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.
About the workshop:
Susan Nichols is one of the original wire garden sculptures artists in the north of the country and has been running these amazing wire garden sculptures courses for the past nine years - the results of the students work that attend her workshops are second to none and she constantly ensures through the day that her students remain ' on track' with their sculptures-. She has taught at Harlow Carr and many other prestigious venues as well as and still from her own studios in East Yorkshire.
Each August she travels over to the Lake District to teach those west of the Pennines how to make her fabulous sculptures Made out of pre cut sectioned galvanised chicken wire. they are solid, sturdy, and designed to last for years and years in your garden. If the weather is fine we usually work in the garden . Material charges payable to the tutor on the day are dependent upon wire prices at the time typically around Geese @ £15 per bird
Hens @ £12 per bird Susan brings the wire precut and sectioned - in ready to use pieces.
What to bring on the day:
For those coming please bring 3 things
A pair of needle nosed pliers Strong gloves - but not so thick as to be clumsy - the green type textured gardening gloves from B & Q are ideal
Something to protect your lap - a strong/ thick apron is good- or a piece of leather if you happen to have one.
We have some strong aprons you may borrow. .
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 Greystoke Cycle Cafe 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 real 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 our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on 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.
Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
This course is fab - I had no idea what a large and lifelike goose I would be making. I also thought mine would never look like the course leader's model. But it does. I am so proud of it and love having it in my garden. The course was extremely well managed, great fun and totally absorbing. I plan to do more.
Excellent course by a very capable instructor, and we all came away with wonderful sculptures. Added to that, we had a delicious lunch in the cafe garden (price included in the workshop fee) in a really convivial atmosphere.