Short courses at Assington Mill
We run an eclectic mix of over 70 different short rural skills and crafts courses throughout the year. The courses, which include beekeeping for beginners, hen keeping, story telling, upholstery and a wealth of others (see below) - are held in East Anglia's first straw bale building, on a small 70-acre farm in one of Suffolk's beautiful secret valleys, which is managed as a private nature reserve. Included in the programme are home-made lunches, biscuits and cakes, with food either grown on our own allotment, or sourced locally, and organic where possible. We specialise in gluten-free food.
So whatever you're looking for you are bound to find something new of interest at Assington Mill. Book a course with us soon!
Please click 'Visit Website' for details and booking information.
Some of the range of courses on offer:
A novel in a day
Beekeeping for beginners
Bricklaying for amateurs
Cane & rush chair seating
Cheese-making from goat's milk
Chainsawing for amateurs
Clay oven building
Crochet for beginners/improvers
Foraging & cooking
Fruit tree pruning
Hands on the hive
Hen keeping for beginners
Jams, jellies & cordials
Knitting for beginners, and returners
Natural skin care
Novel in a day
Pig-keeping - introduction
Scythes, use and maintenance
Sheep husbandry for smallholders
Silver clay jewellery
Soap & cosmetics from honey & beeswax
Why does my cat ...?
Why does my dog ...?
Wild game butchery
Willow plant supports
For more local information, please see:Sudbury Guide
Dowsing course on Sunday 25 June. Discover your powers of finding water, and other things too.
Cane & rush chair-seating course on 9 & 10 September with Mary Butcher.
Bring your own chairs and make them look beautiful again.
Jam & chutney-making course on 16 September, with professional jam maker Hannah Taylor.
If you have too many apples in the autumn, come and learn how to make them into delicious cider. Sunday 17 September.
Learn how to make mats and hats on the rush-weaving course on Saturday 23 September. A very ancient Suffolk craft.
Needlefelting course on 14 October. An easy and satisfying craft to master.
Book restoration for beginners. An introduction to this fascinating subject on 21 October.
Taxidermy - a very popular and unusual course on 28 October. You will learn how to stuff and preserve a white mouse.
Fancy keeping a few pigs? Our course on 29 October will give you the basics and help you decide whether you want to keep them or not.
VIEW OUR FULL RANGE OF COURSES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BY CLICKING 'VISIT WEBSITE' LINK ABOVE