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Creative Courses

Throughout the summer we run a series of creative courses at Stillingfleet Lodge. These highly popular courses are run by visiting experts.

We use the garden both as the backdrop and inspiration for a variety of practical arts, crafts and photographic workshops.

Many courses sell out quickly, so early booking is recommended.

All courses include entry to the garden plus welcome coffee and biscuits. All materials are provided unless stated.

Please note that workshop fees cannot be refunded if cancelled less than 7 days prior to date of workshop.

make a wire hen course
willow obelisk workshop

Make a Willow Obelisk – Morning Course

April 20 at 10:00 - 12:30
£40

Leilah Vyner from Dragon Willow near Tadcaster will be leading this 1/2 day workshop to make a willow obelisk. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a 6ft obelisk using willow that will support your climbing plants this summer –…

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willow obelisk workshop

Make a Willow Obelisk – Afternoon Course

April 20 at 13:30 - 16:00
£40

Leilah Vyner from Dragon Willow near Tadcaster will be leading this 1/2 day workshop to make a willow obelisk. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a 6ft obelisk using willow that will support your climbing plants this summer –…

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Beginners Photography Course

April 22 at 10:00 - 12:00
£40

If you are flummoxed by focus, baffled by buttons, lousy with lenses or frequently disappointed by your photographs, this beginners photography course is for you! Christine Carr LRPS will lead this hands-on course which is aimed at complete novices and people who…

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Make an Animal Needle Felted Picture

May 5 at 10:00 - 16:00
£75

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to learn the enjoyable skills of needle felting. On the day you will create your own needle felted animal portrait picture under the expert guidance of Pam Chilton. Pam will provide all the…

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wire hen

Make a Wire Hen or Duck

May 14 at 10:00 - 16:00
£70

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to make your own wire hen or duck under the expert guidance of Chris Moss. Perfect for those of you who loved the small wire bird course and now want to make something more…

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Intermediate photography course

Improving Your Photography with John Potter

May 21 at 10:00
£50

This is an intermediate photography course, aimed at people who have some photographic experience but want to improve their knowledge and skill. It is led by renowned landscape and fine art photographer, John Potter B.Ed. (HONS) L.R.P.S. He will give…

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Eco-printing

Eco-Print with Confidence

June 8 at 10:00 - 16:00
£75

Join textile artist Jane Hare for a day of printing on paper and fabric using only leaves foraged from the garden and hedgerows. No paint, inks or dyes are used in the printing process because when it comes to colour,…

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willow basket

Make a Willow Basket

June 18 at 10:00 - 16:00
£70

A willow basket is a beautiful item to use in your everyday life, whether in the home or garden. On this full day beginners course Leilah Vyner of Dragon Willow will teach you the techniques of weaving a sturdy and…

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art course in the garden

Developing a Garden Sketchbook

July 9 at 10:00 - 16:00
£50

A sketchbook is an ideal way to record the changing seasons in the garden and is a valuable resource for developing artwork. This day course with tutor Peter David Scott, is designed to help students improve their sketching technique and…

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flowers in pastel

Painting the Garden in Pastels

July 20 at 10:00 - 16:30
£45

Painting plein air to capture the delights of the garden using soft pastel. Cath Inglis will give you a short demonstration showing the techniques she uses and the  use of tonal values & colour in pastel to create a wonderful…

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Small wire bird sculpture

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1 at 10:00 - 12:30
£40

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept…

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making wire birds

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1 at 13:30 - 16:00
£40

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept…

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Photographs of some previous creative courses

Testimonials

"Lovely day out to learn how to make a wire hen or duck. CHRIS was a lovely teacher and the 6 hours flew by!  Lovely gardens and nursery well worth a visit, and lots of other workshops throughout the year! Great fun day out."