19 cracking Xmas 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 bonkers for them with almost every door adorned with festive foliage by mid-November. It’s actually a bit competitive for best in show.
If you fancy having a crack at creating your own, we aren’t short on workshops in Berkshrie 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!
Willow & Blooms, West Berkshire Brewery Wed 11 Dec
I’m a big fan of this chic indie florist – a Muddy-award winner in 2018, and run by the inspiring Helen Vickers. Its wreath making workshop provides all the equipment and materials you need – just turn up get creative and there’s even a festive drinkie included to keep the creative juices flowing.
The Wild Bluebell, The Globe Newbury, Sat 14 Dec
If you’re looking for a Christmas wreath that’s as wild as your nights out, then The Wild Bluebell’s workshop could be the one. Bristol-based Laura is inspired by the British countryside and hedgerows, so her look has a rustic and natural feel.
The Garden Room, Swan at Streatley, 5 & 7 Dec
Powered by mulled wine, the talented Sarah from The Garden Room in Goring, will fire up your festive flair to help you create a unique wreath to deck your door. All materials provided. This workshop takes place in the bar of the Swan hotel. Grab an early supper at Coppa Club. You’ll need to bring an apron and sharp scissors.
Bramble Cottage Flowers, Burghclere , 30 Nov
Bramble Cottage Flowers is all about being extra. They’re bringing an abundance of foliage, ribbons and accessories for you to create a unique luxury Christmas wreath! The ticket price includes all tools, materials and a glass of Prosecco! (Or soft drink)
£35pp. Tickets here.
Sarah Styles, Cobbs Farm Shop Hungerford, Tue 10 Dec; Englefield, Thu 12 Dec
Mulled wine, mince pies and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas playing in your head. The super-talented Sarah Styles will help you create a stunning seasonal wreath. Book in quick as they’re filling up pronto.
HoT Creative, Artisans Handmade Caversham, Tue 19 and Thu 21 Nov
HoT is a hub of creative talent, so it’s no surprise their doing something a bit different. During this fabulous 2-hour wreath making workshop (*wink* with Prosecco) you’ll make an artificial wreath. There will be a selection of decorations to choose from, so you should be able to match your wreath to your desired colour scheme. No experience is necessary. Phew.
£40pp Tickets here.
Adventures with Flowers, Theale, 29 Nov and 7 Dec; and John Lewis Reading 12 Dec
Christmas is mental for elves, hosts parents, gift buyers and party people. Adventures With Flowers are calling time out – weaving wellbeing into their wreath workshop. You’ll learn to create a unique door wreath for maximum relaxation. I love the fact they use help you choose materials that will have biggest impact on your wellbeing. Plus £1 from each place will got to Mental Health Mates.
£60pp. Tickets here.
A Boat Full of Wool, Colline’s Kitchen, Tue 5 Dec and Thu 12 Dec
Craftier than a Kirsty Allsopp Chrimbo, how about a chunky knit, eco-friendly wreath this year? Made from the softest merino wool, you’ll have a selection of decs to adorn your creation or you can bring along your favourites from home. No experience necessary, you’ll be guided from beginning to end and Colline’s Kitchen will be keeping you fed and watered throughout.
£35pp. To secure a place email Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitten Grayson, Heckfield Place, Wed 11 Dec
Florist to the fabulous Kitten Grayson, whose clients include Soho House, Vogue, Saatchi Gallery, Mulberry and many more, is hosting is super-luxe wreath workshop. Using a glorious array of festive foliage, berries and other natural ingredients, the Kitten Grayson Flowers team will demonstrate how to create a beautiful fresh seasonal wreath. All the elements will dry to become naturally preserved, meaning the wreaths can be used for Christmas and beyond. All tools and materials will be provided.
Wessex Flower Company, Hungerford, Mon 2, Tue 3 Thu 5, Mon 9 and Thu 12 Dec
Wreath making with the wow factor. Wessex Flower Company will be bringing their Forager and Luxury workshops to The Dolphin in Newbury, Silchester Farm, Wessex Flower Company HQ and Great Shefford village hall. Create something utterly gorgeous that suits your style. The Forager class is £45 (foraged foliage, berries pinecones and herbs with a raffia bow) and the Luxe class (moss base, velvet ribbon, seed heads, berries, thistles) is £65. Don’t forget your secateurs.
£45/ £65pp wessexflowercompany.co.uk
Devine Flowers, Cookham, Tue 3, Wed 11, Fri 13, Sat 14 Dec
Devine Flowers in Cookham is like having your very own Christmas helper. Whatever floral decoration you want to have a stab at, they have a workshop. Standard base wreaths, luxury moss wreaths and table centrepieces. You can even arrange a private parties if you and your gang want to do something special together. Now if they could baste the turkey and buy the gifts that would be magic.
Maidenhead and Cookham Common NT, Pinkneys Green, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Dec
At this two-hour course at the charming Rangers’ Shed on Maidenhead and Cookham Common National Trust, you’ll create a natural Christmas wreath using locally sourced materials. Bring along festive accessories to decorate (mini gin bottles, perhaps?).
£25pp Tickets here.
Emma Curtis, The Great House Sonning, Sun 8 Dec
Join George and Amal Clooney creating something festive and fab. I mean, they’ve not confirmed, but we’re convinced they’ll be shaking their baubles at The Great House, swaying to Last Christmas. Under the expert guidence of resident florist Emma Curtis you’ll take home the most impressive wreath for your front door and a kiss from George under the mistletoe. A girl can dream.
Cliveden NT, Maidenhead, Tue 26, Wed 27 Nov & Tue 3, Fri 13, Mon 16, Tue 17, Wed 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.
£45pp. Tickets here.
Basildon Park NT, Pangbourne, Fri 29 & Sat 30 Nov, and Sun 1, Wed 4, Thu 5, Fri 6, Mon 9, Tue 10, Wed 11 Dec
A gazillion dates to get your Christmas creative juices flowing at Basildon Park National Trust near Pangbourne. A professional florist will put you through your paces put on lots of classes will begin at 10am and there’s an bottomless supply of hot drinks, mince pies. Stuff your face and walk it off with a mooch around the stunning grounds.
£45pp Tickets here
Green Parlour, Bradfield, Sat 30 Nov and Fri 6 & Sat 7 Dec
Pop on your floral crown, Emma and the Green Parlour team have been touched by royalty. They helped with the floral explosion for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Wedding, so you know you’re in good hands. They’ve been running wreath classes since 2008 and ensure you go home with a completely bespoke wreath as well as some valuable floristry skills.
Sonning Flowers, Sonning, Thu 28 – Sat 30 Nov; Mon 2, Tue 3, Fri 6, Sat 7, Tue 10 – Sat 14 Dec
Always make a fragrant entrance after creating a Sonning Flowers traditional mossed door wreath. Learn how to moss and dress your wreath with a large range of decs, including fruit, fir cones, baubles, cinnamon sticks, ribbons and glitter, and then make it your own. Would an Elton John feathered creation be so wrong?
Martin & The Magpie, Hungerford, Tue 3 & Wed 4 Dec
We’re big fans of Martin & The Magpie for is love of a floral crown and Danish aesthetic. He’s Hungerford shop is a haven of all things, green, trendy, bright and unusual. His Christmas wreath workshops will show you how to make a traditional moss based wreath and guide you through the process step-by-step. Go home with a showstopper… your neighbours will be green with envy!
Harrison & Green, Ufton Court, Ufton Nervet, 2 Dec
The stunning Tithe Barn at Ufton Court is the sort of wreath making workshop location that wouldn’t be out of place in a Richard Curtis Christmas movie – it even has a 15ft Christmas tree. Join Karen and the Harrison & Green floristry team for wreath making, with lots of materials available and refreshments. The end result? It’ll be love, actually. All proceeds from the workshops will go towards a new teaching space at Ufton.
£47.48pp Tickets here