Candle making with afternoon tea

soap and candles


Come and join us in our new workshop for a fun filled day of safe candle making.
Tracy has been making candles for many years and supplies to over 100 shops within the United Kingdom including household names such as Fenwicks and House of Bruar.

On the day you will make 2 candles which can be the same or totally different, we also make wax air fresheners and lots n lots of lovely wax melts.
Making handmade gifts such as candles is a rewarding and fun skill for all abilities. Save yourself a fortune by learning how to make your own soy wax poured candles either for pleasure or why not sell on at local craft fairs.

Once you have discovered the many benefits of soy candles you will never look back. You will be able to produce high quality products that are non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. These soy candles are clean burning candles that produce little to no soot. During the day you will use high quality soy wax that is derived from oil refining (like paraffin) but comes from a naturally grown renewable resource, the soya bean. You will have the opportunity to sample a variety of fragrance oils and colours when making your candles.

Learn all about:

Health & Safety
Equipment required
Understanding wicks and waxes
Colour and fragrance correctly
Packaging and decoration tips and techniques

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 in the course fee, although I would recommend that you wear either an apron to protect your clothes, or wear old clothes that you are not bothered if you splat a little wax on.

If you are not able to attend any of the advertised dates, please get in touch as alternative dates may be available including week days and weekends.

We restrict our course to a maximum of 6 people, but if you do have a larger party, please get in touch as an alternative date may be available.

Courses start at 10am and finish around 2pm. These times are for guidance only as, we prefer to go at the speed of the participants in a relaxed non-rushed environment.

Afternoon tea is supplied, please let me know at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements or even if you would like a certain type of sandwich included in your tea.

At the end of the course, a handout is given to all pupils explaining everything covered in the day so there is no need to make endless notes, the only requirement for the day is for you to relax and have fun.

We have a small shop where you will be able to buy candle making supplies to take home if you wish along with all our Harris Tweed products (some not even in the shops yet)


Tracy Ridley at Created By The Ridleys


Unit 22 Whessoe Road
County Durham

Suitable for

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


4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Jane Stephenson - - #30159

I had the most amazing time. Tracy immediately makes you feel at ease the minute you arrive. The candle making course was really informative & Tracy was very generous with her knowledge and I feel like I learnt a lot more than I was expecting to. Afternoon tea was delicious 😋 .
I came away with two gorgeous candles & an array of wax melts.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in candle making.

In-person course
Alison - - #30158

OMG this is just what I needed after a stressful week.

Relaxed, welcoming, entertaining and worthwhile

Plus the lunch was superb

I thought all candles were basically the same, differences were fragrance, cost and will it fit with my home decor. However, the expert knowledge given by Tracy about wax, fragrance, wicks and presentation has now made me think very carefully about the candles i purchase which let’s face it can cost a lot of money.

Thank you Tracy - you have enlightened and enthused

I’m busy filling my online basket with Candle making goodies To make small gifts for Xmas

In-person course
Sue - - #30087

Excellent Course! We attended as a small family group and had a great day; informative productive and fun.

Tracy is a very experienced instructor with a professional but relaxed approach to put all participants at ease, regardless of their experience and levels of confidence.

We learned so much and had some fabulous products to take away with us. Plus a very good afternoon tea.

We would all fully recommend this course and will be looking out for future workshops with Tracy.

In-person course
ruth green - - #30027

Thoroughly enjoyed the day, would definitely recommend to anyone interested in crafts and candles. Tracy is a lovely person and fabulous tutor. The day is very informal and the afternoon tea marvellous.

I need to do a refresher or second stage course as all my wax melts have been appropriated as have the air fresheners ! :)

In-person course
Lucy Foweather - - #27688

Tracy is such a fantastic and inspiring lady. Exceptionally knowledgeable and extremely generous and kind in sharing expertise.

Highly recommend this course, albeit for fun or the start of planning a new business!

Thank you again. I'll be back :)

In-person course
Clare Friskney - - #26667

Just attended a workshop with Tracey and it was the most enjoyable one I’ve every done. Tracey is such a lovely lady and very sharing with her the knowledge of her trade. We’ve been spoilt from start to finish. Excellent day would highly recommend. We can’t wait to attend other workshops.

In-person course
Eileen Aylott - - #23766

I attended a wonderful workshop with Tracey and 5 other fabulous people. The whole experience was first class with quality materials, tuition and afternoon tea. I have already recommended this workshop to friends who I hope will enjoy the experience as much as I did. Eileen

In-person course
Olivia - - #23657

I recently attended a candle making course with Tracey which was both informative and enjoyable. Tracey was exceptionally knowledgeable and the food location and pace of the course were perfect. I would highly recommend to anyone interest in picking up a new skill or looking for a fun day out.

In-person course
Lisa - - #23656

What a fantastic workshop. Great fun, lovely people and delicious food.
Really good value and Tracy was very knowledgeable.
Relaxed atmosphere and nothing was too much trouble. Looking forward to the lamp making workshop.
Thank you!

In-person course
Liz Coates - - #21670

Brilliant day spent with Tracy who is an excellent tutor and I made beautiful smelling candles and melts. Tracy also gave me details of stockists and highlighted any problems that I may come across when I make my own candles. She provided a lovely lunch too! Thank you Tracy and good luck in your new premises.

In-person course
Maria Davison - - #18901

I'm a bit late with this review, I attended a course in Sept- apologies.
I had a brilliant day at my candle making course. Tracy made me feel totally relaxed from the point she opened her front door, making me feel comfortable. In terms of the overall experience, Tracy clearly knew her market. I attended the course as I had a long term interest in doping something creative, partly as a hobby but maybe as a small scale opportunity for Christmas markets and maybe Facebook sales. Tracy was able to give advice and guidance on where to buy what was needed, covered some of the legal stuff to be aware of but most importantly how to create great candles (and how to make best use of the left over wax so there was no waste. A great host with plenty of refreshments and cakes. I would definitely recommend Tracy to anyone interested in learning about candle making.....she made it so easy and so enjoyable.

In-person course
Pauline Princy John - - #18547

Really enjoyed the course with Tracey . Had a very good company on that day so was very relaxing . I am glad that I have learnt a new craft and going to pursue it as a hobby.
Tracey was very supportive and helpful

In-person course
Joanne lishman - - #18525

Excellent course. Learned loads - came away with two beautiful candles and wax melts after a lovely day with good company and excellent tutelage fromTracy. Not to mention a lovely afternoon tea too!

In-person course
Caroline Davies - - #16862

I had a fantastic time at the workshop. I learnt so much on how to make candles. I would recommend this workshop to anyone.

Thank you 10 out of 10!!!

In-person course
Karen Barlow - - #15145

What a fabulous workshop. Tracy was an excellent tutor, very informative and friendly. I came away on such a high I wanted to do my review straight away! Also came away with two lovely candles and lots of melts. Afternoon tea was a treat too. Thank you Tracy and I wish you all the very best with your ventures. Karen

In-person course
Karen - - #13372

What a really enjoyable experience. Tracey was such a lovely lady making you feel welcome and at easy straight away. Very knowledgable in both candle making and setting up a business, she didn’t hesitate in sharing all her experience and tips.
Anyone looking to learn about making candles, this course is a must!!
Afternoon tea was delicious too!

In-person course
Helen - - #13233

A very enjoyable day spent making candles and wax melts ready to take home. Tracy is extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to share her experience both about candle making and setting up her business. The afternoon tea was delicious too. I would highly recommend the day. Thank you.

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Jan Preshous - - #10411

A very relaxed and enjoyable course, Tracy was very welcoming and very informative we came away ready to start making candles. Would definitely recommended this course

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Shirley - - #10324

What a wonderful day spent with Tracey.
Everything was explained in full detail. She really knew her stuff.
Her hospitality was really professional and very welcoming.
I came away full of inspiration and I cannot wait to get started making candles for my new business venture.
The melts we made together are burning as I write this review.
Thank you Tracey for an uplifting and memorable experience.
Shirley from Leeds

In-person course
Crystal Lim - - #9715

Wonderful candle making session with Tracy! She explained everything clearly and in a very detailed way. Recommend the course for those who wants to just make candles during spare time or to start a business.

In-person course
Sandra - - #9433

Thoroughly enjoyable day with Tracy. Very informative. Tracy is very patient and knowledgeable. A great way to spend an enjoyable Sunday. Great materials and handouts. Lovely lunch and plenty of refreshments. A bonus was the company of Tracy's 2 spaniels, Toby and Teal. I would recommend this course to anyone. 10 out of 10

In-person course
Denise Simpson - - #8302

My husband and I attended a candle workshop with Tracy today and it was fabulous. Tracy is an excellent teacher. She not only taught us how to make the candles but told us where to buy the materials from so we can make more at home. Afternoon tea and cups of coffee during the day made an already great day even better. We recommend Tracy highly to anyone wishing to learn how to make candles. 10 out of 10

In-person course
Candle making with afternoon tea - - #8280

I had a one to one course with Tracy this morning. Tracy was very informative, generous with her time, very patient and friendly. Constant cups of tea on offer. I made three candles, of various sizes and loads of melts all free to take home as included in the price.
Can't recommend Tracy more highly to anyone who wants to learn to make candles for either pleasure or business.
Easily 10/10

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