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Willow Deer Workshop

from £146.25

Learn how to make a 3-foot willow deer for your home or garden with Somerset-based willow artist, Jo Sadler.

Well-known for creating life-sized animal sculptures, willow artist and tutor Jo combines her passion for craftsmanship with her love of sculpting natural forms using locally sourced Somerset willow.

Jo will guide you through the process of creating your sculpture, weaving along with you, at this exciting and fun workshop.

The workshop is suitable for beginners with no prior knowledge of weaving. 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.

  • Willow Deer Workshop

    What an exceptional day from start to finish. Our needs were anticipated by all staff and the course leader was inspirational. The food was fantastic thank you.

    Mel Attended 8 June 2023

    4.7 out of 5
  • Willow Deer Workshop

    If you are looking for a total relax in beautiful English countryside this is the place for you. The willow deer making course was creative, fun and you have a lovely deer to take home. The food for lunch was exceptional full of flavour and so tasty. I would highly recommend...

    Lesley Attended 22 November 2021

    5.0 out of 5

Your day

10:00 - 17.30

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, giving you the chance to soak up the views of the valley.

  • Welcome

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

  • Morning session

    To get the day underway, Jo will cover the basics of willow weaving and then guide you through the process, weaving along with you through the morning.

  • 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

    You'll return to your weaving after lunch, finishing off your deer sculpture. Once you've finished you can stand back and survey the beauty of your work!

  • Departure

    At the end of the day you’ll head back up the hill for 5:30pm, along with your beautiful willow structure ready to adorn your home or garden.

  • 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 & suitability for a willow weaving course at the time of booking & on the date of your course. If 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