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Country Craft Courses

Country craft courses at Mantel Farm, near Beech Estate

Just a few miles from Beech Estate, you could try out a country craft course. Try your hand at willow weaving, trug making, or make your own bath bombs!

Mantel Farm, near Catsfield, has been a poultry farm since the 1940s. Formerly a commercial operation, it is now a smallholding helping the members of the Weller family live in a self-sufficient and sustainable way. The family believe that keeping the old crafts alive and applying them to a modern life is extremely enjoyable and important.  It is a joy to learn a new skill, to take home your own creation to use or gift to family or friend and to have enough knowledge to continue at home.

Sussex trug making near Beech Estate Campsite

Image by Kevin Skinner

They are keen to share what they have learned through running their smallholding by offering advice and running training course. The shop only sell items that they have produced or used themselves.

Courses you can choose from:

  • An Introduction to Willow Weaving
  • Make a Sussex Trug weekend
  • Make your own Bath Bombs
  • Weave a Willow Basket Weekend

Find out more on the Mantel Farm website.

Book your stay at Beech Estate Campsite

If you sign up for a country craft course at Mantel Farm, why combine it with a stay at Beech Estate Campsite? We think our campsite is the perfect base. Our camping and glamping site is just a short drive away from Mantel Farm. We offer the chance to pitch your own tent or stay in a “wild glamping” bell tent. The site set in a beautiful 600 acre woodland, is off-grid and allows campfires. Read our campsite philosophy to find out more about our approach to sustainable living and holidays.

Mantel Farm Website

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