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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Experience

Quirky Workshop Experiences

Quirky Workshop Experiences

Details

We offer an extensive range of Quirky Workshops between March and December each year, all taking place either in our cosy converted barn with oak floor and open ceiling (a perfect space to work in) - or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17C Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen.

Our workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal, yet are delivered by hand picked professional and expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by. . .Keswick, Ullswater and Penrith, the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance.

We offer one, two or three day courses in:

Skills traditionally crafted by men, such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day', clay life head sculpture,wood block print engraving, relief wood carving. Ladies, of course, always welcome

Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge . . . and mosaics

Many textile courses in weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags,

Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe

Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),

Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,

All day workshops include fresh coffees, home made biscuits, a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, usually served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden, The day usually closes with a freshly made Aga cream tea (if there is still space) - hopefully in the Tea Garden.

Many view our workshops as Special days out and frequently use them as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular.

To receive the new course dates for 2016 as soon as they are released

We hope you can find some days that appeal.

If you hope to visit the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden . . please remember it is a seasonal Tea Garden with limited opening hours to the general public not travelling by bicycle.

Opening details

We are a family-run concern, thus please note our unusual opening times. Groups can be catered for at other times with notice. We have shelter in an open barn.

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,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Directions

On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls.
We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days,
Bus links to Penrith and Keswick. Penrith railway station 5 miles

Parking: free

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
  • YesChildren's menu

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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