10 of the best places to try something new: summer fun for 2014

10 of the best places to try something new: summer fun for 2014

Introduction to Beekeeping

Farncombe Estate, Worcestershire

Fancy trying your hand at beekeeping? This day will teach you all about honeybees and how to work safely with them. You will get to open a hive and handle bees on the day – special suits are provided! Includes a three-course lunch and afternoon tea. July 19, £75 per person (£50 deposit upon booking). 9.30am-4.30pm. Call 0333 456 8580 or visit www.farncombecourses.co.uk
Also at Farncombe this summer: Songwriting, Watercolour pencils and Beginners’ Patchwork!

A Splash of Colour

Castle Drogo, Devon

Sketch the stunning views from Castle Drogo in watercolour and pen, guided by tutor Celia Olsson. The day will start with an instructional session of handy hints and tips, which will arm you with ideas for later… Includes coffee and lunch. July 8, £35 per person, 10.30am-3.30pm. Normal admission fees also apply. Call 01647 433306 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Make Your Own Rag Rug Heart

Birmingham Back to Backs, West Midlands

Love a vintage patchwork? What about patchwork in the atmospheric setting of some of the last surviving ‘back to back’ properties in the UK? Learn how past residents crafted to make ends meet while you make your own. Refreshments, tools and materials provided. Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised. July 26, £27.50 per person, 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. Call 0121 622 2442 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Jewellery Making for Beginners

West Dean College, West Sussex

Tutor Carol Blackburn leads this ‘taster day’ for crafty types. Learn how to make beautiful beads and pendants by blending and shaping polymer clay. If you’re a dab hand with beads and love statement pieces of jewellery, this could well be the class for you! Includes lunch and afternoon tea. June 13, from £94 per person. 9.45am -5pm. Call 0844 499 4408 or visit www.westdean.org.uk
Also at West Dean: Stained Glass Taster Day on Jun 24, from £112 pp

Finder’s Keepers Food Trail

Harome and surrounding area, Yorkshire

Hone your foraging skills with local expert Chris Bax, and discover how to make the most of the countryside’s seasonal produce. Includes a gourmet picnic lunch, transport between venues and dinner at the Pheasant Hotel, Harome, to be served at 6pm. Appropriate footwear and wet weather gear may be needed! June 24, £160 per person, 10am start. Call 01904 448439 or visit www.yorkshirefoodfinder.org

Spoon Carving Course

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Enjoy hacking at some wood with an axe, before learning how to whittle it into spoony perfection. You’ll use a bowl hook and knife to add the finishing touches before taking your masterpiece home. Porridge will never be the same again! June 28, £60 per person, tea and coffee provided. 9.30am-4pm. Call 01223 206000, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lakeland Photography Holiday Workshop

Lake District, Cumbria

Seasoned walkers love to bring home personal reminders of their days out – and now you can, on an all-inclusive workshop holiday. John Gravett will teach guests on location in the unspoilt Lakes and host evening post-production reviews. Novices are very welcome! Throughout August, £525 per person for four nights, including accommodation, tuition, food, soft drinks and excursions. Call 01768 778459 or visit www.lakelandphotohols.com

Hand-sewn Patchworking

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

Either make a pretty pincushion in this morning session, or start a cushion cover design – the choice is yours. Bring along your basic materials and learn how to make your hexagonal patchwork sing!June 9, July 11 and Aug 15*. £32 per person, 10.30am-1pm. Call 01572 813200 or email courses@barnsdalegardens.co.uk to reserve your place. www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Floral Rag-Rugging

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

Tutor Wendy Broad will show you how to re-use your old fabrics with this traditional crafting method. Come away with some textile knowhow and a floral-themed cushion cover to brighten up the home. June 9, July 11, Aug 15*, £32 per person, plus £5 for a starter pack, 2-4.30pm. Call 01572 813200 or email courses@barnsdalegardens.co.uk to reserve your place. www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

*Book both Barnsdale courses for the same day and receive a complimentary lunch!

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