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

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 29th July.

Children's Workshop Selection August

This August we are hosting a variety of children’s workshops during the summer holiday, choose from Bobbin Lace, Pencil Drawing or Sewing. Click here to view dates and more information.

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. Click the date for more info & to book 31st August

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 September.

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 9th September.

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. Click the date for more info & to book  Friday 14th September.

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. Click the date for more info & to book Friday 14th September.

Beginner's 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. Click the date for more info & to book Saturday 15th September.

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 Sunday 16th September

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.

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.

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 SOLD OUT – Friday 13th July next date Friday 23rd November.

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.

Christmas Bunting Sewing Workshop

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

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

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.

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. Workshop includes materials & refreshments. Coming again soon. 

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.

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. 

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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