Build Your Own Workshops

Is it your birthday ?   An anniversary ?  A reunion ?
Any excuse to get together with a bunch of friends !

Please note that although some of the workshops are the same, these are not the hen weekend workshops.  Click on this link for the hen weekend workshops  

You have a group of friends or co-workers and you would you like to do something really different and great fun?

Simply choose from our list of workshops and we will organise a whole day for you, a morning or a weekend, whatever you want!   You might want to organise a whole weekend on a theme such as Circus, or African…. just let us know and we will come up with some ideas.  You can camp in our lovely area along with firepit if you like – we even have bell tents you can hire if you’d like a bit of luxury.

It’s impossible for us to give prices here as each event will be unique, so email, or call us to chat about your ideas.

Your Choices

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How about learning to juggle with clubs, balls and hats ?  Have a go at acrobatics, handstands, unicycle, aerial hoop and even break dancing !  Moses Opiyo is an incredible teacher, both amazingly talented and great fun.  As a teenager in Kenya, Moses was selected along with 6 others to train for 18 months at the Wuqiao Acrobatics Art School in China.  He is an experienced circus skills and fitness teacher and has taught people of all ages (more info)

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What better way to relax than sitting with a bunch of friends weaving wonderful creations out of willow!  Barbara Clift and Anna Rayment are our two fantastic teachers who will not only teach you some incredible willow work, allowing your imagination to run wild, but will also make your day one of laughter and fun.  You can make anything you like from baskets to animals to garden decorations and much more …… (more info)

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Come along and spend a fun day with Sarah Perry creating a new, fabulous chair out of a discarded piece of furniture which you love too much to get rid of, but has no seat in it !  Or, even visit a second hand furniture shop and you will be able to pick up a lovely chair at a great price, just because the caned or rush seat has a big hole in it.

Using sisal rope and up-cycled fabric, ribbons or tape you will make a beautiful, hardwearing seat…….  (more info)

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Water Colour Art 

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Whether you are new to water colour or hoping to improve your work, our workshop with Rob and Sian Dudley will provide ideas, inspiration and fun.

Rob and Sian are popular and experienced artists, demonstrators, tutors and writers, with a passion for watercolour painting. They have been living, painting and exhibiting in Devon for over 20 years. [more info]

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Creative Writing Workshop

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Have you always secretly longed to write but don’t know where to start?  Or perhaps you’ve already started and are looking for fresh ideas and support.

Whether you are new to writing or hoping to improve your work, our workshop with Rosalyn Chissick will provide ideas, inspiration and fun.  In a relaxed, friendly and creative atmosphere you will find your flow, experiment with writing forms and release your imagination. [more info]

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Make luscious PomPoms and Streamers in beautiful colours and print your own tissue paper with amazing designs.  Not only great fun, but the bonus is you have something great to take home.  The PomPoms  and Streamers are great for jazzing up parties and the wrapping paper will be a really special gift in itself since you will have printed it !  (More info)

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Bush Craft

Learn how to build a shelter, light a fire, cook bread on a stick and kettle over open firemore in our own beautiful woods.  This is an inspiring introduction to the world of Bushcraft with Gerry our rugged tutor – who you will also definitely have a laugh with !  This is a great workshop, our woods are so special, you really will feel that you are in the middle of nowhere !  (More info)

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Cup Cake Decorating

Each of you will decorate 6 cup cakes with amazing designs, which you then get to eat or take home with you.  –  More info coming soon !

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  It’s Magic !

This is a really fun workshop.  To start with you’ll have a half hour magic performance from our amazing magician, then he’ll teach magic 8you how to shuffle like Dynamo !  Or try to !  Next magic7you’ll learn a bunch of magic tricks you can impress your mates with using cards, rope, coins and more.  Or at least you’ll be trying to learn them whilst hysterical with laughter ! 

This is a really unusual workshop which we know you will love.

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Drumming

You will love our drumming workshop – so much fun – and you will be amazed with what you can achieve.  Start with the basics and before you know it you will be creating magic.  Nothing like it to create an amazing bond !  You will discover that you have rythym even if you didn’t know it!

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Juggling

This you will love.    Moses, originally from Kenya, will teach you to juggle with clubs, hats and balls.   As a teenager, Moses was selected along with 6 others to train at the Wuqiao Acrobatics School in China , so not only is he a brilliant personality, he is also incredibly talented !  Having done a juggling workshop before, my main memory is of being in complete hysterics as we all scrambled around trying to stop our juggling balls from flying into each other – and not succeeding !

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Fascinator making

Make your own fascinators using feathers, sinamay fabrics, bases, ribbons and vintage buttons and much more.DSCN1219  DSCN1448 

It’s so much fun creating something great and at the same time, have a real laugh and a good old chat.   A great way to get to know each other.  And, you get to take home something you can wear for a fabulous night out, or at a wedding.

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Yoga

So you’re feeling a bit frazzled and you need to relax ? This is the perfect solution !  Wind down, relax and limber up with our lovely teacher Helen,  surrounded by oak trees and green fields. Total yoga novices will benefit from this just as much as those more expert.  One thing we can promise you – you will feel a lot better !

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Make your own Bunting 

056Create your own beautiful strings of bunting crafty hen (1)bunting made from a selection of pretty fabrics tailored to the colour scheme or theme of your choice.  Make your party stand out from the crowd with your unique decorations and details.  You can experiment with accessories and colours to make your bunting any style you like – even personalise them with touches of your own.

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A really different and fun workshop.   Reindeer, donkey or dog, make your own vintage fabric animal head to hang on the wall anywhere in your home.  Sarah will bring along the papier mache heads for you to embellish with gorgeous fabrics, beads, flowers and ribbon.  

Let your artistic energy loose, choose a name and build a character.

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Settle down with your friends, baskets of wool or cotton and crochet hooks to make the most beautiful granny squares. Once you have mastered the art you can make your own heritage blankets to snuggle up under.

Or why not all work together to make a wonderful keepsake for a special friend or Mum !  All make a square and then make it up into a blanket for her – what a lovely thing to have !

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Make gorgeous coiled rugs using just rope and twine. You will make a really hard wearing rug as large or small as you want.  Anything from a table mat to put hot dishes on,  to a large round floor rug.  Obviously you may have to finish them at home if you are aiming big!

             We will bring along the rope and lots of lovely coloured twine so you can choose what zingy finishes you want.

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More workshops are always being added to this page, so keep an eye out !  This page is still being constructed.