In-person course
in Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray

Duck Willow Weaving Workshop at Hanwell Wine Estate



Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful focal point in your garden? Discover the pleasures of working with willow and create an eye-catching gorgeous Duck. Jean, your tutor will take you through a journey teaching you the basics of making a sculpture from English willow. Sharing with you her years of experience and knowledge of the tools and materials. Her exceptional experience will guarantee that by the end of your day you will have learned how to do a successful random weave and made a delightful duck, ready to take pride of place in your garden. This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of using willow. By the end of the day, you will have made a finished duck to take home. A relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different in the beautiful countryside. Outline of the day 9.25am - Light refreshments and settle in. Welcome and meet your tutor Jean 9:30am - Introduction to working with willow Get hands on 11.00am - Refreshment break 12:30pm - Lunch is served- 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of wine Continue where you left off 2.30pm - Refreshment break 4.30pm - Home time with your fantastic duck To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8. (Please note: a minimum number of 4 bookings is required in order for the session to go ahead) About Jean your tutor A farmer’s daughter with a true passion for the countryside and keeping rural crafts alive, I have been teaching creative basketry for almost twenty years. I have a deep-seated love of the land and can often be found foraging around local hedgerows for natural materials to use in my work. I gather earthy, sustainable materials such as willow, dogwood, bark, foliage and fleece which I use to create beautiful, functional baskets and structures with irresistible smells and tactile appeal. I also grow and harvest willow, reeds, herbs and wild plants in my own little plot of earth – The Brikkle Wood, Hallaton. Since completing a City and Guilds in Creative Basketry at the City Lit, London in 2003 I have continued to improve my techniques by attending courses with world-renowned basket makers for example, Joe Hogan, Sheila Wynter, Francois Desplanches, Mary Butcher and Owen Jones. My classes are lively, fun and a lovely way to learn new craft, they attract a broad mix of students from children to adults and people with disabilities, including learning disabilities.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.


6½ hours (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.



Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Stag dos
  • Romantic
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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