Willow Phoenix Courses

“Whether you are a beginner, or an ardent ‘stick-twiddler’, we hope you find something you like, and we look forward to welcoming you to our friendly workshops in the beautiful surroundings of Wakelyns”

Emma & Adam

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Bird Feeders

Saturday March 23rd 2024

On the day we’ll work on two designs for lovely feeders for the garden. You’ll take both home, with lots of ideas how to fill them with treats for the birds.

£70 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Bird Feeders on 23 March 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Plant Supports and Berry Baskets

Saturday March 30th 2024

Another 2 project day in which you’ll learn how to create a woven plant support (great for beans and sweet peas) and a dear little foraging basket to gather what you grow.

£80 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Plant Supports and Berry Baskets on 30 March 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Re-Connecting – Saturday 6 April

Re-Awakening – Sunday 7 April

Each a one day event. Or make a weekend of it!

Re-Connecting

Saturday 6th April – 10am-10pm

A day of grounding, creative activities aimed at reconnecting to nature (and yourself). Dream-weave, whilst basket making, explore colour therapy through mosaic and connect to earth with pottery. Crafts for children with Exploring Nature. Green crafts for the whole family.

Evening Ceilidh

details of all the Reconnecting fun here

Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, communal campfire evening meals, all materials, and parking included

Day Tickets £170 Adult/ £75 Under 14/ Free for Under 5s

Re-Connecting on 6 April 2024 (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)


Re-Awakening

Sunday April 7th – 9am – 9pm

An introduction to mysticism and spiritual paths.

Yoga and Breath Work sessions.

Evening fire and Drumming Circle.

details of all the Reakening fun here

Ticket Price includes Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, all materials, elevenses. parking and evening meal.

Day Tickets £150 Adult, £50 Under 14, Free for under 5s.

Re-Awakening on 7 April 2024 (9:00 am – 9:00 pm)

make it a weekend (including option to arrive on Friday 5 april)

Weekend Ticket £250 adult/£80 Under 14/Free for Under 5s

Weekend Tickets with camping. £290 Adult/ £110 Under 14/ Free for Under 5s.

Re-Connecting + Re-Awakening – make it a weekend! on 6 April 2024 – 7 April 2024 (10:00 am – 9:00 pm), with Friday evening arrival option

Or book a Wakelyns Ley Alley Pod in conjunction with the non-camping ticket.

Or book an ensuite room in the Wakelyns Farmhouse in conjunction with the non-camping ticket. Information about the Wakelyns Farmhouse here. Inquiries about booking an en-suite room here.


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Living Willow Chairs

Saturday April 20th 2024

Come and learn to make a living willow chair for your garden. It’s fun because it will grow.

£120 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Living Willow Chairs on 20 April 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Swill Baskets

Saturday April 27th 2024

In this course we will immerse ourselves in the lovely swill basket, used originally in the fishing industry. As we weave, we’ll look at the history of the basket and re-imagine it’s use in the modern world.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Swill Baskets on 27 April 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Lamps and Lampshades

Saturday May 11th 2024

Learn how to create willow and paper lamps and lampshades, using the wild weaving technique. Perfect for a rustic element to your home decor.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Lamps and Lampshades on 11 May 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Hazel Handled Baskets

Saturday May 25th 2024

Our popular Hazel Handled basket course, will facilitate you to learn this lovely contemporary design. A great every day basket.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Catered for by Wakelyns Bakery.

Hazel Handled Baskets on 25 May 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Exploring Pyrography & Roundel Trays

Saturday June 22nd 2024

(These two courses run concurrently on the day).

Wooden Roundel Tray

Come and choose a lovely wooden Roundel (tree cross section), to use as a base for a good sized display tray. We’ll weave around this with willow. Great for bread, fruit and veg. You then have an option to embellish with pyrography.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Wooden Roundel Trays on 22 June 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Exploring Pyrography

Discover the exciting art of wood-burning, learning different techniques and testing them out before decorating a wooden gift box to take home with you. Bring your own design or be inspired by nature at Wakelyns!

£85 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Exploring Pyrography on 22 June 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Heritage Frame Baskets

Saturday – Sunday July 20th & 21st 2024

Spend 2 days at Wakelyns exploring 3 Celtic frame basket designs. You will take away a Leaf Tray, a Berry Basket and a ‘Henny Penny’ everyday basket.

£180 for the two days – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Heritage Frame Baskets (2 day event) on 20 July 2024 – 21 July 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Willow Dragonfly

Sunday July 28th 2024

Learn to make a large woven dragonfly for your home. Beautiful decor, inside or out.

£85 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Willow Dragonfly on 28 July 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Hazel Handled Basket Oval

Saturday August 31st 2024

This is an intermediate course for those who have already made a round basket and would like to extend their skills. In this course we will lay down the border over a hazel handle.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Hazel Handled Basket Oval on 31 August 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Rustic Rendezvous Weekend

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 September 2024
lots more detail to come!

Lots of fun stuff to do including: basket making, spoon carving, pole-lathe, whistle making, pottery, pyrography, lantern making, natural printing, staff making, runes, yoga, gong bath and evening entertainment. A variety of rustic crafts and a weekend of fun for the whole family.

Ticket Price includes Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, communal campfire evening meals, all materials, weekend camping, entertainmment and parking.

Day Tickets £170 Adult/ £75 Under 14/ Free for Under 5s

Weekend Tickets with camping. £290 Adult/ £110 Under 14/ Free for Under 5s.

Rustic Rendevous Weekend on 7 September 2024 – 8 September 2024 (10:00 am – 10:00 pm), with option of Friday evening arrival

Or book a Wakelyns Ley Alley Pod in conjunction with the non-camping ticket.

Or book an ensuite room in the Wakelyns Farmhouse in conjunction with the non-camping ticket. Information about the Wakelyns Farmhouse here. Inquiries about booking an en-suite room here.


Norfolk Baskets Oval

Saturday September 21st 2024

This excellent, good sized oval basket is great for gathering produce from the garden or allotment. A traditional Norfolk design which is timeless and beautiful. Aimed at folk who have already made a round basket.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Norfolk Baskets Oval on 21 September 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Apple Baskets

Sunday September 29th 2024

Come and learn to make this lovely, seasonal Apple Basket, which also works well as a shopping basket.

£95 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Apple Baskets on 29 September 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Rope-Handled Log Basket

Saturday October 12th 2024

In this course we will create an ample sized log basket with either rope handles or fingerholds depending on your preference. Perfect for cosy, autumn hearths.

£120 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but extra time is available if necessary!

Rope-Handled Log Basket on 12 October 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Willow Angels

Saturday November 16th 2024

Learn how to create 2 designs of angels (or fairies) as beautiful, sustainable decor for your home. The first angel is a lantern, the second will grow.

£85 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Willow Angels on 16 November 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Come and make your own natural, sustainable decorations for the festive season, with organic Wakelyns willow. We will make willow wreathes, star bases and woven stars for you to take home.

£75 – Ticket Price includes all materials, Wakelyns Bakery Lunch, elevenses & parking.

Course runs from 10am to 5pm but but extra time is available if necessary!

Wreaths & Stars on 7 December 2024 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


All tools and materials are provided. Take home your makings.

If you don’t live locally, why not stay over in a Wakelyns Ley Alley Pod?

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Adam and Emma say:

“We have been working together as Willow Phoenix since 2012 and have completed various commissions, festivals, events and community projects together. We currently working on large-scale commissions for the summer season, whilst teaching at Easton College ‘Beginner’s Basketry’ course.”

“We are both very excited to be working with Wakelyns to offer a series of seasonal willow basket projects for beginners to intermediate weavers. We we be including willow grown at Wakelyns and offer the opportunity to learn more about the process of coppicing, its sustainability and how it fits in to the wider landscape of agroforestry.”

“Weaving is a  mindful, sustainable craft, good for people, nature, and the planet. It’s the perfect antidote to our fast-paced life and the finished product is authentic and will last a lifetime.Weaving is an excellent way to connect to nature and is gentle, whole body exercise.”

“We are members of the Heritage Crafts Association and support it’s aims of promoting and teaching to keep the craft viable. We have also committed to learning to make baskets from the endangered crafts Red List, to keep the craft alive and accessible to future generations.”

“We look forward to crafting with you in the beautiful setting of Wakelyns, where we will take you through the process of making your own baskets from the willow trees in the field, to your completed project.”

Here are some of Adam & Emma’s other lovely work: