FAQs

Travel - How do I get there?
 
If you are driving we are about 15 minutes from Junction 36 of the M6. 
If you are coming by bus there is a request bus stop on the A590 at Beck Head/Mill Side.  It is lovely 20 minute walk or call the workshop and we will come and get you.
If you are coming by train you can arrive at either Oxenholme or Grange-Over-Sands and we will pick you up and drop you back. 
If you are coming from London it is worth noting the train to Oxenholme takes about 2 hours 40 minutes, but the drive can be in excess of 4 hours.  The early train from Euston arrives sometime between 8.30 - 9.30am in Oxenholme (courses start at 10am), and there are fairly regular trains back to Euston until about 8.30pm - we would provide transport to and from the train station.
If you are flying you can get a train direct from Manchester airport (about 1 hour 30 minutes), or from Liverpool (about 2 hours) with one change.  There also can be some cheap flights to Edinburgh, the train is from the city centre (about 2 hours) and obviously all the London Airports.
 
 
Accomodation - Where do I stay?
 
If you are doing the Professional Course you will be staying in a beautiful 16th century farmhouse operated as a B&B adjacent to the local riding stables, a short drive or lovely 20 minute walk to the workshop.  Food and Accomodation are included with the Professional Course. 

If you are doing any other course do not need to stay, it is possible to come from London and return in one very long day.  If you do stay there is plenty of choice as we are located on the edge of the very popular Lake District National Park, but do book early of you can.  Please see a list of local places in order of distance to the workshop, all within about 1 mile, but if you are driving there really is a large choice with some stunning scenery and characterful towns and villages on offer.
 
Yew Tree Cottage (self catering holiday cottage) www.yewtreecottagecumbria.co.uk
Witherslack Hall Equestian Centre B&B www.witherslackridingschool.co.uk/bed_breakfast.htm
Rose Cottage (self catering holiday cottage) www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/witherslack/192540
Derby Arms (pub with rooms) www.ainscoughs.co.uk/The-Derby-Arms/the-derby-arms-home.html
Beech Hill House B&B (great breakfasts!)  www.bedandbreakfastlakedistrict.com
Halecat House (luxary self catering)  www.halecat.co.uk
Moss Howe Farm Campsite www.mosshowefarm.co.uk
 
Also look on Booking.com or other sites as most places are listed, Grange-Over-Sands, Cartmel and Kendal are all fairly close by and nice to visit. The YHA youth hostel in Kendal is a good place to stay, inexpensive and next to the Brewary Arts Centre and some nice places to eat.  There are some places on Airbnb.co.uk nearby too.
 
 
Tools - What do I bring?
 
You do not need to bring anything, everything is provided.  We do recommend bringing a camera. 
 
If you prefer you are very welcome to bring some of your own tools and this will mean you will not need to wait/share with others.  A fine saw (tenon or japanese), a good chisel and cordless drill can all be used on most of the courses - but really not essential and you will not get more from a course if you bring tools.
 
 
How many people on each course?
 
There are a maximum of 7 places on the Professional Course and 10 places on all other courses.
We need each course to be at least half full to run.  In the very unlikely case we do not get enough people, we will let you know within 28 days before the course date and give you a full refund within 5 working days of that notice.
 

Weekend Workshops - Can I stay and use the workshop after the course?
 
We may keep the workshop open over the weekend after a couse if there is demand, price £35/person/day.  Please email us directly to reserve a bench space. You can also use many of the tools and almost all steam bending kit after an introduction plus wood avaialbe from £15/cubic ft. 
Weekend workshops run from 10am to 6pm, there is a kettle, fridge, microwave, toilet and wifi as well BBQ facilities and a white screen and lighting for photographing your work. 
 
 
Access - I am in a wheelchair, can I attend?
 
Yes, but please let us know in advance so we can provide a correct height work bench for easy working etc...  The workshop is a working space (not public building) and there is rough ground immediately outside the workshop and steep ramp between the top and bottom workshop.  You are very welcome and we will do our best, but please bear with us if it is not perfect!
 
Other Questions...
 
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly.  
 
[email protected] or +44 (0)1539 552986