Candlemaking for Beginners

Making scented container candles


In this half-day beginners course you will learn four different candle making techniques and take home at least five beautiful candles worth over £20. The course is ideal for those who are completely new to candlemaking or who have made a start at home and would like some further tuition. The workshop is large and airy and groups are made up of no more than 6 people allowing a degree of individual tuition and COVID-19 social distancing. Courses are run in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with plenty of practical making!

The tutor, Rob Aley has over 15 years professional candle making experience and can offer advice on all technical, creative and business aspects of candle making. His book 'Candle Making For Profit' will be available at a discounted price.

Courses are held in our working candle making workshop situated in a rural farm out-building near Leamington Spa.

The course covers:
1. An introduction to equipment and materials; types of wax (paraffin, soya, sterine, beeswax and wax additives), also wicks, dyes, scents.
2. Making 2 scented and coloured container candles in glasses.
3. Making 2 decorative moulded candles, using both rubber and solid moulds, including making a beeswax candle.
4. Making dipped candles and shaping them creatively.

(Participant numbers are kept to no more than 6 and the workshop comes under the exemption for work, education and training set up in a COVID-secure way).

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 equipment and materials are included in the price of the course and you will take home at least five beautiful candles.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided and there is plenty of free parking. (Pick-ups from public transport links can be arranged).

We look forward to hosting you at The Wax Studio!


Robert Aley at The Wax Studio

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Furzen Hill Farm
Coventry Road
Cubbington, Leamington Spa
CV32 7UJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


210 minutes (10:00am to 1:30pm)

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Cristina - - #40094

Un taller entretenido y relajante que hemos disfrutado tanto los adultos como los niños. Hemos hecho velas con técnicas distintas, cada uno usando su creatividad. El profesor, Rob, sabe hacerlo fácil y es muy agradable.

Ben Thompson - - #39381

I booked this as a surprise for my partner's birthday and we both enjoyed it immensely. Rob was great and really knew his stuff. We left with 6 very different candles each and useful information for future making.

Carol - - #39280

I had a really good time on this course. Rob, the tutor was clearly a professional and gave us so much information about types of wax, wicks, moulds, dyes, scents and containers. I came away with 5 candles that I had made which were produced using different methods and using different waxes. There were only 6 students on the course which was the perfect number. I would encourage anyone to try this course. Excellent value for money, excellent tutor and he makes a good cup of tea!

Jane Malone - - #39259

Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely mix of people, great tutor, wow, just loved everything we covered!
Will definitely be trying on my own to make candles, probably get the book Rob recommended, watch out family and friends, loads of candles coming for special occasions 😊

Anyone can do it, it’s fun!

Joanne Davis - - #37246

A great course in which I learnt a lot. It was a really enjoyable time in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Rob was extremely patient, helpful and informative and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Joanne
It was great to have you both on the course and thank you for leaving such a kind review.
All the best

Wendy - - #37230

Had a really enjoyable time and left with lovely candles made during the course. It wasn't something I'd done before and I found Rob the tutor very informative and friendly. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Wendy - thank you for taking the time to review the course - it was a pleasure!
Best wishes

Flynn - - #37229

A very enjoyable and informative morning. Brilliant fun and a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Rob was very helpful and knowledgeable and covered multiple techniques. We came home with a range of candles we were extremely proud of. An all round wonderful experience with a great tutor.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Lisa - thanks so much for your kind comments -it was a great pleasure to have you both on the course!
All the best

Maria - - #36620

What a fantastic course! Very informative and hands on. Covered everything you could possibly need to know about candle making from different types of wax, wicks, colours, scents and types of candle I.e pillar, container, mould.
Lovely small group with like minded people and warm drinks and snacks offered throughout the course.
Rob delivers a wealth of information and a very enjoyable course. Looking forward to more courses from Rob in the future.

Angie - - #36580

Wow what an amazing day ! went way beyond my expectations- Rob is extremely knowledgeable and covered all the bases answering all questions and giving great tips and advice for beginner to more experienced
Came away with beautiful candles which my
family were convinced I had bought
Really cannot rate the experience widely
enough what are you waiting for - book now

Response from The Wax Studio:

Angie - Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It was a real pleasure to have you on the course.
Happy candle making!

Isaac/Jay - - #36579

Amazing course - Rob kindly came to pick us up from Leamington station, and we had a wander round the lovely farm setting before the course. He is very knowledgeable on the matter of candles, and was happy to answer any questions we had, as well as talking us through the in depth technical process of candle making. We made 5 candles in different colours and scents, which came out wonderfully, and Rob was more than happy to give us another go when one didn't go to plan. Tea and snacks were provided as well as toilet facilities! All in all would thoroughly recommend, thank you Rob!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Many thanks Issac & Jay, it was great to have you on the course and thank you for the kind review.
All the best - Rob

Ann Henson - - #35457

I attended this course today, went in knowing nothing came out amazed with what l had learnt. Rob is a fantastic tutor, he made everything fun and easy to understand....

Wendy Pettitt - - #35094

I attended this course with my Husband. We really enjoyed it. The group was friendly and relaxed.
We learnt a lot about making different types of candles and went away with a box of lovely candles.
The time just flew by.
I can highly recommend this course.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks Wendy for taking the time to write your kind review. Glad you both had a good time
All the best

Charlotte - - #34415

My sister and I did this course last month and it was absolutely brilliant! We had such a fun day, Rob was really knowledgeable, a great teacher and excellent host! We did lot's of different techniques, including scented candles, pillar candles, dipped candles and wax melts. I would really recommend signing up for this course whether it's for a bit of fun or if you are looking to make your own candles at home or for a business. We will be keeping an eye out for any advance classes and joining them in the future. Thanks again Rob for a lovely day ☺️ Charlotte & Izzie

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Charlotte, it was a pleasure to have you both on the course - your enthusiasm was infectious! Thanks for the kind review.
All the best -Rob

Rebecca - - #33615

We had a great time candle making! We were total novices which did not matter at all. Rob the tutor was knowledgeable, entertaining and paced the session really well. There was plenty to do and we really enjoyed trying out different candle making techniques and choosing dyes and scents. We absolutely loved the beautiful candles we made and brought home. Would highly recommend this course, really good fun.

Kelly Smith - - #33596

Had a fantastic day, lots of fun, learnt lots of interesting things about candles, nice relaxed atmosphere and bought home some lovely handmade candles, would highly recommend. Rob was a great tutor and a genuinely nice guy.

Hilary - - #32897

Thank you Rob for such an interesting and informative day - learned so much! Rob was great at explaining everything really clearly and is so knowledgeable. Several different techniques covered during the session and so lovely to come away with a variety of hand crafted candles with a container to transport then home in.
Would definitely recommend and go again.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks for the kind review Hilary - it was a pleasure to have you - and thanks for the info on education services- all the best Rob

Lydia and Molly - - #32839

We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, Rob knows how to teach in an interesting and engaging way. The candles we made were beautiful! Would absolutely recommend, it was great!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks for your review - Glad you enjoyed it - it was great to have you both on the course - Rob

Karen, Georgina & Lauren - - #31641

Absolutely Fantastic Course - 5stars!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our day & would totally recommend to anyone considering doing this course! Great value for money. Rob is a great guy (knows his stuff). On the day we made container candles, scented candles, pillar candles & tapered candles. We were very happy with the results & were able to bring our candles home afterwards. Rob was kind, patient & hospitable (made us tea & even got Kit Kat’s in) He’s a wonderful teacher, kind & patient. A truly wonderful experience - My Girls & I enjoyed every moment! Thanks Rob x

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Karen,
It was great to have you and your daughters on the candle making course. Thank you for your enthusiasm on the day, and your very kind review.
All the best, Rob

Liz - - #31239

This was a great course. We went home with lots of lovely candles including moulded, tall dipped and scented ones in containers. I learned so much from Rob and would really recommend it. Afterwards we went to eat at Farmers Fayre, Stoneleigh. A lovely day out.

Susan Hall - - #31210

Thank you so much for a brilliant morning attending the candle making work shop.
Fun and informative and being able to be your creative self , learning from the master himself , Rob.

Rob explained the different steps of candle making at an easy pace of understanding. How the process comes together, from choosing your moulds, types of wax, wicks , fragrances, melting , calculations, poring and leaving to set.

Having the confidence came away with five different types of candles .

Thank you again.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Susan,
Great to meet you at the weekend- thanks for the very kind review, all the best

Ruth - - #30911

I had a such a lovely day learning how to make all sorts of different candles. Rob is a great guy who certainly knows so much and is really skilled. He is very generous with his knowledge, as well as many tips to successfully make candles, and save money too. Highly recommend his course: I have the skills now to make a variety of my own candles.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Ruth - it was great to have you on the course today - so glad you enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Best of luck as you get started at home. Rob

Vicki - - #29678

Rob certainly knows his stuff!
Had a fantastic day learning all the various techniques in an easy and friendly atmosphere.
I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to give candle making a go.

Abi C - - #28968

What a fun and informative course! I attended the workshop today and it has improved my own basic candle making skills and has given me a lot more confidence in what I am doing. Creating different types of candles has also been an invaluable experience. Rob is a great teacher- patient and knowledgeable and certainly made me feel welcome and comfortable enough to ask the many questions I had. Thanks so much for a great day!

Alexandra W - - #28082

100% recommended to everyone. Rob is a great teacher and really knows his stuff. Fantastic experience. Thank you Rob!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Alexandra,
Great to have you on the course today and thank you for the kind review. Good luck with your candle making, Rob

Judy - - #28033

Had an amazing time making candles with Rob and 5 other people. Rob is very knowledgeable and patient with us all. Made 6 amazing candles and learnt so much. Would recommend this course.

Laura - - #28031

Absolutely fantastic course. Robert is a very patient teacher and clearly very knowledgeable! I was surprised at how many things we made in the time without being rushed! I can’t recommend this enough.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Laura,
Pleasure to have you on the course and thank you for the kind review. Hope to see your mum and sister on the course sometime! All the best, Rob

olivia burchell - - #26756

Had a fab day on Robs course well worth it. X

Lesley Rudd - - #20747

We had a great time on the course last week. Rob was helpful and flexible from the moment I contacted him. He was happy to keep the day to just the four of us and we all had lots of fun learning new and different techniques, and we went away with a selection of candles all made ourselves - and fired up to try it at home. Rob is a fantastic candle maker and a terrific teacher making everything seem fresh and interesting. We all had different favourites, and mine is definitely the scented candles. I happily recommend this day too others and will come back for any advanced courses. Thanks very much from us all.

Sayyada Hassam - - #20662

I thoroughly enjoyed the candle making experience at Rob's Workshop. It was a lovely morning where I was able to experience different techniques. We were all given enough direction to walk away feeling confident to start our own journey and enjoy making candles for ourselves. The session was well organised. It was lovely to walk away with our own :).

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sayyada, It was a pleasure to have you on the course and thanks for the kind review,. Hope your candle making endeavours are successful!
Best wishes

Marie Price - - #20260

I attended this course in Sunday 3rd March 2019 and found it to be very interesting. Rob welcomes the group with a very friendly manner which is always a good start.
I have previously knowledge of makin candles but at a very novice level.
The group was made up of 5 participants which was a nice number for the space we had.
Rob was very open to any questions being asked and answered them in a very clear and simple way.
I have now come away from the course very motivated to start up this hobby again and I would definitely recommend it to any beginners who wish to learn how to make candles.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks for the review Marie, and I know from your follow-up emails that you are now making good progress with your own candle making at home! all the best, Rob

Maria Wilkinson - - #18859

I attended this course in October 2018 and had no knowledge of candle making at all . Rob was excellent giving you guidance throughout to make your own beautiful candles and explaining the process of candle making , He had a wealth of knowledge about his subject, and conveyed it well. Classes are kept small so you feel you are given utmost attention. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn the basics of candle making. Cant wait for a follow up course!
Maria Wilkinson

Monika Ferenczne Surinya - - #18720

I found this course absolutely perfect for beginners. We have covered lots of things in couple of hours, including different kinds of wax, additives, how to use colours, scents, moulds, different techniques, etc.
I came along with 5 beautiful candles made all by myself with the guidance of Rob, who is a kind and patient tutor, always happy to answer all kinds of questions.
I would truly recommend his course to anyone who loves candles or want to start a business or just want to spend a morning really engaged and productive.
Thanks very much Rob for your inspiring course! You helped us a lot!!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you Monika for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you on the course and best of luck with your lavender candles.

Sara - - #18552

Spent a brilliant morning learning all about different techniques and materials for making candles in Rob's wonderful workshop. We poured, sniffed, scented, coloured, moulded and dipped, coming away with a selection of very smart candles. Rob answered all the design, technical and marketing questions we fired at him, and has inspired my teenage son to get making in order to fundraise for a school trip. The perfect introduction to a new craft. Thank you for your generosity and hospitality, Rob, we had a fantastic time.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sara - thank you for your kind review. It was great to have you both on the course. I hope Max is able to use his new skills to raise some money for his challenge.
Best wishes

Louise - - #16440

This course was excellent and jam packed with content. We covered so much and went home with a collection of 5different candles. Rob is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor and the day was great fun. I certainly hope he sets up a follow up course.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thanks Louise. I'm very pleased you enjoyed the course so much, and I'll keep you informed about future more advanced courses as I develop them.
Best wishes

Tina Ainge - - #16430

I have just returned from attending a candle making course run by Rob and attended by three other lovely ladies. I was really looking forward to this course and definitely wasn’t disappointed. It was informative, hands on and fun. Rob shares all of his expertise and knowledge, giving me the confidence to now make my own candles.
Thank you Rob for a lovely day and I look forward to the advanced courses in the future. Biscuits were great too!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Tina
Thanks for your kind review. It was great to have you on the course, your enthusiasm was infectious and.... glad you liked the biscuits!
Best if luck with your own candlemaking.

Sally - - #15233

Loved the course! Rob was a great teacher and really liked that fact that we got to make lots of different types of candles - my favourite was the beeswax one :) Would recommend to others and come back for any advanced courses!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Sally,
Thank you so much for the kind review, it was a pleasure to have you and Mark on the course and I will keep you informed about future more advanced courses as I develop the content.
Best of luck with your candle making endeavours.

Samantha Teasdale - - #14966

Rob's courses was one of the few that offered the use of a variety of waxes, which immediately made it more appealing. Rob was so helpful and informative throughout the course, with a patient and relax teaching style which enabled us to all thrive as well as ask a plethora of questions. I have already started to research materials, which without Rob's in-depth knowledge would have been a nightmare! Thank you Rob for a fab course, it is indeed worth every penny and I cannot wait to begin my future!

Janet Kolver - - #14900

What an informative and enjoyable course. I had never made a candle before and was taken step by step through each process of paraffin wax candles, soya, beeswax, dipping, coloured & scented candles. Plenty of time to creative your own candles. Thank you Rob, for sharing your knowledge.

Laura bednell - - #13844

What a fabulous course to go on, what woman doesn’t like a candle and to learn how to make a variety, brilliant. Thank you for a memorable day and our new skills! We are spreading the word.

Amanda - - #13637

An absolutely brilliant day, thanks to a very patient Rob (I was late due to the flooding on the roads) and two lovely ladies who made the experience equally as enjoyable and fun. Rob was informative and certainly made us feel welcome and at ease, I was even told off a few times! (being too eager or cheeky probably). I learnt many technical skills that I was missing and with my freshly honed skills, I'm looking forward to making and selling as part of my craft business. Thank you so much Rob and I will hopefully look forward to the next level of candle making skills/making moulds etc.
Thank you!

Rebecca Browne - - #13625

Thoroughly enjoyed this experience from start to finish. Rob put us at ease from the start to finish. I managed to take away the confidence and excitement to begin making candles for myself and my family. The enthusiasm from this course is relentless, I’m driving everyone nuts talking about it. I cannot recommend this course enough. My friend would love to attend another course just on making moulds alone.

Margaret Leach - - #13543

I took part in Rob's candle-making workshop this morning with two other ladies. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and great fun. I am absolutely delighted with my five hand-made candles. I have already been on Whatsapp to lots of friends telling them all about it and sharing photos.
I always watch 'Countryfile' on Sunday evenings but I haven't even turned on the tv! I am busy looking at some of the websites recommended by Rob and making my shopping lists.
Rob was very patient and an excellent tutor and I would highly recommend his course.

Kerry Hearn - - #13242

I had never made a candle before. Rob is an excellent tutor and a wealth of information. We covered so much during the morning from dipping, colouring, bees wax and scents and came away with some beautiful products. I would definitely recommend this course, what a pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you for the kind review Kerry. It was great to have you on the course!

Charlotte Brennan - - #13241

This course is perfect for beginners! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much. Rob is undoubtedly one of the best in the candle world!
You will learn how to make different types of candles as well as a few tricks of the trade.
Thoroughly enjoyable course and worth every penny!

Response from The Wax Studio:

Thank you Charlotte - I'm pleased that you think I'm 'one of the best in the candle world!'
Good luck with your own projects.

Shantel - - #12621

Such an amazing day! Everyone really enjoyed themselves! A Very hands on and informative session. Rob is great, and shared lots knowledge and tips for candle making! Great for beginners. I made loads of notes so I feel that I now have a good head start on moving forward in candle making.

Response from The Wax Studio:

Hi Shantel - Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you on the course and I hope your future candle making endeavours go well. All the best, Rob

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