You can also participate in some of the onsite activities such as fire-lighting, tomahawk throwing, pyrography and other wood crafts for adults and children alike!
Come and join us around our crackling fire to toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate or Mulled Wine from our very own pop-up tea & coffee shop! A selection of cakes, savouries and soups will also be on offer from ‘Janes Cakes”.
We are also very pleased to have singers Will and Nina join us on the day. Will is in a band called Aqualine and Nina has been studying to complete a fine art degree at university. They will join us from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. playing and singing live in this delightful, atmospheric and accessible woodland setting.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome and we have clean toilet facilities available in the car park which is close to the main Birtley House gated entrance to the estate.
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With the festive season fast approaching, we begin to turn our thoughts to how we can spend time with those we care about this year! Some of us are also thinking about gifts for Christmas and many of us want to ensure these are environmentally friendly. So what better than to gift an experience that uses natural, sustainably sourced materials we have coppiced ourselves locally, creating memories with those we care about that will be treasured for life! I hope you have a chance to look at what we can offer below, but first I just want to share my own musings…
When I think about my own group of friends our lifestyles and careers are all so diverse! Some meet up regularly, others we only get to see once or twice a year. A few of our friends are fairly new but many of us have grown up together, had children at the same time and are now enjoying our grandchildren. Some of us do not have children or extended families either, we are all so different. Many of us have independent hobbies and some shared activities we enjoy together. Quite of few of our extended family members live much further afield, however, they always appreciate it when we call!
What we share most is the importance of spending quality time together when we can and when we can’t to ensure we let each other know we care and are thinking of them. So many of us have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic in so many ways, some have suffered more than others. Many of us turned to regular Zoom calls, walks and baking, some have been more isolated than others but may have made the most of their time by taking up new hobbies, improving homes and gardens and readying for when they could socialise once more. Others such as the NHS and support workers have worked themselves to exhaustion to help others, what we can all agree on is that we have had both similar and different experiences over the past 18 months both good and bad!
Some of the happier times I’ve spent this year have been when running our course and workshop, we have hosted several private events for various groups of friends and families. There is something so very special about spending time in the outdoors, switching off from your day to day worries and just enjoying being surrounded by nature and the people you care about, creating lasting memories you can share forever!
As we move forward, toward this year festive season it feels a little bit more special than usual, many of us are planning ahead much sooner than in previous years. I’ve personally been focusing on creating lots of different experiences for you my readers but also for my friends and family to enjoy! I am also busy crafting for several Christmas Fairs we will attend in November and December too, I’ve shared more about these below! Paul has been busy laying hedges and running our Hedgelaying Training Courses, the next one is coming up, our trainees will start laying a new hedge situated on the Birtley Estate in Bramley just up the path from my outdoor studio!
So what special experiences can we offer that may be of interest to you, your friends and your family this festive season?
We have a wide selection of Christmas Workshops coming up at various indoor and outdoor locations across the Surrey Hills, places are filling up quickly so do take a look and book your place today! We have limited dates available for private events but please feel free to reach out to discuss further.
Our two-day Hedgelaying & Wattle Hurdle Training Courses plus our year-round workshops all make great gifts for Christmas. You can pre-book an event that has already been published or you can purchase a Gift Voucher if preferred.
We have several Christmas Fair’s coming up where we will be exhibiting this year including our own Christmas Fair In The Woods together with Ruth Wheeler at our shared outdoor studio, Birtley Woodland Art Space…
Join us for mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cheer! We will be serving refreshments and food made from locally sourced ingredients, come enjoy the music too and the relaxing ambience of our outdoor studio.
We have a fantastic group of artisan stallholders exhibiting their work with a wide selection of handmade Christmas gifts for you to browse and buy. Come along and visit Birtley Woodland Art Space, meet the artists and makers, view their work, watch demonstrations and learn more about what they have to offer.
We are delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Surrey Hills Christmas Fair at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN on 26th, 27th and 28th November. Opening times: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Surrey Hills Christmas Fair celebrates the best of Surrey arts, crafts and artisanal produce. The event will take place across the Manor House and Place Farm Barn and is hosted by West Horsely Place in partnership with Surrey Hills Enterprises.
Surrey Hills Enterprises is a membership organisation for sustainable local businesses and artisan producers. Place Farm Barn and courtyard will host a variety of stalls including food and drink stuffs, skincare, jewellery, fashion and country crafts. You will also find refreshments and light bites in the courtyard.
We have been invited as an exhibitor to a Christmas Pop-Up event at Newlands Corner too. The event is running on both 10th and 11th December, we will be exhibiting for one day only on Sunday 11th December. Our stand will include natural Christmas Wreaths, Willow Stars, Hearts and Angels and various other Willow Crafts and kits. This is a great location to also enjoy an afternoon walk and take in the views of the surrounding Surrey Hills landscape, just breathtaking!
Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to welcoming you to experience one of our workshops or training courses at your choice of location very soon.
Lorraine & Paul
We can now all finally look forward to getting outside and spending time in the great outdoors enjoying the company of other like-minded people. Step into my world and join me, Lorraine to learn how to create your own Willow Art and Sculptures in a morning, afternoon or full-day workshop suitable for beginners and people of all ages and abilities! It’s relaxing and great fun plus I have patience in bucket loads so don’t worry you will leave content and with an art piece to be proud of!
Browse through the selection of events we have planned for this Spring held at several locations within the Surrey Hills including the picturesque location of Birtley Woodland Art Space in Bramley, Guildford; private woodlands in Smallfield, Horley and Flitton’s Nursery & Plant Centre, Woodcote, Wallington.
We have experiences for adults and teenagers as well as those designed with families in mind. Learn how to create a beautiful Butterfly, Dragonfly, Flower and Dream Catcher or create a selection of Plant Supports including Trellis and Obelisks for your garden. Living Willow Harlequin Trees can look amazing standing up to 6ft in height and we have different styles of Bird Feeders and planters for you to weave too!
It’s great working with other artists and makers, our Botanical Dreams Workshop is run together with Garden Designer, Renée Canter and our Birtley Woodland Workshops with Wood Artist & Sculptor, Ruth Wheeler.
If it’s a group booking you are interested in or a themed event then please contact me, Lorraine, to discuss further. I can host your private event at your own outdoor location (if suitable) or you can bring your group to one of my locations, the choice is yours! Make contact to learn my availability and to book.
I love running my workshops, they are really enjoyable but don’t take my word for it, see what others have to say:
“Great crafts and lovely teachers. We have a few crafty builds in our garden now including an Hazel arch, hearts and obelisk ”, facebook review by Samantha Ryan, March 2021
“Highly recommend Lorraine’s Willow class. Myself and my Mum attended the bird feeder class today and loved it. Clear instructions and help when you need it. All covid safe. I hope to come back. Thank you”, facebook review, Caz Councell, September 2020
This is me with my Willow bounty following coppicing at Priory Farm Estate, South Nutfield in March. We are expecting our workshops at Priory Farm to commence again in June.
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