An extensive range of art, craft and heritage skills ‘Quirky Workshops’ between March and December taking place in our converted barn studio or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen. Mostly for adults, though some child places are available (English Longbow making for example)
Workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal. They are delivered by hand picked professional and expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by . . .Ullswater, Penrith and the Eden Valley and even Keswick are all within easy driving distance.
We offer one, two or three day courses in:
those skills once traditionally crafted by men and are now enjoyed by all – such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .’Bird in a Day’, clay life head sculpture,wood block engraving, relief wood carving, cane chair restoration.
Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, papermaking with Jonathan Korejeko, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge . . . and mosaics
Many textile courses including weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags, needle felting- making door stops.
Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe
Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),
Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,
Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, typically served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden, Workshops usually close with a freshly made Aga cream tea.
Our workshop days are popular as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular.
To receive the new course dates for 2016 as soon as they are released – please complete this link http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/form.htm
A full list of our courses can be found at www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk or please phone 017684 83984
If you hope to visit the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden . . please remember it is a seasonal Tea Garden with unusual and limited opening hours to those who are NOT travelling by bicycle – please see http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/around_greystoke.htm to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to welcoming you on one of our workshop days.
We are in the lovely village of Greystoke, just 5 miles west of Penrith/Junction 40 of the M6 and a few miles north of the A66 and Ullswater. Keswick is approx 15 minutes further west
Greystoke boasts several B B’s, as well as self catering (several are dog friendly). We have a playing field, an outdoor heated swimming pool open from June through to August, a Castle, a church, a shop and post office and a pub serving evening meals.
Please see our full programme of events here