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Greystoke Cycle Cafe and Tea Garden

Contact Details: Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984

E-mail: annie@greystokecyclecafe.co.uk
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Welcome to Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden

                For all  Art, Textile,  Cookery and Beekeeping workshops please

see individual pages above in the top menu.


This page contains all 'other' workshops plus the MAIN workshop timetable covering courses from all pages.




View from the Cycle Cafe Tea Lawn - Greystoke Castle
Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden - back lawn

You are warmly invited to enjoy an informal & relaxing day

with others at our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse

discovering new skills

from experienced artists & professionals

in friendly surroundings.

Our Quirky Workshop Days take place in our cosy converted barn- with oak floor & open ceiling it is a perfect space to work in ....

or in the garden on warmer summer days.

Cookery Days are held in our farmhouse kitchen.

The view from the back Cycle Cafe Tea Lawn



Photos of all previous Quirky Workshops in album format - an invaluable insight into a day


from each day

All our day workshops include a lovely   two course lunch,

coffees, teas & a cream tea

Lunch is served in our farmhouse kitchen around

one large table or in the garden.

Afternoon and evening courses include tea & scones

We hope you can find some days that appeal.




Main Programme located on 'Other Workshops' page detailing all plus availibility

Main Programme table containing

availibilty & above information


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We have limited parking at the Cycle Café but can offer some spaces in our driveway to those unable to take the 150-350 yd short walk from the village (4 to 8 mins)


Watercolour Wildlife Illustration July 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


 The Willow Hares Ladies with Phil Bradley Summer 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing with Adiran Wood  - June 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Stone Letter Carving 3 day course with Pip Hall   July 2011 at Greystoke Cycle Cafe




How to book a course at Greystoke

(see below for giving Workshops as PRESENTS and buying Open Vouchers )

Firstly, please either phone 017684 83984 or email with your initial requirements (using the grey table below if you can

Your name will be pencilled in and full payment will be required before your place can be confirmed.

See below for Ways to pay


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Course Name



Course Cost


payment method if known



phone number(s)




Home town & county

Any food reqs?

- all lunches are veggie anyway

Do they need one of the few parking spaces in our driveway ?



        **WALKING- Can they walk 150yds - 350yds of flat country lane walking through Greystoke or do they need  to reserve

one of the 3 spaces here in our driveway - or they can be dropped off

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For booking a course there are 2 ways to pay  . . .

1      By cheque -  full amount please payable to Greystoke Cycle Cafe, post to same  @  Greystoke , Penrith Cumbria  CA11 0UT

                                 (please let us know if you wish to spread payments) ALWAYS write course date / attendee on the back  of each cheque

2.   By OnlineTransfer  -  this is a free and fast method of payment- please email us for BACS details  


Your booking will be confirmed by email with details of parking/walking maps/times etc


Use paypal below to buy open vouchers (offering a card option for those without a paypal account)


For certain workshops that don't appear to have dates, we hold waiting lists. Please tell us if you are interested in such a day


We reserve the right to cancel any workshop -  in which case a full refund will be given or an option to transfer to another course.When at all possible we will give you plenty of notice.

REFUNDS . . . . If you find you cannot attend your workshop, ideally try to send a friend.

If you cancel your place before 6 weeks of the course date we will deduct an admin fee of £30 from your refund. .

Within 6 weeks refunds will be given only at our discretion -this depends upon whether we are able to fill your place. An admin fee will be charged

 If you  are unable to attend your course last minute it is likely we will add you to a NO SHOW list.

We offer last minute places to those who have been unable to attend their original workshop day due to unforseen circumstances .






Sterling Silver Jewellery Course for Beginners or Intermediates - Melinda Scarbrough



2 day Silver Jewellery Course

with Sterling Silver,

Pearls and Semi Precious Stones. 

NEW DATE   Sun 1st Mon 2nd December 2013


On this two day workshop you will have a variety

equipment to hand to make as much as you can under Melinda's guidance - of course everyone works at different paces and so the number of things you make may vary and the cost for materials used will be payable to Melinda at the end of the 2 day course


Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Beginners pieces from October's workshop

       Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


Your design will be individual to you and in the process will learn techniques including cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing. Lindy brings an array of tools and equipment  - gas bottles, polishers etc and each person has a saw frames and special jewellers bench vice which are all pre requisites for any proper silver jewellery course. Once people become familiar with the tools

that are available they become more confident and designs start flowing once they realise the possibilities.

People will be able to work at their own pace and make the most of workshop time .


Beginners piece

'I've always imagined a silver hare looking up to a silver moon' 


Said on arrival for a w/end Beginners' course  Ellie made the above on the Sunday Aug 2012

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Student piece - beginners


Beginners pieces

August Workshop

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   Student piece - beginners


No previous experience is necessary for either course .

All equipment and tools will be provided , though perhaps it may be  a good idea to bring

a sketchbook for ideas and notes.  Also , if appropriate, don’t forget a good pair of glasses to enable close detailed work.

Material Charges

Will be payable to the tutor directly on the day and will be from around £20 and charges may be more

for the two course depending on how much is made.

How to Book


Melinda trained for 4 years acquiring a  BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University and a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Met.  She previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths’ fair and was‘Winning Student Designer of the Year’ at British Jewellery Association Awards and a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award.


 Melinda Scarborough is a talented award winning designer maker jeweller with over 30 years experience who specialises in precious metals and gems.

Her beautiful contemporary designs use all the  traditional jewellery making techniques and her website is testament to the quality and calibre of her work;  she is a  bespoke jewellery designer.

Silver Jewellery Weekend Workshop with Melinda Scarborough at Greystoke Cycle Cafe




Make a Stained Glass Panel ....with Jackie Hunt  - Two day course designing and making wonderful Stained Glass WIndow Panels              


Jackie Hunt is an extremely accomplished tutor of Stained Glass with a wealth of experience behind her - she has created some beautiful commissions across the country and we are delighted that she comes to Greystoke despite having moved to Dorset in 2012.

Glass is an ancient art of using colour and light to create atmosphere and to depict images and stories.  Traditionally, stained glass windows tend to be associated with cathedrals, churches and country houses, but these days it is also used in homes for decoration and there are many ways to manipulate glass to provide colour, texture and pattern. The course involves working with coloured, clear and textured glass; learning how to handle and cut it safely and to 'lead up' a small (approx 200mm or 8" square) panel.  All glass, tools and equipment will be provided for use on the course. No experience is needed.  This is an informal workshop with a small number of participants and there will be demonstrations and practical help throughout.


Stained Glass Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe


This course is suitable for all abilites

Materials charge payable directly to the tutor of £15

will cover the cost of a panel 8" x 8"  

If students choose to make larer panels there

may be an extra charge pro rata




Tue 19th Wed 20th Nov 2013- booking


Stained Glass Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

The panel you make could be for a place in your house and could be built into a window or frame as a hanging panel. Please bring any ideas you may have

With my own paws- Proud!   Stained Glass Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

(with my own paws - proud! )

Main Programme located on 'Other Workshops' page detailing all plus availibility

Main Programme table link above containing availablity


Health and safety issues

Lead and lead solder will be use.

These are toxic substances both

to handle and to breathe in the solder fumes.

Stained Glass Workshop with Jackie Hunt at Greystoke Cycle Cafe      

Pregnant women are advised not

to handle lead or breathe in fumes. 

A health and safety briefing will be a part of the course and the use of safety equipment which is provided , e.g. safety goggles while glass cutting, will be required – this is not onerous, just sensible!


How to Book

Two exciting new Fused Glass Workshops with Deborah Moses

Tuition with one of the UK's leading kiln formed glass artists.  Deborah Moses of  www.thesilverzebra.co.uk has been delivering kiln formed glass courses since 2004 from her Chesire studio with many returning for her enthusiastic and relaxed professional approach - we are delighted that Deborah is happy to travel to Cumbria to allow us to sample her wonderful workshops further north.



Sunday 24th November 10-4pm

Suitable for beginners or improvers -min age 14

glass smarties


Introduction to Fused Glass Jewellery making day



Deborah started out in glass jewellery at the beginning

of her career before embarking on large scale installations

and sculptures, she has a wealth of knowledge to pass onto

anyone interested in fused glass and I am sure that this will

be a fun filled productive day for anyone to join in.


You will work with cut glass, frits, wires and metals, transfers & stringers to name a few!

Expect to create several pieces inc: earrings, rings, pendants, and time permitting a small glass dish to hold your jewellery

. Please note that your work will be fired and posted onto you approx 1 wk after your class although Deborah will bring along a few finished cabochons for you to mount into finished pieces too.

All materials are provided including fixings.

There will be an additional £10 'firing and postage charge' per student payable to

Deborah on the day




Fused Glass Christmas Decorations Workshop

Mon 25th Nov '13

Suitable for Beginners / Intermediates - Min age 14


This will be a fun filled Christmas workshop where you will learn a lot about the art of fused glass

and you will create Christmas decorations and gifts for loved ones and yourself

Mini houses  (which are always a very popular request in Deborahs own studio)   ~ Trinket bowls ~

  Xmas tree decorations ~ Candle bridges

You can choose to make 1 of each or just stick to creating repeating designs -

make as many as time allows!

A super workshop not only creating fabulous gifts for Xmas

but also learning a new skill at the same time!


Once again, a £10 charge will be payable to the tutor to cover P & P of your glass

pieces back to you once fired by Deborah in her glass kiln






Enamel Workshop - details to follow

Lino Print Workshop - details to follow

Calligraphy Workshop with Gaynor Goffe This course  is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, as most of the tuition is on an individual basis, with frequent group demonstrations too.



Sat 17th & Sun 18th May 2014

9.30 - 4pm each day

£145 pp inc a lovely 2 course lunch

each day



Two day Calligraphy Workshop

Gaynor Goffe

is one of the UK's foremost calligraphers

and we're very excited she is comng to Greystoke in May

- only rarely does she travel north.

Gaynor hs worked with calligraphy since 1974

and has taught many of today's most

prominent calligraphers.

This weekend course provides a unique opportunity for

both aspiring and existing calligraphy students.


Beyond Beginners

Those with more calligraphic experience can expect to improve their skill in one or more scripts of their choice, and widen their repertoire through experiment with

letterform and lay-out.



Calligraphy is

a satisfying and

creative craft

For Beginners

Those who are new to the craft will

find Gaynor a patient and encouraging

tutor and will learn to create sound letterforms, correct letter spacing and

the basic lay out and design for an

early calligraphy base.

Over the two days these beginners will become well versed with the necessary skillls and attain enough experience and competence to use a basic script at home


Gaynor is particularly interested in the more

personal, creative aspect of calligraphy,

working with painted backgrounds, gold leaf and collage, and experimenting with capitals

and cursive scripts.

She has written two calligraphy books:

'Calligraphy Made Easy' Parragon/Robinson

and 'Calligraphy Step-by-Step' ( with Anna Ravenscroft) HarperCollins (titled

'Calligraphy School ' overseas).


She is a long-standing fellow of the

Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society and

the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, and

works to commission and for exhibition. 




You can learn, improve or experiment with an

edged-pen script, choosing from uncial, italic,

foundational hand, amongst others, and use the script

with colour in the pen and background in the lay-out and design of short quotations. These terms will be explained..

This course is also very useful for those

interested in Stone Carving

 ( June and September at Greystoke with

the talented Pip Hall)

Gaynor has considerable relevant experience in

calligraphy for stone carving -

her own husband Tom Perkins

is himself an equally

celebrated Stone and Letter carver.



What to bring

  A full equipment list will be posted


Iit is preferable that students bring

along a small desktop drawing board

- A2 size




'Hamada' typeface designed by Gaynor Goffe digitized by Akira Kobayashi for Linotype





Graphology workshop - details to follow

Mosaics in a Weekend  - with Martin Cheek - October 2014 

suitable for beginners to advanced


Mosaics in a Weekend

Fri 10th (evening 7-9pm ) Sat 11th Sun 12th October 2014

Martin will take you carefully through the creative process way beyond

the rudimentaries of 'basic mosaics “of crazy paving” and ”colouring in” with broken tiles to

help you create something totally unique over the weekend.

An array of different mosaic materials will be examined and using examples of Martin’s

own work see how different materials affect your finished piece.

You will learn cutting, shaping techniques and classical laying techniques of the tesserae from first principles. Plus an introduction to the old master techniques of andamento, opus regulatum, vermiculatum,  musivum etc. which you can experiment with whilst completing your own mosaic design.

Participants will design and work on a mosaic 12” x 12” or 12” x 16 “ in area using a combination of traditional glass smalti, millefiore and Martin’s handmade glass fusions.






Please bring with you at least

two design ideas to discuss with Martin.

Recommend sizes are 12” x 12” or

12” x 16 “in area for your mosaic -

you will then be able to finish your mosaic

You can work on wood or mesh. Martin will show you how you can 'build up' a design by making

various elements 'close up' on mesh

and then  incorporating them into

a bigger design.  How to choose your colours

and  your grout in terms of their tonal

values and their effect on your

  design will also be covered.


Prep for your course

Try to make your two design ideas both different; then Martin will be able to discuss the various mosaic possibilities,

which your designs will suggest to him

Keep you designs simple and bold – remember that the smalti briquettes average 2cm x 1 cm in size

so don’t go too fiddly!

A quick glance at his website: www.martincheek.co.uk or any of his

many books give examples,

If you've no time to prepare pre course try to bring a pictorial idea-

perhaps something from a book, a

card, wrapping paper or packaging that

may have caught your eye.

If you can decide and resolve your design beforehand, this will save you valuable time on the first day. Martin will be happy for you to email your design to him in advance, in order to discuss this with you.

Course runs Friday 10th October 7pm -9pm, Saturday 11th October 9.30 -4pm and Sunday 12th October 9.30 - 4pm

£175 pperson inc lunch/refreshmetns each day . Accommodation not included.

The Boot and Shoe pub offers evening meals and there are various B and B's in Greystoke villlage within 300 yds wakling distance and the surrounding northern Lakes - Lake Ullswater is 6 mi. Penrith 5 mi Keswick 16 mi

Please see our Links page top right

The Friday evening slide show

may be available to local groups and artists

Please enquire

7pm to 9pm at the Cycle Cafe



 The course price includes substrate

(12x12 or 12x16), glue,

smalti to cover substrate &

some millefiore.

There is an additional charge for materials

and this can vary greatly

(anything between £10 & £60)

It depends what is used - for example

Martin’s handmade glass fusions are

available at an extra cost and in addition

you may commission from him a fusion made

especially for you in the days before the course.

This is a specialism and he is the only mosaicist

in the UK able to make bespoke pieces to order to a design specification in prep for a course - to incorporatefor these characterful mosaics.

Look on Martin's Facebook page for inspiration:
and msg him to send him your design if you feel you need some bespoke fusions

(extra charge- he can give you idea of cost)

His visit to Greystoke provides a chance to attend his course in the north of the UK



Martin's teaching and research takes him

to all corners of the globe -

the US to the Far East, Turkey and Africa.

He is highly acclaimed for his humerous individual

and characterful pieces.

Amongst other venues he is a sought after tutor at

the famous West Dean College in Sussex.


Martin' Barbara Cartland ' Cat




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