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15 Christmas Wreath Workshops

Selling quicker than hot strudel, Christmas wreath workshops seem to grow in popularity very year. Grab your diary and make a date with a pal, or meet new friends at one of these laid-back, inspiring workshops.

Words: Rhiannon Pursall

Selling quicker than hot strudel, Christmas wreath workshops seem to grow in popularity very year. I can see why – the escapism of devoting your attention to foliage and berries; the smug notion of creating something yourself; the sustainability of using natural materials; and, of course, the mince pies. Grab your diary and make a date with a pal, or meet new friends at one of these laid-back, inspiring workshops.

 

 

1. Home Barn Lifestyle, Hilltop Farm Christmas Decorations Workshops

When & where: Home Barn Lifestyle, Hilltop Farm, Fosse Way, Hunningham Hill, Leamington Spa, CV33 9EL

Sun 8 Dec; Thu 12 Dec; Fri 13 Dec; Sun 15 Dec; Thu 19 Dec; Fri 20 Dec; all 5.30pm-8.30pm

What to expect:

Join Home Barn Lifestyle for an evening of Christmas creativity, using a mixture of fresh leaves, foliage, dried fruit, feathers, ornaments and ribbons. You can choose to make either a festive wreath or door garland and there’ll be refreshments to help unleash your artistic side.

Details & booking:

Wreath workshops cost £55 per person (+ booking fee) and Door Garland workshops cost £45 (+booking fee). Buy tickets online. Email enquiries@hilltopfarmshop.com or call 01926 632 978 for more info.

 

2. Flower Thyme Mixed Evergreen Door Wreath & Luxury Evergreen Door Wreath

When & where: Old Mill, Kineton, near Warwick, CV35 0LA

Mixed Evergreen Door Wreath: Tue 26 Nov; Wed 27 Nov; Tue 3 Dec; Wed 4 Dec; all 7pm-9pm

Luxury Evergreen Door Wreath: Thu 5 Dec; Tue 10 Dec; Thu 12 Dec; all 7pm-9pm

What to expect:

The very popular Mixed Evergreen Door Wreath class has been running for 19 years and uses moss, holly, ivy, spruce, fruits, berries and ribbons to create a traditional symbol to hang on your door. The Luxury Evergreen Door Wreath was born more recently out of requests from customers desperate to learn how to make Flower Thyme’s beautiful bestselling design. You’ll create a stunning, textural 12-inch piece using a range of materials such as eucalyptus, herbs, ivy trails, mimosa, berries, thistle and pheasant feathers. All classes take place in a purpose-built workshop away from Flower Thyme’s shop and prices include refreshments.

Details & booking:

Mixed Evergreen Door Wreath classes are £40 per person and Luxury Evergreen Door Wreath workshops cost £55 per person. Tel: Gill on 01926 640 437 or e-mail enquiries@flowerthyme.co.uk; more details on the Flower Thyme website. Also check out the other classes on offer to make a range of festive florals to deck your halls.

 

3. Joanne Harris Floral Design Christmas Wreath Workshop

When & where: Knead It!, School Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7AJ

Sun 1 Dec, 10am-12.30pm

What to expect:

If you’re looking for a class with top-class refreshments, you can’t go wrong with one that takes place in a bakery! You’ll make a wreath using traditional methods and natural materials including seasonal spruce, foliage, dried fruit, cones, berries and ribbons. Homemade cakes and cookies by Knead It! will optimise your creative energy levels. See one of last year’s above.

Details & booking:

Tel: 07769 722 164 or email jh@joanneharrisfloraldesign.co.uk to book your place. See Joanne Harris Floral Design website for more info. Tickets are £60 per person.

 

4. In Bloom Workshops

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When & where: A beautiful Warwickshire farmhouse, Farnborough.

Sun 1 Dec 3-6pm
Tues 3 Dec 10am-1pm
Monday 9th Dec 7-10pm
All other 16 dates are already fully booked.

Groups of 10-12 can book their own workshop. Wreaths are not just for Christmas…Next Feb owner Alex is also running  Insta-worthy, succulent Living Wall Wreath Workshops (see above).

What to expect:

Sit next to a toasty log burner with mulled wine, giant mince pies and Christmas songs playing while making your own luxury Christmas wreath in a fun, festive and friendly workshop. In Bloom was a finalist in the Muddy Awards 2019 for Best Newcomer in Warks.

Details & booking:

The workshop costs £60 per person, which includes all materials, demonstration/ tuition, and of course, flowing festive refreshments. See here for more details or get in touch to book: alex@inbloomworkshops.co.uk 

 

5. Wreath Making at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Where & when: The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

Sat 30 Nov 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

What to expect:

A fun and friendly workshop to create your own version of a shop-bought wreath for the price of buying one. An artist will be on hand to help inspire as you experiment with cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, berries and ribbon. The greenery base will keep until next year, so you’ll be practising your new skills again!

Details & booking:

£26 per person; book tickets online and visit The Herbert for full info.

 

6. Sarah Horne Door Garland & Luxury Door Garland

When & where: Door Garland: Thu 5 Dec 10am-12.30pm, Victoria House, 59 Willes Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 4PT

Luxury Door Garland: Fri 6 Dec, 2pm-5pm, Sarah Horne, 86 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QG

What to expect:

Enjoy a hot drink and piece of cake or biscuit whilst you watch a demo, then crack on and make your own masterpiece. As the name suggests, the class on Fri 6 Dec will produce a more sumptuous, larger wreath than the Thu class (although both will be equally lovely!) Sarah Horne runs a popular flower school throughout the year, always using great quality flowers and foliage, and the Christmas programme books up quickly. Check out the other Christmas classes also on offer, in both the Victoria House series and Luxury Christmas Flower School series.

Details and booking:

Call 01926 424 826 to check latest availability or visit the Sarah Horne Flower School website.

The Door Garland costs £45 per person and the Luxury Door Garland is £99 per person.

 

7. Garden Gate Flowers Christmas Door Wreath Workshop

Where & when: Tue 3 Dec 6.30-9pm; Wed 11 Dec 6.30pm-9pm; Rugby Art Gallery & Museum

Or

Sat 7 Dec 4pm-6.30pm; Sun 15 Dec 10am-12.30pm; Garden Gate Flowers HQ, 4 Timber Court, Rugby, CV22 5AZ

What to expect:

After watching a tutorial, you’ll select from a fabulous array of natural materials to make your own unique showstopper. Add layers of seasonal foliage onto a moss ring to build up texture, then adorn your wreath with decorations including berries, seed heads, fir cones, twigs, feathers and, of course, dried fruits and cinnamon sticks for that fragrant flourish. Selling out fast, especially at the Garden Gate HQ venue!

Details & booking:

£50 per person; call Sue on 07933 736 988 and visit the Garden Gate website for more info.

 

8. Melanie Webb Wreath Making Workshop

Where & when: Melanie Webb Flowers, 229a Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby CV21 4AA

Mon 9 Dec; Wed 11 Dec; Mon 16 Dec; Wed 18 Dec; all 7pm-9pm

What to expect:

Step in from the cold on a winter’s evening and indulge in some creative relief, making a traditional wreath using beautiful seasonal foliage and natural goodies. Light refreshments are included and early booking is advised!

Details & booking:

Book online for £35 per person. Call 01788 565 504 or e-mail hello@melaniewebbflowers.co.uk and visit the Melanie Webb Flowers website for full details.

 

9. Little Stars Preschool Wreath Making

When & where: Mon 25 Nov, 7pm, Dale St Methodist Church, Dale Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5HL

Or

Thu 28 Nov, 9.30am, Leamington Spa Baptist Church, Chandos St, Leamington Spa CV32 4RN

What to expect:

Fuelled by festive faves mulled wine and mince pies, you’ll create your own traditional wreath, all the while raising money for Little Stars Preschool. You have a choice of two venues on two dates (heads up: a creche is available at Leamington Baptist Church, so opt for that one if you need childcare!)

Details and booking:

Tickets are £15; or £20 gets you entry to the raffle, which promises fabulous prizes. Contact littlestars.preschool@hotmail.com or call 01926 477 597.

 

10. Christmas Tree Decorations at Upton House & Gardens

Where & when: 

Upton House & Gardens, near Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT, Thu 5 Dec, 10am-1pm

What to expect:

For something a little different to Christmas wreaths, try your hand at ceramics to make Christmas tree decorations with local pottery artist Penny Varley. Aimed at beginners, the class will teach you how to make and decorate a ceramic creation – perfect for your own home or as a gift. After the class your piece will be taken away and professionally fired and you can return to collect it on Mon 16 Dec. Refreshments are included throughout the class.

Details & booking:

£58 per person; book online or call 03442 491 895.

 

11. Festive Wreath Workshops

Where & when: Canons Ashby, near Daventry and Rugby

Wed 27 Nov, 10am – 12noon; 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Thur 28 Nov, 10am – 12noon; 1.30 – 3.30pm

What to expect:

Spend a few hours with the talented flower team at this National Trust Tudor manor house, just across the Warks/Northants border, who will help you craft your own festive wreath for your front door using greenery from the grounds of Canons Ashby. Includes a hot drink to keep you going whilst you’re perfecting your creation.

Details & booking:

£27, including materials and instruction, as well as including a hot drink. Tel: 03442491895 or book here Park in the car park, then follow signs to the marquee by the tea-room. Wrap up as it can be cold in the marquee!

 

12. Christmas Workshops

Where & when: Alfesco Style – Garden Boutique, Hatton Shopping Village, Dark Lane, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA

Colourful winter hanging baskets – Wed 20 Nov & Sat 30 Nov, 11am – 1pm

A Floral Advent ring  – Sun Dec 1,  11am – 1pm

Christmas door wreath  – Thur 5 December (from 6pm – 8pm); Fri 13 Dec  & Sat 14 Dec, 11am – 1pm

Christmas table ring – Sun Dec 15

What to expect:

Lottie Newitt, who runs The Alfresco Style – Garden Boutique is hosting several festive workshops, plus tea & talks over the festive season, 11am – 1pm, which include complimentary refreshments. Create a colourful winter hanging basket, learn how to make a floral Advent ring or beautiful Christmas door wreaths.

Details & booking:

Winter hanging basket -£25 with complimentary refreshments;  floral Advent ring £25 with complimentary refreshments; Christmas door wreath, £35, including includes fizz on arrival and Christmas table ring, £35, including fizz on arrival.

Book via email: thealfrescostyle@outlook.com or Tel: 01926 843555.

 

3 CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOPS FURTHER AFIELD:

Chatsworth Christmas Wreath Making

Where & when: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Only one date and time remains – be quick! Thu 5 Dec, 2.30pm

What to expect:

Join the Garden Team in the super-quirky old theatre situated within Chatsworth’s grandiose walls. You’ll watch a demonstration to learn the basic process, then have the choice of a selection of seasonal foliage, dried fruits, berries, seed heads and cones – all picked from the Chatsworth estate – to build your own beautiful wreath. What’s more, your ticket includes entry to the house and gardens before or after your class, for the magical experience of seeing the house festooned for Christmas. Every year has a different theme; for 2019, inspiration is taken from explorers Phileas Fogg and Ameila Earhart to take you on a journey to lands far, far away. Your ticket also includes a hot drink and a mince pie. Visit the Chatsworth website for all the details. Look out for Muddy’s first-hand review of this workshop in December!

Details & booking:

£55 per person; book online

 

Cannock Chase Christmas Wreath Workshop

When & where: Cannock Chase Forest, Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ

Sat 30 Nov, 10.30am-12.30pm

What to expect:

An informal session in a forest setting for that ultra-authentic vibe! You’ll come away with a wonderful wreath approx. 40-50cm in diameter.

Details and booking:

Find out more here, email jacqui.blackford@forestryengland.uk or Tel: 03000 675 359. £35 per person.

 

Kedleston Hall’s Make a Rustic Willow Wreath

Where & when: Kedleston Hall, near Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH

Thu 28 Nov, 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Fri 29 Nov, 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm

Sat 30 Nov, 10am-12.30pm

What to expect:

Rather than the usual spruce-based wreath, this class teaches you the basics of willow weaving to create a charming little rustic number. After making your willow ring, you’ll attach a small spray of foliage gathered from the garden, making a delightful addition to indoor or outdoor festive décor, or to give as a gift. Hot drinks and mince pies get you in the spirit.

 Details & booking:

£30 per person. Book by calling 01332 842 191 and visit the Kedleston Hall website for directions etc.

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