Willow Day Workshops

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 your willow basket!


9.15 arrival for 9.30am start. 5.30pm finish (approximately)


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


Maximum of 8 participants per day.  Price includes refreshments and all materials.  Tools provided.


Click on a ‘Make a Booking Enquiry’ button.  This will take you through to the booking form.  Once your completed booking enquiry form is received I will reply via email within 4 working days with current availability and full payment instructions.  Payment is accepted by electronic transfer, cheque or Paypal.


Making ideal birthday and anniversary gifts for family, friends or colleagues, my gift vouchers are valid for 2 years and enable priority booking for Willow Day Workshops.  Gift voucher recipients receive the dates of workshops and have the chance to book before anyone else (including those on my MailChimp list). To arrange your gift voucher please complete my booking enquiry form or email willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk.  A £105 gift voucher enables your gift recipient a place at one of my Willow Day Workshops.  I also offer a £55 voucher that enables part payment towards a workshop.


Head to my Contact Page, fill out the quick form and tick the box next to ‘SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST!’ You will be joining my MailChimp newsletter and receive Willow Day Workshop dates prior to their general public release. I will be releasing my September – December 2022 dates in June.

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

Cost: £105

Berry Basket


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 for foraging seasonal fruits or even as a casual handbag!  Great for those with some previous basket weaving experience.


Cost: £105

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

Thu 14 Jul 2022 Fully Booked
Cost: £105

2 Day English Round Basket


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 1st & Saturday 2nd April 2022.  Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July.

Dates & Availability

Fri 1 Jul 2022 Fully Booked
Cost: £175

Lampshade - Zigzag Weave


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 or cylinder shaped shade.  Ideal for those with existing weaving experience or adventurous beginners!

Dates & Availability

Fri 15 Jul 2022 7 Places Available
Cost: £105

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.  PS you can also make this basket at one of my general Basket Willow Days!


Dates & Availability

Wed 1 Jun 2022 Fully Booked
Cost: £105

Zarzo Basket


Great for beginners, choose to make either an incredibly sculptural round Zarzo or still striking but more practical rectangular Zarzo.  Due to their popularity I offer dedicated Zarzo basketmaking days.

Dates & Availability

Thu 2 Jun 2022 Fully Booked
Cost: £105


Lunch – Available at an additional cost from the onsite Lemon Tree Coffee House.  Lunches booked together during the workshop morning from a specially created menu.

Venue – Haymoor Studio at Coates English Willow is in a woodland setting, approximately 200 metres from the Coates visitor centre.  The Studio is heated by a woodburner, has an adjacent compost toilet and is a rough track walk from the overflow car park.

Accessibility – If you have accessibility needs please contact me before booking your workshop.

Tools & Clothing – All tools are provided, though you are more than welcome to bring your favourite pair of secateurs and light duty gardening gloves.  Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little mucky!


Demand – Due to the level of demand for Willow Day Workshops places 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.  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 receive my email reply please do get back to me with payment asap.

Group Bookings & Date Choices – For the best chance of securing your Willow Day Workshop place/s I strongly advise you to offer me a 1st and 2nd choice of date and if attending with friends / family please make one group booking.

Terms & Conditions – It is your responsibility to read the workshop t&c’s at the time of booking, these include the cancellation and change of date policy.  Click on this link for terms and conditions or access them on my website Footer page.

Availability – Please note that  I try my upmost to update availability for each Willow Day Workshop on my webpage as regularly as possible.  However, due to the amount of bookings that I receive after a publicity mail out there can occasionally be a delay between places being allocated and my manual updating.


I publicise my workshops 3-4 times per year and although I send out a priority publicity email to gift voucher recipients, it is the responsibility of the recipient to check for workshop availability and book their place.  Once a workshop date has been arranged by a gift voucher recipient all normal terms and conditions, including my cancellation and change of date policy apply.


Very occasionally, due to the way the world is at the moment, I do get cancellation places.  These are usually at very short notice.  If a cancellation occurs I email the workshop waiting list, update availability on my courses webpage and advertise the place on my news webpage.  If you wish to attend a Willow Day Workshop that is already fully booked it is well worth either filling out the booking form or emailing me so that you can go on the waiting list.  Please do let me know if you are interested in all workshop cancellation places or for a specific workshop date.


For Spring & Summer 2022 I will continue to follow any Covid-19 government recommendations.  Once you have booked your Willow Day Workshop I will keep you informed of any changes due to Covid-19 and if for a Covid-19 reason you or I do need to cancel, I will postpone your place to a later workshop date.


As well as leading my own Willow Day Workshops, I run bespoke basketmaking workshops and courses for a wide variety of clients.  These regularly include the RHS, River Cottage HQ, Somerset Rural Life Museum.  Previous clients include Linley of London, the Soho House Group, CoLab Exeter and The Garden House.