October Workshops

October 2015 Workshops

Join us in October for our wonderful workshops with excellent tutors who have run many courses with us over the last four years. Learn a new willow weaving skill or make a wreath for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, come and make your Christmas pudding with Linda Hewett. These are wonderful days of learning and fun and you take away your finished piece on every course.

Workshops

Autumn Country Market

Autumn Country Market 2015

Ten Years Celebrating The Best Of Our Region Sunday 6th September 2015 11am – 4pm

It’ll soon be time to pitch the marquees ready for our annual Autumn Country Market in September. This will be our 10th year hosting over 45 stalls of antiques, art, artisan foods and animals in the gardens and to celebrate we have put together a bit of run down of what to see. Don’t forget to keep up with all things Autumn Country Market on our Facebook page!

Delicious artisan foods

This year there will be a whole host of yummy cakes and treats, tasty preserves and jams and award-winning fresh produce from local farms and small holders.

Autumn Country Market

Images from left to right show: Lavinton Lamb, Yumi Cupcakes, Chilibobs, M H Preserves and Ann-Marie’s Cupcakes will all sell their delicious wears.

Arts, Crafts and Collectables

We are very lucky to have so many talented local crafts people in attendance this year. With beautiful jewellery, bespoke pottery, unusual gifts and crafts, unique bags, hats and scarfs and even a collection of vintage Teddy Bears looking for new homes on offer. You’re sure to find something special to take home with you.

Arts and Crafts

Above images from left to right show: Stack’s Jig Sak, Peak and Brim Hats, Obsidian Butterfly and Calla Crafts, Thread and Ink, Teddy Bears Home, Garyeanna Alpacas, and 1 off Handbags to name a few.

Home and garden

If you’re looking for something new and exciting for your home or garden, or even a completely unique present, there’ll be something for you! There will be plants, pots and seeds for sale in the courtyard, stalls of walking sticks and shepherds crooks from IKR Stickman, plant supports and willow garden sculptures, handmade rustic furniture, holistic candles and plenty of gorgeous home wares.

Home and Garden

Images from left to right: White House Willow, Serena Bradbeer Collectables, Horseshoes by Design, Steven Bowler Rustic Furniture, Gardezloo and Cooks Lane Herbs.

And if all of those wonderful shopping opportunities weren’t enough, there will be live owls and birds of prey from Raptor Rescue for you to meet. Talented young blacksmith Alec Steele will be showcasing his work and celebrated Harpist Eleanor Turner will be playing beautiful music near the tearoom.

PLACES TO EAT AND STAY

The Tearoom will be serving light lunches and cream teas all day, but if you fancied something a little more filling, The Cholmeley Arms in the next village is lovely local pub. It is also part of the Easton Estate and is famous for it’s friendly atmosphere and well stocked farm shop. If you are planning on visiting us from further afield Barnsdale Lodge Hotel are doing a special discounted rate of £70 per night (including breakfast) for any of our visitors. Simply mention you are visiting the Autumn Country Market at the time of booking.

Something new in the gardens

How our friends of Easton Walled Gardens members help enhance the visitor experience.

Our new sculpture is unveiled!

Every year our lovely Friends of Easton Walled Gardens sign up for a season ticket and other benefits. Although the funds raised from these memberships are a part of the garden’s income, we like to ring-fence some of this money to spend directly enhancing the visitor’s experience. So far the Friends have helped buy the green oak for the vegetable garden, repair the old greenhouses and buy local trees for the orchard.

The White Space Garden

We thought you might like to know that this year we have allocated funds raised by our Friends to help pay for our new sculpture in the White Space Garden. The aim of the White Space Garden was to create a modern garden that would fit within the structure of a garden 400 years in the making. Inspired by the work of Charles Jencks, this garden is ostensibly a traditional white garden but within its structure there are subtle allusions to the nature of the universe and our place within it. It creates a link between the formal planting on the site of the Old Hall and the informality of the Woodland Walk and Meadow beyond.

The White Space Sphere

We thought it would be the perfect place to house one of Joe Smith’s tilting spheres. Joe and his daughter, Jenny, have spent the last few days in the gardens constructing the sculpture in situ. Built, rather than carved, all these curvaceous slate sculptures incorporate traditional dry-stone skills, more usually applied in the creation of stock boundaries and ornamental and structural garden walling. The finished sphere is a classical, harmonious structure representing a planet spinning on its axis through the cosmos and we are proud to share this new creation with all our visitors this season. Planting up the border around it will be our next project but come and see what you think of the work so far!

Spanish Tapas with Linda Hewett

Spanish Tapas Evening with Linda Hewett!

Friday 18th September 2.00pm – 7.00pm

Linda Hewett

Fresh from the success of Linda’s delicious Italian Supper Evening in June, we are very excited to announce a relaxing evening of tapas and sangria in the gardens this September.

Come and join us for an informal afternoon in the kitchen cooking a delicious range of Spanish Tapas dishes under the expert eye of chef and baker Linda Hewett. She will take you through a fantastic menu of tasty tapas dishes to be eaten and shared together in the garden. You’ll also make a delicious loaf of bread to take home with you.

Using fresh and local ingredients, you will learn to cook a range of dishes including Patatas Bravas, Gambas Ajillo (king prawns in garlic oil and parsley), Los Pollos (Chicken Wings with Cumin, Lemon and Garlic), Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs) and Aioli (Garlic Mayonaise) to name a few. You will then share all this delicious food over a glass of wine or sangria at a candlelit table decorated with flowers picked from the garden.

This will be a relaxed and friendly way to prepare food together and enjoy making new recipes. All the recipes are simple and easy to adapt, making them ideal for entertaining friends and family at home too! Linda Hewett is an expert bread maker, chef and inspirational demonstrator with many years experience. Linda has worked in an award winning bakery and supported celebrity chefs. She regularly presents at food shows, local radio stations and writes articles for magazines. Years of travel and kitchen experiences provide rich pickings for humour, passion and how to troubleshoot home baking.