Willow 'Hen and Cockerels' with Phil Bradley: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater
Our workshops restarted in April 2021 in our new, spacious & Covid-secure 'Swallow Barn', It's been lovely to welcome both regular and new students, as well as our wonderful tutors, back to Greystoke again. 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. Willow Hares: make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do. 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 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 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! When not teaching, creating, demonstrating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willow beds near Cockermouth. About the Swallow Barn: “I’ve been thinking about last week’s workshop session. I am SO impressed with the loveliness of the Swallow barn. In the midst of this COVID world of chaos and uncertainty, it’s such a calm, safe space and I’m sure that everyone who visits will agree. I also appreciate the abundance of extra safety/hygiene measures that you’ve put in place. It works so well. Also, as Gwen mentioned, the extra space and its layout has made for a more social environment - it’s easier to chat and to look at what others are doing. I’m so glad I came, I feel uplifted, somewhat healed and much more positive as a result. Oh... and the salad lunch was just wonderful! “ “Attended an art class with artist Margaret 23 August and was extremely impressed with the tuition and the venue. All possible precautions were taken to maintain social distances and enable personal sanitization. The Swallow barn was a fantastic place to paint, light, airy and very peaceful, all mod cons were set up to show tuition and display our work on a screen. The lunch food was homemade, three types of soup, hunks of bread and two pudding choices. I couldn’t fault any of the day and look forward to going back if any more art courses are run. Well done all’ We spent the time during lock down upgrading a first floor barn and our very spacious ‘Swallow Barn’ is now up and running! The new Quirky Workshop studio allows plenty of distancing for up to 10 people using 8 separate tables, two hand washing stations, a one way system, 2 stairways, sanitising and a large screen on which to project the live stream of tutor’s detailed work, allowing students to stay at their desks for all the previous ‘gather round’ moments. Lunch is provided on separate trays and brought to each student at their desk by staff wearing masks. We’ve had very positive feedback from students remarking how safe they feel, whilst still being able to enjoy a favourite crafting day out, under as normal as possible circumstances. Here are some of the measures we will have in place, both within the Swallow Barn and its environs, to ensure the safety of us all during the workshop day: • Each student has their own desk unless you have booked with others, in which case we could seat you together at the same table. • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers will be available at key points, on entry and within your room. You will be asked to wash your hands frequently, especially just before and after breaks. • There will be several windows open to ensure the room is well ventilated throughout the day. So please also bring ‘extra layers’ if the day outside is cooler. • Lunch will be provided individually on trays and students can take this at their desks. Of course, you can bring your own lunch if you prefer. • You will keep your allocated mug for the day, the usual hot drinks will be available and served at arm’s length. • Please bring a face mask with you. Although, during the normal course of the day the wearing of face masks is optional, they may be required if you're moving about or in the event that close tutor contact is necessary for whatever reason - in which case both tutor and student should wear masks. We have some beautiful handmade masks for sale here for £3. • We have a camera in place that films the tutor demonstrations close up, allowing a projected live feed to a large screen at the front of the room. This means all previous ‘gather round moments’ have been replaced with students remaining safely at their desks watching from afar. • Sanitising procedures for ‘shared use’ tools will be in place. Many tutors will provide sets of tools for each student. • There will be one-way circulation with distancing maintained in compromised spaces, including stairs ‘up and down’ for students. We look forward to welcoming you here in Cumbria and the Lake District.
What's included in the price?
Welcome drinks: fresh coffee & home-made biscuits; a tasty lunch served individually 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. 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).
1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)
Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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Situated in a tranquil location on the edge of the Lake District, we've offered an Quirky range of workshops since 2005, In 2020 we renovated a listed hayloft to create 'Swallow Barn' - now a Covid safe & spacious, first floor studio with screens/ cameras for tutor demos and many well spaced single desks. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffees is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.
- Suitable for beginners
- Intermediate level
- Pet lovers
- Accommodation offered