Event details

£175 per person

Thursday 1 December - SOLD OUT
9.30am to 4.00pm (access to house and garden from 4.30pm)

Friday 2 December - SOLD OUT
9.30am to 4.30pm (access to house and garden from 5.00pm)

This expert masterclass includes all materials, refreshments including a picnic lunch, complimentary glass of fizz and evening access to Christmas in the house and garden.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to work with international willow artist Emma Stothard to create your own festive stag sculpture. In this hands on workshop, you will create a 1m willow reindeer sculpture, perfect for decorating your house or garden this Christmas.

As part of your day, enjoy an introductory talk by Emma about her work and experience, followed by the opportunity to master the art of willow weaving.

Refreshments and a delicious locally sourced picnic lunch will be provided. After the workshop, enjoy a glass of fizz followed by complimentary evening tickets to visit Christmas in the house and garden from 4.30pm (1 December) and 5pm (2 December). 

Important notice:

The workshop will take place outdoors, with hot drinks provided throughout the day. We advise wearing very warm clothing including a hat and thick socks! Willow can be a physically demanding material to work with so please let us know if you have any access requirements and we will speak to you about your needs.

All tools, PPE and materials are provided

About Emma Stothard

Acclaimed artist Emma has created beautiful sculptures across the country, including commissions for the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. Emma has most recently created a series of striking new sculptures for the Whitby Sculpture Trail.

I just love willow,” says Emma of the material she started her career with. “It’s a completely natural product, it’s very versatile, it has a wonderful smell, and a real energy. Working with it is almost like drawing in wood – each willow withy tapers naturally, as a line in pencil does. It has an ethereal quality, yet still gives solid shape, form and structure.

The finished product needs a little more care than the metal versions, depending on the environment it’s in, but look after it, and it’ll last beautifully for years.”

For more information about Emma, visit her website.


More festive fun

Make a stay of it

After an exciting day exploring Christmas in the house and garden, there’s nowhere better to be than at our hotel or inns. Curl up with a book and a locally-sourced gin by the inglenook fireplace, snuggle into a four-poster bed or sample Head Chef Adam’s 3 AA Rosette dining… the choice is yours.

View our Chatsworth at Christmas package.

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