Learn practical, hands-on candle-making in this fun and relaxed workshop - perfect for beginners.
Create a variety of beautiful candles, from scented soy wax votives to traditional hand-dipped candles, scented tea-lights and soy wax melts.
**COVID 19 UPDATE** For the forseeable future we will only run workshops for a minimum of 2 people in family/friend bubble groups attending together.
Choose from a range of fragrances and dyes to design your very own candles. At the end of this class you will take home all the wonderful candles you have made - and the skills to make your own candles at home!
In this class you will learn a variety of candle-making techniques:
- Soy Wax Scented Votive Candles x 3
- Hand-dipped Candles x 2
- Soy Wax candle tin
- Scented Tealights
- Scented Soy wax melts
All under the expert guidance of professional candlemaker Anita (aka The Candle Alchemist!)
The Candle Alchemist Studio is located on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, where we teach candle making workshops throughout the year in a former Victorian schoolhouse.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, we're just just 3 miles from Newborough forest and Llanddwyn beach - an inspirational setting to learn the ancient craft of Candle Making!
Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention (minimum 2, maximum 6).
Booking is essential, so please get in touch via the 'Chat with the Maker' button if you have any queries.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials, equipment and refreshments are included, and at the end of the class you get to take home all your exquisite candles to enjoy or give away as special gifts to friends and family!
IMPORTANT NOTE: this workshop is on the first floor of the building and is accessed by 12 stone steps.
We look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful art of candlemaking!
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I attended this workshop with two friends in September. We all thoroughly enjoyed our morning.
Anita was very informative, telling us about the various types of candle making techniques, various types of wax and about the equipment required.
We then had a go ourselves and produced a mixture of lovely goodies, having a break for tea and cake in between.
Anita encouraged us to do all the candle making ourselves, but was on hand to help if required.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this course.
Fabulous morning spent learning and making candles. Anita is a great teacher and good fun. I highly recommend this half day course for beginners, it is relaxing, fun and at the end you take home your lovely candles. Anita has a lovely shop too which sells her candles along with other crafty items at very reasonable prices. Thank you Anita it was lovely to meet you. Andy & Di
This is a really enjoyable and informative workshop. Really pleased we made the trip to The Candle Alchemist. Thank you!
My friend and I visited Anglesey in September but our visit didn’t coincide with any of Anita’s planned beginners workshops. I emailed to see if she could do one just for the 2 of us and Anita obliged us by arranging this. We had great fun and learned a lot, including the correct way to burn a candle, thank you Anita.
The workshop was good value for money and we each left with a box of the different candles we had made. A bonus is that Anita provides refreshments free of charge for people doing a workshop :).
I was also able to do some Christmas shopping from the items Anita has available in the studio.
A great experience and one I would repeat.
Mum & I spent a wonderful few hours with Anita (& Poppy!) learning to make a selection of different candles. Neither of us had done anything similar before but Anita explained everything so well that we felt quite the experts by the end! We both thoroughly ourselves and would definitely recommend this course to anyone passing through North Wales.
My husband booked me onto the beginners candle making workshop as an anniversary gift and I had a wonderful time. Anita is very knowledgeable and a great teacher and she creates a lovely atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this.
Great fun and learned a lot about candles. Would recommend.
We absolutely love candles my husband and I, and when we found a leaflet about The Candle Alchemist workshop we thought wowww! So we phoned up and spoke to a lovely lady called Anita who was so helpful. We arrived and was warmly welcomed. As soon as you walked in the sights and smells of the candles were lovely. Anita was lovely and her knowledge was amazing. We absolutely loved it, choosing our colours and fragrances and making candles from scratch. We were so proud of ourselves. It's something for adults and children. A very enjoyable couple of hrs. Definitely recommend it. Thank you Anita and Poppy for a lovely birthday xx
Best experience a person can get in North Wales. I've been to most of the attractions and I can hands down promise you that the Candle Alchemist is perfect. Activities for kids and adults alike. Fabulous teaching. No judgements whatsoever. Atmosphere is beyond friendly and accommodating. A true definition of a hidden gem.
We learnt so many interesting things about candle making from Anita whom was so welcoming and enthusiastic. Couldn't wait to get home to light our new candles.
I endeavour to take up this new hobby of ours and to visit again soon
What an absolutely lovely day. Highly recommend.
Thoroughly enjoyable & provides a good first introduction to candle making.
Great candle making class. Well organised and easy to understand instruction. It was a small group of 5 of us, which was perfect for me. Anita is very friendly and makes you feel really welcome. I came away with lots of lovely candles and learnt a new skill. Highly recommended.
Great beginners course that exceeded my expectations. We learned several different candle making techniques and were able to choose from a wide range of fragrances. I came away with some realy lovely candles that i am really proud of! Anita a great teacher, i would happily recommend this course to anyone.
Had a lovely morning with a small group of beginners. Anita is a natural teacher who manages to teach in a relaxed and fun way whilst ensuring that instructions are clear and easy to follow. I made 4 perfect candles and numerous scented tealights. A very enjoyable workshop in a beautiful setting which I would happily recommend to anyone with an interest in candles!
Attended with my sister and we made up a small group of 5 students on the beginners workshop.
Great teacher who also made it fun! Anita has a real passion and knowledge for her craft, answering all our questions and giving invaluable tips. Bought a candlemaking kit from here and went straight home and began making our own candles. Would definitely visit again!
Already planning to come back for the intermediate course, Anita was a fantastic host, who is very knowledgeable about her craft. Me and my sister absolutely loved it, was a really really enjoyable class, and as I said I will definitely be returning.
Already planning to come back for the intermediate course. Anita was a fantastic host who is very knowledgeable about her craft. Made a variety of different candles using different waxes, scents and colours. Me and my sister absolutely loved it, it was a really enjoyable class, and as I said I will definitely be returning.
I booked a beginners workshop for my 8 year old daughter and myself, as a fun treat. We had a wonderful time. Anita was very patient and friendly, happy to explain and help my daughter with the more complicated parts, so that I could continue with my candles. She even took charge of my camera to get photos of us both!
We started by choosing two colours and two fragrances each. We then dyed the first lot of wax and added the fragrance, which was used to make several tealights. The second batch of wax was then prepared and used for two votives and several wax melts each. These done, we had a break for a drink, slice of cake and a natter with Anita.
After the break, we moved onto hand dipping a pair of candles each, which was fantastic. Again, Anita took charge of my daughter to enable me to make mine, which I very much appreciated.
By the end of the workshop, we had a box of beautiful candles, a new skill and some very happy memories to take away with us. I would heartily recommend it to anyone and cannot thank Anita enough for the wonderful experience.
I booked for my girlfriend and myself for her birthday gift. We've been on a few different craft workshops in the past and we both agreed this was the best! Anita has a very easy going nature and her knowledge and encouragement throughout our session made for a great morning. The class is structured really well so you can be creative and achieve some great candles by the end of the session. We made hand dipped candles, scented votives, scented soy wax tealights and wax melts. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone who loves candles or just wants to learn something new.
Small class held in an old quaint school room and very easy to follow the instructions. Anita is very friendly , knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions and give extra help for any thing that is not covered on the day. We had a tea break half way through and were served tea and cake. It was a very enjoyable day.
Loved this workshop! Attended the beginners workshop with a group of 3 friends on our holiday on Anglesey. We were made very welcome by Anita and learnt all about candle making using different waxes. We all got to choose our own scents and colours and at the end of the session came away with our very impressive looking candles. We all liked that it was very hands-on, Anita is super friendly, and the old schoolroom studio is like something out of Beatrix Potter! Will be coming back in the autumn!
Excellent course. Four of us thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hour course run by Anita, takeing away a number of candles that we all produced and can enjoy at a later date.
Would recommend to all and would definately go again.
Has a great time on this super workshop, very informative with lots of must know facts. Really fun to learn as a hobby and Ideal and cost effective for personalised gifts. I've already started on making more at home!
Booked a morning candle workshop with a friend and we both found the class very interesting. We were taught how to make a variety of candles and were able to choose the colours and fragrances for ourselves. Anita gave us lots of great candle making tips and I would now feel confident about making my own candles at home. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
Attended beginners course with a friend, was just right length. Learnt about types of wax, different types of candles and the correct way to burn candles. Made some scented tea lights and votive candles, then traditional parrafin wax candles l coloured mine as a rainbow. Also had a lovely refreshment break - tea and cake. A great craft course with lots to take away. Thanks Anita.
Came with a group of friends for a candlemaking class - fab location, we all had a great time -very patient teacher who also makes it fun. We all took home some lovely candles. Thank you, we will be booking again!
A really interesting and enjoyable morning at The Candle Alchemist. Anita is a lovely lady and very welcoming. I really enjoyed myself, it was nice to be able to bring the candles home. I will definitely be booking on to the next course. Also brought the starter kit, so will be practicing at home. A great location and a wonderful studio.
I'm so glad I booked this course - I wasn't sure what to expect but after reading the other reviews I decided to take the plunge! Such an great morning! Anita has a really friendly and relaxed style of teaching which made the class fun as well as interesting - It was very hands on, and included lots of candle making tips . I feel confident to how have a go at home. Thank you Anita!
This was a lovely class. Me and my sister came and had an absolute blast. Anita was lovely and was very informative. Was a fab time xx
A very enjoyable and educational experience. Everything explained at an appropriate level and support provided as necessary.
We had a fabulous and very interesting morning making candles and learning about all the different elements of candle making. The studio where it all happens is a fabulous place full of natural light and with a lovely atmosphere. Anita is a very knowledgeable and friendly teacher and you can also buy her artisan gift candles at the studio. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough - thank you Anita, we will be back to do more workshops.
We had a lovely morning making a scented tea cup candle, cup cake candles and tea lights. Anita explained in detail the candle making process, how to colour and scent our candles. We had a fabulous time and came away with some beautiful candles. Thank you Anita for making it such an enjoyable experience, we will be back to do another workshop next time we are in Anglesey
Had a fabulous morning with Anita making cup cake candles, tea lights and a tea cup candle. My friend and I will definitely return to do another workshop.
Thank you Anita for a very lovely morning.
Wonderfully relaxed, fun morning with The Candle Alchemist. Four of us - daughter, grand-daughter, grandson and I enjoyed learning candle dipping making a variety of unique candles in lovely colours. Anita was so patient with us absolute beginners and we felt very proud of our creations. Thank you Anita for a great craft session. See you again soon!
Booked a 1 to 1 candle making course with Anita, which she kindly re- scheduled because of the bad weather.
I can only say having been on a few different courses for various things, Anita's style of teaching was the most relaxed and enjoyable.
For anyone considering taking up candle making, I think you would struggle to find a better tutor.
The location of the Workshop is just the icing on the cake.
Anita, once again thank you for the way you encouraged creativity, after having gone through all the basics.
I attended a 3hr workshop today with Anita and one other attendee. Having had an urge to try candle making for a while, I was thrilled to discover this facility almost on my doorstep. I was not disappointed. During a very relaxed 3 hour session we were able to make our own 'rose' candles, a pillar candle, container candle and wax melts, choosing our own colours and fragrances, with the excellent tuition and guidance of Anita. I will return to try her other workshops throughout the year. I would definitely recommend these workshops as well as a visit to see her own produce which are very different and well made.
My mother bought me a Candle Alchemist candle-making workshop gift voucher for Christmas and I went with no knowledge or expectations. This activity is a great addition to Anglesey’s many creative attractions and so close to beautiful Newborough beach and Llandwyn Island.
My adult session (a morning) was taught by Anita and was well structured, with time to chat to my fellow attendee over coffee. My workshop was an introduction to 3 different ways of making heated wax candles, and over 3 hours I made a pillar candle to my own choice of colour and fragrance, a scented jar candle, some scented wax melts and two free-standing flower 🌹 candles.
Anita offers pottery painting and cold-modelling-wax candle moulding for little ones, also candle dipping, tea-cup and cupcake candle workshops, Christmas candle workshops, and during the season, drop in sessions for passing families, as well as hen/birthday/work/school outing groups and she will include tea and scones by prior arrangement.
She also sells candles she designs and makes herself, some inspired by Newborough pebbles, so the studio is also worth a visit to find unique gifts even if you don’t want to try your hand with the wax.
I treated my friend to the Christmas candle workshop a few weeks ago and we had a delightful session at the Candle Alchemist. The friendly nature of Anita and her knowledge and top tips and encouragement throughout our session made for a thoroughly enjoyable morning. She structured the course really well to allow us to be creative and achieve a practical and nice candle by the end of the session. My candles are pride of place with my Christmas ornaments. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to attend her workshops either in a small group or a larger party. All in all we left feeling like we'd had a good creative session and a catch up and learnt a new skill along the way. Thanks Anita :-)
I booked the course for myself and my gran as a Christmas gift for her for something different. It was great we made Christmas tree candles after making candles out of bees wax. I would definitely go back again! It's a great few hours out to learn something new or if you're stuck on what to get someone as a gift, it's a great present
My girlfriend and I made some Christmas tree and beeswax candles with Anita. The course was great fun and informative, Anita is an excellent host with a amazing knowledge of everything candles!
My girlfriend and I decided to book a candle workshop with Anita. She is such a good teacher and is very patient and knowledgeable. The setting is lovely too. Such a beautiful room which is full of character and charm. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and made a lovely little selection of different types of candles. The pace of the course was ideal. We were allowed plenty of time to choose our fragrances and designs. During the candlemaking we had some great chats with Anita who makes you feel so at home and as though you've known her ages. And with M83 and Bob Marley playing in the background it was all very relaxed! I'd recommend it to anyone and would not hesitate to return for another course. As a bonus, it's only a short distance from Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island. We managed to do a course in the morning and have a lovely coastal walk in the afternoon.
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. I attended a workshop with Anita with my 11 year old daughter. We had a splendid time together. Anita's workshop is a lovely environment...... Truly a candle kingdom. Anita held my daughters interest for a whole 3 hours which is quite something. She adapted her teaching to accommodate both of us. We made pillar candles, scented candles and crafted flower candles. Anita has a wealth of knowledge and is clearly very experienced. We feel that we have learnt the skills required to start making our own candles at home. Totally recommend Anita's workshops be it for a family or a group of friends. Will certainly be booking again soon. Also an unusual way to spend a rainy morning or afternoon on holiday.
Anita is such a knowledgeable, patient, kind and friendly teacher. Anita was also very welcoming to her beautiful, characterful cottage and nothing was too much trouble. Directions were great. I made a real range of candles from some cute candy pink heart shaped tea lights, some meltlets, scented container candles and a pillar candle. I bought a candle making kit to try at home. Having had some ill health recently, I found it very relaxing. Will definitely return. Birthday celebration with cake, candle making and cups of tea ( or something stronger!) I hope!
I've just spent a really enjoyable and informative 3 hours with Anita for a 'one to one' workshop. I'd been making container candles at home and wanted to 'experience' making pillar candles with someone there to show me how to do it and point out what can go right and wrong! Anita is so knowledgeable and willing to share this with you - no matter what basic questions you ask. I learnt so much about waxes, fragrances and candle making techniques and came away with the candles I'd made. The location is great - a big workshop with plenty of room. I'd travelled from some distance away so stayed in the local area which was a great excuse for sightseeing in North Wales. Altogether a great experience that I'd recommend to beginners or those with a bit of candle making knowledge.
A great afternoon and to echoe other reviews, beautiful setting right on my doorstep. To come away with our candles a bonus. Would recommend to small groups. A relaxing and fun time, together with hands on learning.
Had a fabulous and relaxed afternoon in a wonderful setting making candles @ The Candle Alchemist workshop. Anita a brilliant teacher was happy to share her knowledge and experience with us. I made 4 perfect candles which I was allowed to bring home with me, a lovely cup of tea home made scones to finish the afternoon. I will be recommending this course to all my friends and family.
Would highly recommend this lovely course. Anita made me feel very welcome and thoroughly explained all aspects of the process to me. I love the candles I made and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Very relaxing setting and inspirational surroundings.
A wonderful afternoon spent learning to make 3 different styles of candles. Anita was brilliant. Full of passion and knowledge that she was happy to share. Went straight home and began making our own candles. Would definitely visit again!
I had a fantastic afternoon and made a range of candles :) I learnt so much; can't wait to return to do another course. Thank you Anita for a great afternoon Sian P :) xxxx
This workshop is outstanding - Anita is friendly and patient, explaining everything you wanted to know about making candles. You get to make a variety of different types, as well as having an excellent scone! Definitely recommend.
My husband and I had a fantastic afternoon out making candles. It was a fun way to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Anita, the host is lovely and an excellent teacher and very knowledgable. The setting is gorgeous. Would thoroughly recommend this to everyone and we would go again.
I had a fabulous and very interesting afternoon making candles but also learning about all the different elements of candle making. The Old School House enormous room where it all happens is stunning too. Anita is a very knowledgeable and friendly teacher and you can see some of her wonderful work on display. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough - the candles I made were so good that my husband thought that I had bought them! That's how good a teacher Anita is.
This course was great. It exceeded my expectations and Anita was a lovely teacher.
I came away with 4 perfect candles and I love them.
Would recommend this course to any one wanting to learn a great way to make candles.
I was lucky enough to attend one of Anita's workshops shortly before Christmas - and am so glad that I did. Under her expert and patient guidance I made a very passable Christmas Tree Candle which surprised and delighted my family as they know that I am a woman of very little talent! It was a really lovely evening . Entertaining and interesting and to top it all off a lovely selection of Christmas goodies all served on pretty China plates with tea or coffee in lovely China cups. I have already recommended the workshops to various friends and very much look forward to repeating the experience long before next Christmas.
My first attempt at candle making - I attended a Christmas Candle workshop in December together with my wife. The friendly welcome from Anita and step by step instruction made this a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon's activity. My wife and I are both delighted with the candles we made and they took pride of place on the Christmas table! I would recommend this workshop to anyone wanting a fun craftmaking afternoon - great location - and the cream tea afterwards topped it off!
Fabulous evening, had a great time. Anita was very easy to follow in her instruction and we all had real fun and laughter . l keep looking at my candle Christmas tree and feel very chuffed , will certainly be signing up for more.
Just wanted to say, how much I enjoyed your evening ,on Wednesday.
I love my Christmas tree,we all had a lot of fun making them,and they all turned out so different.
You have an ideal studio up there, really lovely.
Thank you very much.
My previous review was meant to show 5* not 4* ??
Brilliant evening candle making . Looking forward to my next visit in the New Year
I had never made a candle before but I was willing to learn. With Anita’s tuition I found the experience brilliant and I was really pleased with the Christmas tree candle I made. In the workshop housed in an historic building, among friends, this was an excellent way to end our WI year. The bonus of a lovely tea served on decorative china completed a memorable evening. I shall certainly recommend and hope to attend other sessions.
I went to Anita's workshop with friends and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We each made a Christmas tree candle and as we had never done this sort of thing before, with Anita's guidance we all felt we had achieved a new skill! The session itself was relaxed and a lot of fun. I would certainly consider attending one of her workshops again.
Haven't had such fun for many years. I never thought learning could be so enjoyable. Real hands-on learning and the most brilliant atmosphere. A great environment and the afternoon tea was an added bonus. Amazing session!
Attended a Xmas candle workshop with a group of friends and what a great time we had. Anita was very informative and helped us when needed. We had a giggle and amazed ourselves with our creations, which were all different. Look forward to going again and will definitely recommend it to my camping customers . Ideal for families or groups and you wouldn't feel out if place if you went on your own. Keep up the good work Anita :)
My first attempt at making a candle was very enjoyable, and being in the class it turned out that everyones Christmas tree candle was unique. Will deffinetly go to another class. Thanks