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Warwick Arms Craft Retreat

Following a fantastic inaugural year we are delighted to announce we will once again be running our craft retreat!

Join us for a wonderful weekend in the heart of historic Warwick exploring four fabulous crafts under expert guidance of talented local artists! This weekend retreat will immerse you in exploring different mediums from clay to paper with a group of like minded individuals. Taking place at The Warwick Arms Hotel on Warwick High Street, the retreat is easily accessible by Train (Warwick Station) or Car. Free parking is available at the Hotel, subject to availability, or there are nearby pay and display 24 hour car parks.

The ticket cost covers all meals from Friday afternoon arrival to Sunday afternoon departure as well as craft tutelage and all materials for the workshops.

The cost of the retreat is £495 per person based on double occupancy. There are a limited number of single rooms are available at no additional cost, double rooms on a single occupancy basis will incur a supplement of £50.

The retreat is on the 17th to 19th January 2025, please see below for a full timetable of events.

Rachel Harwood - Willow Weaving

About Me

Drawing on my experience of wildlife and nature, I use British grown willow from Somerset to create sculptures for the home and garden. Connecting with nature is my passion and I love to teach my practices on and inspire people on the use and beauty of natural materials.

Willow Birdhouse

Using beautiful willow from Somerset you will create a lovely birdhouse for our feathered friends during the nesting season ahead. This particular birdhouse has a wooden base and uses traditional weave techniques to create a cosy house.

Alix Almond - Lino Cut Printing

About Me

I am a printmaker and illustrator based in Coventry. I am a full time artist and split my time between making art and teaching linocut workshops at venues around Warwickshire. Primarily a self-taught linocut printmaker, I make a variety of single colour, multi-block and reduction linocut prints (a mixture of limited and open edition print runs) and aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible within the materials and processes I use. Inspired by nature, animals and landscapes I enjoys playing with colour and texture in my prints. 

Single Colour Lino Cut Prints

We will be making single colour mini-prints on our workshop. Learn how to design, carve and hand print your own designs, learning techniques that can be taken away for you to carry on you printing experiments at home – learn the secret of the magic printing spoon!


Ros Ingram - Ceramics

About Me

Born in Stratford upon Avon, I trained in ceramics and print at Wolverhampton University. I runs ceramic workshops on a regular basis in Warwickshire. I have exhibited worldwide, currently showing at a number of galleries in the Cotswolds, Cornwall, and Germany. As well as undertaking commissions, I also work as a visiting artist in residence creating permanent ceramic installations and recycled art projects. One of my projects working with young children was on display at the National Gallery, London. Recently The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust commissioned me to create five unique ceramic murals of each iconic property for permanent display in my hometown.

Hens & Guinea Fowl

During the craft retreat I will be teaching you how to create ceramic garden chickens. These sculptures will be fired and then posted to your home address with no extra charge.

Marie-Jeanne Parmentier - Book Binding

About Me

I am most happy when I am engrossed in a creative activity… and when I am happy: I want to create more! I always seek to learn new skills and so far, my favourites have been drawing, pottery, sewing, calligraphy and my latest is bookbinding.

Book Binding


Day 1- Friday 17th January 

3pm Arrival and Check in

Welcome Dinner at 7.30pm, meet the artists and your fellow craft lovers! Hosted in the Warwick Arms Hotel restaurant, enjoy a two course dinner with a glass of wine or soft drink.

Day 2- Saturday 18th January

7.30am-9.30am Breakfast, The Warwick Arms Hotel offers a selection of hot breakfast and cold continental options, all served with tea, coffee and fruit juices

10am-1pm Morning Craft Session – Willow weaving, you will spend 3 hours learning the craft with your instructor Rachel Harwood and creating your own unique willow birdhouse

1pm Lunch, enjoy a buffet selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes, with tea, coffee and fruit juices

2pm-5pm Afternoon Craft Session – Book Binding, Marie-Jeanne will show you how to craft your own hard back note book, you will have 3 hours for the craft, try not to spend the whole time trying to choose from Marie-Jeanne’s gorgeous paper selection!

Your evening is free to relax. Why not sit by the fire with a book, chat with newfound friends or take a walk about the historic Warwick town centre!

7.30pm Dinner, a two course dinner with a glass of wine or a soft drink

Day 3- Sunday 19th January

8am-10am Breakfast, The Warwick Arms Hotel offers a selection of hot breakfast and cold continental options, all served with tea, coffee and fruit juices

10am-1pm Morning Craft Session  – Lino Cut Print Making, discover the magic of print under Alix’s guidance. This 3 hour session will help you learn the basics of the craft and you will create your own original print!

1pm Lunch, enjoy a buffet selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes, with tea, coffee and fruit juices.

2pm-5pm Afternoon Craft Session – Ceramic Sculpture, Ros will instruct you in creating your own Chicken sculpture for your garden, the cost of the course also includes the firing and postage of the completed sculpture to the address you provide.

Your retreat will come to a close at 5pm when it will be time to say goodbye to your fellow crafters and new found friends and take your new skills and makes home.

PLEASE READ THESE CRAFT RETREAT BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS CAREFULLY – by booking you agree to them. PaymentsUntil full payment is received all craft retreat bookings are considered provisional and we reserve the right to cancel a booking. Spaces are filled on a first come first served basis and your payment secures your place, apologies but we cannot reserve craft retreat spaces. Cancellations / Changes / RefundsIf it becomes necessary to cancel your booking, please inform us by email as soon as possible. ( retreat places cancelled at any time after being booked will result in no refund unless we are able to ­refill your place.In the unlikely event of us having to cancel a course an alternative date will be offered or all monies will be refunded. Amendments / TransfersNo reductions or refunds can be made in respect of late arrival, early departure or absence during any part of your booking. Your place may be transferred to another person once you have made your payment to me. Please e-mail me to advise of name changes or if you are paying for another person to attend. This can also be added in the ‘notes’ section on the order. General ConditionsWe not offer customers insurance, and strongly recommends that customers consider taking out their own insurance to cover any cancellation costs. Please ensure you advise us of any dietary conditions you may have. Please note that the use of nuts, diary, gluten etc feature in afternoon treats and biscuits. Please be aware that you may be using sharp implements on this course and will be exposed to printing ink and other materials. Should you suffer from any type of allergy to the materials used, we strongly advise you to undertake research to ascertain your suitability for this activity, ultimately your participation will be at your own risk. A full list of materials used at the workshop can be made available to you if necessary. Thank you in advance for your understanding and agreement of these terms, if you have any queries about them please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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