Join us over the summer for one of our fabulous summer schools; five-day intensive courses designed give you a good grounding in your chosen hobby taking place over a weekend and three week days.

Carpentry for Beginners – Set of Steps

A fabulous five day ‘Carpentry for beginners’ course, this is an opportunity to learn an array of skills in a short set of wonderfully absorbing days. Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and modern drills and saws, experienced craftswoman Ruth Thomson will guide and inspire you as she teaches age old techniques in carpentry. As you begin making your own stepladder traditionally constructed from seasoned pine, you will learn how to use and care for chisels, saws, planes and spoke-shaves. Ruth is an experienced carpenter and teacher. She conveys her skillful practical experience with light-hearted humour.

Upholstery – Bring a Chair

Jump start your upholstery skills with a special summer course, led by professional tutor, Sally Mollett. A special opportunity to turn a chair from frump to fabulous in five fun filled consecutive days. Bring a chair and work on it every day transforming it by removing the old fabric and stuffing, revamp the woodwork and fit new upholstery so that you take away a unique creation to love and be proud of. Suitable for beginners and intermediate skilled learners.


This five-day course is a great way to indulge yourself and dive into the timeless world of woodcarving. This series of classes will be taught by Stephen Scott. Stephen is an award winning City & Guilds trained carver who has been carving since he was a child in Barbados. You will have a chance to experience carving soft and hardwoods, including beech and limewood- the traditional timber for fine detail. In this small workshop, you can be guided on how to produce a beautiful multiple leaf carving relief.

Intro to Garment Making

In small groups with lots of guidance and support from an experienced and qualified tutor, this is a short intensive course of practical exercises covering how to set up the machine, sew in straight lines, reversing and some of the machines different functions for a beginner to know.

Learn how to take body measurements, alter a commercial pattern to fit, read a commercial pattern, lay out and cut fabric and construct a finished garment to a high standard using one of our Janome 525s and Bernina 1008 series sewing machines. The choice of pattern will be discussed with the tutor in the third session. The course will also give you the skills to alter your own clothes.

For full details click on course name in the table below.

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 21/07/2018 10:00 17:00 WOODWORK SUMMER SCHOOL - SET OF STEPS 5 consecutive days £695 Make a set of steps Details Register
Sat 21/07/2018 10:00 17:00 UPHOLSTERY SUMMER SCHOOL- BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR 5 consecutive days £645 Upholster your own chair Details Register
Sat 21/07/2018 10:00 17:00 WOODCARVING SUMMER SCHOOL 5 consecutive days £645 Fantastic beginners course Details Register
Sat 21/07/2018 10:00 17:00 SEWING SUMMER SCHOOL INTRO TO GARMENT MAKING 4 consecutive days £425 Summer School Details Sold Out

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