Workshops & Courses

Susie Dent – The Secret Lives of Words

30/01/2020

ake a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamberpot and bugbear (a terrorising

Watercolour Painting: ‘Blue Hibiscus’

06/02/2020

Join local artist Sandra Peck’s for a really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while.

Price from £67.50

Introduction to Wood Carving

06/02/2020

Come and learn the basics of wood-carving in a special workshop led by award-winning craftsman Glyn Mould; you’ll learn all about safety and tool care while students will have a choice of projects from carving flowers to garden birds, and lunch in Barnsdale’s Tea Room is included in the price.
Price includes tea/coffee, lunch, entry to the Gardens and use of equipment and all materials.

Price from £77.50

Willow Animal Taster

18/02/2020

Grab your secateurs and join country craftsmen Martin Keeley to learn how to weave with willow and create a beautiful dragonfly or fish to take home. If you’ve always wanted to have a bit of a go then this is the morning for you and will hopefully inspire you to have a go at a full day to make something really special!
Price includes tea/coffee and all materials, as well as entry to the Gardens.

Price from £20

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Garden

19/02/2020

You will discover how to make the best use of your kitchen garden to maximise production and in the spirit of Barnsdale and its creator Geoff Hamilton, to grow the finest fruit and vegetables the organic way. Covering all the essential elements from soil preparation to harvest and filling the ‘hungry gap’ it will enable you to enjoy home grown produce, whatever the season.
Matt Biggs is a regular on Gardeners’ Question Time, as well as an accomplished author and speaker.
Price includes tea/coffee throughout the day and lunch, as well as Garden entry.

Price from £80

Rose Pruning

26/02/2020

Roses are notorious for being tricky to trim so if you’re petrified of pruning, join Barnsdale’s Head Gardener Jon Brocklebank for a morning of simple step-by-step demonstrations and learn exactly how and when to tackle each different type.

Price from £37.50

Basics of Vegetable Growing

27/02/2020

Nick Hamilton explains the mysteries of soil preparation, seed sowing, plant raising, crop requirements and planting in this morning of top tips for beginners.
Price includes tea/coffee on arrival and enrty to the Gardens.

Price from £35

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Growing in Raised Beds

27/02/2020

Nick Hamilton takes a look at the benefits of growing in raised beds and the vegetables that are particularly suited to this environment. Learn all about the best materials to use, bed construction, soils and soil mixes and cultivation for your most productive season ever!
Price includes tea/coffee on arrival and enrty to the Gardens.

Price from £35

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Essentials of Organic Veg Growing

02/03/2020

Led by Nick Hamilton, this course is aimed at both gardening novices and those who want to find out more about growing and ‘pest-proofing’ their vegetables the natural way. You’ll learn all about organic principles, soil types, organic fertilisers, pest and disease problems and how to cope with them organically, and ways to rotate your crops to get the best from your plot.

Price from £80

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Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words

Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 1PX, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Lincs, PE9 1PX, United Kingdom

Watercolour Painting: 'Blue Hibiscus'

arnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Introduction to Wood Carving

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH

Willow Animal Taster

arnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Garden

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH

Rose Pruning

arnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exto, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH, United Kingdom

Basics of Vegetable Growing

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH

Growing in Raised Beds

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH

Essentials of Organic Veg Growing

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH