There are an exciting range of hands on workshops on offer for 2019. For your convenience, we have listed the workshops in venue order. Not all workshops need to be pre-booked (though some do) but it is recommended as spaces fill up quickly.

We also have a number of drop in demonstrations running over the course of the weekend, from painting pottery, book folding and jewellery making.

Look out for the workshop icon (left) next to exhibitor listings in the catalogue.


Why does it cost more to pre-book?

The extra cost covers the booking fee that we are charged to make this available to you. We think it’s worth it, as by pre-booking you can secure your place on the workshop and save disappointment on the day.


Venue 1: Silversapling Site with Guides and Kings Street Studios
Drop in
Cost: Most free, some small cost.
A vast array of workshops and demonstrations are available at this venue. From pyrography and bush craft skills to clay workshops and pebble art.

Venue 1: Developing Songwriting Skills
Saturday and Sunday 12pm and 2pm
Cost: £5 :: BOOK ONLINE
Robin May and Fredrika Buchanan from Arnside duo “Me & Fred” will support you in exploring key aspects of songwriting. No understanding of music required. Paper and pens provided. Me & Fred will also be performing 30 minute sets of original material at 1pm and 3pm

Venue 2: Encaustic Workshop
Drop in
Cost: £2
Workshop about how to make an encaustic card.

Suitable for ages 8 and above.

Venue 6: Plating Up Like a Master Chef / Ekphrastic Poetry Reading
Plating Up: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am
Poetry Reading: Saturday and Sunday 4:30pm
Cost: TBC
Discussions and demonstrations of how ceramics make a difference to the presentation of food, both in Michelin kitchens and Tearooms all over the world. Also, readings from ‘Confluences’ a collaboration between Martin, a local poet and photographer.

Venue 13: Mixed Media Concertina Books
Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 4pm
Cost: £5 :: BOOK ONLINE
Come and have some fun making mixed media concertina books in a variety of materials including printed papers, fabrics, buttons, ribbons and lace to take home as a keepsake.

Venue 13: Expressive Oil Painting
Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm and 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: £5 :: BOOK ONLINE
This workshop is for all – either beginners or those with experience of painting with oil who want to stretch their knowledge and skills. It will be a hands-on approach to finding expression in oil painting with particular reference to the landscape. This would be with step by step guidance in applying paint before building up the layers to encourage energy and personal expression.

Venue 13: Clay Coiling
Sunday 10am – 12pm
Cost: Free
Drop in and make a form out of clay using the coiling technique.

Venue 13: Raku
£70 :: Please contact Claire Orange for more details:
This workshop MUST be booked in advance and includes preparatory classes before the trail weekend on the 8th June, 10am-12:30pm in Silverdale. The exciting Raku firing can then be watched by the public, for free, on the Saturday from 11am.

The workshop element will begin with a first session two-weeks prior where participants will make their pots in preparation for the firing on the Trail Weekend.

Venue 16: Introduction to Rag Rugging
Drop in
Cost: Donations to Rosemere Cancer Trust
Drop in to make a proddy rug corsage or brooch in silk and organza.

Venue 22: Make a felted book cover
Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 12pm
Cost: £7 :: BOOK ONLINE
A 1 1/2 hour workshop for 5 people, resulting in a piece of felt and instructions to make a book cover, needle case or phone cover. Participants would be taught the basics of laying out wool decorating it and fulling it to shrink to the correct size. They would be instructed in processing the finished piece.

Venue 23: Edge of Chaos
Friday 2pm and 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:30am, 2pm and 4pm.
Cost: Free
Come and join in a multi-media performance using improvisation to explore how different media can interact and stimulate each other. Audience members will be invited to participate either with a paintbrush to add to the canvass being created or to dance, sing, recite poetry… whatever ‘feels right’ in the moment.