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Gardening Event, Sun 27 - Wed 30 May 2018

Stone Carving 3D Sculpture with Simon Keeley MA

Stone Carving 3D Sculpture with Simon Keeley MA

Stone Carving 3D Sculpture with Simon Keeley MA


Starts evening of Sun 27th May - then Mon 28th to Wed 30th May 2018 9.30 - 4pm each day

We are delighted that award winning stone carver Simon Keeley MA from Surrey will be travelling north to Greystoke to take a 3+ day course.Simon has been carving in stone for some 20 years and teaching his craft to students of all abilities throughout the UK and abroad for the last ten.

During this exciting course you will be carving a 3d form of your choice, be it abstract and 'Moorish' or perhaps something more traditional.

The course will begin on the Sunday evening with Simon leading you through the processes of first drawing and then creating a 'maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen piece.

On Monday morning Simon will demonstrate the stone carving process and over the following 3 days working under his watchful eye you will be guided through the world of the Stone carver working in three dimensions and carefully sculpting your design in stone.

There is plenty of accommodation in the village and environs and several local pubs for evening meals.

Simon has recently (and consistently) won awards for his work in the much acclaimed 'Craft and Design' publication. After one of his Gold awards, a judge commented:
'All the finalists show exceptional skill and creativity but for me the work of Simon Keeley takes my breath away. He is not just an immensely skilled stone carver, he has exceptional draftsmanship and the ability to adapt his skills to traditional and contemporary styles of work. Perhaps for me though, it is his desire to not just demonstrate his skills and have his work on view for all to see, but to pass on his skills through teaching at workshops and on courses that stands him out above the other finalists. All craft skills used today are based on those used for centuries by generations of master craftsmen and the passing on of these skills to future generations is vital to the survival of the skills and to enable our children and grandchildren to experience the joy that owning – and maybe creating - a skilfully made, beautiful piece of handcrafted work brings to our everyday lives'.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 27 - Wed 30 May 2018 17:00 to 21:00 09:30 to 16:00
The Cycle Cafe is a family-run tea garden open in 2018 in June July and August to those able to walk from the village car park on Friday afternoons 12-6pm, Saturday and Sundays 10-6pm .

If you are a cyclist on the C2C or End to End or just passing we can hopefully offer something each day June July or August 10-6pm if we are about and available. Seasonal opening only.


Adult £330, including coffees, teas, home-made cakes, biscuits and wholesome 2-course lunch every day for the 3 days. Hot drinks on the first evening. Stone pieces will be charged extra payable at the start of the course. Clay is provided for maquettes.


  • 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.


Annie Swarbrick

017684 83984


CA11 0UT


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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