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Heavy Horse Experience for under 16's

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 - 12:53am

This exciting course is run by Claudia Waller, a partner of Hawthorn Heavy Horses based at Hylands. She specialises in the use of working horses for forestry and conservation work. Claudia has a BSc in Equine Studies and 12 years’ experience of working heavy horses.


You will learn how to:

Dates & Times: Monday, 27 October 2014 - 9:30am

Horse Logging Experience Day

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 - 12:53am

Come and experience the magic and tranquillity of a woodland setting with one of our rare breed horses. The day will include a logging demonstration in the woods then having a go at it yourselves. You will experience what a horse loggers day in the woods involves including tea breaks and lunch in the great outdoors. Meet at the Stables Visitor Centre.


Participants: Please download and complete the welfare form and information sheet on the right. All participants must bring the welfare form with them on the morning of their experience day

Dates & Times: Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 10:00am

Advice for general park users during Christmas Fair at Hylands House

Wed, 3 Dec 2014 - 6:07pm

Hylands House Christmas Fair will take place on 6 and 7 December from 11am until 7pm both days. It is anticipated that there will be a lot of traffic coming to the Festival.


Event traffic will be encouraged to park in the event car park using Webbs Farm entrance (following the AA signage) and also the Writtle Park entrance. The London Road entrance to Hylands House will be closed to all users during the event.


For general park users and dog walkers, the Widford Church entrance will be open across the weekend - normal park opening and closing times apply.

Dates & Times: Friday, 5 December 2014 - 4:45pm

Cross Country at Hylands

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 - 3:16pm

Approximately 200 runners are due to attend a Cross Country at Hylands on Sunday 30 November 2014. Please expect a higher volume of traffic that usual in the Writtle car park


This event is organised and managed by Springfield Striders.

Dates & Times: Sunday, 30 November 2014 - 10:00am

Hylands Christmas Party

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 - 3:04am

This Christmas we’re very proud to announce we have teamed up with the hugely successful Limeberry Catering of New London Road restaurant, and leading local entertainment company Pink Vanilla Events to bring you the first ever Hylands Christmas Party night.


Join us in the chic surroundings of the brand new Grand Pavilion with its mix of elegant drapes, chandeliers and unique themed décor which offers the perfect space for small & large groups to come together under one roof to indulge in some festive fun.


Dates & Times: Friday, 12 December 2014 - 7:00pm

Willow Tepee

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 - 1:33am

Are you a complete beginner, or building on existing willow weaving skills? Join Deb Hart at Hylands and she will help you create your very own willow tepee to grace your garden.

£35, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 26 March

Dates & Times: Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 10:00am

Copper Clay

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 - 2:37am

Working with pure copper clay you will learn how to manipulate and form the clay. Create different designs and textures to make unique pieces of jewellery. You will see how the copper is fired in the kiln and learn the polishing techniques used to finish your pieces. This workshop allows you to make either one large piece or a number of smaller pieces.

This workshop is suitable for beginners or intermediate crafters.

£55, including all materials and tools.


Ticket sales close 22 March

Dates & Times: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 10:00am

Applique/Embellished Bunting

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 - 1:49am

Create a beautiful handcrafted embellished and/or applique bunting for your home, garden or special occasion.

This is a fun workshop and, although you will be given a materials list, Lynne Sharpe will have a trove of extra bits and pieces you can delve into.

£37, including refreshments. Please bring a sewing machine. A materials list will be provided to students.


Ticket sales close 19 March

Dates & Times: Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 10:00am

Silk Screen Print Easter Tea Towels

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 - 12:50am

Textile designer Candice Wren will bring a selection of festive Easter designs and motifs on screens. After choosing which
designs/motifs to print, you will leave the workshop with knowledge of silk screen printing and a set of three tea towels to keep or as lovely Easter gifts.

£60, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 16 March

Dates & Times: Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 10:00am

Introduction to Basic Batik

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 - 12:02am

Batik is a term used to describe the very old skill of using dyes and hot wax as a resist on paper or cloth to produce beautiful patterns and designs. It has been used in Indonesia, Africa, India and Japan. The wax is applied with a brush or a ‘janting’ (a special tool that holds hot wax, and enables us to draw or make marks with the wax). Successive layers of colour are used to build up the design producing exciting and original work.

Dates & Times: Friday, 13 March 2015 - 10:00am

Tuesday Toddle

Sun, 9 Nov 2014 - 2:30am

The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every month throughout the year, with a break during the school summer holiday period. The Toddles are an opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk on the whole take into account those with pushchairs although a short detour maybe necessary from time to time to avoid steps etc. Maximum of three children per adult.


Dates & Times: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 10:00am

Contemporary Flower Arrangement

Sun, 9 Nov 2014 - 2:30am

David Thompson, with his years of experience, will help you create the perfect contemporary flower arrangement to grace your home or to give as a gift.

£30. A materials list will be provided to all students.


Ticket sales close 9 March

Dates & Times: Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 10:00am

Heavy Horse Experience Day - Driving

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 - 10:13am

The perfect gift or personal experience. Enjoy a day working with one of our rare breed heavy horses including grooming, harness care and an introduction to coach driving techniques with the opportunity to take the reins yourself. This is an exclusive day with only 4 people, maximum, booked on.


Different experience days run throughout the year. Age 16+.


Dates & Times: Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 10:00am

Farmers and crafts market

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 - 10:13am

Please note our Farmers and Craft Markets will not be held in January and February due to the risk of adverse weather.


Set amongst the tranquil surroundings of Hylands Stables Visitor Centre you will find many specialist foods including:


  • freshly baked breads
  • homemade cakes
  • pies
  • Indian foods
  • specialist wines
  • coffee
  • fine sausages and
  • a growing number of craft stalls.


Dates & Times: Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 10:00am

Mackintosh Inspired Sun Catcher

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 - 12:52am

Resident glass artist, Mona Marnell, has created this workshop for beginners so you can learn the traditional method of
stained glass and produce an exquisite Mackintosh inspired sun catcher for your home or garden.

£65, including all materials and equipment use.


Ticket sales close 5 March

Dates & Times: Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 10:00am

Contemporary Flower Arrangement

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 - 12:52am

David Thompson, with his years of experience, will help you create the perfect contemporary flower arrangement to grace your home or to give as a gift.

£30. A materials list will be provided to all students.


Ticket sales close 9 March

Dates & Times: Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 10:00am

Glass Jewellery

Sat, 1 Nov 2014 - 2:20am

This one-day jewellery workshop gives you the opportunity to explore the various techniques and materials used to produce stunning glass jewellery. Resident glass artist, Mona Marnell, will
take you through the designing, making and finishing process. The day will also include an understanding of working with kiln-fired glass. You will use the materials provided to create glimmering silver and glass drop earrings. Once fired your pieces will be ready for collection
from the studio to keep or give away.

£90, including all materials.


Dates & Times: Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 10:00am

Beginners Enamelling: Wire & Cloisonne Effect

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 - 12:46am

In this workshop, Toni Peers will show you how to use wire to aid in enamelling designs. There are all sorts of ways to do this, each creating a different effect. You will also create filled enamelling cells or cloisonné to add decoration to your pieces. Expect to produce up to three
enamelled pieces.

£50, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 15 February

Dates & Times: Sunday, 15 February 2015 - 10:00am

Fused Glass Heart

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 - 2:06pm

Why not make a beautiful pair of fused glass hearts to keep for yourself or share with someone special this Valentine’s Day? This workshop is suitable for complete beginners to the wonderful
world of fused glass.

£75, including all materials and equipment use.


Ticket sales close 9 February

Dates & Times: Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 10:00am

The Big Draw

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 - 4:28pm

The Hylands Big Draw, campaign for drawing. 

Come along and join in with this year's event with the theme of "It's Our World" and let your imagination run free!  Everyone is welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.


For more details please contact 01245 605523


Dates & Times: Monday, 27 October 2014 - 11:00am