Hands on Heritage workshops

Aspiring craftsmen and women have the chance to learn ancient arts and crafts at a series of new ‘Hands on Heritage’ workshops at the Avalon Marshes Centre.

On Thursday 9 October people can enjoy a natural dyeing workshop for just £10. Participants will use natural materials to make a range of different colours to dye wool.

On Thursday 16 October Somerset basket-maker Ivor Hancock will lead a workshop on the techniques of weaving with willow. People can learn about the traditional basketry of the Somerset moors and make their own piece to take home. This workshop costs £35.

Visitors can also learn the art of traditional felt-making and help to create a felt bed cover for the Iron Age roundhouse at the Avalon Marshes Centre on Tuesday 21 October for just £10.

Local craftsman Richard Devaney will lead a two day workshop on woodturning on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November. Participants can learn how our Iron Age ancestors carved wood, experience traditional techniques and take home their own turned wooden bowl. This workshop costs £40 and will also take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said: “The Avalon Archaeology ‘Hands on Heritage’ project celebrates the natural landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Somerset Levels through 60 different projects. It is part of a larger Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

All workshops will take place between 10am and 4pm at the Avalon Marshes Centre. Materials, tools and refreshments are provided, but visitors should bring a packed lunch and appropriate clothing for weather conditions.
Places can be booked online at http://www.avalonmarshes.org/heritage_training