Willow & Wine

There is something about working with Willow that is both mindful and relaxing!

Join Lorraine at the picturesque Albury Organic Vineyard, Silent Pool, Shere, Guildford for either a morning, afternoon or full-day workshop learning to craft with Willow and the vineyards home-grown Vines! Each workshop includes a glass of delicious Albury Estate
sparkling wine.

Albury Vineyard is Surrey’s only organic vineyard, producing outstanding English sparkling wine from grapes grown in the beautiful Surrey Hills. Originally famed for their Silent Pool Rosé which was served on the Royal Barge to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012, Albury Estate sparkling wines have since gone on to win numerous international awards and are featured on the wine lists of some of the country’s best restaurants. The vineyard is located on the Southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just outside Guildford on the A25 towards Dorking. It provides the perfect setting for outdoor experiences and to enjoy food and wine in the tasting room.

Albury Organic Vineyard is a  perfect location for our corporate events with the option for you to include a delicious lunch, Vineyard Tour and wine and cheese tastings for your team!

An optional lunch is available to purchase when booking pre-bookable workshop tickets.

Lunch is is already included in the price when selecting a  full-day booking, however, you can also select an additional ticket if you wish to invite a friend to join you for lunch!

Lunch includes a selection of English cheese, charcuterie, olives, crackers & chutney @ £15 p.p. (additional wine and soft drinks are available to purchase on the day)

Please note that we will not have a different food offering available on the day, we can offer Dairy free (charcuterie only) or a Vegan cheese board only if requested when booking. 


Please refrain from bringing your own food and drink to the workshops.

Crafting with willow

Each month we will be delivering a different Willow & Wine Workshop at Albury Organic Vineyard.

The workshops are suitable for adults and teenagers. All materials to make your crafts will be provided on the day and you will get to take your finished work home.

A cheese and charcuterie lunch including a vegan option is available to select when booking.

We have included a selection of images here to represent upcoming workshops and those previously held at this location.

2024 Workshops

We will be adding new workshops for this location throughout the year.

You can also purchase gift vouchers from our shop to be redeemed against forthcoming events.



Workshop Cost from: £59.00 (ex VAT) per person

Lunch: £15.00 (ex VAT) per person

Lunch is included in our full-day workshop ticket price and is an optional add-on for our a.m. and p.m. workshops.


AM Workshop: 10:00am-12:30pm
PM Workshop: 1:30pm-4:00pm

Workshops times may vary depending on the activity.


Join Lorraine for a full-day Willow Bread Basket Workshop suitable for beginners.

In this workshop you will learn how to make a woven Willow base using a pairing weave, this can be a large base if you prefer to make a platter and different colours of Willow can be used to make an attractive design.

For the Bread Basket, you will stake up the sides of the basket; you will learn waling, pairing, English randing, and a three-rod track border.

You will also learn about Willow, how it is grown, how to prepare Willow, and the traditional basket weaving techniques used.

We will use a mix of both brown and buff Willow depending on your basket of choice and sometimes steemed Willow, this will be prepared in advance for use.

Brown Willow is the generic name for Willow that we buy in dried bundles, this is then soaked before use. Buff Willow is boiled to remove the bark and is also soaked before use but doesn’t take as long to prepare. Steamed Willow produces a lovely, contrasting dark colour created by the tannins released during the steaming process.

WILLOW craft for the birds

Join Lorraine for either a half-day or full-day workshop learning to make Hanging Bird Feeders and/or Birdhouse to take home and hang in your garden or to gift to a loved one.

You will learn all about Willow how it’s grown, and how to use it to create beautiful crafts for your home and garden.

In this workshop, you will learn the weaving techniques used to create a hanging bird feeder and birdhouse. We will create both the feeder and birdhouse using a table top jig and brown Willow that has been soaked in preparation to ensure it is flexible for weaving. This is a very rewarding workshop

Using natural materials we ensure these crafts do not look out of place in your garden, and more importantly, they will attract the birds.

• Hanging Bird Feeder (morning)
• Hanging Bird House (afternoon)


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Jackie Thompson
Willow & Wine

I had a lovely afternoon of live willow weaving. It was very relaxing and enjoyable and I came home with two willow sculptures I’m rather proud of and can hopefully enjoy for years to come – all with a glass of delicious Albury English sparkling wine thrown in to boot! Thank you Lorraine for a great session!

Willow & Wine

A really enjoyable light lunch, glass of bubbles and relaxing making a lovely star from willow. So many uses for the star other than just Christmas. Lorraine’s courses are really excellent.

Cath Duncan,
Willow Weaving

Thank you so much for our very enjoyable morning at Albury Vineyard. It was lovely to meet you. The setting is absolutely beautiful and we felt very fortunate to be the only group. It was really good to try something new, and we were all pleased with the results! Thank you for our refreshments, including the lovely glass of fizz which helped to mark the occasion.

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