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.
09.30 - 15.30
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer (approx. a 5 minute journey).
Make yourself at home
You will meet your host and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.
Emma will take you through her top tips for Christmas decorations, with crafty ideas to deck your halls in style.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll marvel at your beautiful handiwork, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer (at 3.30pm), 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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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.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. 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