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Willow Basket Workshop

Learn how to create your very own River Cottage basket with Devon-based basket maker Sarah Le Breton.

Designed for practicality and appeal, this original basket has been created especially for River Cottage by Sarah Le Breton. With a chunky border and handle, our basket is the perfect size for fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and bread!

You'll spend a day making this basket and being inspired by what this craft form and our rich basketmaking heritage has to offer.

This day is suitable for both beginners and those with existing willow weaving experience. All materials will be supplied, including locally sourced willow, but please feel free to bring along your favourite secateurs. It would also be advisable to wear old and comfortable clothing.

Your day

10.00 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, ready to start your day at 10am.

  • Welcome

    Start your morning with tea or coffee and tasty treats fresh from the River Cottage kitchen.

  • Morning session

    Whilst guiding you through weaving your basket base, Sarah will introduce to you willow harvesting and preparation.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Afternoon session

    Whilst learning traditional techniques, you will continue weaving your basket. You’ll be adding in colourful River Cottage harvested willow and completing your basket with a lovely chunky border and handle.

  • Departure

    The day will then draw to an end and you’ll head back up the hill at 5:00pm, along with your beautiful basket of course!

  • Please note

    Whilst we aim to make all our courses as accessible as possible, please note that willow weaving is a physical activity. It is your responsibility to assess your own physical health and suitability for a willow weaving course at the time of booking and on the date of your course. Should you have any mobility, accessibility or physical health issues do please contact us prior to booking your place.

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.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 16 years of age and upwards. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018