Short courses

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a great place to learn, whatever your age. Inspired by the beautiful grounds and fascinating collections, we have a range of training courses and creative events.

Advance booking for all courses essential. Tel. 01362 869251 or visit

Rag Rugging with Yvonne Autie

Wednesday 18 April 10am – 4pm

On this one-day course you will learn the basic technique of hooked and progged textiles using a variety of fabrics. Learn a range of techniques and begin to interpret your own design such as a rug or cushion cover.  You will create samples of work to take home and experiment with and course tutor Yvonne Autie will give her expert advice on how best to create projects with different techniques.

You will be provided with enough hessian to create a rug and all tools will be provided on the day, and available to purchase. Please bring along a selection of fabrics to get started and exchange with fellow students. Suitable for beginners, artistic ability isn’t mandatory!

Tickets £45, Museums Pass £40.50

Willow Garden Sculptures with Sue Kirk

Thursday 24 May 10am – 4.30pm

On this one-day workshop you will make two or three structures to take home for your garden. You will be taught how to grow willow and prepare it for weaving, and a variety of basketry techniques such as three rod wale, randing, pairing and binding. You will construct dragonflies, tea light lanterns, bird feeders or two different styles of climbers for beans or sweet peas.

After a popular workshop in 2017, tutor and basket maker Sue Kirk returns to Gressenhall to teach garden structures. Suitable for beginners, or as a follow up to last year’s Bird Sculptures.

Tickets £45, Museums Pass £40.50.

Collograph Printmaking with Amelia Bowman - Sold out

Monday 11 June 9am – 4.30pm

This course is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list then please email

On this one-day workshop, popular Norfolk printmaker Amelia Bowman returns to teach her trademark ‘chine-colle’ printmaking technique. Learn how to make a collograph plate and print from it, create line and texture by collaging mixed media and create a series of prints to take home.

All materials will be provided, participants will need to bring an apron.

Suitable for beginners, or as a follow up to Amelia’s 2017 course.

Tickets £55, Museums Pass £50.

Family History with Helen Bainbridge

Wednesday 20 June 10am – 4pm

On this one-day course learn how to start researching your family tree.  Course tutor Helen Bainbridge will share tricks and sources to get started with your research.  You will be guided through free to use and commercial websites, learn some tricks and discover some new sources, share your family history and research with others.  Helen has over 30 years' genealogical experience and an extensive knowledge of Gressenhall records.

Suitable for beginners and those who have already begun their research.

Tickets £45, Museums Pass £40.50.

Apple Tree Pruning with Bob Lever

Thursday 22 November 10am – 3.30pm

On this one-day workshop you will gain an introduction to the theory behind pruning apple trees, and the selection and correct use of pruning tools. The majority of the day will be spent in the Workhouse orchard, where you will gain practical experience at pruning mature apple trees.

This workshop will mostly take place outside, regardless of weather.

Bob Lever has been involved with orchard management for over 30 years and has been teaching orchard skills for over 20 years.

Participants will need to bring warm and waterproof clothing and suitable footwear for wearing in long grass, plus a pair of strong working gloves for your own use. All other tools and safety equipment will be provided. All refreshments including lunch will be provided.

Tickets £45, Museums Pass £40.50.

Working with horses

Two short courses for people who would like to work with heavy horses here at Gressenhall.

  • An introduction to working with Gressenhall Farms’ Suffolk Horses
  • Ploughing Experience Day with Gressenhall's Suffolk Punch Horses

These courses can be arranged on demand - find out more.