21 cracking Christmas wreath workshops
Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes are hugely popular (wonder if the accompanying mulled wine has anything to do with that?) so, quick, book now.
What is it about festive wreath-making? I think I must be the only woman I know who doesn’t have a DIY ring of holly hanging from my front door over the festive period – but, hey, my family is lucky if I get around to buying them presents, let alone hand-crafting decorations.
But whether it’s the chance to get artsy and crafty, the unmissable Instagram boasting opportunities or the free mulled wine while you beaver away with twigs and foliage, you lot are certainly mad about making them.
As such, there’s loads of workshops springing up in the weeks ahead – but be quick, they’re selling like hot mince pies. If we’ve missed any good ones that still have availability, just let us know in the comments box below and we’ll add them to the list.
Babylon Flowers Watlington (29 Nov, 7-9pm), Preston Crowmarsh (6 Dec, 7-9pm), £50
I’ve used Babylon Flowers personally many times so there’s no guesswork involved in knowing this will be an excellent workshop by this indie florist and nursery. Its two-hour wreath making workshop includes materials, natural decorations and a glass of mulled wine.
Just Joey On The Moon x Farrow & Ball, Henley School of Art, Henley, Weds 5 Dec, 7.15-9pm, £60
Oooh classy! Claudia Rose of florist Just Joey On The Moon is teaming up with colour creatives Farrow & Ball to offer an insight into Claudia’s design process (think texture, colour and accessories), followed by a wreath-making workshop. British foliage, woodland berries, baubles and smellies are included but bring gardening gloves and secateurs. Just Joey On The Moon is also holding an table styling masterclass on Thurs 29 Nov at The Creative Duck Pop-Up, Henley from 7.30-9.30pm.
Bicycle Blooms, 138 Magdalen Road, 1, 6, 8, 12, 15 Dec, £55
Muddy Award winner 2018 Bicycle Blooms is absolutely brilliant, and is hosting a number of luxury wreath-making workshops this December supplying fresh materials, tools, mulled wine and a florist’s bow to hang your creation.
Foxgloves and Roses, Wantage, Sat 8 Dec, £45
A ticket for bespoke florist Foxgloves and Roses’ workshop includes materials from fresh and dried foliage to ribbons. There’ll also be homemade cupcakes and spiced hot chocolate. You’ll need to bring an apron and sharp scissors.
Thame Barnes Centre, Thame, Fri 7 Dec, £25
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, Sat 24, Fri 30 Nov, Sat 8 Dec, £55
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.
Feather and Nest Home and Lifestyle store, Sun 2 Dec, £55
Feather and Nest Home and Lifestyle store is teaming up with bespoke florist Fuchsia Blooms for a morning of luxury wreath making. The workshop includes Fuchsia Blooms’ homegrown greenery as well as foraged foliage and will include a glass of bucks fizz. All materials used in the workshop will be natural and eco-friendly.
Yarnton Manor, Tues 11 Dec, £50 (plus booking fee)
Flowers by Kirsty will be hosting a two hour workshop at Yarnton Manor including materials (sparkly ones too!), mulled wine and mince pies.
Asthall Manor, Burford, Sat 15 Nov, £75
Asthall Manor’s head gardener Jenny Barnes will be leading the workshop which starts with a hands-on forage for materials around the Manor’s grounds (get out the metal detector!) and is followed by a demonstration before you get making. Materials are provided but if you fancy some added bling, feel free to bring your own. Lunch is included in the ticket price.
Call 01993 824319 for tickets
Magdalen Arms Oxford, Sat 29 Nov, £40 (plus booking fee)
Everyone knows Christmas technically starts in November, right? Bloomin’ chic florals is offering a two hour workshop creating traditional moss-based wreaths. Materials and a free drink included.
Crown and Thistle, Abingdon, Wed 5, Thurs 6 Dec, £75
Fabulous Flowers owners Gary Cooper and Matthew Taylor will be leading a luxury wreath workshop in The Crown and Thistle. The boys have been running Fabulous Flowers for 14 years and have beautiful stores in Abingdon and Oxford (the Oxford shop will host another workshop on the Thursday). Both include materials and refreshments.
KIDS: Cholsey Pavilion, Wed 12 Dec, £25 (plus booking fee)
A sweet idea. Get the kids in the creative Christmas spirit with Mrs Bun the Baker’s edible wreath-making workshop. The session will include ingredients, cooking equipment and biscuit recipes to take home. 8+
Joanne Caldwell, Harrow & Hope, Marlow Winery, 13 Dec (6pm-10pm) and 15 Dec (10am-2pm), £75
Marlow based florist Joanne Caldwell has over 10 years experience in floral design and will be sharing her tips at Hope & Harrow for two workshops, materials included. A ticket also includes a tour of Harrow & Hope’s vineyard and winery and a wine tasting (RESULT!) of their award winning vino.
Wild Rose Florist, Prestwood, Great Missenden, 6 & 7 Dec (6.30-9pm both nights)
Muddy Awards finalist 2018 Rachel of Wild Rose is a young, dynamic florist and I totally love her modern take on design – I’m sure her wreath-making workshop will be innovative too. Tel 07498 063 809 or email email@example.com
Herbert & Isles, Wooburn Common, Wed 5, Fri 7, Sat 8 Dec, £50
Sorcha Herbert and Charlotte Isles don’t own a traditional shop and instead host workshops in their Wooburn Common studio. They’ve got several workshops on the go this year offering materials, a tutorial on moss-based wreaths and refreshments. A couple of the sessions are already booked up so grab a ticket sooner rather than later.
Blooms of Newport Pagnell, URC Hall, Milton Keynes, Thurs 29 Nov, Sun 2 Dec, £30
This new 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.
The Flower Boutique, Milton Keynes, Tues 4 Dec, Wed 5 Dec, £40 (£15 deposit to pay)
The Flower Boutique is promising an evening of assembling natural, rustic style wreaths (materials included) as well as nibbles and refreshments. Tuesday’s workshop will be held in their MK store and Wednesday’s will be held in Watermead Village Hall.
Peterley Manor Farm, Prestwood, Sat 8 Dec, £60 (plus booking fee)
Experienced local florist Cherry Green (have you ever seen a better name for a florist?) will be hosting the intimate workshop where you will take home a 60cm moss-based door wreath inspired by Buck’s hedgerows. Materials on offer are green foliage, berries, fruit and feathers. All materials and tools included along with mulled wine and mince pies.
Lindengate Mental Health Charity, Wendover, Thurs 29 Nov, Mon 3 Dec, £50
This one has free Prosecco *cue Muddy stampede*. A ticket will also get you a tutorial from professional florist Joy Payne, greenery and decorations to make your own festive wreath. Bring your own secateurs and gloves.
Call Anne Mills on 01296 622443 for tickets
Willow & Thyme, Huntsmill Farm Thurs 6 Dec, Rectory Farm Sat 8 Dec, £50
Deck the halls in style with your own handmade wreath from one of Willow & Thyme’s popular workshops. The workshops will be held in two locations a few miles from Buckingham, Huntsmill Farm, Shalstone and Recotry Farm, Water Stratford and include materials, tools, refreshments and course notes to take home. There are only a few tickets left so book now to grab a space.
The Courtyard Art Studio, Middle Claydon, Sat 8 Dec, £50
Award winning florist Rhubarb & Roses will be running a morning workshop in The Courtyard Art Studio and are offering loads of materials from fresh foliage and natural pine, to dried fruits, cones and festive ribbons. Refreshments included.