Creative Workshops

Okells Workshops

Join one of our popular classes hosted by talented artists and makers. Every week we offer workshops from popular floral classes, painting, ceramics, willow weaving, jewellery making, printing, drawing and more.

Our inspirational classes will teach you new creative and practical skills, you’ll take away your day’s work and have the confidence to carry on at home.

Workshops are either half days or full days where our students pause for lunch in our coffee shop, taking a moment to reflect and chat with new friends.

All workshops include materials, coffee, cake and lunch if you’re on a full day class.

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Furniture upcycling with Charlotte McAdams

Transform with chalk paint & experiment with different upcycling techniques - try out crackle glaze, gilding wax & image transfer. Take an unloved old item & transform it into a treasured piece!

What do I need?

Charlotte McAdams

Charlotte McAdams

Alongside running Country Commissions, her own successful furniture painting service our friendly tutor Charlotte teaches her favourite furniture upcycling tips & techniques in popular workshops around Cheshire.


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Willow Weaving with Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Learn a new skill and create a stunning sculpture for your home or garden in a single day. Sarah runs many workshops, from seasonal stag’s heads to small scale animals (hares, geese...) and large obelisks with sculptural tops. Under Sarah’s close guidance, workshop students create amazing pieces to take home & enjoy.


Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Sarah has worked as a willow sculptor for 15 years, undertaking commissions for RHS, English Heritage and Kew Gardens, to name a few. Under her guidance it’s possible to create stunning sculptures in just a single day!


Hares & Rabbits

Create a lovely willow sculpture of a Spring hare or rabbit for your garden with Artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes to guide you!

  •   Friday 13th March 2020

£75.00

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Herons chickens or Geese

Join Willow Artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes to make stunning Willow bird sculptures.

  •   Friday 27th March 2020

£75.00

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Obelisks or four legged animals

Create a stunning Obelisk with a sculptural top (dragonfly or butterfly) or any four legged animal woven from live willow.

  •   Thursday 23rd April 2020

£75.00

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Lino Print with Katie Hudson

Master the basics of a two colour lino printing process. Learn how to design a strong print image, different tools for creating marks, using cutting tools safely, and printing using water based inks and a printing press. Take home your own limited edition print to frame!

What do I need?

Katie Hudson

Katie Hudson

Katie has worked in the creative industry for 20 years, she is an Illustrator whose practise is inspired by nature & mid century design. She works primarily in collage & printmaking, sharing her passion for lino cut in these fun, creative workshops, helping you develop all the skills you need to continue at home!


Mad March hares

Join Illustrator Katie Hudson to create fabulous Lino prints of leaping Spring Hares.

  •   Friday 24th April 2020

£75.00

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Fabric printing - Spring foliage

Inspired by Nature & Spring themes, create stunning fabric prints!

  •   Thursday 7th May 2020

£75.00

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Watercolour Painting with Allie Pottinger

Allie’s watercolour days perfect for beginners and intermediates alike, she’ll take you through step by step, practical tips and techniques from colour mixing, creating tone, washes and depth. Allie’s love of nature informs both her own work & the subject matter for many of her relaxed and informal workshops.


Allie Pottinger

Allie Pottinger

Cheshire watercolour artist and tutor, Allie has exhibited and worked as an illustrator for many years, with patience & good humour! These classes are a lovely, relaxing way to spend a day.


Pet portraits

Paint a stunning portrait of your own dog or cat in watercolour.

  •   Monday 16th March 2020

£75.00

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Mad March hares and foxes

Drawing and painting small mammals including leaping hares and frolicking foxes.

  •   Tuesday 17th March 2020

£75.00

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Bluebell woods

join Allie to paint stunning spring landscapes, including seasonal bluebell woods.

  •   Tuesday 21st April 2020

£75.00

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Seascape with seabirds

Paint stunning seascapes, looking at seabirds - puffins & oystercatchers.

  •   Tuesday 19th May 2020

£75.00

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Pencil sketching

Join Allie on this lovely day sketching in and around the garden centre studying various flora from life.

  •   Tuesday 16th June 2020

£75.00

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Portraits

A sketching and watercolour workshop looking at portraiture, please bring along a good, clear photograph to work from.

  •   Tuesday 7th July 2020

£75.00

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Floral Workshops with Jill Duerden

Our in-house florist and horticulturalist, Jill regularly hosts half and full day workshops covering flower arranging, planted pots, hand tied displays, hanging baskets and seasonal sessions from Easter & Christmas wreaths and table centrepieces.

What do I need?

Jill Duerden

Jill Duerden

Jill is an experienced Florist, who following her diploma, went on to teach at the Welsh College of Horticulture, alongside running her own successful floristry business for the past 15 years.


Mothers Day Planter

A lovely gift for Mother's Day - a stunning container bursting with Spring blooms!

  •   Wednesday 18th March 2020
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Easter Wreath

Create a stunning Easter Wreath for your front door or table centre, with vibrant fresh Spring blooms!

  •   Wednesday 8th April 2020
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Summer hanging basket

Create a beautiful hanging basket to take home, filled with stunning Summer flowers.

  •   Wednesday 20th May 2020
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Jewellery with Francesca Kippax

Learn the basics of silversmithing with renowned jewellery designer Francesca and take home a beautiful piece of handmade silver jewellery, and the confidence to carry-on at home.


Francesca Kippax

Francesca Kippax

Francesca founded ANUKA Jewellery in 2014, ANUKA is defined by strong, bold forms and clean lines, creating timeless classics with a contemporary edge.


Stacking rings

Design & create your own set of 3 stunning stacking rings with jewellery designer Francesca Kippax.

  •   Friday 29th May 2020

£95.00

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Collage with Katie Hudson

Illustrator Katie produces stunning images in collage, taking inspiration from nature & still life compositions. Join her on these great experimental multi media workshops!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.


Katie Hudson

Katie Hudson

Katie has worked in the creative industry for 20 years, she is an Illustrator whose practise is inspired by nature & mid century design. She works primarily in collage & printmaking, sharing her passion for lino cut in these fun, creative workshops, helping you develop all the skills you need to continue at home!


No workshops currently scheduled...

If you would like to put your name down for upcoming workshops, sign up to our waiting list or give us a call and we will endeavour to let you know as soon as the next workshop is arranged.

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Oil Painting with Sue Farrington

From traditional still life to contemporary landscapes, Sue covers many techniques and tips to help you get started or improve. Her popular workshops range from the single day to an extended course of mornings, offering a chance to form strong friendships with fellow students. Sue’s informative & creative workshops will give you the confidence to carry on at home and you’ll be able to take away the work you make during class.

What do I need?

Sue Farrington

Sue Farrington

Having lived and exhibited around the world, Sue’s work demonstrates a broad range - from wild atmospheric landscapes to still life. In her workshops Sue shares her techniques with passion and enthusiasm!


Spring Landscape

Paint a Spring landscape of your choosing - a lovely woodland scene, new green fields or trees of blossom!

  •   Thursday 26th March 2020

£75.00

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Abstract Acrylics & Mixed Media with Ali Kippax

Fun & creative abstract acrylic sessions, exploring many different mark making methods (brushes optional!). The workshops will take inspiration from the landscape, nature & architectural sources. Individual support will be given to help direct composition, scale and colour selection. 


Ali Kippax

Ali Kippax

A practising Artist with over 30 years teaching experience, Ali's classes are fun, creative & informative, covering both abstract acrylics & pastels creating textural elements with collage and exploring many different mark making techniques.


Abstract woodland landscape

Join Ali Kippax to paint expressive woodland scenes in acrylics & mixed media. Experimental & fun using a variety of textural elements.

  •   Thursday 5th March 2020

£75.00

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Buy someone a Voucher


The perfect gift experience...

Looking to buy a workshop for a friend but not sure which date is best? You can buy a voucher for any half day or full day workshop.


Half-day Voucher

Value: £45.00

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Full-day Voucher

Value: £75.00

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Once purchased, please email workshops@okellsgardencentre.co.uk to arrange for a printed voucher which can be posted, or collected from the Gift Shop.


On the day...

It's best to dress for mess! (Although we do supply aprons).

There is ample free parking on site & directions are available on our contact page.

Meeting in the Workshop (situated at the rear of the Gift Shop) at 9.45am gives time for informal coffee & introductions.

Working through until 12pm, a delicious selection of sandwiches, salad & cakes will be served on a reserved table in our lovely coffee shop. (Complementary tea & coffee is also available throughout the day).

Most courses finish at 3pm, however if you need extra time to complete or dry your creative piece, the workshop will usually remain open for a short time after.


Terms & Conditions

Workshop FAQs


Q – What time do the workshops start and end?

Full day workshops - 10am to 3pm
Half day workshops - 10am to 1pm
5 week courses - 9.45am to 12.45pm

These are the typical times for most of our workshops but make sure to check your workshops description and your confirmation email. But if in doubt, just ask.

Q – Is there disabled access into the workshop?

Yes - there is full access in all areas and a disabled loo in the Coffee Shop.

Q – Is there ample parking?

Yes we have a very large, FREE car park on site!

Q – What do I wear?

Aprons are provided for all our workshops, however please wear old clothes are preferable (especially if Oil Painting, or Printmaking!) bring a removeable layer too as the workshop can get very warm in the Summer and can start off quite chilly in the Winter!

Q – What should I bring?

Your creativity! We provide everything you need for all of our sessions. If you have any of your own tools or materials then you're welcome to bring them along too! Please check your confirmation email for any course specific instructions.

Q – What if I'm late?

Don't worry, we'll make a start & you should be able to catch up... just let us know as soon as you can!

Q – What happens at lunch time?

We will provide a delicious lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop... take a break from the workshop & enjoy the chance to chat to your fellow students!

Q – Do you cater for allergies/food intolerances?

Yes, just let us know when you make the booking (on the checkout page) and we'll ensure your food is served seperately & safely.

Q – Can I use standard Okells Vouchers towards a workshop place?

Yes, but only if you pay in the Gift shop at the tills, don't worry the staff will guide you through this!




Large Party Workshop?

If you're interested in placing a large booking (of 6 or more) please let us know and we can get in touch to organise this with you.

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