Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Courses and events

We are back in the woods in 2022! Having missed two years of Days in the Woods, we are really looking forward to welcoming you back to Bottoms’ Corner. Take a look at what’s on offer below; if you need more information please contact us or make a booking direct through the site, using Eventbrite. We hope to hear from you soon. Jane and Guy

enjoy a day of constructive relaxation with Wassledine at Bottoms' Corner Wood

Come spend an enjoyable and relaxing day with us in our lovely hazel woodland, Bottoms’ Corner, to savour some good company, quite a lot of chat, as well as some pretty good home-baked cakes, whilst learning to do or make something interesting and probably useful at the same time. Spend a day with Wassledine for some constructive relaxation.

Gift certificateswassledine gift certificates are available now

We offer gift certificates that may be redeemed against any of our products so if you are after a gift for someone who might appreciate a Wassledine Day in the Woods, find out more here.

Arrange your own special event

We are very happy to run courses for you at your own venue if you have the space and we can also arrange special events for small groups of friends or colleagues at Bottoms’ Corner in Gravenhurst – team building, for a celebration…  ..if you’re interested, please contact us to chat over your ideas.

Please note – we run courses for other organisations at other venues, so do check the venue before booking.

One recent customer posted on Facebook… I attended the beginner’s basket weaving course with Wassledine. I had an amazing day that far exceeded expectations. I came away with a basket that I was proud of and felt so happy and relaxed after spending time in the woods. There’s something magical about woods! Jane, Guy and Ed are such lovely people that made us feel so welcome and ensured we had a plentiful supply of hot drinks and Jane’s delicious cake.


Training Day

Saturday 13 August, 10.30 – 4.30pm

Summer Spoon Carving

We are delighted to welcome back local craftsperson, green woodworker, specialist spoon carver and genuinely nice bloke, David Yule, to lead a Day in the Woods this summer. David loves walking in local woodlands and hand-carving beautiful and functional objects from ethically sourced
wood. He uses the traditional tools of carving axes and knives. His work is fantastic and he will be pleased to share his skills with you.

The day is for anyone who would like to have a go at making a spoon – there’s no need for any experience or knowledge of the wonderful tools involved. Everything you’ll need will be supplied. A little upper body, hand and wrist strength is necessary but most people will manage. It’s great to go home and use a spoon that had been part of a tree earlier the same day.

This day will take place in Bottoms’ Corner Wood in Gravenhurst, our lovely working hazel coppice. There is a 300m walk from car parking area to the venue, across grass and up a slope. If you have any concerns regarding your ability to enjoy the day please contact us in advance.

We will provide all materials, tools, tea, coffee, other soft drinks, biscuits and cakes. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Cost £80 per person

Please click here to book your place


Training Day

Saturday 24 September, 10am – 5pm

Basketmaking for Beginners

Back by popular demand, Bedfordshire-based craftsman Ed Burnett will take you through the whole process of making a simple, round, willow basket. If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, although there’s a lot to it, it’s possible in a day. If you have done a little basketmaking in the past, this would be a great opportunity to have another go and get all those techniques embedded a bit more in the old brain.

Expect a fairly intense day but fear not, Ed’s calm and clear teaching style always makes everyone feel relaxed and inspires confidence to produce something beautifully baskety by day’s end.

Willow is lovely stuff to work with; we’ve rarely met anyone who didn’t enjoy its very tactile nature and the thrill of a basket emerging from a pile of sticks. You will need to have some dexterity and a little strength in upper body, wrists and fingers, but it’s not too physical – and there will always be help at hand if you need it.

So proud!

This day will take place in Bottoms’ Corner Wood in Gravenhurst, our lovely working hazel coppice. There is a 300m walk from car parking area to the venue, across grass and up a slope. If you have any concerns regarding your ability to enjoy the day please contact us in advance.

We will provide all materials, tools, tea, coffee, other soft drinks, biscuits and cakes. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Cost £85 per person

To book, click here


A series of family events (aimed at children over 5 and their adult companions) that provide memorable experiences and a chance to enjoy the woods through the different seasons. Each event varies but always includes storytelling and refreshments in a beautiful woodland setting.
Autumn Storytelling in the woods, Sunday 9 October

Step into the setting of some of our favourite traditional tales and watch out for wolves as Jane leads you on a storytelling adventure in the woods. The woodcutter will be on hand to tell you about the coppicing cycle and the wildlife in the woods. Find out what delicious treats Red Riding Hood carried in her basket as we reach Grandmother’s glade for the autumnal tea party.

Tickets – £7.50 per person

Your ticket includes all tasty treats and refreshments at the woodland tea party.

To book, click here

A series of family events (aimed at children over 5 and their adult companions) that provide memorable experiences and a chance to enjoy the woods through the different seasons. Each event varies but always includes storytelling and refreshments in a beautiful woodland setting.
Summer Stories and Craft – Weaving in the woods, DATE – TO BE ARRANGED

Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon in the woods with some relaxing storytelling and craft. On a stroll through the trees, you’ll be entertained with tales as Jane weaves stories together from woodland words. After a delicious tea party, you can unwind while weaving with natural materials to create a memento of the day.

Your ticket includes refreshments at the woodland tea party with tasty homemade cakes.

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