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Fancy trying a new skill or maybe giving a loved one the chance to create their own scented candles? Flex your creative muscles with these art and craft activities - they make for a unique day out, and would also be an unexpected gift for someone with an artistic streak. This choice of experiences is great for everyone from complete beginners, anyone wanting to enhance basic skills or just simply wanting to have a bit of fun!
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Candle Making Workshop at The Recycled Candle Company

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The Recycled Candle Company’s story began in 2015 when Richard, the resident candle maker, was a young boy making jam, soap, jellies and candles with his mother. This is where he first had the idea of melting down old candles that were destined for the family bin, in order to replace the wax, and make new candles. They also work closely with local businesses such as hotels and restaurants who are keen to reduce their waste.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will then provide you with a briefing on how your experience is going to unfold. During your workshop, you will be working with 100% recycled wax to create a range of beautiful fragranced candles. You will explore the fragrance library they have and you will have the opportunity to learn about every aspect of candle making, from wick sizes through to the responsible sourcing of their products.

The workshop will run from 11 am to 1 pm, then there will be an hour break to explore Exeter, have some food, and let some of the candles cool, then you'll finish them off from 2pm to 3pm. During your workshop you’ll be making a 30cl glass candle, a freestanding pillar candle and a set of firelighters.

Please be advised to wear clothes that you wouldn't mind a little bit of wax splashing on.

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Creative Process Jewellery Workshop

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The team at Nadia Minkoff London have dedicated themselves to making and designing costume jewellery over the past 20 years. They know how important it is to switch off and rebalance now and then. Even if you thought jewellery making was not your thing, they’d like to think you’d be pleasantly surprised to see what a relaxing and fulfilling experience it is to share their north London studio with them. Time to book yourself onto one of their workshops and get creative…

On arrival, you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will provide you with a brief on how the experience is going to unfold.

This workshop is designed to home-in on your design skills. You will be guided on how to go from selecting your materials to assembling and completing a full necklace. The aim of this workshop is to help you create a necklace from the very large selection of beads and charms, which can be as delicate or as eye catching as you wish! Your design decision making will be put to the test, not to mention your fine motor skills.

Suitable for males or females, beginners or makers looking for a fun and creative challenge.

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Design Your Own Fragrance Gold Experience

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This experience enables you to create a fragrance that is not just as unique as you, but one that you will love to wear on special occasions.

Whether you want to add a bit of spice from the Orient, stay chilled with the relaxing notes of amber, evoke romance with rose, or really hot things up with a heady and stimulating jasmine mix, there is something for everyone!

Unlike high street fragrances, you are given the opportunity to see how your fragrance will wear as the day goes on. The experience starts by an explanation of why these changes happen so that you understand how long certain scents will last. It is then time to start the fun part, smelling the 21 amazing blends and creating your signature perfume or cologne!

When you have named your beautiful new fragrance, you will then receive a 5ml bottle of your fragrance to take home. Then all that's left to do is show it off.

The experience also includes a full membership to The Perfume Studio, which includes registration of your fragrance in their library.

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Essential Beaded Jewellery Making Workshop

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The team at Nadia Minkoff London have dedicated themselves to making and designing costume jewellery over the past 20 years. They know how important it is to switch off and rebalance now and then. Even if you thought jewellery making was not your thing, they’d like to think you’d be pleasantly surprised to see what a relaxing and fulfilling experience it is to share their north London studio with them. Time to book yourself onto one of their workshops and get creative…

On arrival, you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will provide you with a brief on how the experience is going to unfold.

During your experience, you will learn the most fundamental costume jewellery techniques that can be used in any future beaded jewellery making. The class is suitable for beginners or any jewellery makers who want to improve their know-how for a truly professional finish. Over the 2 hours you will make a pair of basic drop earrings and a beaded bracelet.

During this workshop you will learn 3 essential jewellery techniques: stringing beads on a wire and crimping, looping plus linking and assembling. This experience will take place in a relaxed setting where you can discover your creativity. The cluster necklace and earring made will be yours to take home in a gift pouch with a detailed instruction sheet for you to keep and a discount voucher for an online purchase.

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Evening Photography Course and City Tour

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How would you like to learn to take fantastic photographs and capture a moment for a lifetime? Your expert tutor will teach you how to do just that using your own DSLR in a tutored, outdoor session. The two hour course can be enjoyed in a choice of major UK cities, each one offering plenty of landmarks and architecture to capture your imagination and inspire great images.

The course we will cover;

- Shutter speed light effects (light trails, etc.)
- Use of your tripod
- Aperture settings for successful night photography
- How to use the ISO and white balance features of your DSLR

Participants will need a DSLR, tripod and a basic to intermediate level of photography ability.

Details of the exact meeting point per city will be provided on booking. Please call the number provided to find out more.

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Fascinator Making Workshop

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Entering this 1950s themed beauty salon in Birmingham is like stepping back in time! Featuring pink Cadillac sofas and beauty parlour hood dryers, the venue is reminiscent of a set from Grease. Complete with rock ‘n’ roll music and pin up staff, a milkshake bar, pin up shopping emporium, photo studio and dance and crafting room.

Join Le Keux at their beautiful vintage venues and create your own fascinator. You’ll be shown a number of techniques for creating and adorning your head piece from their huge selection of flowers, ribbons, beads, feathers and so much more! You’ll be in craft heaven. You’ll complete your fascinator by the end of the session, ready to wear whenever you want.

On arrival you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will then provide you with a briefing on how your creative day is going to unfold.

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Willow Weaving Workshop

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The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C. is a social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and also run courses in heritage skills and traditional countryside crafts.

Willow weaving is an ancient traditional craft practised across the world. Learn to make foraging baskets, garden baskets and trugs - and even easy willow garden structures and sculptures! You can be as creative as you like with willow once you have mastered the basic principles.

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Cocktail Masterclass

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Entering this 1950s themed beauty salon in Birmingham is like stepping back in time! Featuring pink Cadillac sofas and beauty parlour hood dryers, the venue is reminiscent of a set from Grease. Complete with rock ‘n’ roll music and pin up staff, a milkshake bar, pin up shopping emporium, photo studio and dance and crafting room.

Join Le Keux at their fabulous ‘50s venues for a cocktail masterclass. The experienced baristas will show you how to make three delicious cocktails, and you’ll be able to get involved shaking and mixing as you go. The masterclass includes three full cocktails to drink each too.

On arrival you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will then provide you with a briefing on how your creative day is going to unfold.

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Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C. is a social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and also run courses in heritage skills and traditional countryside crafts.

On arrival, you will be welcomed by a friendly member of the team. This will be then followed by a briefing on how the day is going to unfold.

Enjoy a practical day in a stunning Cornish Apiary, learning the traditional method of dry Stone walling using a variety of hand tools.

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Fence Making Workshop

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The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C. is a social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and also run courses in heritage skills and traditional countryside crafts.

Hurdles are traditional fence panels that have been used for a variety of different functions over the years, from animal enclosures to walls of houses. This course will give you a chance to learn with countryside craftsman, Robbie Ryder.

This workshop will cover an introduction to tools and materials, woodland management, including hazel coppicing, preparing zales (uprights) and base weave and an introduction to different methods of splitting hazel.

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Glass Bottle Cutting for Beginners

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Fancy Tat are an upcycling business based in Rochester, Kent. Specialising in creating new and beautiful treasures by upcycling pre-loved or neglected items! Their products are lovingly handmade from unwanted or salvaged objects and are often unique or limited edition due to the availability of materials. At Fancy Tat they believe in re-use wherever possible with their motto being ‘old tat turned into something fancy – upcycling at its best’.

This three hour workshop will enable you to learn and practice the skill of glass bottle cutting. You will be shown demonstrations of tried and tested glass cutting along with sanding methods and you can expect to make at least two or three items of your choice during the workshop. You will receive a uniquely designed storm lantern base and an eco-friendly jute gift bag to go with the items you have made, free of charge.

The aim of this workshop is to have fun learning a new skill in a relaxed and supportive environment in hope for you to continue this craft in your own home.

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Traditional Cornish Hedging Workshop

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The Family Foraging Kitchen C.I.C. is a social enterprise that provides wild food education through foraging walks, cookery classes and also run courses in heritage skills and traditional countryside crafts.

On arrival, you will be welcomed by a friendly member of the team. This will be then followed by a briefing on how the day is going to unfold.

The main attraction of the Cornish landscape is the pattern of small fields enclosed by hedge-banks, usually made of or faced with stone gathered locally. These hedges are the largest semi-natural Cornish wildlife habitat, providing a variety of conditions which elsewhere occur only in a wide range of different habitats.
On this short course you will learn the basic handling of stone and use of the necessary tools, the hedging hammer and the long-handled Cornish shovel. You will be shown how to clear the gap in the hedge ready for repair, and how to choose your stone. You will understand how to use your eye to select the right shape of stone to fit into the row, and how to place the stones in accordance with the existing hedge and consolidate the fill.

Finally you will top off your mended hedge with earth and turf for a neat, secure and wildlife-friendly finish. Having completed the course you will be able to practice and improve your skill in your own time, in the creation of a newly built Cornish Hedge!

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