19 cracking Christmas wreath workshops
Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes are hugely popular so, quick, book now!
What is it about the unstoppable rise of Christmas wreath-making? My village goes absolutely mad for them with almost every door adorned with festive foliage by mid-November.
If you fancy having a crack at creating your own, we aren’t short on workshops in Bucks and Oxon with lots springing up over the next few weeks (some come with free festive tipple btw). But be quick to book as tickets are selling like hot mince pies. Secateurs at the ready, let’s go!
Babylon Flowers, Cartshed Cafe (9, 10 Dec) & Granary Cafe (12Dec), Watlington
I’m a big fan of this chic indie florist which only uses British-grown blooms (lots are grown in its Cuxham-based nursery). Its wreath making workshop provides all the need materials but bring along secateurs if you have them and any festive decorations you want to include.
Bicycle Blooms, Magdalen Road, Oxford, 30 Nov, 5, 7, 11, 14 Dec
This florist won a Muddy Award in 2018 and has heaps of luxury workshops to get stuck elbow deep in foliage and mulled wine this season. Materials supplied.
Cinnamon Kitchen, 29 Nov
Cinnamon Kitchen, found on Westgate’s rooftop, have teamed up with Oxford-based Daisies Flower shop for a super-tasty wreath-making workshop – after creating your wreath, you’ll then get a two course lunch with a glass of wine. Yum.
£70pp. Tel: 01865 951 670.
Foxgloves and Roses, Wantage, 7 & 8 Dec
A ticket for bespoke florist Foxgloves and Roses’ workshop includes a demonstration and materials from seasonal foliage to ribbons. You’ll need to bring an apron and sharp scissors.
Thame Barns Centre, Thame, 7 Dec
Thame Barnes Centre is offering a traditional, guided wreath making workshop with mince pies and mulled wine. Materials are included but bring along some communal greenery, secateurs and gardening gloves.
The Flower Fairies, Long Hanborough, 6, 13, 14 Dec
Join The Flower Fairies Flower School to create a seasonal wreath full of foliage, berries, seed heads, dried fruits and ribbons (there’s even a bit of bling to add). A percentage of the proceeds will help Oxfordshire’s vulnerable this Christmas. Book in quick as they’re filling up pronto.
Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford, 23 Nov
At this two hour workshop you’ll learn how to make an evergreen base and then decorate it with seeds and dried foliage all harvested from inside the garden – a lovely touch. There’s also a family course for children on 14 Dec.
Magdalen Arms, Oxford, 23 Nov
Everyone knows Christmas technically starts in November, right? Bloomin’ Chic Florists are returning to Magdalen Arms to host a two and a half hour workshop, materials (and free drink) provided.
£40pp. Tickets here.
Fabulous Flowers, 26, 27, 28 Nov, 9 Dec
Fabulous Flowers owners Gary Cooper and Matthew Taylor will be leading luxury wreath workshops in venues across Oxford including Crown and Thistle, Abingdon (26 Nov), their Oxford-based shop (27 Nov) and two in groovy Victors on Westgate’s rooftop (28 Nov, 9 Dec) with bottomless mulled wine. Oh, yes please.
Yarnton Manor, Yarnton, 3 Dec
Yarnton’s in-house florist will be hosting an hour and a half workshop with non-alcoholic mulled wine (no danger of snipped fingers!), mince pies and a bit of sparkle.
Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, 29 Nov
At this two hour course at the charming Earth Trust you’ll create a natural Christmas wreath (there’s also an after school session for families on 6 Dec). Foliage and refreshments will be provided, but bring along festive accessories to decorate (mini gin bottles, perhaps?).
Blooms of Newport Pagnell, Emberton Pavilion (30 Nov), Yardley Arts CIC (2 Dec) & NP British Legion Club (5 Dec)
This wreath making workshop will run for two hours and include a step-by-step tutorial from Blooms of Newport Pagnell’s florist, Tracey, and a selection of natural materials, greenery and festive decorations to give your wreath an extra festive touch.
£30. Tickets here.
The Flower Boutique, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, 1, 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Workshops for this Woburn Sands-based florist are filling up quick, but there are still lots of dates to choose from right up until the big day (so no worries if you’re a little lastminute.com when it comes to Christmas). Materials provided along with baubles, ribbons and nibbles a plenty.
£40pp, with a £15 deposit. Tickets here.
Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden, 1 Dec
There’s only one remaining date with spaces for the farm’s intimate wreath workshops held in the greenhouse by local florist Cherry Green (have you ever seen a better name for a florist?). Materials on offer are green foliage, berries, fruit and feathers – all included – along with mulled wine and mince pies.
£70+booking fee. Tickets here.
Willow & Thyme, Huntsmill Farm, nr Buckingham, 30 Nov, 5 Dec
Willow & Thyme are offering two different styles of wreath making this year – a traditional offering (5 Dec, £50pp) and a “freeform” workshop (30 Nov, £60). Basically, that means you can go wild with the secateurs!
The Full Moon pub, Hawridge, 11 Dec
This cosy, historic pub in the Chiltern Hills makes a great setting to get you in the festive mood. The workshop will be held in the pub’s function room and you’ll get a step-by-step demo (materials provided) from mossing the wreath to adding baubles, bows and orange slices, plus a glass of Prosecco to keep you inspired. Bring secateurs.
Rhubarb & Roses, The Courtyard Art Studio, Middle Claydon, 30 Nov
At this 2.5 hour course you’ll take home a natural-style door wreath made with pine, foliage, dried fruit, cones and seasonal ribbon. Tools, materials and mince pies provided.
Cliveden, Maidenhead, 26, 27 Nov & 3, 13, 16, 17, 18 Dec
The beautiful National Trust site is hosting several workshops for the festive season with a professional florist. A ticket also includes admission to the estate for a crisp winter walk.
£45. Tickets here.
Velvet Brown, Long Crendon Manor Stables, 27 Nov & 3 Dec
The lovely gift shop hosts wreath making workshops every Christmas and they usually sell out fast – a ticket will get you a tutorial from Hazel and her team on how to make a seasonal arrangement, tips’n’tricks and a stunning wreath to take home.
Sorcha Herbert Flowers, nr Beaconsfield, 4, 6, 7, 8 Dec
Sorcha Herbert is hosting wreath making session in her workshop near Beaconsfield. There are a few dates to pick from with workshops including all materials and tools. Oh, did I mention there’s Prosecco and mulled wine?