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Covid Statement

Covid-19 update 12 May 2020

Many thanks for your patience while awaiting this update.

Sadly, in line with the latest Government guidelines, it is now apparent that our workshops due to run in late May and June - and possibly early July courses too – will be unable to take place as scheduled. We’re so sorry about this. 

We realise this will be disappointing for many of you, as it is for both ourselves and the many tutors – though understandably it may come as a relief to many others. As far as possible we’ll be aiming to reschedule these courses to the same time next year ... in theme with Glastonbury and the Olympics. We’re currently contacting all your tutors and you’ll be automatically moved forward onto the 2021 dates. So, you won’t need to set your alarms all over again to bag your place, and it will hopefully provide something to look forward to when life is up and running again.

We’ll be writing again asap to all who are booked on courses up to mid-July confirming the new 2021 dates.

Here in Greystoke we’re very keen to get workshops going again, as are the tutors, though obviously this depends on the situation improving over the coming months. It's vital we don’t start up before it is sensible to do so. We're still hopeful that some workshops may run during later July and it would be great to think that if the next few months of easing the lockdown go well, there may be opportunities to add further date options in August and September. At this stage however, we can only keep monitoring progress, continue to be cautious and as prepared as possible. We're very grateful to all those with courses in July and August who are happy to wait and see how things progress, but of course, if you need to make a decision now, please do contact us for options.

Some exciting news

One of the reasons we’ve been slightly delayed in posting this is because we’ve been very busy taking the first steps in improving one of our large Craft Barns. The plan is that the spacious first floor of our old listed barn will soon be in receipt of warm cosy insulation and lime plaster ... it simply won’t know itself!  This will provide a wonderful, all year round, warm and characterful spacious workshop studio – which we hope will easily be able to fulfil the required distancing measures for our courses – we’re very excited! Our aim is to get works completed whilst we’re closed (if at all possible!) We’re also planning new ways to make sure intricate work and the many ‘gather round’ moments can be done at distance - more news about this to come soon!

Vouchers Extended – A reminder that we’ve extended all QW Open Vouchers bought after March 2019 (V1960 onwards) to be valid to use on all 2020 and 2021 courses. Simply book your course and select ‘pay offline’ at checkout, then email us with your Voucher number.

Self-Shielding …If you’re booked for a course at any time this year and are high risk and feel you may have to exercise caution for longer than most,  we’re very happy to mark your account with a ‘Quirky Credit’ which may be used on any future course up to end of 2021.   Please email us asap if you would prefer this option now and we’ll remove your name from your course list and send you a booking credit reference which you can use to book any course as detailed above.


I think that covers most things for now. It has, all in all, not quite been the Spring and Summer we’d planned for our 15th birthday year!   We’d scheduled more workshops than ever, the new summer barn had just received planning permission and there was lots to look forward to. For now though, our priorities are focussing on staying well, making things safe for the future and ensuring you’ll have that creative escape to look forward to when the time is right. To that end we can always postpone our birthday celebrations to 2021 too!  

We’ll be back with more information about July courses when things become clearer – in the meantime take good care of yourselves, stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!


Annie and the Quirky Team



Quirky Workshops, Cumbria