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, from 28 Aug 2019

Rush Hat making 'Quirky Workshop'

Rush Hat making 'Quirky Workshop'

Rush Hat making 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke nr Penrith

Details

An opportunity to make your own woven rush hat or Bag using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. Starting with your own custom-made hat block, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique hat to wear and treasure.

If you are planning to make a hat for someone else, it would be useful to obtain their head size. Using a soft tape measure, measure the head across the forehead / above the ears i.e. the widest part.

These are lovely 'hands on and very tactile' courses using natural rush which is harvested by hand from the various special waterways of England such as the Fenns that are slow moving and perfect as a rush habitat. Each is carefully cut and gathered to bolts that are dried in the sunshine and air alongside hedges by the river. The process is an entirely natural one and there are no chemicals used in the rush harvesting process.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 28 Aug 2019 09:45 to 17:30
Thu 29 Aug 2019 09:30 to 17:30

Prices

£75inc a lovely 2 course lunch ..materials are around £15 extra

Facilities

  • 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.

Address

Greystoke Craft Garden ,
Greystoke, Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Directions

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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

Parking

  • 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

Food

  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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