Welcome to Rural Antics, located within Hanwell Wine Estate, Nottinghamshire .

Carpe diem – seize the day! Learn a new skill and have fun with like-minded folk.

Here at Hanwell Wine Estate, we love hosting Rural Antics workshops!

They enable us to open up the wonderful countryside setting of our vineyard to you, giving us all the opportunity to get closer to nature.

Hand-making great wine is a real craft and Rural Antics provides a space for us to involve interested people in our wine-making, alongside other artisan past times, such as chair weaving, foraging and painting.

Carpe diem – seize the day!

Come along to our Rural Antics Craft Fair on Sunday May 14th!

Free entry and a free taster of our activities, plus lots more. Click here for info.

Poetry Writing for Beginners

The theme for this four-hour beginner’s workshop is ‘Stepping into the Green’. You will take a stroll through the vineyard estate, seeking inspiration in nature. Fiona will guide you through a simple process of observation & writing. The workshop includes a homemade 2 course lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 28th April.

Beginner's Landscape Oil Painting

Local artist Sara Penrose will guide you step-by-step: by demonstrating & explaining the tools & materials, composition & various techniques for creating your very own landscape painting. The workshop includes a homemade 2 course lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 29th April or 13th May.

Foraging for Food with Richard Mawby

Our one day foraging for food experience will be hosted by Richard Mawby: wander through the vineyard as Richard points out all the edible plants which could make a healthy addition to your diet. The workshop includes a homemade 2 course lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 20th May.

Bentwood Chair Making

The Bentwood chair making workshop is a great introduction to rustic woodcraft and it’s always a sociable two days with a fantastic atmosphere. Join us to make something you can enjoy for years to come! The workshop includes a homemade 2 course lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 3/4 June or 8/9 June.

Pencil Drawing for Beginners

Louise will work alongside you, explaining basic drawing skills and showing you how to use pencils to bring to life the detail and colours of the English countryside. All materials will be provided for you and the workshop includes a two-course homemade lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 17th June.

Weaving Workshop

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the tools & materials before being taught how to work with the tools. Our skilled tutor will help you to create something to be proud of! The workshop includes a homemade 2 course lunch. Click the date for more info & to book: 1st July.

Beginner's Digital Photography Workshop

Award-winning professional photographer, Chris England will be hosting a one day workshop focused on helping you capture striking photographs with any type of digital camera. The workshop includes a two-course homemade lunch served with local wine. Click for more info & to book: 14th July or 19th August.

Later in 2017...

Bentwood chair making; Seasonal creative poetry walks; Spoon whittling, Photographing the great outdoors, Detox in harmony with nature. Your opinions are very welcome – we’d love to hear your ideas for workshops!

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Rural Antics Voucher!

A wonderful gift for someone special, our Gold Rural Antics Workshop Experience voucher is valid on any full day workshop.

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