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Willow sheep, hares, angels, hens & cockerels with Phil Bradley: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater

Willow Hares With Phil Bradley at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

About the Course

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.


Willow Hares: make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do.

Willow Deer: spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ - 3ft high - to graze in the corner of your orchard (if you’re lucky enough to have one!), hide in your herbaceous border, luxuriate on your lawn - or if you want it to last forever it could watch you from a windowsill!

Willow Hens and Cockerels: spend another relaxing day with Phil sculpting your own farmyard birds… in vogue hens and cockerels, make both in a day if you're quick!

Willow Sheep: Phil has been responsible for creating several life size sheep around the north of England and for the last 2 years has been running very popular sheep weaving days here. Please note this course fee is higher at £90 to cover the extra materials, longer day and smaller group.

By the afternoon you will have created something quite unique - that will without a doubt be a fraction of what Phil charges for the same. Hopefully you will be incredibly proud of your impressive sculpture!

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.

When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willow beds near Cockermouth.

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?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Tea Garden as soon as 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 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.

All willow days incur an extra charge payable directly to Phil for the willow used. This is variable and usually falls between £4 and £10. Please arrive with this ready to give Phil before the end of the class.

If you wish to be added to our database, please use the 'Stay in Touch' icon at the top of each webpage 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
Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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

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In-person course
- - #14049

Inspirational workshop in spite of my willow hare needing some expert attention! Fabulous food - thank you.

In-person course
- - #14048

Good introduction to willow with careful, clear guidance. Plenty of time to try out a new skill and understand that this is a journey.

In-person course
- - #14047

Took a fair number of years to (make it) fun! Very enjoyable when I sorted my left from my right. Food fab.

In-person course
- - #14046

Thoroughly enjoyable introduction to willow weaving. Step by step suited this quite tricky skill.Would love to do more of it in the future. Fantastic food !!

In-person course
- - #14045

Very enjoyable - an excellent atmosphere. Stepped tuition is just the ticket for me. I will return. Food and drinks provided - superb.

In-person course
- - #14044

The art of willow sculpture is more challenging and technical than I expected. We were very well supported to meet the challenges of the course.

In-person course
- - #14023

Fab day of useful advice and tips. Excellent lunch - would definitely recommend to everyone I know.

In-person course
- - #14022

Thoroughly enjoyable - very friendly tutor (Phil) and Annie. Lots of constructive criticism and clear instructions. Great lunch and friendly team. NB - Perhaps share phone nos and location before hand so we could share transport?

In-person course
- - #14021

A very enjoyable time learning new skills. Lovely lunch. Would recommend to others.

In-person course
- - #14020

Good speed of teaching techniques, plenty of advice and helpful hints. Wonderful lunch.

In-person course
- - #14019

Through Phil's excellent instruction I created a willow sheep. I am an absolute beginner so I was very surprised and happy.

In-person course
- - #14018

What an excellent day. Fantastic tuition. Clear and patient teacher, brilliant hospitality with delicious homemade treats and lunch. Would highly recommend.

In-person course
- - #14017

Very clear explanations. Great atmosphere with lots of laughs. Great that at end of day you come away with significant piece. Tutor patient - pupil not so much. Thoroughly recommend.

In-person course
- - #14016

Each step clearly instructed. Great to see the evolving sheep. I would love to make a herd.

In-person course
- - #14015

Excellent step-by-step tuition and help when things didnt go quite right. The tutor makes sure that you have a completed piece of work that you've made from scratch. I will definitely sign up for more.

In-person course
- - #14001

Good relaxing day. So glad to have achieved making an angel.

In-person course
- - #14000

Phil was an excellent teacher with a sense of humour. Food was good. Venue really pleasant.

In-person course
- - #13999

What a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely a day to remember!

In-person course
- - #13998

This is my second course here. Fantastic experience again. Thank you.

In-person course
- - #13997

Really fantastic course, great venue, lovely food and company. Phil is a great tutor and kept us on track throughout the day. Will recommend to all. X

In-person course
- - #13996

Fantastic day and wonderful food. My angel at least looks like one.

In-person course
- - #6395

I have been twice now for willow weaving and the whole day is amazing from start to finish. Thank you so much

In-person course
- - #6388

My sister and I visited today to take part in the Willow Deer making course and we loved it. Phil Bradley was great at guiding us through the process of willow weaving and the lunch and refreshments we received from Annie were great. The glorious weather certainly helped make it a great day too, but best of all we got to take home our finished deer sculpture. We will definitely be back!!!

In-person course
- - #1636

As three art teachers, we had a wonderful and very informative day out on the willow course. Phil and all the Cycle cafe staff were lovely and it was a real pleasure to take part - not to mention our superb, quirky willow hares we made! Would thoroughly recommend!

In-person course
- - #1627

An excellent day out. Beautiful setting, clear instructions & help. People can't quite believe that I made Harris, my willow hare.

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