Wreath making workshops in Sussex
Grab a mince pie and a glass of Sussex fizz and get stuck into one of these lovely local wreath-making workshops. Several hours of meditative bliss await.
The Cricketers Arms, Wisborough Green, Sat 5 Dec, £35
Get stuck in at this wonderful country pub in West Sussex with gorgeous views over the famed village green at Wisborough Green. All materials to make your own wreath will be provided and you’ll get to take home a lovely statement piece, plus you’ll be kept well refreshed with a glass of mulled wine and home-made mince pies. Starts at 3.30pm, book your table quick!
Albourne Estates, Hassocks, Tue 8 Dec, £50
This gorgeous Sussex vineyard is the perfect setting for a festive workshop from Alicia Barker, founder and head floral designer at Flourish Sussex Flower School in Hurstpierpoint. All materials will be provided, and you’ll get a glass of Albourne fizz too. Alicia trained at some of the UK’s leading flower schools including McQueen’s and Jane Packer and has more than 14 years’ experience so this one will be verrrry good.
Sussex Flower School, Uckfield, December dates, £75
This course lasts a ‘short day’ and you’ll really get your money’s worth, with a huge range of foliage and accessories to choose from to add to your moss-based wreath. Founder Georgia has a degree in Art History on top of her Higher Diploma in Floristry and has taught at nearby Plumpton College. Sure to be a creative feast for the senses. All materials included, plus coffee and cake.
Chirpee’s Floristry School, Hassocks, December dates, from £45
Choose from a gorgeously scented pine, cinnamon and berries wreath workshop, or splash out on the luxury door wreath session (£65). All materials provided and you’ll be tutored by a Master Florist who’s also an international floristry judge. No pressure, then. Make sure you dress warmly as the workshop isn’t heated!
Amanda Jane Flowers, various West Sussex locations, December dates
We absolutely adore luxe Horsham-based florist Amanda Jane’s signature style here at Muddy and we’ll be first in the queue to her workshops at Dial Post and Southwater this year. Luckily she’s got a few dates and times to choose from. Self-isolating, or Covid got you worried about in-person workshops? You can still create a gorgeous wreath with Amanda Jane’s DIY Wreath Kit, which comes with everything you need plus step-by-step instructions.
Annie Fern, Shoreham Pottery, Shoreham-by-Sea, 13 December, £50
Shoreham Pottery provides the perfect creative backdrop for these lovely two-hour workshops with creative stylist Annie Fern. Refreshments include Annie’s own home-baked Amaretti biscuits. Pssst! Annie’s also at The Bridge, Shoreham on December 5 and 6 with a wreath-making workshop that will include a delicious brekkie and clementine Prosecco.
Darling Buds of Sussex, Lewes, December dates, £45
No shiny baubles at this one, and that’s a promise. Make your own luxe wreath with all-natural, seasonal materials at this workshop, and the ticket price covers all your materials plus festive treats and tipple. Tracey is a mad-keen gardener and textile artist so this one will be relaxed and very creative.
Wakehurst Place, East Grinstead, December dates, £49
Let’s face it, if there’s one way to idiot-proof your wreath-making it’s by using cuttings from the Royal Botanical Gardens site at Wakehurst! This workshop will be hosted by Brighton-based floral designer Kate Langdale and as well as foliage hand-picked from Wakehurst’s gardens you’ll be adding natural trinkets like pine cones, pheasant feathers, holly berries and scented faves such as eucalyptus. Price includes entry to the garden, all materials, tea, coffee and mince pies.
The Spread Eagle, Midhurst, December dates, £65 to include a two-course lunch or afternoon tea
Award-winning florist Kate Smith of The Greenhouse in Midhurst will lead this two-hour workshop in the gorgeous surroundings of the Spread Eagle. After making your own wreath in the Jacobean Hall, tuck into a delicious two-course lunch with a glass of wine in the hotel restaurant, or if you’re on an afternoon workshop, a cream tea and well-earned glass of Sussex fizz. Gosh doesn’t it just sound like heaven?