Willow sculpture at Tresillian House, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Boxing Hares


Whether you are an absolute beginner or have previous experience of Willow Sculpture, artist Kate Morrell will guide you in a relaxed and informal environment. Create any animal of your choosing but please bring pictures if you have something specific in mind!

Learn all of the techniques required to make a truly stunning creation. We have had people make pheasants, herons, hares, cats, dogs, horse heads and even a gheko!

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

What's included in the price?

All materials
Light lunch
Free parking


Alison Blythe at Tresillian House
Tresillian House
67 Dalby Road
Melton Mowbray
LE13 0BQ

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Mothers Day
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
Bronze Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Dee Barker - - #25541

A wonderful fun course - 4 friends spending a weekend together. Although 10 on the course we went on made it harder for Kate to get around, she made it and we all have amazing willow animals to add to our gardens or house! The hospitality of coffee, lunch and tea was excellent and we were very well looked after. Our stay in the house was very comfortable and extremely clean. Delightful host who provided an excellent breakfast. Very well worth the journey. Thank you.

Response from Tresillian House:

Dear Dee
I am delighted that you enjoyed yourselves and yes, have learnt the lesson that 8 should be maximum and we need to try and organise the on line bookings better. All your animals looked wonderful and Kate is a brilliant course leader. Delighted you all had a safe journey back and thank you for taking the time to write the review.
best wishes, Alison at Tresillian House

In-person course
Jill Bowler - - #25406

I would have rated this course as good but two things let it down. The group was too large (10) and it was difficult for Kate to get round everyone.
The light lunch provided was of extremely poor quality.

Response from Tresillian House:

Dear Jill
Thank you for taking the time to review the course. As I explained the normal number for a course is 8 but on this occasion I had taken a telephone booking direct and then received an online booking the same afternoon pre-paid and before I had time to register the course as full. The on-line payment system is new this autumn and perhaps I should review that again - although people tend to prefer to pay on line. I apologise that you felt the lunch was poor and not to your taste. Next time I will cook stew and dumplings and not experiment. Thank you for coming and I hope your sculpture has survived this week's rain!

In-person course
Sue Conway - - #15235

So now I have a pheasant, made with the direction and help of Kate, and it's sitting in the shade of my red maple.
A busy, full-on day, very well catered in the lovely setting of the garden at Tressillian House. I was surprised that we pretty much all managed to complete our various creatures. Great fun, and, it has to be said, quite hard work!

Response from Tresillian House:

Thank you so much Sue for your kind words. I am always amazed by the wonderful creations on Kates' Willow Days and equally as impressed by how much you get done in a day! I am so glad that you enjoyed your day. The courses have proved so popular that we have added an extra date in September that still has spaces if you feel that your pheasant needs a friend! Kindest Regards Alison.

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