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16th Mar

10:00 - 17:00


The Meadow Room, behind Blackthorpe Barn

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

What3Words: newly.sofas.debating

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per person £100

Each person attending requires a ticket

Booking closes on 15th March

Full-Day Willow Basket Workshop

This spring come and join Stuart Fidler and Emma Booth – the Coddiwomplers – for a fun, relaxed willow weaving workshop.

Under the tuition of two experienced basketmakers, you will learn to make a simple striped basket using traditional basketry techniques. This is our simplest round basket to weave, making it an ideal introduction to basketry.

What Will I do?
  • Start by completing a pre-prepared base
  • Have a choice of willows to create stripy sides to your basket
  • Finish by adding a pegged willow handle, making a perfect Easter basket
Who is this workshop suitable for?
  • People aged 16 and over
  • Beginners; no experience necessary
  • Some manual dexterity and strength is required for weaving the willow

Important information


Age 16 and over


Bring a packed lunch or visit the on-site café

How it Works


Come to Blackthorpe Barn and park in one of the free car parks


Make your way to the Meadow Room, behind Roots Café


Enjoy learning how to make your basket


At about 12:30 take a break for lunch. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit our new Roots Café.


Finish your basket and go home feeling proud at what you have achieved

Willow Workshop Meadow Room

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Secateurs, if you have some
  • A packed lunch, or you can visit the on-site Roots Café


What is provided
  • All materials
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits

Refund & cancellation policy

If you need to cancel a workshop
Should you be unable to attend your booked workshop and notify us at least 7 full days in advance of the workshop date, we can offer a refund or a transfer to the same workshop on an alternative date, if possible.
If cancellation is within 7 full days of your workshop unfortunately we are unable to offer a refund. We appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend so you are welcome to send a friend to take your place. Please tell us their name and contact details prior to the workshop.

Our right to cancel a workshop
All our workshops have a minimum attendance level and may be cancelled if too few bookings are received. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone workshops at any time and will give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation. You will receive a full refund or, if you prefer, a transfer to an alternative available course, space permitting. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.

Where to find us

Address: Meadow Room,
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
SatNav: IP30 9HZ
What3Words: newly.sofas.debating
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There is plenty of free parking available.

Accessible parking is available near the entrance to the Café/Shop area.

Please Note: The car park closes when the Roots Café closes and the entrance gates are locked after this time.


Blackthorpe Barn is situated just south of Junction 45 of the A14, three miles east of Bury St Edmunds, in the village of Rougham.
Look out for the entrance gates to a long tree-lined avenue at the White House junction, with the Barn on the right of the avenue.
Blackthorpe Barn’s black and white signs direct visitors from local roads.

The Meadow Room can be found behind the old thatched Barn and behind Roots Café.
What3Words for the Meadow Room: hands.dunk.drums

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