experience

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Hi Caroline,
I'm so pleased that you and Emma enjoyed the day, it was lovely to meet you both. I said that if I could get you to forget about day to day life for even a few hours then I had done my job, mission accomplished! I hope to see you both again in the future.

In-person course
Joanne Knaggs - - #31045

The candle making course far exceeded my expectations.
Karen was a great tutor, very professional and informative and easy to understand.
She gave good attention to detail. There were plenty of fragrances and ingredients to choose from and and I came away with a selection of 8 candles and melts that I had made.
Whilst the candles were curing we were served a jaw dropping cream tea.
I would highly recommend this course.
Thank you

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you for your lovely review Jo. I am so pleased that you and Kim enjoyed the day and that your expectations were exceeded!

In-person course
Samantha Peters - - #31001

Great Day - learning how to make candles accompanied by an afternoon tea.

Very comprehensive information on how to make candles - then came the best bit of making several different candles and hanging scented decorations.

You get to choose the different scented oils, with step by step instructions from Karen of melting wax to different temperatures and mixing in the oils.

Would make a great day out for friends/family members to get together and have fun.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Response from The Aromatic Candle Co:

Thank you Sam, really pleased you enjoyed the workshop, hope to see you for the Christmas one!

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