Press Release: Christmas At West Dean

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens near Chichester, West
Sussex will be holding a variety of Christmas-related short courses in November and December.

Christmas Short Courses

There will be 14 one-day Christmas-related short courses. These include several new courses
for 2019 such as Botanical Christmas card in pen and watercolour with botanical artist Sandrine Maugy
(November 1, £148); Modern brush calligraphy – festive metallic with leading contemporary
calligrapher Kirsten Burke (November 7, £143); Small mosaic decorations (November 7, £148);
Creative festive papercutting (November 27, £133) as well as hugely popular courses such as Silver
Christmas themed earrings with Sarah Macrae (December 10, £150) and Making coloured glass
Christmas decorations with Carole Gray (December 15, £158).

Nurture the creativity of family and friends with a gift voucher for a creative short course at West
Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Gift vouchers of £10, £25, £50 or £100 can be used as full
or part payment towards a short course. Vouchers are available by contacting Bookings - or 01243 818300. Visit for full details.

Christmas Present Ideas from West Dean Gardens

While at West Dean, it’s worth visiting the Gardens shop – which is brimming with unique Christmas present ideas you won’t find on the high street - as well as decorations, cards and gift wrapping
paper. Or give an experience and buy a voucher for a Gardens visit with afternoon tea.

Christmas Meals

The Gardens Restaurant will be offering a delicious traditional three course Christmas lunch on Mondays-Fridays between December 2-20, 2019.

As well as that, there is the opportunity for Christmas lunches and dinners for group bookings of 10-90 guests in the impressive State Rooms between November 22 – December 22, 2019 (see photo). Contact 01243 818258 or email

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Notes To Editors

  • West Dean College of Arts and Conservation was founded in 1971 by the poet and Surrealist patron, Edward James, recognised by BBC Arts as the ‘the greatest patron of art of the early 20th century’.
  • The College is part of The Edward James Foundation (Charity No. 1126084), also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and West Dean Tapestry Studio. 
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.

For all media enquiries please contact Rachel Aked:

Telephone 07790 732448

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ