In keeping with the aims of the William Scott Abbott Trust, we like to support and share knowledge about traditional rural skills whenever we have the chance at Sacrewell. Previously we’ve had practical workshops on pruning apple trees, hedgelaying, Christmas wreath making and dry stone walling. All workshops include entry to the farm for the ticket holder unless otherwise stated.
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We are always keen to hear from providers who would like to work in collaboration with us. If you have a traditional rural skill that you would like to share, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have always had in mind the creation of a sound, practical, enterprise, preserving what is best in our country way of life, and based on sound, practical farming, as all country life must be.
William Scott Abbott
Bread for Beginners (25th February)
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, and a loaf that you’ve made yourself tastes so much better than anything else.
In this half day workshop you’ll learn all you need to begin baking your own loaves at home. Under the watchful eye of expert baker Sue Hudson, you’ll create a round of soda bread and a Sacrewell loaf from scratch and practice your kneading skills. The bread that you bake will be yours to take home, as long as you can withstand the temptation to nibble on it.
The workshop takes place in our Victorian bakery so you can be inspired by the history of the building. Fans of Victorian Bakers on BBC 2 might recognise the room as it was used to film the first ever episode. Our wood fired Victorian oven will be ablaze to keep you cosy, but we’ll use a modern oven to bake your loaves to ensure their success.
The workshop is suitable for anyone aged 14+, those under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
At Sacrewell, we offer regular workshops and taster sessions so that anybody as young as 7 years old can create something unique and personalised with our professionals from Chain Bridge Forge.
For beginners, we recommend a taster session, which gives you 20-30 minutes of one-to-one tuition and allows you to make a small item of metalwork. Our upcoming taster sessions are:
Make a metal spring flower (tickets coming soon)
For those who would like to spend a longer time with the forge, we also offer extended sessions with the blacksmiths. These give you up to 3 hours to create a more challenging project, such as a hot fire poker, and are suitable for anyone aged 14 or over. Our upcoming extended sessions are:
Chain Bridge Forge can be found at Sacrewell every third weekend of the month in 2018. Blacksmith workshops will be running on the following dates in 2018:
- Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of February
- Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of March
Candle Making Workshops (March 25th, August 19th, November 4th)
Learn the art of candle making with Dianne from the Wicked Wick in Stamford.
In this workshop you will create your own scented, natural soy wax candle which is perfect for a gift or as a treat for yourself. Dianne will talk you through the science of candle making, how to choose the best materials and what a good candle should look like. There will be lots of evocative fragrances to smell and discuss.
The workshop is suitable for anyone aged 16+, those under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Candle making workshops will be running on the following dates in 2018:
- March 25th: Spring, Summer and Spa Scented Candles
- August 19th: Spring, Summer and Spa Scented Candles
- November 4th: Countryside Christmas Candles
Willow Weaving for Beginners: Make a Basket (21st April)
Nene Coppicing and Crafts are offering you the opportunity to make your very own willow basket in this full day workshop.
Tickets will be available to book online soon.
Drawing Animals (8th May)
Spend a day drawing on the farm with guidance from Rachael Lenton, our artist in residence. You’ll have the chance to develop your sketching skills on variety of animals, from our New Hampshire Red chickens to our rare breed Suffolk Punch horses.
The workshop is ideal for beginners or intermediates. It is suitable for anyone aged 16+, those under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Felted Farm Landscapes (26th May)
We can’t think of a better location for a felt making workshop than on our farm amongst the Lincoln Longwool sheep, Jacob sheep and alpacas. Come and try this traditional method of making fabrics under the guidance of textile artist Heidi Street-Ward.
Enjoy a day learning how to make a piece of handmade felt using simple wet felt making techniques. You will have the opportunity to use a range of colourful merino wool tops and other natural fibres to create shapes and textures within your felt design inspired by landscapes or seascapes. We will focus on blending techniques with wool carders to create ‘painterly’ areas within your felt piece. You will also have the option to add extra decorative embroidery and stitching when you get home.
This workshop is ideal for beginners or students with some felting knowledge. It is suitable for anyone aged 16+, those under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Glyn Mould is our resident woodcarver at Sacrewell. His courses are open to anybody who has a love of wood; you do not need to be artistic to be able to carve, but enthusiasm is an essential. You will receive all the support and equipment necessary to complete a piece of work to your own satisfaction.
Woodcarving classes will be running on the following dates in 2018:
- January 19th and 20th
- February 9th and 10th
- March 16th and 17th
- April 26th, 27th and 28th
- May 10th, 11th and 12th
- June 14th, 15th and 16th
Visit Glyn’s website for more details and to book your course directly with him.