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Quirky Workshops, Greystone Craft Garden & Barns

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IMPORTANT ...please read Covid & new 2021 Programme update HERE   

" I am SO impressed with the loveliness of the Swallow barn. In the midst of this COVID world of chaos and uncertainty, it’s such a calm, safe space and I’m sure that everyone who visits will agree. I also appreciate the abundance of extra safety/hygiene measures that you’ve put in place. It works so well. Also, as Gwen mentioned, the extra space and its layout has made for a more social environment - it’s easier to chat and to look at what others are doing. I’m so glad I came, I feel uplifted, somewhat healed and much more positive as a result. Oh... and the lunch was just wonderful too! Jane "

About the Swallow Barn

We're thrilled to announce the opening of our lovely new Studio ... the 'Swallow Barn' - a new, spacious and airy, 60m2 listed workshop space renovated during May and June 2020.

This first floor room allows comfortable spacing of 8-9 tables, along with two staircases, one way traffic where needed, 2 wash hand basins, sanitizing points, an open ceiling providing much natural light from roof windows plus a good natural air flow and it enjoys regular deep cleaning.  

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In addition, there’s a ‘live stream’ filming of tutor’s demonstrations, projecting all previous ‘gather round’ moments to a large screen viewable by students from the safety of their desks throughout the day. Students are asked to stay distanced at all times, wash their hands regularly and bring a mask in the event that closer proximity is necessary.

A deep clean of the rooms, equipment and resources used by crafters occurs before and after each workshop.  When serving food or drink, staff will wear masks at all times.

The usual tasty two course Aga lunches will be served on individual trays at your own desk, or in the garden in summer on separate tables (under gazebos if needed), or maybe if you prefer, indoors in the smaller original Quirky studio or other areas of our stone buildings.  Our Longbow, Pizza Ovens, Raku,  Furniture Painting,  Wood Carving, Blacksmithing and Stone Carving courses will all continue to take place outside (mostly during the summer months) with distancing in place and shelter available if needed.

Cookery Days and all previous workshop lunches that took place in our farmhouse kitchen, understandably cannot be offered in the current climate.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon, in the meantime, please do stay safe and well.

View our full programme -

2021 dates are not full, spaces are aplenty. We're compiling waiting lists and plan to release many dates in mid December: View the full programme

Thu 11th March 2021 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
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Mon 5th April 2021 1:00 pm 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
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Mon 5th April 2021 1:30 pm 1:30 pm -4:00 pm
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Mon 5th April 2021 1:30 pm 1:30 pm -4:00 pm
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Wed 14th April 2021 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
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Thu 15th April 2021 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:00 pm
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Sat 17th April 2021 9:30 am 9:30 am -4:30 pm
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Thu 22nd April 2021 10:00 am 10:00 am -4:00 pm
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Workshop Categories

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Our Location

Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns, Greystoke, Penrith CA11 0UT

We are 5 miles West of Penrith & the M6 J40 & 5 miles North of Ullswater just above the A66, directly on C2C route 300 yds beyond villlage green.

Parking Instructions for attendees

We have only limited parking in our driveway and ask all who can to park as below to help us preserve the character of the village.

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