11 Cracking Christmas wreath workshops
Deck your door with boughs of holly! These local festive craft classes taking place in December are hugely popular so book now and get your porch gussied up for Christmas.
This Christmas might look a little different, but we’re still prettying up our doorways with as much greenery and baubles as they can handle (because hey, if you can’t go a little OTT this year, when can you?).
If you fancy having a crack at creating your own Christmas wreath, socially-distanced workshops in Devon are still running in December (some come with free festive tipple btw). But be quick to book as tickets are selling like hot mince pies. Secateurs at the ready, let’s go!
Riverford Wreath/Garland workshops, Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, 3, 12, 15, 19 Dec
Join Riverford’s head gardener Penny Hemming for a morning wreath-making session on 3 Dec, using fragrant evergreens, traditional holly springs and berries, or a garland for your mantel or bannister on the other three dates. £49
Wreath Making Masterclass, Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton, 30 Nov, 5, 10 Dec
If it’s a spot of luxury you’re after with your Christmas wreath making, maybe this South Hams hotel is the destination for you. Muddy award-winning florist Hannah Burnett will be doing the honours and you can choose from afternoon or evening sessions. Includes tea/coffee and homemade mince pies. £36.95 pp
Wreath Making at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, 5 and 12 Dec
Get a gorgeous traditional wreath and support Paignton’s hard-hit theatre. Win-win! All materials provided, as well as a mince pie, hot chocolate or mulled wine. £20 pp
Bovey Castle Wreath Making, North Bovey, 4 ,5, 11, 12 Dec
Choose from morning or afternoon sessions and make a wreath using foliage foraged from the estate. 1.5 hours and includes a hot chocolate, plus if you want to bring along a partner, there are other activities running concurrently, including clay shooting, archery or air rifle shooting. £35pp or add £20 if you fancy an afternoon tea too.
Wildflower Floristry Workshop, The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, 6, 13, 20 Dec
The Duke of Cornwall wreath making workshops are in the capable hands of Wildflower Floristry and they have even organised a back-up plan whereby they will deliver your wreath in kit form to your house and you may join them on a zoom session if cancellation is necessary. £40pp with refreshments included.
Wreath Workshop, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter, Sun 6 Dec
A regular tutor at the Exeter Phoenix, fine artist and ceramicist Sarah John will be leading this half-day afternoon workshop using all-natural materials to make your fabulous festive wreath. No refreshments included, instead you get 10% off in the cafe. £35
Church Park Flowers, Johns Deli, Instow, 7 & 14 Dec
Make your very own large natural Christmas wreath to take home with Heather of Church Park Flowers, while knocking back tasty Johns Deli nibbles and a glass of Prosecco (don’t mind if I do). £40
Wreath Making Workshop, Hotel Endsleigh, Dartmoor, 11 & 12 Dec
With resident florist and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist, Amanda Randell – one seriously talented florist with exquisite taste in the equally tasteful Olga Polizzi hotel. Bring your own scissors/secateurs and an apron if possible. £70 including two course lunch, tea, coffee and a glass of wine.
British Academy of Floral Art, Dunchideock, 11 & 12 Dec
This award-winning floristry team train the pros so you’re in good hands and it’s set in their bespoke floristry studio. Includes refreshments. You may be tempted by their other floristry courses while you’re there. £55-60
Christmas Wreath Making, Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Tues 15 Dec
Make your own decorative and natural festive wreath in this evening session in the magnificent Elizabethan surroundings of Boringdon Hall. Mince pies, tea and coffee will be provided, all materials are included and you’ll take your creation home to enjoy throughout the festive season. Non-refundable but if they have to cancel they will send you a wreath-making kit. £47.50
Private workshop with Holly-Bee Flowers, Dartington, date of your choosing
Want a one-to-one or a bubble of two? How about this bespoke workshop just for you or your family in a delightful intimate setting, local materials provided. Workshops run for 2.5 hours and cost £75 for a 1:1, and £130 for 2 people.
Wreath kit delivery
Can’t make it to a wreath making course? Let the wreath-making come to you with one of these fabulous kits. All you have to do is assemble.
A box of all you need to make a 12in wreath, including festive foliage, contorted willow stems, festive limes and cones, along with a link to an online tutorial with Darts award-winning florist. £49
Everything you need to create your wreath and an instruction booklet included. For delivery around Plymouth only. £20.
You get a 10in mossed ring with a selection of foliage, eucalyptus, faux berries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and pine cones. Available nationwide. £45