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Five of the best Christmas wreath-making workshops across Suffolk in 2021



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Shhh...we hate to mention it but with fewer than 70 days until Christmas (yes, we said it) the time has come to start thinking about the festive season.

Although December 25 may be two months away, festive craft workshops are already open for bookings.

And the saying 'the early bird catches the worm' is no truer than in the case of wreath-making workshops. If you want your front door to be the envy of your neighbours, don't wait until the last minute to book as places tend to get snapped up weeks in advance. In fact, some of those we intended to include in this list had already sold out!

Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham
Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham

Here are five of the best wreath workshops across the county – which still have tickets available – so you can get all the festive feels and give your home the wow factor this Christmas.

1. Botanical Lace Flower Studio at No5 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, December 9 and 10

Becci Adams will be weaving her wreath-making magic as her workshops return, this year within the cosy surroundings of No5 Angel Hill.

Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham
Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham

Starting at 7pm on December 9 and 10, participants will warm up with mulled wine and a mince pie before making a luxury wreath on a 10in base with greenery, orange slices, ribbons, cinnamon sticks, cones and decor.

Becci says: "This year we are going big: more green; more sparkle and more spice."

The workshops cost £60.

Book by calling Becci on 07516418526 or email botanicallace@mail.com

Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham
Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham

2.West Suffolk College in Sudbury, Cornard Road, December 3

No particular skills or experience are needed to join in with this festive workshop, which will be led by an experienced tutor who will take participants through the process step by step to create their own unique wreath.

Unlike most of the other workshops here the workshop fee does not cover the cost of all materials – a list of suggested foliage and decorations will be sent to participants prior to the event, while a few items may be available from the tutor at a nominal cost.

Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham
Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham

The workshop is from 9.30am-1pm and tickets, costing £35, can be booked here.

3. Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, December 11

Stowmarket's Museum of East Anglian Life is hosting its festive luxury wreath making workshop on Saturday, December 11, from 10am-noon (please arrive at 9.45am ready to start at 10am).

Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham
Tis the season...to start booking for festive craft workshops.Pic - Richard Marsham

The session will be delivered by Romeo and Succulent, with all participants creating a luxury wreath using natural items such as pine cones, moss, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, fresh foliage, cotton ribbons and other natural items.

The session includes all materials required and the use of equipment.

The workshop, which costs £45, is for adults aged 18-plus, with everyone taking part urged to dress warmly as the session will be held in one of the museum's barns.

Tea and coffee making facilities will be available.

Book tickets here

4. Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Ipswich, November 29 (morning and afternoon sessions); December 6 (morning and afternoon sessions)

Kaye Souter, Suffolk-based florist and owner of Kaye Souter Flowers, will be sharing her years of expertise and creativity to help participants create a fabulously festive wreath to dress their home at a hands-on Christmas workshop in the surroundings of the Grade I-listed moated Tudor hall.

The workshops, from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm, will include everything to make a 14-16in wreath using seasonal decor including pine cones, cinnamon sticks, fruit slices and rustic ribbons.

Refreshments including tea/coffee and a slice of freshly baked cake are included in the £55 ticket price.

Book tickets here

5. Cherry Lane Early Dawn garden centre, Carlton Colville, November 29, December 6 and 13

Cherry Lane horticulture experts will guide participants through the construction of 'a fabulous Christmas wreath' while offering advice on how to keep it looking lovely for longer at these sessions, which are all held at 3.30pm.

Staff will also be on hand with top tips on foliage, flowers and plants for the Christmas season.

Tickets, costing £14.99, must be booked in advance at the store or online here

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