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Willow garden structures (1 day) in the Peak District

Willow Garden Sculptures at Zantium Studios

About the Course

A creative day in the garden with willow expert Eddie Glew. Projects include obelisks/plant supports (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus decorative sunflowers and dragonflies. You will make several items over the day to take home. Eddie will also explain the practice of using living willow to build larger structures such as dens and tunnels. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.)

The class will be garden-based, with the studio as back-up in case of poor weather. We back onto organically farmed land with views across the fields to Carsington Water making it a lovely place to work.

Open to all – both beginners and those with experience.

Tutor: Eddie Glew

Eddie is a hugely talented willow weaver and creative practitioner. His portfolio boasts a raft of innovative work from traditional baskets to sculpture and interior design. He is an experienced tutor and has featured on Channel 4’s ‘Kirsty’s Handmade Home’ and BBC’s ‘Garden Rescue’.

Start time: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm

There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.

• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 6 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)

Please get in touch for bookings or further information.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Fee includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments - an additional materials fee of approx £15 applies per person for the willow you will use in a day.

All tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer. A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Let us know of any special dietary needs. Drinks and biscuits are available all day to help yourself with home-made cake mid afternoon.

Accommodation available at extra charge:
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3
'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2


Alison Massey at Zantium Studios Ltd
Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House
Near Hopton
Wirksworth, Matlock
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  • Parking provided
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1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #21570

I had a wonderful time making a willow obelisk then dragonflies and willow wind spinners. Eddie was brilliant as a tutor - really helpful, patient and clear and also very encouraging! The setting was lovely and we were all made to feel very welcome and the food provided was delicious, especially the homemade brownies! Thank you for such a memorable day - I loved it!

Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:

Thankyou, Lucy, for this happy review. Glad to hear you had fun on the course...and liked my brownies (- I have finally discoverer the best recipe!) We are very lucky to have Eddie Glew teach here for us.

In-person course
- - #17283

Eddie was a great tutor! Patient and explained things really clearly. Lovely venue and Alison very hospitable, good cake!!
We will be back for basket weaving.

Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:

Thanks Carole, We consider ourselves very lucky to have Eddie Glew as our tutor - he is a very busy chap in the World of Willow!
Thankyou for joining us and for your happy review.
We look forward to welcoming you back for for Basket Weaving.

In-person course
- - #14573

The days' course of willow weaving was excellent. Patiently instructed by Eddie, who explained techniques easily with practical demonstrations.
I had a great time and learned the basics of a new skill, coming home with useful and decorative items.
Thank you to Alison for providing a tasty lunch and homemade flapjacks and brownies!
A brilliant day course.

Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:

Thankyou, Marina, for this glowing review. I seem to remember this course was given to you as a gift so I am delighted it lived up to expectations. Happy weaving! Alison x

In-person course
- - #14557

I enjoyed this course enormously, I had no idea what to expect but was made to feel capable from the start. The structures we produced were unique, attractive and useful. Eddie was endlessly patient- very relaxed and encouraging throughout. Although the weather did everything it could to dampen our spirits, the course was wonderful. The setting is beautiful, the refreshments and lunch were delicious, and fellow participants were supportive and friendly.

Response from Zantium Studios Ltd:

Thankyou, Margaret, for such positive feedback. You were an excellent group, full of enthusiasm. I will pass on your kind words to Eddie. We are thrilled to have him as a visiting tutor as he does such a good job. Enjoy your garden...and your willow.
Best wishes Alison

In-person course
- - #11133

Spent a lovely day making an obelisk for next year's sweet peas which will take pride of place in our garden. Eddie explained everything very simply and was very encouraging. The setting was wonderful and our hostess very welcoming and a lovely lunch and refreshments were provided throughout the day.

In-person course
- - #10765

I had a great time, and I love the things we made. I will definitely try to have a go myself, and to book further courses with Zantium Studios.

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- - #10756

I had a wonderful day creating some striking structures with willow. Our tutor explained everything clearly and was very helpful at every stage. The weather was kind and the setting beautiful and relaxing. Our hostess was welcoming and attentive, providing drinks and delicious food and treats. I've been inspired to have a go at home with the willow from my garden.

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