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!

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!

Creative craft workshops in inspiring surroundings

Willow Weaving

Spend a relaxing day with us and learn the basic techniques of weaving with willow. Get hands on and make your own bird feeder and chicken. All materials, refreshments and two course homemade lunch is provided. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 27th January 2018.

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. Click the date for more info & to book 10th February 2018.

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. Click the date for more info & to book 24th February 2018.

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: 3rd & 4th March 2018.

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 Friday 16th March.

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 14th April 2018

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 21st April.

Mindful Photography

Let Gilly our skilled creative photographer develop your capacity for mindful presence and deepen your connection to the beauty and the extraordinary world you live. The workshop includes refreshments and a homemade two course lunch served with local wine. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 28th April.

Beginner's Poetry Writing Workshop

Let our expert tutor Fiona help you explore and evolve your creative poetry writing skills at this half day introductory to poetry workshop. Includes a 2 course homemade lunch with wine and refreshments. Click the date for more info and to book 29th April.

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 5th May 2018.

Foraging for Food

Our one day foraging for a food experience is hosted by Richard Mawby. You will discover the edible foods on the estate and around the countryside. Your day includes a homemade two course lunch served with local wine and samples of your forage.  Click the date for more info & to book 19th May 2018.

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: 9th & 10th June 2018. 

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: 3rd & 4th February 2018 – SOLD OUT

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 here for more information & for details of upcoming dates.

'Fall in Love' with Sewing Workshop

Get into the festive season at our ‘fall in love’ with sewing workshop and let our creative tutor Mary Hall inspire you. She will guide you step by step to make your own Christmas bunting and personalised applique Christmas cards.The workshop includes materials, sewing machine and refreshments. Click here for more information & for details of upcoming dates.

Introduction to Flower Essences

Expert Homeopath, Wendy Jackson, will teach you how to identify the healing qualities of individual flower essences before you create your very own combination of Australian Bush Flower Essences to take home with you. All materials and homemade 2 course lunch include.  Click here for more information & for details of upcoming dates.

Support your Health Naturally

Join us and enjoy a day learning easy quick ways of improving your health, how to make fit more nutritious food choices, easily and cheaply into your shopping basket. Sue is ready to share with you her top tips and abundance of knowledge to improve your health.  Click here for more information & for details of upcoming dates.

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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