Courses

As well as leading my own Willow Days workshops, I run bespoke willow basket making workshops for a wide variety of clients.  Current clients include River Cottage HQ, RHS, Coates English Willow, Somerset Rural Life Museum.  Previous clients include Linley of London, the Soho House Group, CoLab Exeter and The Garden House.

Basket Willow Days:

All Willow Days are suitable for beginners and those with existing willow weaving experience.  Just bring along lots of enthusiasm and by the end of the day you will be taking home a willow basket!

TIME

All Willow Days start at 9.30am and finish at 5.30pm (approximately)

VENUE

Coates English Willow, (Willow & Wetlands Centre), Stoke St. Gregory, Nr. Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY

DETAILS

Maximum of 8 participants per day.  Refreshments and all materials are included.  Lunch is available at an additional cost from the onsite Lemon Tree Coffee House.  With a beautiful view across the moors, workshops are held in the new woodland classroom setting that is approximately 200 metres from the Coates visitor centre.  Whilst this indoor classroom space is heated, in cooler months please bring with you extra layers of clothing.  The classroom is a short rough track walk from the overflow car park.  Should you have any accessibility needs please do not hesitate to contact me before booking.

All tools are provided, though you are more than welcome to bring along your favourite pair of secateurs and gardening gloves.  Please also bring an apron or wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little mucky!  (Please be aware that the above details may be subject to change, i.e. reduced participants / refreshments etc.  This is to ensure that Willow Days continue to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines).

Book your Day using my ‘Make a Booking Enquiry’ form.

Payment is accepted by electronic bank transfer, PayPal or by cheque.  On receipt of your online Booking Enquiry Form I aim to reply within 5 working days with the availability of places for your choice/s and payment instructions.

Please note that due to the level of demand, places on my Willow Days are only allocated on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis on receipt of both your completed Booking Enquiry Form / Phone Call and your full payment.  Once you have sent in your booking, please bear with me whilst I work through bookings on a strict date and time basis, (I have to do this for my own conscience!)  To secure your place/s, when you have received my email reply please do get back to me with payment asap!

Please note that it is your responsibility to read the course T&C’s at time of booking, these include the cancellation and change of date policy.  terms and conditions are found on my website on my Footer Page.

 

GIFT VOUCHERS

I do offer my own Gift Voucher Service.  They make ideal birthday and anniversary gifts for family, friends or colleagues.  Gift vouchers are valid for 2 years and enable priority booking. This means you’ll receive the dates of my future Willow Days and have the chance to book before anyone else (including my MailChimp list). To arrange your gift voucher/s please complete my booking enquiry form or email willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk.

A £95 gift voucher enables your gift recipient to attend any one of my Basket Willow Days that I teach at Coates English Willow.

Please also note that I advertise my courses 3 times a year and although I send out a priority publicity email to gift voucher recipients, it is up to your gift recipient to check for availability and book their place/s.  Once a date has been arranged by a gift voucher recipient, all normal terms and conditions, including my cancellation policy apply.

 

OTHER BASKET WILLOW DAY DETAILS:

For the best chance of securing your Willow Day place/s I strongly advise you to offer me a 1st and 2nd choice of date and, (if attending with family/friends), make one group booking – all this will be gratefully appreciated!

(Please also note that I try my very upmost to update the availability for each Willow Day as regularly as I possibly can, but due to the amount of bookings I receive there can occasionally be a delay between places being allocated and my manually updating this page).

 

CANCELLATION PLACES

Very occasionally I do get cancellation places,  these are usually at very short notice.  If a cancellation occurs, I update availability next to my Willow Day dates and advertise the place on my website News page.  If I get a chance to, I email my waiting/cancellation list, (and sometimes, if time allows, I do try to phone around too!) If you would like to be on this list please let me know whether you are interested in all basket cancellation places or for specific dates.

If you wish to attend an alternative Willow Day workshop that is already fully booked, it is well worth contacting me and going on the waiting list for that date.  With the way the world is at the moment, ‘flexibility’ is becoming my middle name…. for nearly every workshop that I’ve taught during 2021 there have been late cancellations happening due to self isolation etc.  Hopefully the situation will settle down for Autumn 2021, but you are more than welcome to be on my waiting / cancellation list.

COVID-19 & WILLOW DAYS

From late April 2021 I again resumed teaching both my own Willow Days and for other South West organisations. Whilst doing so I make every reasonable effort to follow Covid-19 government guidelines, this included social distancing, hand sanitising and the wearing of face masks / visors.  Once you have booked your place/s I will keep you informed of any changes to our Willow Day due to Covid-19 and if for a Covid-19 reason you or I do need to cancel, I will postpone your place/s to a later date.

For Autumn 2021 & 2022 I will continue to follow any Covid-19 government recommendations.

JOIN MY MAILING LIST:

I will be releasing my January – April 2022 dates in late October. (Apologies that this is later than planned but September into October has been very busy for me).  By going to my Contact Page and ticking the box next to ‘SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST!’ you will be able to join my MailChimp newsletter and receive the next Willow Day dates prior to general public release.  Please note that when you attend a Willow Day I automatically add your name to my mailing list.

2 Day English Round Basket

Description

New for 2021! Using local Somerset willow, over 2 days you will create an English stake-and-strand basket, this will be either a decent size willow shopper or a medium log basket. Methods and techniques will include a tied slath base, English randing and a traditional Somerset handle. You will also learn how to grow, harvest and prepare your willow ready for weaving. Friday 26th & Saturday 27th November.

 

Dates & Availability

Fri 26 Nov 2021 Fully Booked
Cost: £170

Berry Basket

Description

NEW for 2022!  My take on a traditional English Berry Basket, bought up to date with a leather handle.  This lovely neat basket is perfect as a casual handbag or of course for foraging seasonal fruits!  Great for those with some previous weaving experience. Dates soon to be announced…!

Cost: £95

Basket (General)

Description

Ideal for those who wish to begin playfully making baskets!  At this general Willow Basket Day you can choose to make either a sculptural free woven basket, a round or rectangular Zarzo basket or a round gathering basket that involves traditional English techniques.

Dates & Availability

Thu 30 Sep 2021 Fully Booked
Fri 15 Oct 2021 Fully Booked
Thu 9 Dec 2021 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Beginners Round Basket

Description

If you’ve ever wanted to make a willow basket but not known how to start, this lovely round basket, great for a small shopping trip, is perfect!  Created especially for beginners, whilst making this basket you will learn some traditional English techniques and use willow grown on the Somerset Levels.

Dates & Availability

Thu 11 Nov 2021 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Garden Basket

Description

Choose to make either a lovely oval or oblong willow basket.  Perfect for gathering vegetables and flowers, I’ve developed both of these baskets so that you get to learn English Willow techniques and achieve a decent size basket in a day.  Ideal for those with a little more basket weaving experience or for adventurous beginners!

Dates & Availability

Fri 1 Oct 2021 Fully Booked
Wed 8 Dec 2021 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Lampshade - Zigzag Weave

Description

New for Autumn 2021! Make your very own feature willow lampshade for your home.  Using the popular ‘zigzag’ weave and assorted willow colours you will create a medium size drum, cylinder or dome shaped willow shade. The lampshade can be lit up with LED lighting.  Ideal for those with existing willow weaving experience or adventurous beginners.

Dates & Availability

Fri 12 Nov 2021 2 Places Available
Cost: £95

Zarzo Basket

Description

A stunning sizeable round or rectangular basket that’s great for beginners. Due to their growing popularity I’m now offering a dedicated Zarzo basket making days.

Dates & Availability

Thu 14 Oct 2021 1 Place Available
Cost: £95