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Quirky Workshops 2018

Craft and Heritage Skills Courses in the Cumbria, the Lake District

Quirky Workshops and Course in Cumbria, Workshops in arts, craft courses, heritage skills, the Lake District and north west 2018

Workshops and Courses in Silver ~ Glass ~ Ceramics ~ Printing ~ Bike ~ Lampshades ~ Upcycling ~ Furniture ~ Mosaics ~ Pewter work Calligraphy ~ Landscaping ~ Dowsing



Two day Stained Glass Intro/intermediates  workshop with Jackie Hunt July and Sept/ October 2017

 Upcycle your furniture 'paint effects' workshop with Sonja Tilleard of 'White & Green'

Textures in Porcelain -a Quirky Workshop making  Buttons Bud Vases and Tea Lights with Gwen Bainbridge at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

A Quirky Workshop of  Hands On Strip and Build Bike Day with Dan Richards followed by Beginners Bike maintenance evening short course  at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Reduction Lino Cut print with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

a Quirky Workshop making  Silver Clay Jewellery  'Inspirations in Nature'  with Jo Dix at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

a Quirky Workshop with Cyanotype printing by  Kim Tillyer at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Sterling Silver Jewellery Course

Melinda Scarborough

Beginners or Intermediates
2 Day Course

Wed 4 Thu 5 April 2018 full

Sat Sun 21 22nd July  full

Sat Sun 24 25 November 2018 full

  £155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

No previous experience is necessary..
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.

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones.

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.


Melinda brings all the tools and equipment essential for any proper silver jewellery course.

Once people become familiar with the tools the designs start flowing. Your design will be unique; you will learn cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing.You can work at your own pace and make the most your workshop time.


Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


All photos are student pieces
from our Greystoke workshop

Melinda trained for 4 years to acquire a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University plus a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Met. She previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths’ fair and won 'Student Designer of the Year' at the British Jewellery Association Awards. She was awarded a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award.

Her beautiful bespoke contemporary designs use all the traditional jewellery making techniques.A few examples of her work can be seen on her website msj.org.uk.

Some Student pieces and feedback from recent courses

"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 ie husband allowing!)."

Material Charges 

These are payable to the tutor directly on the day - depending on the quantity used and silver prices, this will vary from approx £15 upwards.


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



How to book


Sat 9 June 2018 full

**Sat 4 Aug 2018** new date - full

Sat 18 August -full

Sat 6 October 2018  full

£82 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay.
All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

All pieces on this page are by beginner students
(except the bottom row).

Materials are extra.

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay?

Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family.
It is a fabulous medium for making
just about anything,
from the simplest piece to the
most intricate patterns.

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%).

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!


Jo Dix runs her own jewellery business called 'Silver Forge' in South Cumbria.
We're delighted to have her running wonderful courses for us here at Greystoke.

Materials are charged extra for this day - anything from £20 to £45 or more depending on how much is used.

Jo runs her own Silver jewellery business called Silver Forge in the South Lakes.

There's a lot of freedom in forming jewellery from Silver Clay and there is less emphasis on the traditional jewellery making skills.

Being made of silver particles the material is not cheap by any means and can command a higher price than mined silver.



Make a Stained Glass Panel with Jackie Hunt


Fri Sat 6th 7th July 2018

Tue Wed 25 26 Sept 2018

£155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

Materials extra

How to book


Come and create your own beautiful stained glass panel in two days. You'll work with coloured, clear and textured glass; learn how to handle and cut it safely and to 'lead up' a small (approx 200mm or 8" square) panel. All glass, tools and equipment are provided.


Traditionally, stained glass windows are associated with cathedrals and churches but these days it is also used in homes for decoration. Staining glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.




This course is suitable for all abilities.

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 still comes all the way from Dorset to Greystoke for us.

Health and safety issues:

Lead and lead solder are toxic substances both to handle and to breathe in the fumes.
Pregnant women are advised not to handle lead or breathe in fumes.
A health and safety briefing will be given and the use of safety equipment (provided) will be required.


Materials Charges

There's an additional materials charge payable directly to the tutor
of £25 to cover the cost of a panel 8" x 8".
If students choose to make larger panels this will incur an extra charge.



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



Fused Glass Workshops with Karen Redmayne


We are delighted that International Glass Artist Karen Redmayne from 'Redcurrant Glass' in Forest of Bowland will be taking our Fused Glass workshops for 2018.


Fused Glass Xmas Decorations at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Introduction to Fused Glass

Sunday 29 July 2018

Inspired Fused glass ' Lakeland Flora'

Wed 14 Nov

Inspired Fused Glass  inc Xmas Decs


£82 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees

and cream tea

How to book


Each student will have enough glass to make quite a few items - depending on sizes.

including Christmas Decorations, jewellery, coasters,

candle holders and plaques.


Material charges

Make your own unique festive decorations and ornamental pieces in beautiful coloured glass.

Learn about glass types, cutting, fusing, stacking and slumping and the all important CoE (Coefficient of Expansion) - vital to understand to ensure the right types of glass are successfully fused together.

You will also learn how to incorporate various inclusions using fruits, stringers, stamps, foils and other fragments.


Additional charges are £20 per student. This includes the glass you are initially provided with along with the, firing fee (back at Karen's studio)and also the courier

delivery back to the Cycle Cafe. 

Certain other small items are charged extra eg jewellery hangers, extra dichroics as well as any additional glass you use at cost.

If you do not wish to collect your glass later from the Cycle Cafe, it may be possible for Karen to carefully post it back to your UK home address (not inner London or islands) using a carrier perhaps from £5 but perhaps more depending on the weight.

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Make your own large Door Wreath for Christmas

Never buy a Door Wreath again! Make your own Festive Creation with fresh greenery and learn how easy it is to create something very professional looking.

You'll use a new large oasis ring (16" costing (£8, which can be renewed with fresh oasis and decoration year after year. Spice it up with cones, berries, fruits and ribbons.

There may even be time to make more than one wreath - perhaps 2 (these make lovely presents for friends 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. The second rings are charged at £5 to £8 depending on whether they are new or recycled..

As well as supplying greenery ourselves, 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 at least 2 weeks.

Large Christmas wreath making workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

For all pictures of this day please

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.

Bike Maintenance courses with Dan Richards of 'Lake District Cycling'

Don't know how to mend a puncture? Do you wish you could service your own bike?

Dan is a qualified Cytech 3 mechanic and owner of Lake District Cycling, a cycling service provider (in association with Virgin Trains at Penrith Station, providing much needed prebookable Cycle Hire from the station platform) as well as guided rides /tours and a cycling information resource for the local areas.


Hands On Strip &
Build a Bike Day

Sat 10 March 2018

Sun 11 March 2018

Sat 14 April 2018

£78 inc a lovely 2 course lunch,
fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

Class Max 6

Covering Gears, Brakes, Chains,
Cable Replacement, Headsets,
Bottom Brackets, Wheels and Hubs.

To qualify for this course you must be able to at least remove a back wheel happily and change an inner tube.

Your bikes should be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive.

Each students will 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.

This is not a bike renovation day, so please don’t bring along a ‘project’ from the garden shed!

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

Bikes should be in good working order without seized parts but possibly in need of a general service. Please note: It is not possible to work on bikes with Campagnolo groupsets as the tools required are quite different.

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


Extra Materials charge Strip  & Build

There will be a £5 materials charge which includes one cable and all oils, cleaning and greases used. If you wish to change more than one cable they will cost extra.

Beginners' Bike Maintenance
for Ladies


Sat 14 April 2018

5pm - 7.30pm or thereabouts
£25 inc a cream tea half way through

How to book

This short evening course is hands-on and is designed to make sure you can become self sufficient when out on your own on a bike ride.

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

Starting from the very beginning with the basic parts of a bike, you will learn all about bike types and their wheels, then moving onto gears, types of brakes, what to look for regarding any servicing needs (when is it worn out ?) and of course, how to mend the dreaded puncture/ change an inner tube.
This includes removing and replacing the back wheel.
By the end you'll be raring to ride off into the sunset without worrying 'what if I get a puncture?'!

Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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 is very physically demanding, at times the ground is unsafe,  uneven and rocky.
Stones are heavy, unwieldy and  need lifting to around 3 or 4 ft.
Only those who are fit to participate should sign up.
There will be a safety briefing and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer before the day.

  Those with previous or existing back problems or who are pregnant should not consider this day.

with Steve Allen - professional Dry Stone Waller (& World Champion!)

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date please do let us know here that 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 skill of creating a solid stone wall without the use of any cement or mortar. Steve (the existing & many times World Champion Dry Stone Waller) will guide you through the setting out & various stages of wall construction. He spends a lot of time in America working with Andy Goldsworthy and will have a lot of knowledge and stories to share. This course is suitable for all abilites.

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

  Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and safety boots.


Hands-On Cobbling Day with Adam Beeston

We are currently gathering interested students and when we have enough we will try to find a suitable

workshop date for 2018 - please regsiter your interest.

£55 per day inc a lovely 2 course lunch and all refreshments


Join Adam Beeston here for a day of cobbling. 
Adam is very experienced in both teaching and cobbling. This is a 'Hands On' day enabling you to learn the skills associated with tradtiional methods of laying cobbles (before the days of cement and vibrating compactors!) This will be a relatively peaceful day with your square metre of ground in front of you and the materials and expertise to learn this age old traditional skill.

You will leave with a good knowledge of the use of cobbles in hard landscaping, the different layers required - selecting the correct materials and learning the skill of locking the cobbles together to form a hard and durable surface

Adam is Head of Hard Landscaping in the Horticulture Dept at local Newton Rigg College.
He also works on private commissions and over the years has helped with the  construction of several prize winning 'Chelsea Show Gardens'.

We are collecting names of students interested in this class and once sufficient numbers we will email you with a date.
Please do let us know here that you are waiting.


Cobbling an be physically demanding, sometime the stones are quite large and it is possible that at times the ground is unsafe and uneven.

Please bring safety goggles, suitable gloves and soft wooden or rubber mallet and even a kneeler or knee pads.



Ceramics ~ Textures in Porcelain with Gwen Bainbridge

Buttons, Bud Vases & Tea Lights

Friday 10 November 2017

Sun 1st July 2018

Tue 20th Nov 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea
This day is suitable for all abilities

How to book

Much of Gwen's 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 beginner. 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 embellished 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 embellished clay may be made into buttons or jewellery.

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 at least 2 vases and 2 tea lights in a day and use the remaining clay to make some small delicate decorations.

Your pieces can be detailed in white or a slip or lustre added to highlight the textures that you have incorporated. Adding a lustre might incur an extra firing charge.

The vases can be posted if you are not local for £10 or they can be collected from Brougham Hall or the 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   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

Applique Relief Tiles in Porcelain

with Gwen Bainbridge

Thu 12 April 2018

Fri 3rd August 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

How to book

A day with this very talented ceramics artist to create a tile up to A4 size or a series of three smaller tiles (a tryptych) or individual  pieces to suit your need.

Using beautiful cutters and stamps (bring your own if you have) and incorporating Gwen's own signature use of textures and patterns you will learn how to create your own beautiful designs whether drawn freehand, layered, pressed or imprinted, and built up in relief for a lovely effect.

You might to incorporate pressed flowers and leaves shapes (work best when dried and flat) . Pick and press your flowers to bring carefully on the day within a book. Lavender and daisy, ivy leaves, wild strawberry, small leaved geranium all work well.

The materials charge for this to include the usual firing which will be £10 payable to Gwen.
  Further porcelain will be available at cost pro rata.




Lampshade making short course



Sonja Tilleard



Tues 26 June 2018

Sun 23 Sept 2018

(morning course on these days are stencilled lampshades- please see here)

Afternoon course

starting with light lunch

1pm to 3.30pm  (inc lunch 1-1.30)

£35 inc a light lunch, hot drinks and a

30cm shade kit.

Bring your own material and let Sonja show you how to make a perfect hand rolled drum lampshade. Sonja will have some lovely materials for sale too. Please let us know if you require a different size shade kit.



Lampshade making courses with Georgia Wilkinson

Having spent several years working as a repeat pattern designer with the high end textile printers she left London to return to her home county of Yorkshire to start her own pattern design company. Since 2009 'Georgia Wilkinson Designs' has been offering innovative, fresh and unique hand printed textiles operating out of a cricket pavillion on her parents farm and her products are sold in shops throughout the UK as well as online. Her designs are fun, bright and uplifting with her fabric available by the metre or alternatively lovingly transformed into beautiful lampshades and cushions ready for your home.

Lampshade Making short courses

Fri 16 Nov 2018 AM

Fri 16 Nov 2018 PM

£35 inc welcome drinks plus a cream tea half way

through as well as the basic lamp making kit. See below

How to book

Georgia will arrive with all the tools and equipment needed and during this short course you will have fun creating and completing a lovely drum lampshade to take home.

Georgia will bring a selection of her wonderful fresh fabrics from her Yorkshire studio and students can choose these for their lampshades or they can bring their own fabric.

The course price includes everything required to make a smaller shade if you bring your own fabric. If you choose larger options or select some of Georgia's fabric, these will be charged extra.
Hot drinks and scones will be served mid way through the course


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



This day is also featured in the

Textiles page

Thursday 9 November 2017

Thu 15 Nov 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

How to book

There will be an additional materials charge of between £10 and £15 payable to Georgia on the day.

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 on 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 will advise on print types according to shade sizes.


Upcycling Furniture, Paint effects & Lampshade Stencilling courses with Sonja Tileard

Courses led by expert of 'design and thrift' ..award winning tutor Sonja Tilleard of 'White and Green' home interiors in Cockermouth.

Sonja has acquired both considerable knowledge and extensive training over the years of running her unique home interiors business, employing favourite brands

such as Annie Sloane Chalk Paints, Farrow and Ball along with stencils, rollers, gilded finishes, waxes and offering hints and tips galore!



Upcycling Furniture & Painting Techniques

Wed 30 May 2018

Wed 22 Aug

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

To begin under Sonja's guidance and working on simple boards you will learn the various techniques of using chalk paints including distressing and waxing techniques that will be explained, shown and practised.

Students can then work on their own small piece of furniture such as a picture frame or a small stool, chair, tiny table etc and renovate it after lunch using the learnt techniques. The brilliant thing about Chalk Paint is you don't need to do much , if any, prep to the surface (no sanding etc) - one can just paint over existing finishes. Chalk paint is a great leveller.

Sonja will bring all the materials specialist brushes, paints and waxes required and a materials charge will be made per person - possibly around £5-10 payable directly to the tutor depending on the size of each piece.




Hand Stencil a stunning Lampshade with Sonja Tileard



Morning course

including a light lunch

Tues 26 June

Sun 23 Sept

9.30am - 1pm 

£40 inc a light lunch (12.30-1pm) , coffee etc & paint/ stencils & 30cm shade kit

How to book

Sonja will bring various fabrics for you to choose from and a variety of stencils for you to use in create a variety of professional patterns in your chosen colours - learning & perfecting the finer points of stencilling.

Included in the cost of the course is a 30cm shade kit.Please contact us if you wish to make two smaller matching shades andSonja will advise.

The morning stencilling course is followed in the afternoon with Sonja


HandRoll a drum Lampshade

bring some favourite fabric or check out Sonja's

1pm to 3.30pm inc lunch


Make Your Own Lamp Day


£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch,
fresh coffees and cream tea

We can organise this day for a bespoke group
- Hen parties etc .Please get in touch

Combining the patterned paint roller techniques used on a separate course you will start the day by printing a piece of fabric which will be used to make a drum lampshade.

Using chalk paint, you will also paint & wax a lamp base to co-ordinate with your fabric.

By the end of the class you will take home a fully pat tested lamp unique to you - perfect for your house and amazingly unique as a special present for someone else.

There will be a materials charge of approx £35 for the complete lamp kit or similar, depending on the sizes chosen.


Cyanotype Printing in Sunshine with Kim Tillyer

Tue 7 Aug 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book


Cyanotype printing is an early form of photography, distinctive for its rich blue colouring and the ethereal quality of the images.

The prints are traditionally exposed using sunlight and were originally adopted by botanists to accurately capture the silhouette of the plants they studied.


During this fascinating day with Kim you will learn about the history and technical process of cyanotype and proceed to coat papers and/or fabrics to create unique prints using found objects from the garden, stencils or prepared negatives and watch as the sunlight (or special light if it's cloudy) magically develops your works of art. The results are different every time so each print is a unique monotype.


Kim graduated from Cleveland College of Art with first class honours in Textiles and Surface Design and is an artist working in Newlands Valley near Keswick. Her work incorporates cyanotype, drawing and stitch.

Visit www.witchmountain.co.uk  for more images and information.

The course is suitable for adults of all abilities and will take place in the barn although part of the process will involve use of an outside tap and rinsing area which will be under cover if the weather is bad.

Materials will be extra on the day depending on how much you use - somewhere between £5 and £10 payable to the tutor directly.


Reduction Linocut Printmaking

Lino Cut workshop with Janet Dickson at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

This course is suitable for all abilities.

with Janet Dickson

Whilst we are still hoping to receive an autumn date from Janet, we have managed to find another very talented Lino cut tutor  (not reduction) to take a course at Greystoke in July

Please see HERE

Please make sure you have ticked 'printing'  on the Keep me Posted link

at top of this web page. We will email you when her dates appear - thank you

£85 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees and cream tea

How to book

We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel all the way 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 depending on the amount of work produced.

During the class Janet will teach students the importance 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


Lino Cut Printing with Laura Sowerby

An exciting new course added early June 2018 with this extremely talented and exciting designer and printer.




Botanical and Natural forms’ in Lino Cut

Thursday 12 July

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch

We are delighted to welcome Laura for a Lino Cut workshop

at Greystoke in July. Students are encouraged to bring any

inspiration they can, be it fresh/ pressed leaves or flowers, prints,

pictures and any other references that may inspire you.

Laura too will bring plenty of material ideas.

Over the day you will learn how to plan your original design,

the principles of lino cut and master various cutting techniques

with the goal of producing your own multi-coloured linocut print

by the end of the day. (up to A4 in size)

The print blocks you create can be taken home and used to print onto fabrics and soft furnishings such as cushion covers etc.

All abilities are welcome


Materials Charge

There may be a small materials charge around £5 to £10 to cover ink and materials costs payable directly to the tutor on the day.

Laura Sowerby is an up and coming print maker working in lino cut

out of her a picturesque studio in the Langdales in Cumbria

to create intricate botanical designs for fabric, prints, wallpaper and

soft furnishings. Her designs are joyously detailed and bold and

reflect a love of the nature and colour of her Lakeland surroundings.

Her primary inspiration comes from the urge to take a long look

at plants and flowers and capture their combined forms on paper.

Her evocative designs on cushions, lampshades and giftware

have recently been widely featured in Country Living,

Gardens Illustrated and several Interior design magazine.

‘Discovering that I am a direct descendant of James Sowerby,

famous 18th-century botanical illustrator is a delight.’ she smiles.

Laura's work can be seen in full on her website





A Taster in the World of Dowsing and Water Divining

with Eleanor Burke BSOD

£68 inc a lovely lunch

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

Due to family committments Eleanor was unable to take a course in 2017 or 18

Despite some modern alternatives being available to us, this ancient form of search and locate is still favoured by many. Come and learn why so many builders, surveyors and Water Board employees always reach first for the divining rods when trying to find leaking pipes or underground drains! Equally archaeologists employ the same methods to find buried structures, walls, foundations etc.

Hard to fathom and defying all laws of common sense and logic, for most it works.  We simply don't understand how or why it does.

The day begins inside over coffee and biscuits. Eleanor will explain the history of dowsing, its connections with Christianity and wider applications in different countries.  She brings along several dowsing tools and using simple paper methods you will each learn the processes involved and discover your own individual positive and negative signs. You will also look into labyrinths. Water divining is one application of dowsing and once you have found the dowsing tool that best suits you we will move into the garden to try to locate pipes, streams and other hidden features. Crystal therapy, map dowsing, distance healing and earth energies are again different applications of dowsing which are covered, though not in depth, during this day.

 The gardens at the Cycle Cafe  once used to belong  to the Greystoke Castle Estate and are located on or near  a Roman road.  In the afternoon you will be mostly outside, so please come prepared.  Eleanor is a well known member of the British Society of Dowsers and has spent many years using and teaching dowsing to both English students and those abroad.

She will be travelling across from North Yorkshire 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.




Mosaics for the Garden with Keeley Metcalfe


Please register your interest for this course.

We will get in touch when we have sufficient interest

Thank you

£75 inc a lovely lunch

How to book

During your day with Keeley you will learn about preparing and creating items to mosaic for the garden using the direct technique.


Keeley will bring materials needed to ensure your mosaics is suitable for outdoor use (subject to technique chosen) as necessary. If you wish to bring something to work on, such as a small table, this shouldn't be a problem, though please check first with us.

Bear in mind larger projects may not be completed, you will leave with the knowledge and material resources to finish your piece at home.

Mosaics in the Garden and Home with Keeley Metcalfe at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


There will be an extra materials charge from
£10 to £20 payable on the day to the
tutor depending on what you use.

Calligraphy made Easy with Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor is probably one of the leading Calligraphers in the country and will be travelling from her home near Cambridge in May 2017 to take a course at the Cycle Cafe 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.

Calligraphy Made Easy

Please register your interest for this course.

We will get in touch when we have sufficient interest

£155 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc

How to book

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.

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 andthe Society of Scribes & Illuminators, and works to commission and for exhibition



Pewtersmithing with Ella McIntosh



Casting in Pewter

making jewellery, decorations & keyrings

Sunday 8 April 2018

Sat 17 November 2018

Have a go at this age old technique of Pewtersmithing and

create your own unique designs in a cuttlefish cast.

Ella is an award winning Pewtersmith & will guide you through the process of

carving your ideas into the cuttlefish before pouring molten pewter into the

mould and finishing your design using metalwork tools.

This time served technique using this unusual material produces fantastic tactile

results and is a great way to experience pewter in both a molten and solid form.

Please feel free to bring along any inspiration or designs you may have or Ella

will have lots to work from on the day.

Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or

jewellery making experience

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees

and cream tea

How to book




Material charges

There will be a £15 materials charge payable to the tutor on the day



Pewter Vessels using rolling mills

Friday 20 July 2018

£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch, fresh coffees

and cream tea

Under Ella's expert guidance design and create your own pewter vessel.

The first part of the day you will learn how to apply textures and patterns to sheet

metal using traditional machinery called 'rolling mills' , followed by using soldering

techniques to complete the building of your pot

. You might wish to bring along some of your own patterns / textures to work with

such as lace, stencils or foliage.

This class covers a broad range of skills and is suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience








Material charges

There will be a £15 materials charge payable to the tutor on the day



How to book


Please note: filming is not permitted at any of our workshops

Quirky Workshops
Poplin Dub • Greystoke • Penrith • CA11 0UT
Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984 • annie2@quirkyworkshops.co.uk