Art and craft courses in the Lake District in our stunning open plan studio
Art and craft courses in the Lake District in our stunning open plan studio

Join us for relaxing creative days © Cowshed Creative

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Creative Workshops at Cowshed Creative
Creative Workshops at Cowshed Creative

We offer a range of art and craft workshops in the Lake District © Cowshed Creative

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Cosy up by the woodburner at Cowshed Creative
Cosy up by the woodburner at Cowshed Creative

Fancy a chat, a cup of tea or browse through some art books in front of the fire © Cowshed Creative

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Creative Courses in the Cowshed 

 Cowshed Creative

Inspiring Art and Craft courses in the Lake District

With something for everyone  

Workshops at Cowshed Creative are based in our two storey traditional Lakeland barn conversion. The art studio is a stunning open plan space and there is plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere Valley. With inspiring teaching, a great choice of creative art, craft and heritage courses to choose from, join us and treat yourself to a wonderful experience with great company

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Award for excellent art and craft courses at Cowshed Creative

We are so proud to receive this award for excellent 5 star provision from student recommendation.  These have been verified by Craft Courses after running art and craft workshops in the Lake District for only 12 months. A huge thank you to our fantastic tutors and to our students for such great feedback

★★★★★   The place was amazing – a beautifully converted barn in stunning surroundings.  The  food is delicious and plentiful.  Michelle K, Student feedback on Craft Courses Website

★★★★★  Another great art course at Cowshed!  The venue is terrific, with a great welcome, tasty food and excellent facilities.'              Steve Student Feedback on Craft Courses website

Silver spinner ring art and craft workshop ©Cowshed Creative © Cowshed Creative
 Textile art and craft courses in the Lake District © Cowshed Creative
Indigo and Shibori craft course in the Lake District© Cowshed Creative
Water colour art and craft workshop in the Lake District © Cowshed Creative
Silver jewellery craft workshop © Cowshed Creative

Lunch is a tasty two course meal with home baked bread, cake & refreshments.  We finish the day with a cup of tea and a slice of cake

Georgie was a wonderful hostess.  She made us feel safe, warm and welcome.  The

food she provided was home made and delicious and the portion sizes were generous.   

Gail W. 

Craft Courses 

Our art and craft courses in the Lake District have parking available on site.  We are based near Windermere and Kendal.  Staveley railway station, on the branch bike that connects to Oxenholme mainline station, is 2 miles from the farm; a 10 minute bike ride or ½ hour walk. The 555 bus service goes through Staveley to Kendal or in the other direction to Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick.   National Rail Enquiries

Green story

We provide a free parking space but as a greener option, if you live nearby and it's possible, why not come to an art and craft course by bike, or lift share with a friend. If you would like to know more about the measures we have put in place to make our business more sustainable, please check out our 

We're Good to Go tourism standard mark for Covid 19

We guarantee that if we have to cancel workshops (Covid related or otherwise) we will offer you alternative dates or a refund

If you book on the Craft Courses website or using Craft Course vouchers you will need to contact them in relation to a refund

We are taking a range of                                to keep you safe

*Industry Standard mark recognising our business has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines

Reviews For Cowshed Creative Workshops

All reviews were posted independently on the Craft Courses website

What an amazing experience!  ★★★★★

I can’t recommend this enough, George and Hanna were perfect hostesses and the location was very welcoming with lovely homemade lunches provided.      

                                                           Basket Making Course           Sept 20         Stephen Frankish, Craft Courses 

Loved every minute of this course! ★★★★★

Ihe place was amazing - a beautifully converted barn in stunning surroundings, providing plenty of space, light, warmth/ventilation for workshops.  Catherine was superb - guiding us through the tools and techniques simply without overwhelming us. Her experience, style and approach created a relaxed, creative atmosphere where you felt able to experiment. Whilst there was a range of styles and experience amongst our workshop attendees, everyone was really supportive and the variety added to the experience and discussions. I learned so much during the day and left genuinely inspired to develop my painting further.  Hugely recommended!    

                                                           Oil Painting Course               April 20         Michelle Kent,  Craft Courses 


Still buzzing about it a week later!  ★★★★★

I honestly can not speak highly enough about this course! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!  Meg was fantastic and helped me every step of the way. She was so welcoming, calm and enthusiastic and left me wanting to go home and make dungarees for everyone in my family!  George was a fantastic host. She made everyone feel welcome, kept us warm, topped us up with water, coffee and tea, and made the most amazing lunch - I asked for the recipe it was so delicious!
I really would recommend this course to anybody!  

                                                           Drapes to Dungarees Course  Sept 20          Jess D, Craft Courses 

The mosaic class was excellent  ★★★★★

It was a small, friendly class so we all had plenty of individual attention from our teacher Kay, and we had a good selection of materials to choose from. The barn is beautifully converted with a great atmosphere and an enormous wood burning stove to keep us warm. The lunch was delicious and plentiful with yummy cake in the afternoon. The day was great value for money, I'm very pleased with my mosaic and I'll definitely be going back to learn more.   

                                                     Mosaic in a Day Course         Sept 20         Jacqui Kent, Craft Courses  


Hopefully this will be the start of a new hobby!  ★★★★★ 

Throughly enjoyed the day. Venue is of the highest quality, Lunch was all homemade and delicious.
I was a complete beginner doing watercolours. Karen was very patient and I learnt a lot of techniques.
Thanks again George and Karen for a lovely day! 

                                                           Lakeland Landscape Course   Sept 20         Elizabeth T, Craft Courses 

Highly recommend the course and venue ★★★★★

Jo Dix is a an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable jeweller and stepped us through the whole process of Silver Clay, and the creative possibilities with the medium - well organised. Very happy with the day. The venue was lovely, a very warm welcome and lovely lunch from George. In light of the challenging health and safety around Covid 19, every care and precaution was taken by both the venue owner and teacher.     

                                                           Silver Clay Jewellery Course   Sept 20.        Nisha Postlethwaite, Craft Courses


Another great art course at Cowshed!  ★★★★★

The venue is terrific, with a great welcome, tasty food and excellent facilities. The Portrait class has given me some really great tools to improve my portraiture, with good help and encouragement from Catherine, the tutor. It's interesting to chat with other students to see different styles of working and ways to create portraits. Of course, social distancing is seriously maintained, providing a very safe feel throughout the day. Highly recommended.  

                                                           Portraiture Course                 Sept 20         Steve Barron, Craft Courses 

I had a wonderful day and would definitely come back ★★★★★

I really enjoyed making the spinner ring and found the tutor Amanda to be very patient and helpful, showing how easy the whole process of making a spinning ring can be, and the endless design possibilities that there are. The Cowshed was  a really nice venue for the course and so tranquil. George was so accommodating with coffee and the food was superb! 

                                                           Silver spinner Ring Course     Sept 20          Jane Shaw, Craft Courses 

The location is fantastic  ★★★★★

Thank you Cowshed for a great Dry Stone Walling course. The location is fantastic in the Kentmere Valley. The course itself was fantastically hands on. I learned so much. We worked on a real section of wall and all the tools and necessary safety gear was provided or made clear what we needed to bring and do. I've been inspired that I have already repaired one wall and now lining up a new long section to build.  The food and drinks were delicious and right on time when we needed it. Thank you again. I thoroughly recommend this course for any one thinking of doing a course in dry stone walling!    

                                                           Dry Stone Walling Course      Aug 20         Steve Tonkin, Craft Courses 



The home made food was delicious   ★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoyed the dry stone walling workshop. We had an experienced, encouraging and patient tutor, the setting was stunning, the home made food was delicious and I finished the day very proud of the wall our group had built together and confident I'd be able to continue walling on my own. I'll definitely be considering other Cowshed Creative workshops in the future.     

                                                           Dry Stone Walling Course      Aug 20          Julia Wilson, Craft Courses 

Stunning location, inspiring and relaxing ★★★★★

Jo is an excellent teacher, she made it very easy for us all to produce great pieces. George is a great host and she looked after us with the most amazing healthy lunch plus fabulous cake! Highly recommend Cowshed Creative as a location and Jo Dix as a teacher. Will definitely go again.          

                                                           Silver Clay Jewellery Course   May 20        Annabel Williams, Craft Courses 

Wonderful Shibori course ★★★★★

I definitely recommend Cowshed Creative if you would like to be inspired!  Our lovely group experimented with indigo and cotton fabrics, the course arrangements and resources were great, the studio space is idyllic and all arranged with social distancing in place. Fabulous teaching from Kate and excellent lunch and cakes from George - Thank you, I will be back!                                                                 Indigo and Shibori Course     April 20        Alison Quigley, Craft Courses 


Organisation was perfect as was the beautiful location ★★★★★
The Raku course was such an enjoyable event. Two excellent days. A lovely warm welcome from George on arrival. Chris was a fabulous, patient teacher and I made far more work than I expected even though I was a complete novice. The firing process was exciting and I loved the element of surprise as to how the glaze would turn out. Lunch and cakes by George both awesome. The barn was toasty warm and comfortable to work in. I wouldn't change a thing and would highly recommend taking this and any other course with Cowshed Creative.  

                                           Raku Pottery Course               Oct 19          Marion Brown, Craft Courses 


Gorgeous barn with huge log burner  ★★★★★

Absolutely loved the venue - gorgeous Barn with huge log burner. George made us feel very welcome and provided some excellent lunch and a wide variety of dessert and homemade cakes. 

                                                           Abstract Landscape  Course   Aug 19          Alison Leith, Craft Courses


My idea of a perfect day  ★★★★★

Loved the course. Hannah guided us through with infinite patience and generously shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for this beautiful craft - I'm hooked! I'd highly recommend Cowshed Creative to anyone- it's a fantastic venue in a beautiful location. George was a fantastic host, and made us all feel very welcome. Great food, good company & crafting - my idea of a perfect day - I'm spoilt for choice as to which course to book next!  Justine  Burton

                                          Basket Making Course           June 19        Justine Burton, Craft Courses 


Met some lovely people ★★★★★

The cowshed was lovely. Loved making my first wreath and found it interesting to learn what you can do. Teas and coffees all good and the cakes were amazing. Will be doing more classes in the future here. Finding the place and parking were easy.                                                 

                                                           Natural Wreaths Course        Dec 19          Lisa Wilton, Craft Courses 


All feedback was posted independently on  the Craft Courses website.   

Thanks so much for all your lovely comment

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