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.  Call 01362 869251 or book online

Christmas Doll-making workshop

Monday 19 November 10am – 4.30pm

On this one day workshop you will learn how to make a vintage inspired felt doll or Christmas tree fairy.  You will learn various techniques including how to inset a wire armature and different methods of creating faces and hair.

This course is suitable for beginners or those with a little experience, with all materials provided, although participants can bring their own fabrics to use.  You will learn how to stuff and join the dolls with hand stitching, make and skirt and bodice, and create your doll’s face.

Course tutor Sara Sheriff has been making dolls for 18 years, and has exhibited at various fairs around the country including the Selvedge Fair, Country Living, and The Contemporary Craft Fair in Devon.  For more details on Sara’s work visit

All refreshments and lunch included.

Tickets £65, Museums Pass £58.50.

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.