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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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!


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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!


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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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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.


Seascape with puffins

A relaxing day studying these lovely birds in a coastal setting! Please note to ensure social distancing numbers are strictly limited & lunch will be served in the workshop.

  •   Tuesday 15th September 2020

£75.00

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Sunflowers

A lovely day painting these cheery, vibrant flowers! Please note to ensure social distancing numbers are strictly limited & lunch will be served in the workshop.

  •   Tuesday 13th October 2020

£75.00

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Seashells & feathers

Still life studies of pretty shells & feathers, please note to ensure social distancing numbers are strictly limited & lunch will be served in the workshop.

  •   Tuesday 10th November 2020

£75.00

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Christmas joy

Painting lovely festive scenes for your Christmas cards - please note to ensure social distancing numbers are strictly limited & lunch will be served in the workshop.

  •   Tuesday 17th November 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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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

Qty:

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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