Current Courses

Learn some tricks of the trade from professional jam-maker Hannah Taylor!  (Click on her name to see more about her.)

Hannah Taylor

Available dates: 

Friday, 7 September, 2018
The track down to Assington Mill

£90.00

The focus of this course is to learn all the latest on nature and its impact on our health.

Jules Pretty

Available dates: 

Saturday, 8 September, 2018
Cover of the book by Jules Pretty, The East Country, which comes with the course

£90.00

This course will teach you everything you need to know to get started as a picture book author for children. 

Hollie Hughes

Available dates: 

Friday, 14 September, 2018
Hollie Hughes - tutor on the Writing picture books workshop, Assington Mill, Suf

£90.00

Cyder (fermented from apples) and perry (from pears) are amongst the oldest drinks produced in the UK.  As world leader, Britain is the largest cyder making country in the world and has a marvelo
Simon Reed

Available dates: 

Saturday, 15 September, 2018
Cider-making course at Assington Mill

£95.00

What a joy rush is! Its soft, silk like and malleable qualities are gentle on the hands and very light weight. Its colours vary from light gold through gentle greens to bronzy hues.

Nadine Anderson

Available dates: 

Friday, 21 September, 2018
Anne & Bob cutting rushes for the rush weaving course at Assington Mill

£95.00

For thousands of years we have depended on plants to provide the essentials of life - food, shelter, clothing, fuel and medicine.  In many respects little has changed.  For most of the world's popu

Jude Greenan & Vanessa Neville MNIMH

Available dates: 

Saturday, 22 September, 2018
Collecting hawthorn berries on the Wild Medicine course at Assington Mill, Suffo

£95.00

This one-day course aims to cover all the things you need to know before starting to keep a few pigs on your land.  It will not be looking at commercial pig-keeping. 

Kevin Blundell

Available dates: 

Friday, 28 September, 2018
Kevin, the leader, feeding his pigs on the Assington Mill pig-keeping course

£90.00

Because our normal goat husbandry tutor, Bev Whelan's husband died last year, she is unable to keep her flock of goats producing kids this year, so the venue is changed to Wobbly Bottom Far

Beverley Whelan

Available dates: 

Saturday, 29 September, 2018
Newly-born Saanen goat kid at Assington Mill

£90.00

Because our normal goat husbandry tutor, Bev Whelan's husband died last year, she is unable to keep her flock of goats producing kids this year, so the venue is changed to Wobbly Bottom Far

Beverley Whelan

Available dates: 

Saturday, 6 October, 2018
Newly-born Saanen goat kid at Assington Mill

£90.00

Needle felting is the art of creating felt by pricking raw wool with special barbed needles.  The fibres becomes enmeshed and can be formed into a picture or a sculpture.  With a basic form cons

Jools Abbey

Available dates: 

Saturday, 13 October, 2018
Needlefelt dog, made by Julie Abbey

£90.00

This is a one-day course foraging for edible fungi available at this time of the year,  with explanations of how it can be used and eaten.

Matthew Rooney

Available dates: 

Saturday, 20 October, 2018
Foraging for food at Assington Mill

£90.00

The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display.  These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pe

Jools Abbey

Available dates: 

Saturday, 27 October, 2018
Taxidermy course at Assington Mill

£90.00

Come and learn to lay hedges the Suffolk way, from a real Suffolk man!  Click on Neil's name above to see more about him.

Neil Catchpole

Available dates: 

Saturday, 3 November, 2018
Hedgelaying course at Assington Mill, Suffolk

£90.00

Neil Reekie

Available dates: 

Sunday, 4 November, 2018
Students on a chainsaw maintenance course at Assington Mill, Suffolk

£95.00

Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers Your choice of Script A day to discover the pleasure of writing with a broad edged pen.  Beginners can start with the Uncial Script , a beautiful

Jan Jeffreys FCLAS

Available dates: 

Saturday, 17 November, 2018
Calligraphy by Jan Jeffreys, tutor on the calligraphy course

£90.00

Ray Davis

Available dates: 

Sunday, 18 November, 2018
Ray with his game at the start of the wild meat butchery course

£90.00

Come and make presents for your friends and family, and relax and have fun at the same time!  Silver clay is an amazing new art material (99% silver) that makes it possible for everyone to make rea

Melanie Blaikie

Available dates: 

Sunday, 2 December, 2018
Silver clay jewellery course at Assington Mill, Melanie & Helen standing

£100.00

Cheer up January by giving yourself a day out!  Learn the craft of balm-making and cream-making to produce completely natural skin products.  This practical, empowering one-day workshop is a unique

Jude Greenan & Vanessa Neville MNIMH

Available dates: 

Tuesday, 25 December, 2018
The farmyard at Assington Mill. Photo: Glyn Jones

£90.00

This one-day course is designed for those who are thinking about keeping chickens.  Sue Baker (click on her name above to see more about her) will help you to make up your mind by showing you what

Sue Baker

Available dates: 

Tuesday, 25 December, 2018
Early morning wake-up call at Assington Mill

£90.00