Press Release: West Dean’s expert tutors to run Taster Workshops at Design and Craft Fair

West Dean's popular Design and Craft Fair, featuring MADE, returns this year from 19 to 21 June. Visitors will have the chance to take part in hands-on creative workshops and learn new skills from some of the College's expert tutors. A series of workshops will run throughout the weekend giving visitors a taste of what West Dean has to offer - for just a small additional cost on top of the price of entry.

Basketmakers, jewellers, potters, artists, printers, sculptors and other specialist tutors will be teaching in the College's workshops, studios and in covered tents in the grounds. Each tutor will be running hands-on sessions throughout the weekend. The one and a half hour workshops are expected to book up fast and will cost from £10. (Advance booking online is recommended. An entry ticket to the event is also required and can be purchased online or at the event).

Around 100 innovative and contemporary makers and designers have been carefully selected to show and sell their work in 'The Marketplace' at the event. Alongside practical workshops there will be free craft demos and talks. Visitors will be able to make a day of it with plenty of delicious food and drink options and free entry to the award-winning Gardens at West Dean included in the price of entry.

The Design and Craft Fair, featuring MADE, will showcase the best that West Dean has to offer. The internationally renowned College has a worldwide reputation for its quality of teaching in traditional and contemporary art and craft, and offers around 700 short courses each year ranging from Taster Days to the highly popular Summer Schools. (Taster Days run throughout the summer and cost from £111).


Session Times: 11.00 - 12.30, 13.30 - 15.00, 15.30 - 17.00


  • Tin can mobiles
  • Make ceramic mobiles
  • Make a textured silver ring
  • Discover the alchemy of enamelling
  • Drypoint etching
  • Sew a zip purse or Pencil case
  • Sew a pretty fabric tote bag
  • Stained glass window decorations
  • Weave a willow sphere
  • Make a willow cloche plant support
  • Make a small willow plant cone
  • Make a fresh flower headdress
  • Make a small woodcut print
  • West Dean with a flutter: Controlling flash and shutter


  • Carve an acorn in wood
  • Sculpt a broody hen in clay
  • Make a textured silver ring
  • Do you love colour? - an enamel taster
  • Make a textured silver ring
  • Paint the figure - shadow and light
  • Make a free-standing wire bird sculpture
  • Decorative hand felted bead jewellery
  • Fabulous felt flowers
  • Decorative hand felted bead jewellery
  • The joy of charcoal
  • Mini mixed media abstracts
  • Monoprint
  • Walking and drawing


  • Rocking rocks - stonecarving a fish
  • Throwing pots
  • Discover the alchemy of enamelling
  • Make a textured silver ring
  • Do you love colour? - an enamel taster
  • Patchwork: traditional English paper piecing
  • Make a mini mosaic
  • Make a unique fabric covered sketchbook
  • Sew a Japanese booklet
  • Draw and paint a geranium
  • Draw and paint a sea - tropical storm
  • Draw and paint a skyscape
  • Basketry: plaited paper basket
  • Textile basketry: decorative twined hanging
  • Walking and drawing
  • Inspirational drawing in the gardens



  • Moving lobster puppet workshop
  • Jumping Jack puppet workshop
  • Create a surreal self-portrait workshop
  • Strange creatures take over West Dean workshop

For more information about workshops visit


Booking Information

Design and Craft Fair, Featuring MADE, 19 - 21 June, 10am - 5pm

Early Bird booking £8.25 Adult (until 11 June) On the door £9 Adult

Entry ticket includes free entry to the award-winning West Dean Gardens.

Workshops from £10 (pre-book online) Ages 12 + can attend workshops. Children must have their own ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult.

Children under 16 FREE entry to the event.

Please visit to book online.

B & B accommodation at West Dean

Located in the rolling South Downs, close to the cathedral city of Chichester, West Dean is an inspiring setting in which to stay. Wake up to beautiful views in the stately splendour of a historic country mansion. The 58 bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. Explore the award-winning gardens during your stay, featuring the restored Walled Garden, spectacular Edwardian Pergola and peaceful parkland. B & B accommodation for this special weekend costs £99 per room per night subject to availability (single/double/twin, Saturday or Sunday night only).

About MADE

MADE comprises the established, high quality craft and design fairs which run annually in London and Brighton. The organisers of MADE will be curating the market place at the Design and Craft Fair at West Dean.


Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • The College runs over 700 short courses in arts, crafts, gardening, creative writing and music each year as well as postgraduate programmes in Creative Arts and Conservation. For more information visit
  • The award winning Gardens are open from 1 February - 20 December with special event days throughout the year; Annual House Opening (9 & 10 May), Design and Craft Fair (19 - 21 June), 20
  • 20th Chilli Fiesta (7 - 9 August), Half Term Halloween activities (26 - 31 October) and Father Christmas visits (12 & 13 and 19 & 20 December).
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes. Journalists interested in visiting the Gardens, attending a course or an event for news or review purposes, high res images or filming opportunities should contact the Media Relations Team.
  • West Dean College and Gardens are situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

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Media contact information

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Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer +44 (0)1243 818301


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