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Craft Experience

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) pattern cutting, free machine embroidery with Sarah Ames, Felt making slippers, felt art and Christmas festive felt garlands with Marieke Tomlin. 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 bread making and 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 very 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.

In Spring 2019 we took the decision to close our Cycle Cafe Tea Garden which had been serving cyclists and walkers over summer months since 2005. Thank you to all have visited.

Opening details

The Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns hosts over 120 arts, crafts and heritage workshops between March and December each year. On occasions, we may have rooms available to hire for other workshop and course providers, running in parallel to our annual Quirky Workshops programme. For further details re: room hire etc please enquire at We started as Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, serving passing C2C cyclists since 2005. We have now closed to the general public. Our grateful thanks for your support over the years.


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
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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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