Zarzo Baskets in the Surrey Hills

The Square based Zarzo


We are a family of three teaching a variety of willow weaving courses in the beautiful Surrey Hills near Dorking.

The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese.

The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with.

We then take you through the process of making the basket step by step. A very systematic beautiful basket that is perfect for beginners.

The course involves a fair amount of standing and requires some strength in you fingers and hands. It is not recommended if you have arthritic hands.

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 are included on the course with the use of my tools, but please bring your favourite secateurs if you would rather work with them.

With the current situation please bring your own food and drink. hot and cold water will be provided.


Nicki Rowling at Willowandyoga


The Woodland Studio
Balchins Lane
Westcott, Dorking

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
LESLEY NUNN - - #33562

We enjoyed our day making SARZO baskets.
The venue, set in a wooded, area was perfect.
Nikki and Brian are great tutors and at the same time make the day relaxed and fun.

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Anna K. - - #20924

Very pleased with how much I learned. Relaxed atmosphere and patient, friendly tutors. Good value for money and fantastic end product.
Thank you, Nicki and Brian.

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Karen Shaw - - #20173

Great course, Nicki and Brian are attentive and patient tutors. I love my two baskets! Would definately recommend! Thank you.

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Catt Cleaver - - #20171

We had such a fantastic day making our baskets and are thrilled with the results!
Both tutors were extremely patient and very helpful and made us feel very welcome.
Thanks so much - would definitely recommend!

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Lynne - - #17422

I so enjoyed this Zarzo basket making course last Saturday and I came away with two wonderful baskets. I would not have believed that I could manage to make two in one day but I did - it was well organised and thought through, and everything was prepared for us. We worked in pairs which was great because it meant that between the two of us we were sure to understand or remember the process, and what one of us could not remember the other could. It made for a friendly session too. Nicki and her assistant-husband were so expert at their craft and were always on hand to help. The village hall was easy to find and there was plenty of parking too. One of the best bits: I have an absolutely lovely Zarzo basket .... and I was a complete beginner. Thank you, both of you!

In-person course
Nicole Haegeman - - #15347

I really enjoyed this course, and was amazed by what we were able to achieve in one day. I went home with two beautiful baskets (or one basket and one platter). Nicki was a great teacher, and her husband Brian too. I never felt lost and there was always support on hand if I got stuck. Nice relaxed atmosphere, and amazing cake!!

In-person course
Bernie J - - #9293

Nicki's course was excellent because she loves to craft baskets and strikes an excellent rapport with her novice weavers. She is extremely knowledgeable and patient, particularly with me when I kept going wrong with the thin-to-thin weaving! The workshop is situated in a woodland and it was so peaceful and quiet that I came away really relaxed and happy and unphased by the prospects of getting stuck in traffic on the M25 and M4.

As for my basket, I love it! I am so pleased and grateful I have have made something so beautiful and useful and it has definitely whetted my appetite to learn more weaving skills. Thank you Nicki!

In-person course
Di Platek - - #9288

Goodness me! What an amazing course and what an amazing lady. Nicki, it was lovely meeting you. I was a complete novice and not at all confident in my abilities. Nicki made me feel at ease and got my creativity out of me. With her brilliant instruction, I created something quite remarkable in beautiful woodland surroundings. What more could I ask for? Brilliant day had by all with such fantastic company.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. I will be back! Many thanks.

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