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Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Fran Coates - - #34053

A wonderful day hosted by Mike and Rachel in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tea coffee and homemade biscuits served throughout the day and a superb lunch provided, looking across towards Ingleborough.
Philip Bradley is an excellent teacher taking us through various stages to create a willow Curlew. I really enjoyed the day. Thank you all.

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Shayne Darby - - #33852

Really enjoyed the day. It was so nice to learn a new skill in such good company and amazing location.
It is a day I will remember for many years and would heartily recommend. As an added bonus I also have my curlew to remind me of a lovely experience.

Response from Broadrake:

Thank you Shayne! Glad that your husband enjoyed his walk up Ingleborough too whilst you were weaving! Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Pam Smith - - #33846

A lovely day in stunning surroundings. We received a warm welcome from Rachel on arrival. The Barn in which we worked was a delight in itself. It has been sensitively converted and there was plenty of space to enable social distancing.
Phil our tutor was friendly, relaxed and endlessly patient. I didn’t feel I had made a masterpiece but I learned a lot. All this AND a delicious veggie lunch and refreshments throughout the day. I was a very enjoyable day with lovely people.

Response from Broadrake:

Thanks Pam, it was lovely to meet you and glad that you had a great time. Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Noelle Darwent - - #33843

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Response from Broadrake:

Thank you for travelling so far to join in the fun along the way creating your willow curlew. There was a lot of laughs from your end of the room! Hope it has inspired you to have another willow challenge. Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Trevor Williamson - - #33842

An excellent day making a willow curlew. Lovely setting, Phil the tutor was fantastic and the other group members were all great. Rachel was attentive with teas/coffee etc and lunch was first class. Couldn’t have had a more enjoyable day. My curlew already had pride of place in the garden. Highly recommend.

Response from Broadrake:

Thanks Trevor! It was great to see how well you mastered working eith the willow so well and your Curlew was really beautiful. I'm sure it will be much admired.
Hope to see you again at Broadrake for another workshop.

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Andrea Higgins - - #33844

What a fabulous fun day in beautiful surroundings! My first ever willow weaving course and I can't believe I've brought something home that actually resembles a Curlew! Phil was an excellent tutor; clear instructions with an abundance of patience and support! Thank you Rachel and Mike for hosting and providing a lovely homemade lunch, cakes and biscuits. I will be definitely be booking another course!

Response from Broadrake:

Thank you Andrea! We're delighted that you enjoyed your first adventure into the world of willow. We'd love to see you again! Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Helen - - #33830

Fantastic course, Phil is a really patient and humorous teacher, and we all left with very passable curlews! The pace and level of support was just right, and the home-made biscuits and cakes were delicious, as was the veggie lunch. I highly recommend it.

Response from Broadrake:

Hi Helen,
So glad that you enjoyed the day. Since you are not so very far away from Broadrake, I really hope that you might come back again for more willow work with Phil - he really is the best tutor! Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Beth & Tony - - #33829

A lovely day of making in beautiful surroundings.
Phil was a very good tutor.
The venue and catering were excellent.
And we came home with two willow creations that looked pretty like curlews.

Response from Broadrake:

Thanks for your kind comments - I hope that your willow curlews find good homes in your garden. Let's hope it's not the last time you venture into the world of willow! Rachel

Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

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Annabel - - #33828

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So glad that you enjoyed the whole experience - we're very lucky to have Phil teaching here. I hope that you are inspired to come back for more willowy workshops at Broadrake. Thanks, Rachel.

Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Moira Richardson - - #33030

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Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Lizz - - #33009

Hello Rachel,

I really enjoyed the Willow Plant Support day. Phil was good fun and made learning what to do easy to follow and broke each stage into easy to follow steps. He was there when you needed help and gave you encouragement when you could cope on your own. The lunch taken in the lovely bunkbarn was just what we needed after working hard all morning.

I am looking forward to coming in July, all being well covid-wise, to make a Curlew.

Thank you for a wonderful day.

Response from Broadrake:

Hi Lizz, Lovely to have you here and glad that you appreciated Phil's excellent tuition. We are very lucky to have him teach here so often. Looking forward to seeing you here again. Rachel

Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Elizabeth Wakefield - - #33001

Excellent day. The tutor was great. Everybody very welcoming. Lovely refreshments and lunch.
Really enjoyed my day. Highly recommend

Response from Broadrake:

Thanks Elizabeth for your 2nd review of the Willow Plant support workshop! Always good to be doubly appreciated and nice to have confirmation that what we offer here goes down well. Rachel

Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Isabel and Stan Toward - - #32976

We had a superb day learning an ancient craft with a master craftsman. The surroundings were wonderful and Rachel's admin was efficient and professional and the lunch was delicious.

Response from Broadrake:

Hi Isabel and Stan,
So glad that you found the workshop in the National Park 'what's on' Visitor guide to be able to take part whilst on holiday to celebrate Stan's birthday. Well done for keeping it totally secret from him until the workshop started! Hopefully you'll be inspired for more willowy workshops in the future. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, and trust that the plant supports find a good home in your garden. Thanks Rachel

Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Frances Coates - - #32972

I had a lovely day, and took home a really nice willow structure. Rachel and Michael made us feel very welcome, made us a wonderful lunch and were the perfect hosts. Philip is a great tutor and I found his instructions easy to follow and his gentle manner of teaching really helpful. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody who would like to try working with willow.

Response from Broadrake:

Thank you Fran for your great comments - and glad that you took home more willow for another plant support! I did warn you that working with willow can be addictive...! Hope to see you at Broadrake again soon! Rachel

Willow Plant Supports in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Elizabeth Wakefield - - #32969

Great day. Lovely tutor. Rachel and Mike very welcoming. Lunch and cookies excellent.
Thoroughly good day. Would recommend.

Response from Broadrake:

Thank you Elizabeth! It was lovely to meet you. I hope that working with the willow has inspired you to continue weaving - it's pretty addictive!! Hope that plant support 2 turns out well and maybe we'll see you again for another willowy day here.
It was great too that your husband was able to give his spanking new electric bike a trip to Hawes and back! Rachel

Spoon carving with Steve Tomlin in the Yorkshire Dales (Course inactive)

In-person course
Duncan Lowery - - #32923

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Response from Broadrake:

Thanks Duncan for your lovely comments! It's great when folk come to a workshop and go away fired up to continue a new craft; you will have plenty of resources in your own woodland to make use of your new tools to carry on carving!
We love to share what we have here as the stunning views never fail to impress and be an unexpected bonus to the excellent tuition we offer.

Spoon carving with Steve Tomlin in the Yorkshire Dales (Course inactive)

In-person course
Hannah - - #32879

Dad & I had a great couple of days learning to carve spoons with the most fabulous view of the Dales. We were very well looked after, improved our carving skills greatly & ate delicious food! Even well catered for our fussy dietary requirements. Would definitely recommend this course! We had a great time. :)

Response from Broadrake:

Thank you Hannah and Chris - it was lovely to have you along and great that you appreciated the 2 days. Steve Tomlin, the tutor, asked where we found such great people to teach - so thank you for making the first spoon carving session back after Covid such a success. There was much chat and laughter amongst the carving - very important! I hope you continue to carve - all your first spoons and spreaders were excellent for first-timers. Well Done!

Blacksmith for a day in the Yorkshire Dales (Course inactive)

In-person course
James Fellows - - #30985

I have wanted to learn blacksmithing for years and my wife bought me this experience day for my birthday. It was one of the best days I've had, I loved every minute of it. The venue was beautiful, the food was lovely and the tutors were fantastic. I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to set up my own little forge at home.

Thank you for an amazing day!

James Fellows


Willow Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales with Phil Bradley (Course inactive)

In-person course
Hilary Griffiths - - #30882

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Basket making at Broadrake with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales - Frame Baskets (Course inactive)

In-person course
Jennifer Cawdron - - #30863

I enjoyed making the square basket. It was a very different type of basket to ones I have made before and was clearly explained by Phil. The venue was a very pleasant space, with plenty of room and light. The food was excellent.