If you want to avoid the madness that will be Black Friday weekend, the National Trust have you covered. There are plenty of things to do! We got in touch with the charity to see what they had on, and boy are they keeping busy! Here are some cooking, wreath making and craft workshops you can get stuck into while avoiding the shopping madness.
Getting Crafty this Green Friday and Festive Period
Christmas is a great time to unleash your creativity, and craft a few home-made treats and decorations. Get into the festive spirit this year by joining one of the National Trust’s food and craft workshops.
Families can choose from a variety of fun activities, from decorating gingerbread men to creating sparkly baubles.
There’s plenty on offer for adults too, with artisan workshops ranging from creating wreaths to decorating festive cakes. Every one of these workshops will help you take home something inspired by beautiful surroundings.
What’s more, every activity you try helps the National Trust to continue looking after special places forever, for everyone.
Wreath making workshops
Get into the Christmas spirit at Hidcote by learning how to craft your very own festive wreath for your door or table. All materials will be provided, so you can let your creativity run wild in the two-hour workshop. For even more festive cheer why not add on a warming lunch in the café, or go all out and spend a full day at Hidcote, including special access to the shop and a guided tour of the gardens.
Wreath making workshop, 1– 3 & 8-10 Dec, 11am – 2.30pm. £50
Two hour wreath making workshop
Wreath making workshop with lunch 3 & 10 Dec, 11 am – 2.30pm. £75
Two hour wreath making workshop and a warming lunch.
Festive wreath making day, 1 & 8 Dec, 11am – 3.30pm. £100
Two hour wreath making workshop, exclusive access to the Hidcote shop, a two-course roast lunch and a garden tour.
Booking essential via 01386 438333 or online
Wreath making workshop, 4 – 6 Dec, 10 am – 2 pm
Nothing says ‘Christmas is here’ like putting a wreath on your front door. During this workshop, you’ll learn how to use natural greenery and trimmings to create your own festive wreath, all under the guidance of a professional florist. You needn’t worry about getting peckish either, as a mince pie on arrival and light lunch are both included in the price.
Booking essential or call on 0344 2491895
London and South East
Knole, Kent: Hayloft Workshops:
Woodcut Christmas cards workshop, 18 Nov, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Wreath making workshops, 4 – 8 Dec, 10 am to 1 pm
Spangled Baubles, 16 or 17 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Based in Knole’s beautifully restored seventeenth-century hayloft, the new learning centre provides the perfect opportunity to develop a new hobby, learn a new skill or extend your knowledge. There’ll be a programme of seasonal workshops running over the Christmas period, so you can unleash your creative side and learn to make wreaths, woodcut Christmas cards and spangled baubles.
Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire
Craft workshops series: Decoupage on glass and candles, 10 Nov, 2 – 4 pm, £22.50
Papercraft, 10 Nov & 8 Dec (festive theme), 11am – 12.30pm, £10
Children’s Christmas decopatch, 16 Dec, 11 am – 12.15pm, £12.50
Decopatch for Christmas, 8 Dec, 2 – 4 pm, £20
Wreath making, 10 December, 1 – 3 pm, £20
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure – an epic series of large-scale murals by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer. The Chapel is still a place of creativity, with an exhibition area and regular craft workshops. This Christmas, try your hand at wreath-making, or create the perfect gift by decorating a glass with decoupage.
Booking essential for all events or call on 0344 249 1895
Osterley Park and House
London Wreath workshops, 5 – 7 & 12 – 14 Dec, 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm
Take a break from Christmas shopping and get in the festive mood by joining a traditional wreath-making workshop at Osterley. You’ll be working with greenery cut fresh from the estate, and there’ll also be a variety of trimmings available to help you create the perfect festive decoration, all under the expert guidance of a National Trust gardener.
Booking essential via 0344 249 1895 or online
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Christmas decorations workshops
Looking for something a bit more creative than your standard Christmas bauble? Join one of the festive workshops at Wicken Fen and learn to craft your own decorations for house, tree and table.
Christmas Felt Workshop, 11 November, 10 am -1 pm
Learn how to make unique felted decorations for your house, tree & Christmas table.
Price: £35 (includes materials).
Booking essential: 01353 720274
Willow & Rush
Christmas decorations workshop, 17 or 18 December, 10am– 12.30 or 1.30 – 4pm
Learn how to make traditional rustic Christmas decorations for your house, tree & table using locally grown willow & rush.
Price: £20 (includes materials).
Booking essential or call on 01353 720274
Back to Backs, Birmingham
Christmas Rag Wreath Workshop, 18 & 25 Nov, 2 & 9 Dec, 10.30am – 1pm & 1.30pm – 4pm
If you’d like something a bit different to the traditional Christmas wreath, why not join craft specialists to learn how to create a ‘rag wreath’ out of fabric strips? As well as doing your bit for the planet by recycling material, you’ll end up with a festive decoration that can adorn your home year after year. All tools and materials are provided; all you need to bring is your creativity.
Price: Adult £30.
Online booking here
Christmas Crafts, 9 & 10 Dec, 10.30am – 3.30pm, may be a small charge for materials.
Wreath Making, 25 Nov & 2 Dec. £15 per person, booking essential via 01433670368
It might be cold outside, but there’s plenty of festive cheer to warm you up inside Longshaw’s Moorland Discover Centre. Unleash your creative side at one of the drop-in festive craft workshops and make some beautiful rustic tree decorations, or book onto a workshop and make your very own festive wreath to take home.
Online booking here
Traditional Christmas Workshops, 24 & 25 Nov, 11am – 1pm
From your first glimpse of the tree in the Staircase Hall to the sound of carols drifting through the rooms, Christmas is all around you at Sunnycroft. If you’d like to take a bit of the magic home with you, then why not join in with a festive craft workshops to craft your own door wreath or tree decoration? All materials will be provided.
Christmas cake decorating workshop, 1, 8 & 15 December, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Try your hand at Christmas cake decorating with award-winning baker Grace at one of the special workshops at Sizergh this festive season. Spend the morning icing and decorating a fruit cake, which is provided, under Grace’s expert eye then tuck into some delicious seasonal refreshments as a reward for your efforts before taking your cake home to enjoy.
Price: Normal admission applies plus £39, incl. seasonal refreshments.
Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
Wreath making workshop, 2 & 9 December, 11am – 1pm & 1.30 – 3.30pm
Fancy escaping the festive hustle and bustle to spend a few hours exploring your creative side? Why not sign up for a Christmassy workshop at Seaton Delaval, where a craft specialist will guide you through the steps to make a beautiful Christmas wreath. All materials are provided, plus mulled wine and mince pies to help inspire you with seasonal cheer.
Price: £25, incl. mulled wine and mince pies.
Speke Hall, Liverpool
Christmas decorating workshop, 22 & 23 November, 1pm – 3pm
The traditional Victorian decorations are always a highlight of Christmas at Speke Hall, especially the huge green leyandii and juniper garlands. If you’d like to craft your own mini version, the National Trust team are running a special workshop where you’ll learn how to make a fresh garland of your own, followed by festive refreshments to get you into the Christmas spirit. The garlands complete with trimmings and ribbon look beautiful hanging over the mantelpiece or draped over the doorway, and will fill your home with the scent of Christmas.
East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire
The Great Barn dressing, 3 & 10 Dec, 11am – 12 noon & 1 – 2pm
The Great Barn at East Riddlesden is a 400-year-old testament to the craftsmen who worked incredibly hard to build the magnificent structure. It becomes even more magical at Christmas when the National Trust team decorate it for the festive season – but they need your help. Head along to one of the sessions to lend a hand making Christmas decorations – there’ll be something for the whole family to get stuck into. Warm clothing is a must!
Price: Free event
Rowallane Garden, County Down
Gingerbread decorating, 16–24 December, 11 am – 3 pm
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tasty gingerbread treat. Cosy up by the fire in the Garden Café, and have a go at decorating your very own gingerbread man with edible icing during this drop-in craft session. Maybe you’ll dress him up as Santa Claus?
Price: Normal admission applies. Donations welcome for gingerbread decorating materials.
Mount Stewart, County Down
Christmas Crafts, every weekend in December, 11 am – 3 pm
Explore your creative side by taking part in a festive drop-in craft session at Mount Stewart. From sewing to making something for your Christmas tree, there is something for everyone.
Price: Free, but donations welcome.
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