Relief carving & sculpture in hardwood with Alister Neville: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater

Wood Carving... Relief & Sculpture in Hardwood with Alister Neville at Greystoke


Since 2005, ‘Quirky Workshops’ in Greystoke has been offering an eclectic and unrivalled range of arts, crafts and heritage skills courses. We now run over 140 ‘Quirky Workshops’ each year from our pretty 17thC farmhouse on the fringes of the beautiful Lake District and Eden Valley in Cumbria. In July 2020 we opened a lovely new, listed & spacious 'Covid-secure' teaching studio - the 'Swallow Barn', which now enjoys consistently excellent feedback; please see below for all details.

About the workshop:

Spend a busy day with Alister and master the various carving skills associated with Relief Carving or simple sculpture in Hardwood. Choose either a flat board, perhaps for a plaque, for bread or cheese, or a house name. Alternatively if you re feeling more energetic, carve a rough bowl or a simple 3D sculpture - a hedgehog for example from a block of wood, the choice is yours.

Arriving in a large van weighed down with 3 workbenches Alister skillfully extracts them placing them safely under the canopies outside the Cyclists barn (if it looks like rain). Four people to each bench, plenty of space still and very solid.

Next out comes the wide selection of woods he brings for people to choose from: sycamore, ash, oak, birch. Many people opt for house name boards but other items are carved as well; animals, numbers and sayings. Anything is possible - time allowing - in the day.

Alister Neville has been carving exciting designs and sculpting in Hardwoods for many years and recently carved this fabulous wooden cyclist for the Quirky Barns entrance.

There will be a small charge for the piece of hard wood you choose to work on payable to Alister at the end of the course.

We look forward to welcoming you here in Cumbria and the Lake District.

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 on individual trays at your desks or outside on the Tea Lawn if it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

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, from what was the original C2C Greystoke Cycle Café situated on the northern fringes of the Lake District. It was with great sadness that the Cycle Café was closed to the public in 2018; we since have become ‘Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns’. All our tutors are carefully hand selected professional experts and many are considered as national leaders in their field.


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
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:45am to 4:45pm)

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C Green - - #24200

Fantastic course not only for beginners in wood carving, but also for those with more experience. Alister talks you through all the basics, and is on hand to provide guidance, advice and assistance whenever needed. All the required tools were provided, and we even got a lesson on tool sharpening techniques thrown in. I was delighted with what I produced on the day. Catering at the venue was also excellent with tea, coffee, water and homemade lemonade available throughout the day, a tasty, filling 2 course lunch, plus afternoon scones!

Highly recommend both this course and the Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns.

Marina P - - #23994

Relief Carving in Wood Workshop

Me and my boyfriend recently attended a 1-day workshop at the Cafe, it was a wonderful experience, we will definitely repeat next time we're around Greystoke and maybe try another workshop. Alister was an excellent teacher, patient and kind and very able...we were both so pleased with our pieces at the end of the day.

The food, homemade and organic, was fantastic and the service received during the day couldn't have been better. I 100% recommend it to anyone around the area, even if you're not a cyclist! The perfect place to enjoy a quiet tea and eat some delicious scones.

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