Make a rush garlic basket or bag with Rachel Frost ~ a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Ullswater and Lake District

a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Craft Garden, nr. Lake District & Eden Valley in Cumbria


Covid19 update: offering over 100+ courses in Cumbria & the Lakes, we hope to resume all 'in person' courses in late July 2020. During lock down, we've upgraded a listed barn into a beautiful spacious workshop studio, enabling courses to take place with 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. It's possible usual catered lunches may not be included for summer courses, depending on circumstances at the time.

About the workshop:
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag or garlic basket in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). You will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique item to treasure.

On other days there are courses on rush bags - please see our own website on the link above for full details on these courses and the dates.

Rachel works in a variety of mediums and disciplines, focusing on the reproduction of historic and traditional crafts. She specialises in the making of traditionally felted hats and the weaving of baskets. Her work can be found in museums and private collections worldwide. In 2009 she received the Janet Arnold Award for costume study and has twice received the South of Scotland VACMA award for her hat business. She is a member of the Incorporation of hat makers and dyers in Edinburgh.

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?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside on the Tea Lawn as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Materials are charged extra at £15 for your hat, bag or basket for the rush used on the day.

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
If you wish to be added to our database, please use the 'Stay in Touch' icon at the top of each page on our website (link above). Many of our early courses get booked up for Christmas presents.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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Lindsay S - - #14008

Wonderful afternoon and good soups and good crumbles.

Rachel N - - #14007

A thoroughly enjoyable experience if not a little challenging (in a good way) workshop. Thrilled to be taking home something that is finished. Thank you very much also for the delicious food.

Chris H - - #14006

Lovely atmosphere, plenty of chat and laughs. Fantastic food. Looking forward to another one.

Catriona K - - #14005

A wonderful relaxed environment with a friendly extremely knowledgeable tutor. And the food was delicious!

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