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

Offering Creative Craft Workshops in inspiring surroundings

The perfect place to learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Carpe diem – seize the day!

Creative craft workshops in inspiring surroundings

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.

On arrival you will be greeted with a choice of teas or freshly ground coffee.  At lunch time there’s a plentiful home-made buffet and dessert, served with a glass of Nottinghamshire wine.  Special dietary requirements are catered for, so please mention at time of booking.

Carpe diem – seize the day!

Half Day Introductin to Stain Glass Workshop

Join us for an inspiring 3 hour morning workshop learn to work with glass. We will show you how to cut, foil and solder glass into a beautiful sun catcher for your home or as a gift. All materials, tools and refreshments are included. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 22nd September.

Beginners Spoon Carving

Our expert tutor Martin Rollins will get you started. Learn, create and enjoy a unique experience making your own spoon from wood. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 29th September.

Beginner's Digital Photography

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 the date for more info and to book 6th October.

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: 13th & 14th October – SOLD OUT, next available date – 2nd & 3rd February 2019.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine

Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of wines and gain your Level 1 qualification in Award in Wines, all in the beautiful setting of the wine estate. For details and to book click date – 19th October.

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: 27th & 28th October – SOLD OUT, next available date – 2nd & 3rd February 2019.

Christmas Workshops

This festive season make your own gifts & decorations for your home at one of our fun workshops.

Full Day Stain Glass Workshop

Join us for an inspiring full day workshop learn to work with stain glass. We will show you how to cut, foil and solder glass into a beautiful sun catcher for your home or as a gift. All materials, tools and 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of wine are included. Click the date for more info & to book Friday 2nd November.

Handmade Bookbinding Notebook Workshop

Join us for a lovely relaxing afternoon making your own beautiful hardcover notebook. Use as a journal, small photo album or a gift for a friend. This is an opportunity to be creative and time for you to relax. All materials and refreshments provided. Click the date for more info & to book Sunday 4th November 9.45am until 12.45pm.

Hand Embroidered Necklace

Spend a day relaxing and trying something new at the unique one of a kind hand embroidered necklace workshop and make your own stunning piece of jewellery, perfect to compliment your clothes or give as a Christmas gift. All materials, refreshments and 2 course lunch with wine provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 10th November, 10am until 3.30pm. 

 

Enamelling Workshop

Here is your chance to have a go at enamelling! Spend a day being creative and learn a new craft, enamelling is so satisfying and by the end of the day you will have made two wonderful pieces, choose from 2 jewellery items or a plaque.  All materials and refreshments provided. Click the date for more info & to book Friday 23rd November.

Festive Willow Weaving Decorations

Join us this festive season and create your very own Willow Weave Stars & Tree Christmas bunting. A fabulous festive decoration for your home, handmade by you. All materials, tools, refreshments and a glass of wine included. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 24th November 10am until 12.30pm.

Festive Willow Weaving Decorations

Join us this festive season and create your very own Willow Weave Christmas Reindeers. A fabulous festive table decoration or make into bunting for your home, handmade by you. All materials, tools, refreshments and a glass of wine included. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 24th November 1.30pm until 2.45pm.

Glass Jewellery Making Workshop

Come and join us in this fun workshop to create your own piece of hand-made glass jewellery. Make your own necklaces, earrings or cufflinks, perfect to complement your favourite outfit or Christmas gift to a friend. Workshop includes materials & refreshments. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 24th November 1pm until 4pm.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Get into the festive season at this Christmas Wreath Making workshop. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a glass of wine while you create and decorate your wreath for your home. All materials, refreshments and a glass of wine included. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 1st December 10am until 1pm. 

Glass Fusion

Join us and create your own beautiful glass fused pieces of art work. With a Christmas feel this workshop will inspire you to create 4 glass pieces perfect for your home, Christmas tree or as gifts for your loved ones. All materials and refreshments are included. Click the date for more info & to book: Friday 7th December 10am until 1pm.

Christmas Bunting Sewing

Get into the festive spirit at this Christmas Bunting Sewing Workshop with tutor Mary Hall. Spend a morning relaxing making your own fabulous Christmas pudding bunting and by the end of your session it will be ready to adore your home. All materials, tools, sewing machine and light refreshments included. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 8th December, 10am until 1pm

2019 Workshops

Chicken Willow Weaving

Spend a relaxing day with us and learn the techniques of weaving with willow. Get hands on and make your own birdfeeder and Chicken Sculpture. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 19th January 2019, 10am until 4pm.

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: 2nd & 3rd February 2019.

Beginner's Pencil Drawing

Louise Comfort our illustrator, 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, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book: Sunday 3rd March 2019 10am until 4pm.

Foraging in the Wild

Are you ready to get back to nature and experience the amazing textures, tastes and flavours the countryside has to offer? This is the perfect workshop for you. Our expert tutor Richard has been living off the land for years and we are lucky enough to welcoming him back to the estate for the 3rd year running, join us and be amazed. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 18th May 10am until 4pm.

Hedgerow Willow Basket Weaving

Spend a relaxing day with us and learn the techniques of weaving with willow. Get hands on and make your own oval or round hedgerow basket. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 8th June 10am until 4pm.

The Art of Growing Grapes for Wine

If you’re a wine lover and want to try your hand at growing grapes for wine making, this workshop could be the perfect way to start 2018. Join us for a step-by-step introduction to grape growing for wine making. Light refreshments are included. Coming again soon.

Full Day Embroidery Workshop

Join us for a full day relaxing workshop learning the art of embroidery. Perfect for absolute beginners or intermediates,  learn a selection of stitches and techniques and open your eyes to the possibilities and uses of embroidery. All materials, tools and lunch with wine are included. New date for 2019 coming soon. 

Beginners Wool Weaving

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. New date for 2019 coming soon.

Afternoon Block Print Workshop

This great introductory workshop will open your eyes to the beautiful ancient art of Indian block printing. Spend an afternoon relaxing and enjoy trying something new, making your own personalised scarf, perfect for you or a gift. All materials, tools and refreshments are included. New date for 2019 coming soon. 

Beginners Bobbin Lace Workshop

This great short introductory workshop will open your eyes to the beautiful craft of bobbin lace making. Perfect to improve your knowledge or for beginners.  All materials and refreshments provided. New date for 2019 coming soon. 

Table / Stool Making Workshop

Join us and make a beautiful small side table or stool that you will treasure forever. This two day workshop offers a great introduction to rustic woodcraft and it’s always a sociable two days with a fantastic atmosphere. The workshop includes refreshments and a homemade two course lunch served with local wine. New date for 2019 coming soon. 

Beginner's Oil Painting

Join us and create your own landscape oil painting in a day.  Local artist Sara Penrose will guide you step-by-step, demonstrating and explaining the tools and materials, composition, colour mixing and various techniques for creating your very own landscape painting. 2 course lunch, refreshments and materials included. New date for 2019 coming soon. 

Tell us your ideas

Your opinions are very welcome – we’d love to hear your ideas for workshops!

Rural Antics Voucher!

Our Rural Antics Workshop Experience voucher makes a great gift & is valid on any full day workshop.

Workshop Tutors

We’re always looking for new workshop topics & tutors – if that could be you…

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