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

Willow Basket & Animal Sculpture 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 or animal!


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


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


Maximum of 8 participants per day.  Refreshments, all materials and a tour of Coates English Willow are included.  Lunch is available at an additional cost at the adjacent Lemon Tree Coffee House.  Held in the indoor heated classroom.  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 during my Sept – Dec 2020 dates the above details may be subject to change, i.e. reduced participants / refreshments & tour unavailable etc.  This is to ensure that Willow Days 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 full terms and conditions including the cancellation policy on my website Footer Pages.


I do offer my own Gift Voucher Service.  They make ideal birthday and anniversary gifts for family, friends or colleagues.  They also 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

A £95 gift voucher enables your gift recipient to attend any one of my Willow Basket or Animal/Bird Sculpture Days that I teach at least three times a month at Coates English Willow.  At a Willow Basket Day everyone chooses between making 1 of 3 basket designs and at a Willow Animal/Bird Sculpture Day everyone creates an animal/bird of their own choosing (within reason!)  I also teach specific Basket Days, (Beginners Round Shopper, Zarzo or Garden Basket), at which everyone makes the same type of basket.
Please note that although my gift vouchers are valid from date of purchase for 2 years, due to my increasing focus upon teaching basketmaking, I am no longer guaranteeing that I will be teaching how to create willow animals beyond 2020.

Please 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.

I do also accept CraftCourses gift vouchers but only my own gift voucher holders receive priority booking.


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).


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 weaving an ‘animal’ or a ‘basket’ or ‘both’.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I postponed all my April – July dates and have now transfer these bookings to a September – December date.  Having transferred just over 100 people, there will be a few, but not many new places available this Autumn.  Please do check below for availability and book via my enquiry form.


I will be releasing my January – May 2021 dates in early October.  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.

Animal (General)


Make a willow animal sculpture of your choice.  Whilst learning sculpting techniques you will create a 3D interpretation of your chosen animal. It’s great to come along with an idea of the animal you would like to create; common wildlife is always popular!

Dates & Availability

Thu 10 Sep 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 18 Sep 2020 Fully Booked
Thu 15 Oct 2020 1 Place Available
Fri 13 Nov 2020 Fully Booked
Thu 3 Dec 2020 Fully Booked
Sat 19 Dec 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Basket (General)


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 Zarzo basket or a round gathering basket that involves traditional English techniques.

Dates & Availability

Fri 16 Oct 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 27 Nov 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Beginners Round Basket


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 17 Sep 2020 1 Place
Sat 14 Nov 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 4 Dec 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £90



Spend a day creating a bird of prey, coastal, woodland or moorland bird.  Not only will you weave a bird of your choice but you will also learn methods to make many other bird species.

Dates & Availability

Thu 12 Nov 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Deer Sculpture Day


Create your very own characterful 3 – 4ft deer in a day!  Whilst making your 3D sculpture you will learn various willow weaving and sculpting techniques.

Dates & Availability

Sat 24 Oct 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £90

Oval & Oblong Garden Basket


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

Sat 28 Nov 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £90

Zarzo Basket


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

Fri 4 Sep 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 23 Oct 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £90