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

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!

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 & Friday 29th March 2019.

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 or Saturday 12th January 9.30am until 12.30pm. 

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: Sunday 25th November 10am until 1pm   (Spaces left) Saturday 1st December – (Full)

Christmas Willow Weave Angel

Join us this festive season and create your very own Willow Weave Christmas Angel. The perfect sculpture to add light and warmth to your home, decorate with lights or hang outside. All materials, tools, refreshments and a glass of wine included. Click the date for more info & to book: Friday 30th November 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.

Crochet Bowl Workshop

Spend a day relaxing making a beautiful handmade crocheted bowl. All materials, refreshments and light lunch with a glass of wine are provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 8th December 10.15 to 3.15pm

 

Christmas Sewing

Get into the festive spirit at this Christmas Sewing Workshop with tutor Mary Hall. Spend a morning relaxing making your own fabulous Christmas pudding bunting or stocking 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

Beginners Embroidery Workshop

Join us for a relaxing morning  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 refreshments are included. Click the date for more information & to book  Saturday 12th January 10am until 1pm.

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. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 12th January 2019 2pm until 4pm.

Fused Glass Bowl Workshop

Join us and make your own beautiful glass fused bowl. Learn the art of working with glass and create a unique piece handmade by you. Workshop includes materials & refreshments. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 12th January 1.15pm until 4.15pm.

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 12th January 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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, (1 space left) & Friday 1st February 10am until 4pm.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of wines and gain your Level 2 qualification in Award in Wines, all in the beautiful setting of the wine estate. For details and to book click date Sunday 20th, 27th January & 3rd February.

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. – SOLD OUT Next date March

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 Saturday 9th February.

Lantern Sewing

Spend a relaxing day creating your own beautiful decorative lantern from scratch. All materials, tools, sewing machine and 2 course homemade lunch with wine included. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 16th February, 10am until 4pm

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. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 16th February  9.30am until 4pm.

Kuksa Carving Workshop

Our expert tutor will get you started. Learn, create and enjoy a unique experience making your own Kuksa drink cup from wood. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Sunday 17th February 9.45am until 4.15pm.

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 2019. Join us for a step-by-step introduction to grape growing for wine making. Light refreshments are included. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 23rd February 10am until 1pm.

Full Day Stained Glass Workshop

Join us for an inspiring full day workshop learn to work with stained 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 Saturday 2nd March.

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.

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: 16th & 17th March.

Obelisk 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 Obelisk structure perfect for climbing plants. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 23rd March 10am until 4pm.

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 29th March.

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 & to book Saturday 13th April 10am until 3pm 

Beginners Picture Sewing

Spend a morning creating your own beautiful applique picture. Perfect for beginners, all materials, tools, sewing machine and light refreshments included. Click the date for more info & to book: Sunday 14th April, 10am until 1pm. 

Beginner's Spoon Carving

Our expert tutor 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 27th April 10am until 4.15pm.

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. Click the date for more info & to book: Saturday 11th & 12th May 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 25th May 10am until 4pm.

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. 

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.

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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