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Pottery Wheel beginners taster session
A 2 hour introductory class for those who are absolute beginners - you will learn the very basics of throwing on the potters wheel. This will include weighing and preparing balls of clay before you start, then the basics of the wheel - from centering your clay, pulling, shaping and working with your tools, beginning to learn the techniques of throwing bowls and cylinders. This is a fun and quick way to introduce yourself to throwing on the wheel and is suitable for complete beginners. This is a fantastic way to enjoy and learn the age old art of the potters wheel At the end of the session you will be able to choose 1 of your pieces which will be bisque fired for you then glazed in a colour of your choice and fired again. Your pieces will be ready for pickup usually within 2 months of your class, but sometimes longer. Pick up will be arranged via an email or can be posted at a small charge There will be a maximum of 6 people attending this class. Each person has their own dedicated potters wheel
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £150 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
Wood-fired pizza, real ales and live folk music by a lake
Arrive at Brandiers Farm for 6 - 7pm. A micro nature reserve on the doorstep of the Cotswolds. You will be welcomed by Oliver, a local storyteller (and sometime pizza chef) who has grown up on the farm. He will introduce you to the unique history of the site, once an Iron Age encampment, then a Roman Pottery, now a re-wilded farm. You will be led to little chairs and tables under the trees beside the lake, or to the Indian marquee if it's raining. There will be fires for warmth. You may then walk up to the driftwood bar and order a complementary drink. We serve local real ales and ciders, as well as wines, lagers, spirits and soft drinks. Then Tamsin or Olly will come to take your pizza order, with menu choices inspired by the Romano-British history of Brandiers, with names like 'The Dobunni' and 'The Legionary'. These delicious and authentic wood-fired pizzas are cooked in a traditional clay oven with home grown, organic ingredients from our poly-tunnel and allotments. While you tuck in to your pizza, you will be entertained by live music from a rotating set of local Wiltshire-based folk artists. There will be 2 hours of music consisting of original, grassroots folk and a few covers. Finally, there will be open mic slots available, so bring your instrument along if you feel like getting involved with the local scene! The bar will close at 11 pm.
Exclusive Private Cotswold Tour
We will pick you up in our Chrysler Grand Voyagers, which carry masks and sanatiser. Pick up points are Moreton-in-Marsh train station, (perfect if you come up from London for the day on the direct train and you could always call in at Oxford on your return), The Lygons Arms in Broadway, The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe or The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham - with our guide and driver and take you on guided tour of the Cotswold villages and towns. The tour will last approx 4.5 hours. During the tour informative talks and information on each village/town we visit. Other things to note We can pick up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds
One day Cotswolds Electric Cycle Tour
Cycle the Cotswolds region using high performance electric bicycles. Tours departing from near Oxford, full day activity. My hobby was cycling the Cotswolds so I decided to move to this area from Oxford. Our route takes you off the beaten paths as some destinations in the Cotswolds get too crowded but the itinerary can be customised where practical, This is an active day out but you don't have to be too sporty to still enjoy riding an electric bike. You must however be aged at least 16 years old. Typical itinerary is 10.30am to 5.30pm with lunch break and tea break time (meals are not included in cost). We will visit several villages or hamlets plus see medieval 'wool' churches & option to visit ruins of a Roman villa or medieval manor. My prices quoted are based on max 4 clients total but if you are over 4 persons, I can hire in extra bikes but at extra cost and with adequate notice. Any groups of 5 persons or more, the meeting start/end point is also more flexible as bike hire is portable but my own bikes require you to meet me in Hanborough village, which is only 9 minutes train ride, first stop from Oxford on the train.

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Oxford University Tour With Alumni
We will start with a whirlwind overview of Oxford as the central player in 1,000 years of British history, and giving guests an understanding of how the sprawling institution operates before embarking on the tour. Navigating down the windy alleyways we will get an insiders take on the little known viewing angles that bring across the drama of the world famous architecture in this city. With striking spires and imposing buildings, we will cover how these influenced Tolkien, C S Lewis, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We will enter one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford, renowned for its beautiful gardens, before heading into one of the most famous Library's in the world - responsible for over 13 million books. Capping this off we will cover a Harry Potter film site, along with why the most powerful religious figure England has ever seen, was burnt alive in the centre of Oxford, on what is now such a nondescript part of road you could easily miss it. Please note: Colleges and the Library can shut without notice and currently they are available as of August 2021. If this changes on the day we will of course incorporate them - if we are not able to offer any access, we will offer up the option of a full refund.
Paddleboard River Safari For Beginners
Ready for some SUP therapy? Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a SUP safari on the beautiful River Avon with Wittering SUP; an ASI accredited SUP school and a British Canoeing Delivery Partner. Perfect for absolute beginners, you'll learn how to stand up paddleboard followed by a peaceful tour of the beautiful river Avon to enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife (kingfishers, deer, herons, wagtails, skylarks, swallows, Canada Geese, buzzards, Red Kites, otters, mink, water voles, oystercatchers and even rare curlews!). Every ticket sold makes a contribution to the Kemerton Conservation Trust who help take care of our beautiful wildlife here. With an ASI qualified SUP Technical Coach (and all gear provided), you will learn everything you need to start your paddleboarding adventure; how to kneel and ultimately stand on a board, correct paddle-stroke and turning techniques as well as safety and equipment knowledge before we head off on our adventure! Ideal for couples, families or friend groups from age 12+ so long as you can swim at least 50m. This a very accessible water sport and you don't need any experience to join in. All paddlers get a 10% discount from our friends at Revil's Farm Shop and Cafe; hot drinks and delicious lunches onsite - Yum! COVID19 LATEST: All our sessions are socially distanced and hygienic. We are COVID19 Secure Audited by the ASI.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £150 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
Potter's Wheel Taster Workshop
In this fun introductory class you will get familiar with the potters wheel and learn what it is like to have a go at throwing. On arrival at our Studio, you’ll be warmly welcomed as you join the rest of your small group. The workshop begins with a full demonstration of the pot throwing process, given by one of our expert potters. You will then be individually assigned a potter’s wheel for the duration of the workshop and its your turn to get hands-on and have fun practising your pottery skills! An experienced tutor will be on hand throughout offering practical tips and guidance. You will learn the 5 basic steps in making a pot, from centering, opening out and pulling up the walls of your pots, using specialist tools. You may create as many pots as you wish on the session, using an unlimited supply of clay. As a beginner, your pots tend to be super wobbly and often collapse but it’s all part of the fun and the normal learning curve of a potter! At the end of the class you can chose your best pot(s) to take away on the day, which can be left to airdry at home and painted if you wish!
Paddle Board on the beautiful River Avon
Learn to paddle board (SUP) and enjoy a SUP session on the tranquil River Avon with a WSI / BCU qualified instructor. Perfect for complete beginners to intermediate paddlers. You will be taught how to kneel and ultimately stand on a board, the correct paddle-stroke and turning techniques. All the equipment for the session is provided. Leaving you to concentrate on enjoying the session and admiring the beautiful section of the Avon. This a very accessible water sport with sessions aimed at beginners.
Wood-fired pizza, real ales and live folk music by a lake
Arrive at Brandiers Farm for 6 - 7pm. A micro nature reserve on the doorstep of the Cotswolds. You will be welcomed by Oliver, a local storyteller (and sometime pizza chef) who has grown up on the farm. He will introduce you to the unique history of the site, once an Iron Age encampment, then a Roman Pottery, now a re-wilded farm. You will be led to little chairs and tables under the trees beside the lake, or to the Indian marquee if it's raining. There will be fires for warmth. You may then walk up to the driftwood bar and order a complementary drink. We serve local real ales and ciders, as well as wines, lagers, spirits and soft drinks. Then Tamsin or Olly will come to take your pizza order, with menu choices inspired by the Romano-British history of Brandiers, with names like 'The Dobunni' and 'The Legionary'. These delicious and authentic wood-fired pizzas are cooked in a traditional clay oven with home grown, organic ingredients from our poly-tunnel and allotments. While you tuck in to your pizza, you will be entertained by live music from a rotating set of local Wiltshire-based folk artists. There will be 2 hours of music consisting of original, grassroots folk and a few covers. Finally, there will be open mic slots available, so bring your instrument along if you feel like getting involved with the local scene! The bar will close at 11 pm.
Pottery Wheel beginners taster session
A 2 hour introductory class for those who are absolute beginners - you will learn the very basics of throwing on the potters wheel. This will include weighing and preparing balls of clay before you start, then the basics of the wheel - from centering your clay, pulling, shaping and working with your tools, beginning to learn the techniques of throwing bowls and cylinders. This is a fun and quick way to introduce yourself to throwing on the wheel and is suitable for complete beginners. This is a fantastic way to enjoy and learn the age old art of the potters wheel At the end of the session you will be able to choose 1 of your pieces which will be bisque fired for you then glazed in a colour of your choice and fired again. Your pieces will be ready for pickup usually within 2 months of your class, but sometimes longer. Pick up will be arranged via an email or can be posted at a small charge There will be a maximum of 6 people attending this class. Each person has their own dedicated potters wheel
Foraging walk for beginners
- Short introduction into the foraging code and what to look out for - Exploring the local area by foot where I will show you around 50 (!) different edible wild plants plus a few poisonous ones - Finding and identifying wild plants - Information and recipe ideas how these wild plants could be used - Every guest gets a booklet with valuable information on wild plants, selected health benefits and further study ideas - The walk also includes the sampling of foraged food/drinks and homemade natural skin salves/creams LET US GO ON A LITTLE FORAGING MISSION TOGETHER! Please note: You can also request availability if you cannot find a suitable time slot for your group…
Discover Oxford with a Private Chef
Enjoy your very own private chef experience at your place! Learn the secrets hidden within each dish, and enjoy a delicious multi-course meal. Get ready to discover the taste of Oxford without leaving your own dining room! I will arrive 90 minutes before your preferred dining time in order to begin working my magic. I won't arrive empty-handed! No-no, I will show up at your doorstep equipped with every ingredient needed in order to prepare your meal. Feel free to put your apron on and cook some of the dishes with me! I am eager to share with you the secrets behind my recipes and Oxford local hidden treasures. Not in the mood? Well then lay down, relax, enjoy a few appetizers and allow me and my team to take care of you. Eat, share, drink, laugh, and explore Oxford dining scene from your own table. Oh and don’t worry about tidying up, everything will be left spotless for you to continue to enjoy! To have a closer look at my menus, send me a direct message and I will send them your way! Take advantage of our group discounts! ★ 10% OFF — groups from 4 to 5 guests ★ 15% OFF — groups of +6 guests Please note that to book an experience there is a minimum of 2 guests required.
Potter's wheel experience
Potter's wheel experience Please allow 1.5hrs for your visit. On arrival you'll be offered a warm welcome from either Jon or his wife and fellow maker Sarah. Following a step by step demonstration, you will share a wheel between two, each having two goes to make a pot. You’ll then be offered one of three choices: 1) The ‘green’ option. We’ll recycle your attempts so your clay can be enjoyed again and again by our lovely customers. 2) Select your favourite pot to take away, air-dry and paint at home. 3) For an additional £20 per pot we’ll fire and glaze your creation. Your masterpiece will need to dry thoroughly before it goes in the kiln. It will be fired twice. This whole process takes about a month, after which we’ll contact you to let you know it’s ready for collection from the Pottery. P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.
Candle Making with Tea & Cake
Larkswold is a Cotswold Crafting destination for those who wish to experience a workshop in a relaxing and restorative environment, run by friendly, well-informed locals. During our Candle Making Workshop you will learn how to make poured candles, adding essential oils, colours & your choice of decorations to ensure your candles are totally unique to you. Ideal for gifts or to keep! CandleMaking is ideal for individuals, couples, families with children over 10 years and a brilliant activity for larger groups! Long wooden tables in our new garden studio allow plenty of space, and the coffee is always on to enjoy with our delicious homemade cakes, all included. Our aim is to send you away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed & happy with your creations, and with a wealth of local knowledge! Other things to note You do not need any experience to successfully make your own candles. We will lead you through the process.
Letterpress Printing Experience
Learn the art of letterpress printing in a working printshop and create your own poster or cards. You will learn how to compose type, mix inks and operate the different presses. You will explore the range of wooden and metal type, and vintage blocks and learn how to use them. Choose your own type, set it on your galley, choose your ink colour, and print! You can print an A3 poster on the proofing press or make your own set of greeting or correspondence cards on the Arab or Adana presses. Suitable for children over 7 with adult accompaniment. If you are visiting the area for a special occasion, such as wedding planning, birthday or anniversary celebrations and would like to print something special such as Save the Dates or posters to mark the occasion please contact me directly so I can help organise what you would need.
Jewellery making workshop
I offer classes for groups of four to make silver stacking rings or whole day workshops to couples to make their wedding rings. They will be held in Painswick’s art centre which is in the heart of the village known as the Princess of the cotwolds. The make your own ring class will be 3 hours led by myself using traditional silversmithing skills to form silver into and solder, texture and polish a ring that you can take away with you. I trained under two master craftsmen. One in a fine jewellers making gold and platinum diamond jewellery and another in a fine art foundry making Damian Hirsts precious metal sculptures. My workshop is across the street from our villages fantastic local pub The Oak and a very short stroll to some amazing cocktails at The painswick. The village is full of fantastic air bnbs and surrounded by wonderful walks and tourist attractions like the rococo gardens and the beacon. Looking to get married? I am offering whole day workshops to make your own wedding bands from scratch. What could be more romantic?
Exclusive Private Cotswold Tour
We will pick you up in our Chrysler Grand Voyagers, which carry masks and sanatiser. Pick up points are Moreton-in-Marsh train station, (perfect if you come up from London for the day on the direct train and you could always call in at Oxford on your return), The Lygons Arms in Broadway, The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe or The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham - with our guide and driver and take you on guided tour of the Cotswold villages and towns. The tour will last approx 4.5 hours. During the tour informative talks and information on each village/town we visit. Other things to note We can pick up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds
Traditional Afternoon Tea-Baking Class
First we will make our homemade mixed berry jam & clotted cream, a seasonal pudding and then start baking! You will get a chance to bake a rich and delicious chocolate fudge cake, Victoria sponge and different variations of sweet & savoury scones (traditional ones and seasonal/unique ones). We will be using only organic ingredients but most importantly, we will have so much fun! There will be many treats made so you will take the extra ones with you as well as a mini jar of jam and AN ANTIQUE PIECE OF CROCKERY AS A SOUVENIR! Once back home, you will be able to practice what you have learnt. I will email you written recipes and lots of tips! Please message me for alternative dates and times. Other things to note Guests ages 2 and up can attend with their parents. Please message me for alternative dates and times. PLEASE ADVISE IN ADVANCE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGY OR RESTRICTION. www.thedoughhouse.co.uk