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Quirky Workshop Experiences

Quirky Workshop Experiences


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 expert tutors, many leaders in their fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by. Keswick, Ullswater Penrith and the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance.

We offer one, two or three day courses in:

English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist black-smithing, stone carving (3D sculpture), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day', clay life head sculpture, Raku pottery, relief wood carving.

Lino cut printing, garden Willow sculptures, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or Silver Clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics and relief applique tiles with Gwen Bainbridge.

Many textile courses in needle felting, (Annis McGowan - Herdwicks and Hares) spinning wheels and drop spindles, Pattern cutting, free machine embroidery with Sarah Ames, Felt making slippers , Felt art and Christmas festive Felt garlands with Marieke Tomlin. Crewel Work with Philippa Turnbull and Lampshade applique and printing. Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe

Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses,

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. We hope you can find some days that appeal.

If you hope to visit the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden in it's own right - 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.


  • 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.


CA11 0UT


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

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.

Penrith railway station 5 miles.

Parking: free

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)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesChildren's menu


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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