Greystoke Cycle Cafe and Tea Garden

Contact Details: Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984

E-mail: annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk
Occasionally our server hiccups & emails don't get through to us - we always reply - please send your message again if we don't respond within 48 hours . THANK YOU

  

 

Our 2015 programme is below - click on this link

 

 

  Calligraphy weekend  for all abilities with Gaynor Goffe at Greystoke Cyc;e Cafe- next class weekend of 18/19th April  2015

   Stained Glass workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

    Mosacis weekend for all abilties with Martin Cheek at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Life Head Sculpture with Fliss Watts -at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 Silver Jewellery weekend with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Hands On Strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood followed by Beginners Bike maintenance 5pm to 7.30pm next class Sat 28th March 2015

  

Reduction Linocut print workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

  

         Silver Clay Jewellery  'Inspirations in Nature'  with Jo Dix at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Welcome to Quirky Workshops

@ Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden

 

                For all  Art, Textile and Cookery workshops please see individual pages in above menu.

All other workshops in variety are detailed on these two main workshop pages

This page also contains 'How to book' & the MAIN table covering all dates, time, prices & availability of all courses

 

 

 

View from the Cycle Cafe Tea Lawn - Greystoke Castle
Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden - back lawn

You are warmly invited to enjoy an informal & relaxing day

with others at our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse

discovering new skills from experienced artists & professionals

in friendly surroundings.

Our Quirky Workshop Days take place in

our cosy converted barn- with oak floor & open ceiling

- a perfect space to work in ....

or in the garden on warmer summer days.

Cookery Days are held in our farmhouse kitchen.

The view from the back Cycle Cafe Tea Lawn

 

 

Photos of all previous Quirky Workshops in album format - an invaluable insight into a day

ALL the PHOTO ALBUMS

from each day

All our day workshops include

a lovely Aga two course lunch,

all refreshments & a cream tea.

Lunch is served in our farmhouse kitchen around

one large table or in the garden.

Shorter courses will include refreshments.

We hope you can find some days that appeal.

 

 

Aside from workshop attendees, when you visit the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden

always make sure you come

'The right way on the right day'

-

We've two sets of opening times- one for those arriving ON bikes - and others. Please read carefully 

as we've TWO sets of opening times

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We have limited parking at the Cycle Café but can offer some spaces to worksh students in our driveway to those unable to take the 150-350 yd short walk

from the village (4 to 8 mins)

 

 

Down to Middle & Meditation

Watercolour Wildlife Illustration July 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 The Willow Hares Ladies with Phil Bradley Summer 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing with Adiran Wood  - June 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Stone Letter Carving 3 day course with Pip Hall   July 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOV 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sa /Su

8/9

Silver Jewellery & semi precious stones weekend

full

£155

9.30 – 4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

Wed

12

Design, Block Print & make your own Lampshade & Cushion top

full

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Georgia Wilkinson

 

Thu

13

Fabulous Felt Art

full

£68

9.30 -  3.30

Debra Esterhuizen

 

Fri

14

Fabulous Felt Vessels &Tea Cosies

ltd

£68

9.30 -  3.30

Debra Esterhuizen

 

Sat

15

COOKERY  hands on  Artisan Bread Making Day          

full

£78

10   -2.30

Gill Harris

 

Sun

16

Blacksmith for a Day making  Hooks & Pokers/toasting forks

ltd

£115

9.30- 4.30

Adrian Wood

 

Sun

16

Studies in Pen and Wash  - all abilities

ltd

£68

9.30 – 3.30

Margaret Jarvis

 

Mon

17

Life Workshop  : Head Sculpture in Clay

full

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Fliss Watts

 

Tue

18

Willow Sculptures                            Hares

full

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Wed

19

Willow Sculptures                            Sheep  

full

£90

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Thu

20

Nuno Felt Scarves and Corsages

Yes

£68

9.30 – 3.30

Linda Chapman

 

Sat

22

Intro to Glass Fusing – Xmas Decs or other

ltd

£70

10  -  4pm

Marilyn Hale

 

Sun

23

Intro to Glass Fusing – Xmas Decs or other

ltd

£70

9.30-3.30

Marilyn Hale

 

Mon

24

The Art of Spinning on a Spinning Wheel and a Drop Spindle 

ltd

£74

9.30 -4pm

Marion Woolcott

 

Wed

26

COOKERY  hands on Scrumptious Scones Day      

ltd

£78

10   -2.30

Gill Harris

 

Thu

27

Wonderful Weaving on a loom – including twills & herringbone patterns

Yes

£68

9.30-3.30

Jan Beadle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEC 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri

5

Making large Christmas Door Wreaths

2 new

£64

10 - 2.30pm

Annie Swarbrick

 

Sat

6

Making large Christmas Door Wreaths

1 ? ask

£64

10 - 2.30pm

Annie Swarbrick

 

Wed

10

Willow Sculptures                            Hens & Cockerels

full

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Thu

11

Willow Sculptures                            Angels 

ltd

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

               

 

 

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NEW courses for 2015 and GIVING COURSES & VOUCHERS FOR XMAS

 

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Quirky Workshops 2015

If you find any anomalous dates or faulty links we would be grateful  if you could let us know - thank you

MAR 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat

7

COOKERY  hands on  Artisan Bread Making Day

 

£78

10   -2.30

Gill Harris

 

Mo to Thu

23 -26

3D Stone Sculpture Carving  Starts 7pm Mon

 

£330

9.30 -4.30

Simon Keeley

 

Sat

28

Hands On  ‘Strip & Build A Bike’ Day     

 

£78

10   - 4pm

Steve Woods

 

Sat

28

Beginners Bike Maintenance Session                           

 

£25

  5- 7.30

Steve Woods

 

Tue

31

Artisan Cheese making at Home  

 

£78

9.30- 2.30

Rachael Shreeve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APR 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

 Blacksmith for a Day       (Ltd space U21's @£65)

 

£115/65

9.30-  4.30

Adrian Wood

 

Mon

6

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course 

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Thur

9

Sew Sister – Fabulous felt Dolls

 

£70

9.30 – 4pm

Sue Allan

 

Thur

9

Bushcraft - Whittling Wildlife in Wood

 

£74

9.30  - 4.30

Dave Harter

 

Fri

10

Sew Sister – Fantasy Birds

 

£70

9.30 – 4pm

Sue Allan

 

Fri,Sat

10,11

English Longbow Making 2 day Course   

 

£180

9.30  -4.30

Tony Saunders

 

Sun

12

Studies in Pen and Wash  - all abilities

 

£68

9.30 – 3.30

Margaret Jarvis

 

Sa -Su

18 -19

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe -all abilities

 

£155

9.30 - 4pm

Gaynor Goffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thur

7

Artisan Cheese making at Home

 

£78

9.30 - 2.30

Rachael Shreeve

 

Sun

10

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course              

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Thur

14

Willow Sculptures                                Hares

 

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Fri

15

Willow Sculptures                                Sheep  

 

£90

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Tue

26

Reduction Linocut printmaking day

 

£74

10 -4pm

Janet Dickson

 

Wed

27

The Art of Spinning on a Spinning Wheel & Drop Spindle 

 

£74/54

9.30 -4pm

Marion Woolcott

 

Wed

27

Bushcraft - Whittling Wildlife in Wood

 

£74/54

9.30  - 4.30

Dave Harter

 

Thur

28

First Steps in Botanical Art

 

£68/48

9.30 -3.30

Marion Wilson

 

Fri

29

Intro to Glass Fusing including jewellery

 

£70/50

10  -  4pm

Marilyn Hale

 

Sat

30

Silver Jewellery Workshop  2 days max 7   

 

£155

9.30 – 4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

Sun

31

Silver Jewellery Workshop  2 days max 7

 

£155

9.30 – 4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

Sun

31

 Blacksmith for a Day       (Ltd space U21's @£55)

 

£115/55

9.30-  4.30

Adrian Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JUN 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat

6

Intro to Silver Clay jewellery - Inspired by Nature

 

£82

10  -  4pm

Jo Dix

 

Sun

7

Life Workshop  : Head Sculpture in Clay

 

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Fliss Watts

 

 Tue

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

 Wed

10 

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

 Thur

11 

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

Thur

11

Artisan Cheese making at Home  

 

£78

9.30 - 2.30

Rachael Shreeve

 

Sun

14

Block Print & make your own Lampshade & Cushion top

 

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Georgia Wilkinson

 

Sun

14

Bushcraft – Greenwood Spoon Carving

 

£74/48

9.30 – 4pm

David Alty

 

Wed

17

Gluten Free Baking - Tasty Breads & Pastries 

 

£78

10   - 2.30

Gill Harris

 

Sat,Sun

20,21

English Longbow Making 2 day Course   

 

£180

9.30  -4.30

Tony Saunders

 

Sun

21

Traditional Leather:Dastardly Dog Collars & Buckled Belts

 

£95

9.30 -4.30

Andy Bates

 

Thur

25

Make marvellous Messenger bags

 

£76

9.30 – 4pm

Emma Redfern

 

Fri

26

Fabulous Felt Art

 

£68

9.30 -  3.30

Debra Esterhuizen

 

Fri

26

Relief Hardwood Carving  or Laconic Loo Seats

 

£78/48

9.30 - 4.30

Alister Neville

 

Sat

27

Make a Leather Handled Tote Bag

 

TBC

 

Emma Redfern

 

Sat

27

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course              

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Sat

27

Bushcraft – Pole Lathe Workshop

 

£75/45

9.30 - 4pm

Chris Helliwell

 

Sun

28

Fabulous Felt Art

 

£68

9.30 -  3.30

Debra Esterhuizen

 

Sun

28

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course 

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Tue

30

Buttons, Bud vases & tealights ~ Textures In porcelain

 

£74

9:30 - 3:30

Gwen Bainbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUL15

 Wed

Willow Sculptures                            Hares

 

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Thur

9

Willow Sculptures                            Deers  

 

£74

9.30 -  4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Sat,Sun

11,12

Stained Glass Panel 2 day course

 

£145

9.30 -4.30

Jackie Hunt

 

We -Fri

15 -17

Stone Letter Carving Workshop - Begs & Ints.

 

£205

9.30-3.30

Pip Hall

 

Sun

19

Blacksmith for a Day      

 

£115/55

9.30-3.30

Adrian Wood

 

Fri

24

First Steps in Botanical Illustration

 

£68

9.30 – 3.30

Marion Wilson

 

Fri

24

Knife Forging Workshop                          4 spaces max

 

£140

9.30 – 4.30

Mark Constable

 

Sat

25

Knife Forging Workshop                          4 spaces max

 

£140

9.30 – 4.30

Mark Constable

 

Sun

26

Knife Forging Workshop                          4 spaces max

 

£140

9.30 – 4.30

Mark Constable

 

Sat

25

Make a Leather Handled Tote Bag

 

£76

9.30 – 4pm

Emma Redfern

 

We Thu

29 -30

Intro to Letter Press printing  with  ‘The Print Project’

 

£195

9.30 - 4.30

Nick Loaring

 

Fri

31

Bushcraft - Whittling Wildlife in Wood

 

£74

9.30  - 4.30

Dave Harter

 

Fri, Sat

31,1st

Silver Jewellery Workshop  2 days

 

£155

9.30 – 4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUG15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, Sat

31,1st

Silver Jewellery Workshop  2 days

 

£155

9.30 – 4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

 Mon

Artisan Cheese making at Home  

 

£78

9.30 - 2.30

Rachael Shreeve

 

Tue

4

Make marvellous Messenger bags

 

£76

9.30 – 4pm

Emma Redfern

 

Tue. We

4,5

English Longbow Making 2 day Course 

 

£180

9.30 -5 ish

Tony Saunders

 

Wed

5

Intro to Glass Fusing                          

 

£70

10  -  4pm

Marilyn Hale

 

Thur

6

Watercolour Paints in Summer’s Garden

 

£68

9.30 – 3.30

Margaret Jarvis

 

Thur

6

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course 

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Fri

7

Make a Clay Pizza Oven Course               

 

£100

9.30 – 5pm

David Alty

 

Sun

9

Discover the World of Dowsing

 

£68

10-4pm

Eleanor Burke

 

Tue

18

Flowers and Plants in Watercolour   Botanical  Illustration

 

£76

9.30 – 4.30

Sue Vize

 

Wed

19

Flowers and Plants in Watercolour   Botanical  Illustration

 

£76

9.30 – 4.30

Sue Vize

 

Thu,Fri

20,21

English Longbow Making 2 day Course   

 

£180

9.30 -5pm

Tony Saunders

 

Sat

22

Intro to Silver Clay jewellery - Inspired by Nature

 

£82

10-4pm

Jo Dix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEP15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thur

24

The Art of Spinning on a Spinning Wheel & Drop Spindle 

 

£74

9.30 -4pm

Marion Woolcott

 

Fri

25

Intro to Glass Fusing  inc jewellery

 

£70

10  -  4pm

Marilyn Hale

 

Sat, Sun

26,27

Stained Glass Panel 2 day course

 

£150

9.30– 4.30

Jackie Hunt

 

Sun

27

 Blacksmith for a Day      

 

£115

9.30-4.30

Adrian Wood

 

Wed

30

COOKERY  hands on  Scrumptious Scones Day          

 

£78

10   -2.30

Gill Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCT15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri,Sat Sun

2,3,4

Mosaics Weekend                Class begins Fri 7pm - 9pm

 

£185

9.30- 4.30

Martin Cheek

 

Tue

6

Rag Rug Day   Traditional floor rugs

 

£74

9.30-3.30

Emma Tennant

 

Wed

7

Wonderful Weaving on a loom – including Leno weave

 

£68

9.30-3.30

Jan Beadle

 

Fri

9

Traditional Leather:Dastardly Dog Collars & Buckled Belts

 

£95

9.30-4.30

Andy Bates

 

Sun

11

First Steps in Botanical Illustration

 

£68

9.30– 3.30

Marion Wilson

 

Tue

27

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

Wed

28

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

Thur

29

Botanical &/or Wildlife Illust in Watercolours or gouache

 

£76

9.30-  4.30

Simon Williams

 

Sat

31

Intro to Silver Clay jewellery - Inspired by Nature

 

£82

10-4pm

Jo Dix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOV15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

1

Life Workshop  : Head Sculpture in Clay

 

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Fliss Watts

 

Fri

6

Buttons, Bud vases, Tealights & Xmas. Textures In porcelain

 

£74

9:30 - 3:30

Gwen Bainbridge

 

Sat

8

Crewel Workshop with The Crewel Work Company

 

£74

9.30 -4pm

Philippa Turnbull

 

Tue

10

Rag Rug Day   Traditional floor rugs

 

£74

9.30-3.30

Emma Tennant

 

Wed

11

Willow Sculptures                 Hens & Cockerels

 

£74

9.30 - 4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Thur

12

Willow Sculptures                 Sheep  

 

£90

9.30 - 4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Sat

14

Make a Leather Handled Tote Bag

 

£76

9.30 –4pm

Emma Redfern

 

Sun

15

Fabulous Felt Art

 

£68

9.30 - 3.30

Debra Esterhuizen

 

Tue

17

Block Print & make your own Lampshade & Cushion top

 

£74

9.30 - 4.30

Georgia Wilkinson

 

Wed

18

COOKERY  hands on  Artisan Bread Making Day          

 

£78

10   -2.30

Gill Harris

 

Thur

19

Studies in Pen and Wash  Xmas cards  - all abilities

 

£68

9.30 - 3.30

Margaret Jarvis

 

Fri

20

Introduction to Batik

 

£74

9.30 -4.30

Caroline King

 

Sat

21

Intro to Glass Fusing – Xmas Decs

 

£70

10  -  4pm

Marilyn Hale

 

Wed

25

Wonderful Weaving on a loom – including twills

 

£68

9.30-3.30

Jan Beadle

 

Thur

26

Make marvellous Messenger bags

 

£76

9.30 - 4pm

Emma Redfern

 

Fri

27

Reduction Linocut printmaking day  Christmas Cards

 

£76

9.30 - 4pm

Janet Dickson

 

Sat, Sun

28,29

Silver Jewellery Workshop  2 days max 7   

 

£155

9.30 –4.30

Melinda Scarb'ugh

 

Sun

29

Christmas Blacksmith for a Day  

 

£120

9.30- 4.30

Adrian Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEC15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri

4

Making large Christmas Door Wreaths

 

£64

9.30 –2pm

Annie Swarbrick

 

Sat

5

Making large Christmas Door Wreaths

 

£64

9.30 –2pm

Annie Swarbrick

 

Thur

10

Willow Sculptures                            Hares

 

£74

9.30 - 4pm

Phil Bradley

 

Fri

11

Willow Sculptures                            Angels 

 

£74

9.30 - 4pm

Phil Bradley

 

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How to Book            How to give a Voucher

                                                  

 

v Give something different for Christmas this year!

All our vouchers can be purchased & downloaded below - once you have paid we will email you an Authorisation Code asap.

If you need a denomination not available, please purchase the equivalant amount in combination and tell us in the white box you need a cumulative voucher for just one?person making up and sending to you by email . If you need special wording etc please ask.

NOTE :  We charge £5 if you need us to prepare and then print off and post your A5 voucher on your behalf.

Therefore, if you don't have a colour printer ~ first try to find a kind friend who has!

 

All our vouchers can be purchased & downloaded below - once you have paid we will email you an Authorisation Code within 24 hrs to validate your gift  If you need a denomination not available , please purchase the  equivalant amount in smaller vouchers and tell us in the white box you need a cumulative voucher sending to you by email . If you need special wording etc please ask.  We charge £5  if you need us to prepare, print off and post a voucher on your behalf. If you don't have a colour printer try to find a kind friend who has.

 

 

          

How to book a Course at Greystoke

(see below for giving Workshops as PRESENTS and buying Open Vouchers )

Firstly, please either phone 017684 83984 or email with your initial requirements (using the grey table below if you can

Your name will be pencilled in and full payment will be required before your place can be confirmed.

See below for Ways to pay

Copy the table & Click here to email  your booking

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(If you're able, please copy and paste this grey table into an email to us - make sure you start the copying process including both lines of  + + + + signs

 

Course Name

Course

Date

Course Cost

/

payment method if known

Attendee

Attendee

phone number(s)

Attendee

email

Attendee

Home town & county

Any food reqs?

- all lunches are veggie anyway

Do they need one of the few parking spaces in our driveway ?

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        **WALKING- Can they walk 150yds - 350yds of flat country lane walking through Greystoke or do they need  to reserve one of the 3 spaces here in our driveway -

or they can be dropped off

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For booking a course there are 2 ways to pay  . . .

1      By cheque -  full amount please payable to Greystoke Cycle Cafe, post to same  @  Greystoke , Penrith Cumbria  CA11 0UT

                                 (please let us know if you wish to spread payments) ALWAYS write course date / attendee on the back  of each cheque

2.   By OnlineTransfer this is a free and fast method of payment- please email us for BACS details  

               

Your booking will be confirmed by email with details of parking/walking maps/times etc

 

            

  To buy Quirky Open Vouchers use Paypal as below - those without Paypal accounts can still use Debit /Credit Visa cards

through the same link facillity 

 

Courses marked Full

We hold waiting lists for most courses - please do let us know if you would like to register your interest in a course even if it appears full.

 

Cancellations

Sometimes due to illness or other unforeseeable circumstances a course may have to be cancelled by us at short notice. If this happens you will receive a full refund of any course fees/ deposits paid or an option to transfer to another course. When at all possible we will give you plenty of notice .We make every effort to find replacement tutors but at short notice this can be difficult. We are unable to refund consequential costs

such as travel or accommodation

 

If you find you cannot attend a workshop

Please contact us as soon possible. If at least 4 weeks notice is given (prior to the workshop date) you can transfer your booking to another workshop for a £20 administration fee. If you give us less than 4 weeks notice, your payment is non-refundable and non transferable.

In this event, it is always possible for you to find another person to come in your place.

 

          

 

Giving Workshops as Christmas or birthday presents & buying Open Vouchers

 

 

Two ways of giving a

Quirky Workshop experience

this Christmas

 

We all know how relaxing it is to be immersed in a 'hands on'

creative task, we focus and forget all else, freeing up our minds

and finding relaxation .

People tell us our Quirky experience days are real 'treats' served

with lovely home made Aga food, fresh coffees and cream teas.

 

1. Buying Open Vouchers this Christmas or birthday

Our Open Vouchers are great as a flexible present,  giving someone a treat of an experience day without trying to second guess their choices  -  often  tricky if people have many and varied  interests.

Let the lucky recipient enjoy browsing the website and choosing their own workshop.

They can look forward to it,  love making and learning from it and leave with

something they've made as a reminder.

Maybe even rekindling old interests or firing up something new, and quite often  the one who has puchased the gift joins them on the day aswell - making wonderful days out together.

Buying an Open voucher online is easy and our ' Christmas Vouchers are available too -

from £15 to £200 - they will be VALID for TWO YEARS . . . that's twice as long as most  other vouchers -

for them to find a date that suits them!

1. Choosing a Specific Workshop for someone this Christmas


If you wish to  choose someone an actual course on a specific date just email us to book a place etc.using the table above .

If you're NOT SURE but think they probably would like, for example,Artist Blacksmith for a Day on Easter Sunday, 

be re assured that if it trasnpires they'dd prefer another date or workshop, then they have until Jan 20th 2015 to email us and either change to another course date or if they can see nothing immediately that appeals they can revert  to an

Open voucher credit to be used on any course during 2015 or 2016

If they aren't delighted with your choice -   they've until Jan 20th 2015 to transfer to  another date, workshop or   revert to a Quirky Open credit which will be   valid for TWO YEARS!

 

 

Very many students tell us they love receiving Quirky Days as gifts!   Perhaps because (when given by others) there is no guilt of self indulgence and as it's a gift, they then  'have to' actually book themselves a lovely day out .  They can look forward to their special day, enjoy their lovely lunch, being looked after & meeting new like minded people.

Nearly always they'll come home with a finished (master)piece to  show off their latest experience and new found skill!

 

Equally for BIRTHDAYS or OTHER occasions , If you wish to book someone an actual course as a present but are slightly unsure about

making the right choice, please mention this when you book and we will, where possible, offer an option for the

recipient to change to another course or date once he's received his present.

 The flexibilty we will be able to offer is largely dependent on the time gap between birthday gift date and course date

 

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We'll email you a special Authorisation V Code showing you've paid . It might take up to 24 hours for this to arrive.

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  Quirky Workshop Open Voucher

£15

Open

 

See above header -Recipient's name and tel no,

and/  your tel no:

  PRINT your voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you  

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you

Quirky Workshop Open Voucher

£25

Open

 

See above header Recipient's name and tel no,

and/ your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop Open Voucher

£40

Open

See above header -Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£50

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£60

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£75

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£100

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£130

Open

 

See above header  - Recipient's name and tel no and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£160

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you  
Quirky Workshop  Open Voucher

£200

Open

 

See above header - Recipient's name and tel no, and your tel no:

PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you
PRINT your Xmas voucher here. Once you've paid we will send by email an Authorisatoin V code for you to WRITE by HAND on the bottom of your printed voucher  before giving to the recipient . This may take up to 24 hours to receive. If you can't wait please put date of paypal purchase and 1st 8 digits of paypal reference- thank you

   

Open vouchers will be valid for 2 years from Validation date and code

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Some feedback from Voucher gift holders and givers

 

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fantastic day out yesterday for Jo and I at the Willow Angel workshop. We had an absolute ball and your hospitality was amazing. What you have going there is utterly inspiring and long may it continue! We both look forward to coming back again and again to do different things and I will certainly be bringing back others who I know would love it too.

And although it was quite a drive from Leeds, the scenery coming up yesterday morning was stunning and a real bonus. So many thanks again, take care of that knee and have a very happy Christmas and a PROSPEROUS New Year!

I have only had chance to briefly speak to my parents as I away working but my mum seemed over the moon with her day, especially by the mars bar scones, i am intrigued. Thank you ever so much for making my christmas present to them a wonderful experience. Hopefully in the summer we may be doing some cycling in the lakes so i will be sure to come and find you............ it's a pleasure to support places like yours that are doing something different and interesting.  Most people I have told about it have been surprised such a day exists and most have been interested so i have directed them to your website

Kindest regards .... R. D

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Bushcraft, heritage willow and wire garden sculptures etc

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Sterling Silver Jewellery Course for Beginners or Intermediates - Melinda Scarborough

 

No previous experience is necessary for either course .

All equipment and tools will be provided , though perhaps it may be  a good idea to bring

a sketchbook for ideas and notes.  Also , if appropriate, don’t forget a good pair of glasses to enable close detailed work

 

2 day Silver Jewellery Course

2015

Sat 30th and Sun 31st May

Fri 31st July Sat 1st Aug

Sat 29 Sun 29th Nov

9.30 -4.30pm each day

 

with Sterling Silver,Pearls and Semi Precious Stones

 

On this two day workshop you will have a variety equipment to hand to make as much as you can under

Melinda's guidance - of course everyone works at different paces and so the number of things you

make may vary and the cost for materials   used will be payable to Melinda at the end of the 2 day course

 

       

 

 

 

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

All pics are student pieces from

Greystoke workshop

      
Pics from June 2014 course

Your design will be individual to you and in the process will learn techniques

including cutting, forming, doming, soldering,

texturing and polishing. Lindy brings an array of tools and equipment  - gas bottles, polishers etc and each person

has a saw frames and special jewellers bench vice which are all pre requisites for any proper silver jewellery course.

Once people become familiar with the tools that are available they become more confident and designs start flowing

once they realise the possibilities. People will be able to work at their own pace and make the most of workshop time .

 

 

     

 

 

Some Student pieces and feedback from recent courses

 

Training for 4 years to acquire a  

BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University and a 2 year

Diamond Mounting course

at London Met. Melinda previously exhibited at

The Goldsmiths’ fair and was‘Winning

Student Designer of the Year’ at British Jewellery Association

Awards and awareded a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award.

 

  Her beautiful contemporary designs use

all the  traditional jewellery making

techniques and her website is testament

to the quality and calibre of her work;  

she is a  bespoke jewellery designer.

 

Melinda Scarborough is not only a very talented gold and silver smith but an excellent teacher who is able to get complete novices (like me) to produce, in only 2 days, several pieces

of jewellery which , if I saw them in a shop, I'd pay good money for! We learnt lots of different techniques and everyone on the course made their own unique pieces applying what

we'd learnt in very different ways, it was one of the things that I was most impressed with, the freedom to make what you wanted.  It goes without saying that Annie who hosts the courses provides a delightful space in which to learn and relax and the catering is always splendid.

What a fantastic course! Being a beginner did not matter at all - Melinda was very helpful and patient.

You work at your own pace and everyone comes away with several unique and beautiful items of jewellery.

I made a necklace and earrings which I am very proud of. Annie is a fabulous host as well, lovely lunch was a well earned break :)

I made 3 necklaces on the course - all of which have been admired greatly already. One, a dragonfly, I cannot stop wearing. The course was fabulous -

Melinda the tutor was brilliant (and very patient).

The food and location were second to none. I would definitely go back again (childcare i.e. husband allowing!).

 

Material Charges

Will be payable to the tutor directly on the day  - depending on silver prices on the day this will be anything from approx 

£15 upwards depending how much is used

How to Book

 

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Silver Clay Workshop - 'Inspired by Nature' . . . with Jo Dix

Jo runs her own Silver jewellery business called Silver Forge in the South Lakes . There's a lot of freedom is forming jewellery from Silver Clay and so there is less emphasis on the traditional jewellery making skills. Being made of silver particles the material is not cheap by any means and sometimes commands a higher price than mined silver.

 

 

 

 

 

'Inspired by Nature'

2015 dates

Sat 6th June

Sat 22 Aug

Sat 31st Oct

10am to 4pm

£82 inc a lovely lunch etc

Materials extra

Courses run 10am to 4pm

 

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay?

Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family.

  It's great for all skill levels and fires as

Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%).

 

 

 

 

 

Silver clay is a fabulous medium for

making just about anything – from the

simplest piece to the most organic and

intricate patterns.

Jo will teach you the basics of how to get

the best from your silver clay and guide you through designing & making your own piece

of fine silver jewellery

All tools and equipment are provided,

just bring your imagination!

All pieces on this page are by beginner students

pieces except the bottom line

 

It is the versatility of silver clay that makes

it so popular and accessible to create

pieces without the need for intricate

techniques or tools.

You can  knead it

  • roll it
  • beat it
  • stretch it
  • texture it
  • fold it or anything else really.
  • You can even colour it, we're told.

Sept 2014

 

Jo Dix runs her own jewellery business

called Silver Forge in South Cumbria and

we're delighted she can run some of her wonderful silver clay courses for us

here at Greystoke

 

Materials are charged extra for this day - a typical example could be anything from £20 to £45 or more depending on how much is

made during the day.

Nov 2014

 

 

 

Make a Stained Glass Panel ....with Jackie Hunt  - Two day 'Design and Make' Stained Glass Panels              

 

 

Glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.  Traditionally, stained glass windows tend to be associated with cathedrals, churches and country houses, but these days it is also used in homes for decoration and there are many ways to manipulate glass to provide colour, texture and pattern. The course involves working with coloured, clear and textured glass; learning how to handle and cut it safely and to 'lead up' a small (approx 200mm or 8" square) panel.  All glass, tools and equipment will be provided for use on the course. No experience is needed.  This is an informal workshop with a small number of participants and there will be demonstrations and practical help throughout.

 

         

A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

This course is suitable for all abilites

Materials charge payable directly to the tutor of £20

will cover the cost of a panel 8" x 8"  

If students choose to make larger panels there

will be an extra charge pro rata

 

      

 

Jackie Hunt is an extremely accomplished tutor of Stained Glass

with a wealth of experience behind her. She has created some beautiful commissions

across the country and we are delighted that she comes to Greystoke despite

having moved to Dorset in 2012.

 

 

Dates for 2015

Sat 11th Sun 12th July

Sat  26th Sun 27th Sept

9.30-4.30pm each day

£150 inc lovely lunch each day etc

Materials extra

 

Health and safety issues

. . Lead and lead solder will be used   these are toxic substances both to handle and to

breathe in the solder fumes.

Pregnant women are advised not to handle lead or breathe in fumes.  

A health and safety briefing will be a part of the course and the

use of safety equipment which is provided ,

e.g. safety goggles while glass cutting, will be required

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR OPEN TOED SANDLES TO THIS CLASS

 

 

                      

          

 

 

A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

A Stained Glass Quirky Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

The panel you make could be for a place in your house or could be

built into a window or frame as a hanging panel.

Please bring any ideas you may have

How to Book

 


 

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Fused Glass Workshops with Marilyn Hale

 

Marilyn Hale has been making and teaching Fused Glass for many years from her own south Cumbrian studio and we were delighted when she came to take our Christmas decorations and jewellery course in November.  The students asked if we could get her back again and we've managed to secure some more dates for 2014  :)

 

          

 

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Marilyn will tell you all about fused glass before you start -  the safe and most successful ways to cut, and what can be done with glass in a kiln in terms of fusing,

stacking, tack fusing and slumping.

 

 

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Introduction to Fused Glass

including

Xmas Decs & Jewellery

You will learn about different  types of glass used in

fusing work, dichroic and irredescent and also about

the all important COE (Coefficient of expansion)

– vital to understand in glass fusing as it

makes sure the right types of glass are used together

ie bullseye etc .

Fused Glass Xmas Decorations at Greystoke Cycle Cafe    

You will also learn about various inclusions

and their different applications, using frits,

stringers, stamps and foils and other fragments ,

Fused Glass Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Xmas Decorations at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

2015 dates

Fri 29th May

Wed 5th Aug

Fri 25th Sept

Sat 21st Nov

all days are 10am to 4pm

 

A name plate made for a birthday gift  :) x

 

 

Material charges

Additional charges are £15 per student and this includes the glass you use and the firing fee back at Marilyns studio plus redelivery

of the glass back to the Cycle Cafe.

If you wish to have your pieces posted to you

Marilyn may need to add a small extra

charge of £2 - as with certain other small items

on a 'use by' basis ie jewellery hangers,

 extra dichroics aswell as any additional

sheets of glass you may wish to use at cost.

Each student will have enough glass to make around

12-15 different items (obviously depending on the sizes)

 

Once you have been shown what is possible Marion will let you loose for the rest of that day to make what you can under her guidance.

you will be able to make jewellery,  coasters, candle holders and plaques –

as in the pictures.  

Obviously if you wish to make some Xmas Decorations

(below) in spring or summer then that’s fine too!!

 


 

Make your own large Door Wreath for Christmas

 

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Dates for 2014

Fri 5th Dec - full

Sat 6th Dec - full

£65 inc lunch and oasis ring

 

This price also includes a new

large oasis ring (16" costing (£10)

which can be renewed with fresh oasis year after year-

There may be time to make more than one wreaths -

perhaps 2  (these make lovely presents for friedns at Xmas time) - for the second wreath we will show you how to add new oasis to an old frame and this will mean you will know how to re use your oasis ring for following years.  There will be be an extra charge of £10 for those wishing to use a new second ring.

 

We will ask each person coming the day before-

or early that morning - to gather a large

(trolley bag size) full of mixed greenery to bring

along for the course.

 we can then share out what we have and create

the most stunning large wreaths and

also great fun making them

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Below is a list of examples that we may have

some supplies of - however not enough for all so we

suggest you bring your own to decorate and add the

final touches to the foliage if you wish

- remember you will be hoping these look fresh for

atleast 2 weeks

 

 

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

for all pictures of this day please see

http://on.fb.me/1bbg6ZL

 

 

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Holly with Berries attached - Seedheads

Feathers - Baubles - Bows

Dried Fruit -ie oranges, lemons, limes

dried chilli peppers

fir cones - sprayed white silver or gold

(spray if you have )

Anything else you think may look good

We will show you how to wire up and attach any

decorations that you choose and we hope you will

never consider buying a made up

door wreath again.

 

 

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BIKE MAINTENANCE courses with Steve Woods of Adventure Cycling    MIAS

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Strip & Build Bike Day

£78 inc 2 course lunch

and all refreshments

Sat 28 March 2015

10 - 4pm

Class Max 6

 

Your bikes should be thoroughly

cleaned before you arrive,

 Each be provided with a bike work stand and set of tools and then will be shown how to remove all the components

piece by piece.

 

Covering Gears, Brakes, Chains,

Cable Replacement, Headsets,

Bottom Brackets,Wheels and Hubs. .

Finally , with the bike set up correctly we will have a short test ride. If your bike requires new parts this will be an additional cost .   If you know of any particular problems or you would like to upgrade a certain component please feel free to bring the parts required along with you. Lovely 2 course lunch and refreshmetns included

 

Hands On strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe-   max 6 people

 

Hands On strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe-   max 6 people

 

The Strip & Build Course is designed for

those who are familiar with the parts of a bike and atleast know how to change an inner tube.

You will learn how easy it is to fix small problems or

up-grade a component, saving you both time

and money in the long run.

It might not rule out a trip to the bike shop but will certainly help reduce bills .

SHands On strip and Build Bike Day with Steve Wood MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe-   max 6 people

How to Book

'Beginners  Bike

Maintenance & Set Up'

£25 inc tea and scones

served half way through

Sat 28th March 2015

5 - 7.30pm

Class Max 10

Juniors welcome with adults

but sadly no discount available

 

Beginners Bike Maintenance and Set up Short Course with Steve Woods MIA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This short evening course includes some hands on work.It covers things you need to know about your bike & how to mend them in order to be self sufficient when you're out on a day bike ride on your own.

 Starting with the basics Steve rapidly moves through most common problems with tyres, punctures as necessary , wheels, brakes, gears etc ..the list is quite comprehensive 

 Includes drink & cakes.

Click above for recent Bike Strip workshop pics

Click above for recent Bike workshop pictures...

 


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Dry Stone Walling Workshop - Steve Allen - professional Dry Stone Waller (& World Champion)

 

 

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe - Steve points out to the group the parts he is most impressed with- the choice of stone is everything

Steve points out to the group the parts he is most

impressed with- the choice of stone is everything!

 

Dry Stone Walling Days with Steve Allen

please email us to let us know you are waiting

 

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen and Greystoke Cycle Cafe  - -Dry Stone Walling 2011 @ Newbiggin Village Hall - some 15 m of walling were totally rebuilt

 

Learn this age old technique of creating a solid stone wall without the use of any cement/ mortar- Steve will guide you through the setting out & various stages of wall construction -he is the existing & many times World Champion Dry Stone Waller& we are lucky to get him to commit to these workshops - he spends a lot of time in America working with Andy Goldsworthy - so will have a lot of knowledge to share.

This course is suitable for all abilites

 

 

FITNESS to PARTICIPATE

Dry Stone Walling is very physically demanding,

at times ground is unsafe,  uneven rocky and precarious

Stones are heavy , unwieldy and  need lifting to around 3 or 4 ft

 

 

Please bring

safety goggles & suitable gloves

and safety boots

Dry Stone Walliing Workshop with Steve Allen at Greystoke Cycle Cafe -

 

Only those who are fit to participate should sign themselves up to this course- there will be a safety briefing at the beginning and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer before the day.

(Those with previous or existing back problems or who are pregnant of course should not consider this day


 

A Taster in the World of Dowsing and Water Divining - Eleanor Burke BSOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun 9th Aug 2015

10am to 4pm

£68 inc a lovely lunch

 

Enjoy a memorable day discovering and practising the fascinating art of dowsing, a skill which has been used widely for thousands of years to locate hidden water courses and other unknown underground features.

 Eleanor will show you first how to build your own rods and put together other dowsing tools that may be used. You will then be guided through the various aspects of dowsing and exploring the gardens at the Cycle Cafe (which once used to be part of the Greystoke Castle Estate and is situated on a roman road) you will start using the things you have learned.

You'll be amazed by your unknown intuitive skills. A lot of time will be spent outside, so please come prepared. If you are able -please bring 2 wire coat hangers. Eleanor is a well known member of the British Society of Dowsers and has spent many years using dowsing.

She will be travelling across from North Yorks. to join us for the day and will donate her fee to a charity that she and the BSoD actively support, involved in helping Mozambique villagers locate pure sources of drinking water. 

How to Book

 

Beginners Dowsing & Water Divinng at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Eleanir Burke

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Buttons. Bud Vases and Tea Lights - Textures in Ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge

This day is suitable for all abilities.

 

 

Your pieces can be detailed in white or a slip or lustre added to highight the textures that you have incorporated.

Adding a lustre might incur an extra firing charge

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

2015 dates

Tue 30 June

Fri 6 November

9.30am - 4pm

£74 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

 

Much of Gwens work is defined by the unique incorporation of textile

pattern into her porcelain, making her work so

unique and admired.

Gwen will start the day by introducing you to porcelain clay, a beautiful material to work with; you are able to make quite fine pots as a complete beginnner. You will learn how to roll the clay to a useable thickness, then roll lace patterns of your choice into the clay. Once leather hard you will construct a slab pot, which may be a vase, or tea light. These pots may then be further emblelished with clay buttons or lace, all of which Gwen will skillfully show you how to do. A coloured slip may be added at this stage to show up the texture in the lace patterns. Scraps of embelished clay may be made into buttons or jewellery.

 

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

 

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

If you have a particular piece of lace or textured fabric that you would like to incorporte into the vase then do bring it along, Gwen will advise if it is suitable for using, maybe you have a piece of lace from your wedding dress/veil you would like to immortalise in a vase.  A lovely course for mother and daughter to come to together.

There will be an additional cost for materials used (including both clay and 2 firings of the clay) of £10, payable to the tutor on the day. You should be able to make atleast 2 vases and 2 tea lights

in a day and use the remaing clay to make some small dlicate decorations

The vases can be posted to you if you are not local, at an additional charge of £10, or  if you refer you can collect from Greystoke Cycle Cafe.

 

Click here for photos of previous workshop

 

Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

                        Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Ceramic bud vases, tea lights, buttons and labels with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

About me

I see my work as a three-dimensional scrap-book coming from both memories of my childhood and from my response to the experiences brought about through research in books, rummaging through bric a brac, antique fairs, old photographs and magazines. I’m always on the lookout for items that I might use in my work, both for inspiration and for direct practical use. I’m drawn to decorative items. Even as a child I had favourite buttons from my mum’s button box that I played with. There were some beautiful green glass dishes that were brought out for parties and the best china laid out when the minister was coming for tea. These are very strong memories for me. But alongside this finery there was the informal, natural world of my surroundings living on a rural farm in Cumbria. The hedgerows where we found  birds nests with the treasured little eggs of wild birds, which we watched until they hatched and finally fledged.

I find that nature itself seems too perfect to try to reproduce. I tend to explore the work of craftsmen of the past who themselves might have been first inspired by the natural world. I appreciate the finery of the costumes of bygone eras, and the distinctive qualities of their production. The more limited and yet still lavish colour palette of Elizabethan times, the retro styles of the 1950s and 60s. It’s quite an eclectic cocktail of inspiration stored in my mind and continually re-visited.

 


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Life Head Sculpture Workshop with Fliss Watts

Suitable for all abilties

 

Life Workshop Head Sculpture

with Fliss Watts

 

£74 inc lunch

Sun 7th June 2015

Sun 1st Nov 2015

9.30 -4.30

 

£74 inc tuition and a lovely 2 course lunch

 

This is an opportunity to try your hand at modelling a portrait head in clay from a live model under the

expert guidance of Fliss Watts.

A base board will have been prepared for you onto which Fliss will show you how to prepare the complete armature and create a solid structure capable of hoiding the clay. You will then be carefully guided

through the various stages and considerations of head sculpture with clay - a forgiving medium as you can add,

take away and improve ad infinitum.

The model will arrive at 10am and the rest of the day will be spent sculpting - there is a must see video link to the left showing

Fliss demonstrating the fascinating process.

There will be further discussions on types of armatures, mouldmaking and casting in various materials.

This workshop could also be useful for artists who work in 2-d to study the anatomy of the head in the round.

 

Life Head Sculpture Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Quirky Workshops with Fliss Watts

There will be an additional charge to pay on the day

around £10 to £15 to cover materials

and the model's sitting fee.

Every human face is unique.

If at the end of the day you are so delighted with your sculpture and wish to take it home there may be a small charge for the base board.

Fliss will explain options for firing and casting if you wish to ensure your piece lasts forever.

 


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Make your own Bespoke garden labels with Clare Farley of Pinfold Pottery   

 

 

for Gardeners  . .arrange your own 1/2 day with your gardening friends to

Make your very own bespoke named

Rustic pottery Garden Labels

morning or afternoon sessions £33

includes fresh coffee at the start & materials

As well as being lovely to things to have in your

own garden, these also make amazing presents for

special gardening friends.

Christmas, Wedding presents, New Home Birthday

All gardeners would love these

Better still , if you know your friends grow

Pak Choi and Lollo Rosso, chard and rocket rather than 'Lettuce'  - then you can make/ cater exactly to their needs

Please get a few of your friends together and

we can arrange a garden labels workshop especially

for you Min 6 persons

£33 per 3 hr session inc materials for 12 labels

Perfect as a wedding present and a lovely day making it

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

If there is time you can simply pay Clare directly for another amount of clay (£5 to 10) and this charge will of course include the firing and glazing too.

Clare will bring the fired pieces back to the Cycle Cafe.

Alternatively the pieces can be posted back to you directly, though of course there will be an additional postage and packing charge incurred for this.

 

 

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Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe 

This course  is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, as most of the tuition is on an individual basis, with frequent group demonstrations too.

 

 

Sat 18th Sun 19th April 2015

9.30 - 4.30pm

£155 inc

a lovely 2 course lunch etc

 

 

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Calligraphy is a satisfying and

creative craft

  

Two day Calligraphy Workshop

Gaynor Goffe

is one of the UK's foremost calligraphers and we're very

excited she is comng to Greystoke again for 2015 -

only rarely does she travel north.

Gaynor hs worked with calligraphy since 1974 and has taught

many of today's most prominent calligraphers.

This weekend course provides a unique opportunity for

both aspiring and existing calligraphy students.

Beyond Beginners

Those with more calligraphic experience can expect to improve

their skill in one or more scripts of their choice, and widen

their repertoire through experiment with letterform and lay-out.

Click here for photos of previous workshop

 

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

For Beginners

Those who are new to the craft will

find Gaynor a patient and encouraging

tutor and will learn to create sound letterforms,

correct letter spacing and

the basic lay out and design for an

early calligraphy base.

Over the two days these beginners will become

well versed with the necessary skillls and

attain enough experience and competence to

use a basic script at home

 

Gaynor is particularly interested in the more

personal, creative aspect of calligraphy, working with

painted backgrounds, gold leaf and collage, and

experimenting with capitals and cursive scripts.

She has written two calligraphy books:

'Calligraphy Made Easy' Parragon/Robinson

and 'Calligraphy Step-by-Step' ( with Anna Ravenscroft) HarperCollins (titled 'Calligraphy School ' overseas).

 

She is a long-standing fellow of the

Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society and

the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, and

works to commission and for exhibition. 

 

 

Techniques

You can learn, improve or experiment with an edged-pen

script, choosing from uncial, italic, foundational hand,

amongst others, and use the script with colour in the pen and background in the lay-out and design of short quotations.

These terms will be explained.

This course is also very useful for those

interested in Stone Carving

 (June & Sept at Greystoke with the talented Pip Hall)

Gaynor has considerable relevant experience in

calligraphy for stone carving - her own husband Tom Perkins

is himself an equally celebrated Stone and Letter carver.

 

 

  A full equipment list will be posted shortly.

Iit is preferable that students bring along a small desktop drawing board - A2 size

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Main Programme located on 'Other Workshops' page detailing all plus availibility

Main Programme table containing availability

& above information

 

'Hamada' typeface designed by Gaynor Goffe digitized by Akira Kobayashi for Linotype

 

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe at a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


 

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Design and Block Print a Lampshade & Cushion Top with Georgia Wilkinson

This day also features in the Textiles page

 

 

2015 dates

Sun 14th June

Tues 17th Nov

9.30 -4pm

£74 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

 

 

 

A Design, Print and Make day

with Georgia Wilkinson

 

     

 

Georgia Wilkinson

 is a trained Surface Pattern Designer who worked in the

studio of a textile printers for such companies as

Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood –

both popular quintessentially English fabric designers

 

 

 

 

There will be an additional materials charge of

between £10 and £15 payable

to Georgia on the day

 

 

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf
    

I trained in Surface Pattern Design and later worked in the studio of a textile printing factory in London, working on designs for companies such as Bennison, Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lewis & Wood.

After three years I was beginning to miss the green spaces of rural North Yorkshire, where I had grown up. Returning to my roots I set up jorja wilkinson design in 2009, running the business from a 1930s cricket pavilion studio.

- See more at: http://www.jorjawilkinsondesign.co.uk/about#sthash.ORVV7Uq0.dpuf

 

 

 

Over first coffees Georgia will tell you a little about her self and explain what is possible over the day,

with hints and tips for your design in mind suitable for a repeat pattern.

Once your design is finalised pn paper you will learn to make block prints using a variety of mixed media tools

and you will practise on paper before turning and printing up the cotton panama fabric

she supplies.

The material for the lampshade will be then cured and hand rolled and carefully finished into a lampshade.

A further pieces of fabric may be printed for a matching cushion cover front

to take home and make a cushion You can choose to make either a small table lamp shade or a larger pendant ceiling shade - 

Georgia wil advise on print types according to shade sizes.

   Click here for photos of previous workshop


 

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Introduction to Letterpress Printing with Nick Loaring of 'The Print Project'

 

 

'The Print Project'  and Nick Loaring are coming to Greystoke

on

Wed 29th & Thu 30th July 2015

9.30 -4.30pm each day

£195 pp inc all refreshments / lovely 2 course lunch/ cream teas etc

Materials charges £20 pp payable on the day

Accommodation is available locally. Please don't wear your best frock

If you've ever wanted to immerse yourself in the world of letterpress printing

but been unable to find anywhere that lets you get 'down and dirty’ with large

pieces of type covered in ink for days on end,

then this two day workshop is your chance to do just that.

Nick is passionate about the hands on aspect of letterpress printing,

from beautifully set passages of text set in fiddly 12pt type to

creating playful imagery with large pieces of woodtype covered in ink right through

to harnessing the power of modern technology to create striking imagery

through the use of laser cutting and found objects.

After having spent years rescuing all types of printing equipment big and

small he can now provide this unique opportunity for others to 'have a go'

at making something truly unique. Apparently he has various bike shapes

in his type cases too.  Nick can also be found on his special pitch with concrete foundations each June at Glastonbury Festival,  printing the

all important festival's daily paper amongst the ever

popular 'Free Press' posters.

 

 

             Letter press printing with Nick Loaring of The Print Project at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
 

Nick will explain the magic of letterpress printing, taking you through the processes and plan for the weekend before letting you loose with equipment bought from the Shipley workshop,

including many many cases of wood & metal type, (some dating back 150+ years), proofing presses, enough ink to float a battleship and

mountains of paper.

The course is aimed at those who wish to complete a project from start to finish. With on hand guidance & best practice available in bucketfuls

you will go away at the end of the weekend with items of printed beauty and a head full of new ideas.

With luck we may even be working in the garden with the presses under gazebos

The course will cover: Working with wood & metal type

  • Working with colour ~ Good working practice ~ Ink mixing & inking techniques

 

The aim of The Print Project is to keep the skill and art of letterpress printing alive by producing work which is incredible to read, feel and touch. It’s that simple.

They actively salvage, recycle and re-use print equipment (ink, type, paper etc) which is rendered obsolete by commercial interests.

 

 


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Reduction Linocut printmaking . . .with Janet Dickson

 

 

 

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This course is suitable for all abilities

 

Reduction Linocut printmaking

Tue 26th May

Fri 27 Nov

10 - 4pm

£74 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

We are delighted that Janet has agreed to

travel from her Northumberland home & print studio

to take her wonderful

Linocut courses at Greystoke.

Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape

fit perfectly; and hopefully we'll be holding at least

one of her courses in the garden!

 

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

About Janet

Janet Dickson is a printmaker whose work interprets pattern and design in the garden and landscape, creating, lithographs

and monotypes as well as her multilayered linocuts.

Many of Janet's prints begin life in her sketchbooks, from drawings made on location.

"I am inspired by plants and natural forms, as a gardener and a printmaker - from their colour and the detail

of their structure to the visual impact they have on their surroundings.

The garden, therefore, is one of my key subjects, but colour, structure and pattern in landscape draws me too.
Drawing underpins my work - it is where many of my prints begin and the processes I choose allow me

to incorporate drawing in some form or other.


The examples of work you see here embody my practice'.

 

 

 

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Material charges & what to bring

 

Please bring an apron and wear non precious clothes -

printing is messy and the ink stains.

There will be a materials charge of between £7 and £10 payable directly to the tutor on the day dependng on the amount of work produced.

During the class Janet will teach students the importantce of design suitable for linocut, how to create and cut using the different tools provided, learn about various inks , using rollers and blending colours.

  Students will be creating a multi layer print using several colours if required.

They will be printing by hand, without the need for a press.

The size of each linocut will be approx A5 size

 

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

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Mosaics in a Weekend  - with Martin Cheek

Suitable for beginners to advanced

 

 

Mosaics in a Weekend

from Friday 7pm to Sunday 4th  4.30pm

Fri 2nd Sat 3rd Sun 4th October 2015

Course starts 7pm Friday with intro talk

Sat and Sun 9.30 -4.30pm

£185 inc a lovely 2 course lunch both days

There will be a number of fascinating

short lectures and slide shows over the weekend

Martin will take you carefully through the creative process way beyond the rudimentaries of 'basic mosaics “with

crazy paving” and ”colouring in” with broken tiles to help you create something totally unique over the weekend.

An array of different mosaic materials will be examined and using examples of Martin’s

own work see how different materials affect your finished piece.

You will learn cutting, shaping techniques and classical laying techniques of the tesserae from first principles.

Plus an introduction to the old master techniques of andamento, opus regulatum, vermiculatum,  musivum etc. which

you can experiment with whilst completing your own mosaic design.

Participants will design and work on a mosaic 12” x 12” or 12” x 16 “ in area using a combination of traditional

glass smalti, millefiore and Martin’s handmade glass fusions.

Please bring with you at least two design ideas to discuss with Martin. Recommend sizes are 12” x 12” or

12” x 16 “in area for your mosaic - you will then be able to finish your mosaic

 

 

Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Click here for photos of previous course with Martin in Oct 2014

 

Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

  Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

You can work on wood or mesh.

Martin will show you how you can

'build up' a design by making

various elements 'close up' on mesh

and then  incorporating them into

a bigger design.

How to choose your colours and 

your grout in terms of their tonal

values and their effect on your

  design will also be covered.

 

Prep for your course

Try to make your two design ideas both different; then Martin will be able to discuss the various mosaic possibilities,

which your designs will suggest to him

Keep you designs simple and bold – remember that the smalti briquettes average 2cm x 1 cm in size

so don’t go too fiddly!

A quick glance at his website: www.martincheek.co.uk or any of his many books give examples,

If you've no time to prepare pre course try to bring a pictorial idea- perhaps something from a book, a

card, wrapping paper or packaging that

may have caught your eye.

If you can decide and resolve your design beforehand, this will save you valuable time on the first day. Martin will be happy for you to email your design to him in advance, in order to discuss this with you.

Course cost

£185 pperson

inc lunch/refreshments each day .

Accommodation not included.

The Boot and Shoe pub offers evening meals and there

are various B and B's in Greystoke villlage within

300 yds walking distance and the surrounding northern Lakes

Lake Ullswater is 6 mi. Penrith 5 mi Keswick 16 mi

Please see our Links page top right

The Friday evening slide show

may be available to local groups and artists

Please enquire

7pm to 9pm at the Cycle Cafe

 

 The course price includes substrate (wooden base)

(12x12 or 12x16) and  glue,

There is an additional charge for materials ie mosaic smalti

millfiori etc etc  and this can vary greatly

(anything between £10 & £60)

It depends what is used - for example

Martin’s handmade glass fusions are

available at an extra cost and in addition

you may commission from him a fusion made

especially for you in the days before the course.

This is a specialism and he is the only mosaicist

in the UK able to make bespoke pieces to order to a design

specification in prep for a course -

to incorporatefor these characterful mosaics.

Look on Martin's Facebook page for inspiration:
https://www.facebook.com/martin.cheek
and msg him to send him your design if you feel you need some bespoke fusions

(extra charge- he can give you idea of cost)

His visit to Greystoke provides a chance to attend his

course in the north of the UK

Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Martin's teaching and research takes him

to all corners of the globe -

the US to the Far East, Turkey and Africa.

He is highly acclaimed for his humerous individual

and characterful pieces.

Amongst other venues he is a sought after tutor at

the famous West Dean College in Sussex and has recently been nominated as the BAMM artist of the year. .

Martin's 'Barbara Cartland' Cat

Mosaics in a Weekend - with Martin Cheek at a Quirky workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

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