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Christmas Wreath and Garland Making

Adorn your halls and get into the festive spirit, with Christmas wreath making at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Join us for a day of all things Christmassy at River Cottage, with our Christmas Wreath Making and Garland course hosted by local flower grower and florist Emma Dixon of Meadowsweet Flowers and Floristry.

Emma will teach you how to make a fabulous Christmas wreath for your front door, with plenty of other tips to give your home a little festive cheer. We’ll provide all the materials – holly, berries, ivy, seed heads, feathers and ribbon – and reward you with a hearty lunch, hot toddies and the chance to explore River Cottage HQ in the beautiful midwinter.

Your day

09.30 - 15.30

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30 and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Demo session

    Emma will take you through her top tips for Christmas decorations, with crafty ideas to deck your halls in style.

  • Practical session

    Next, time to make your Christmas wreaths! Emma will guide you through the traditional techniques using holly, berries, ivy, seed heads, ribbon and added sparkle. While you work, we’ll serve a festive nibble and mulled cider to warm your cockles.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and next you’ll tuck into a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare prepared by the River Cottage chefs.

  • Practical session

    After lunch you'll get underway with your garlands. Using seasonal foliage, Emma will take you through the process of putting your garland together, which will add beauty and festive cheer to your fireplace or stairway at home.

  • Departure

    You’ll marvel at your beautiful handiwork, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer, ready to hang your wreath and garland at home.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

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