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Arts & Crafts Event, from 11 Mar 2020

Bird Whittling Quirky Workshop at Greystoke

Bird Whittling Quirky Workshop at Greystoke

Bird whittling Quirky Workshop at Greystoke


Dave Harter is an accomplished whittler with many years’ experience - during this 2-day course he will teach you traditional hand carving and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided, to enable you to complete a carved bird in a day with a smooth type finish. Some of you may prefer to keep this stylised finish though David will show how plumage details can be refined using pyrography - transforming your bird into a life like model.

There are two types of wood ideal for carving;
The beautiful native lime, and the more exotic Jelutong. Greystoke is blessed with two excellent wood yards in the vicinity, which supply both hard and exotic woods perfect for carving. During the day Dave will divulge the location of these yards.

Many people find the tactile nature of whittling in wood quite soothing and therapeutic.

The use of very small 'low tech' tools etc is particularly relaxing. For the last four consecutive years his carvings have achieved Three Gold, Five Silver, and One Bronze awards at the National Bird Carving Championships held annually in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Whittling is a hobby which is enjoyable, therapeutic and richly rewarding in a sense of personal achievement.

We are able to supply gift vouchers by email for any of our courses where there is availability, these make lovely presents. If you can't decide which course to choose we can supply Open Quirky Workshop Vouchers to pop inside a card.

Wed 11th & Thur 12 March 2020 or Thursday 27th & Friday 28th August

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 11 - Thu 12 Mar 2020 09:30 to 16:00
Thu 27 - Fri 28 Aug 2020 09:30 to 16:00
We're sorry, after 14 years of serving cyclists passing on the C2C route, the Greystoke Cycle Cafe has now closed to the public. In the future we may be open as a venue for private bookings or groups. Thank you for your support over the years.


£75 including a lovely 2 course lunch.Reduced child prices may be avilable- please ask - from 15 years upwards.


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.


Greystoke Craft Garden ,
Greystoke, Penrith,
CA11 0UT


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Map reference: NY 439312  Lat: 54.67273 Long: -2.87142

Greystoke Craft Garden (formerly Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden) is situated just 300yd north of the village green on the edge of the lovely village of Greystoke. The village nestles happily on the fringes of the Lake District National Park, 5 miles west of Penrith and the Eden Valley and 5 miles north of Ullswater. We have only limited parking and ask workshops attendees to enjoy the 300yd flat walking from the free village car park, alongside the racehorses and past the Castle walls. We will send maps etc on booking confirmation. We have 2 parking spaces reserved for those unable to walk this distance, please let us know. Drop off of students or materials is fine.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Penrith station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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