January, Water Lane

In the Garden

As we write this first note of the new year to you, the day is bright, frosty and glorious. There are signs of life everywhere as overwintered daffodils, narcissi, primroses and snowdrops push through the frozen, sodden ground.

We are starting a new month-by-month flower cutting garden series launching in February through to November. Led by Ian, each session will guide you through the gardening jobs and tasks for each month, including advice on seed growing, taking cuttings, looking after soil health, harvesting and seed collection, as well as practical tips and resources to create a productive cutting garden. Tickets cost £25 for two-and-half hour session including light refreshments. Book Now.

We have a packed and exciting calendar of talks and courses including All About Tulips, a growing and arranging workshop with Ian and floral Stylist Graeme Corbett from Bloom & Burn; and forthcoming events with Wolves Lane Flower Co and garden designer Jo Thompson, which we’ll announce details for soon. And to top it all off, we will be sharing more garden and growing tips in Kent Life magazine, as Ian has started a new Kitchen Diary monthly column sharing advice on growing, cooking, eating and preserving. The first column is out in February, do tell us what you think on our Instagram page @water.lane.

Food Market

Anyone who grows their own food will know we’re amid the seasonal ‘Hungry Gap’ but even the inclement weather doesn’t stop the hardy growers and producers bringing their goods to the Water Lane Food Market.

Food Market | Saturday 4th and Saturday 18th February
10am-1pm | Free entry

The market will host stalls laden with seasonal vegetables and fruit, pasture-raised native local beef, lamb, mutton, pork and free-range eggs from LAM and Indie Farmer. In addition, we will have bread, local honey, chutneys and preserves; olive oils from Two Fields, cordials and juices, British-grown grains, pulses, legumes, flours, and snacks.

Bring your tote bags as we aim to be chemical and plastic free across all stalls so much of the produce is sold loose.


Learning a new skill or perfecting an existing one is good for the soul. Come by yourself or with a friend, it’s a wonderful way to spend time being hands on and creative. We're preparing our schedule of workshops for the coming year but here is taster of some of the workshops planned.


Build your own Terrarium with Terrapy Terrariums
18th March | 10:30am - 12.30pm

Weave a willow hen with Sussex Willow
24th March | 10:00 - 15:00


Modern Calligraphy for Beginners with Lucy Berridge
26th April | 10:00 - 15:30

Weave your own willow garden obelisk with Sussex Willow
28th April | 10:00 - 15:00


Molly Mahon Block Printing
3rd May | 10am-11.30am or 12pm-1.30pm

Build your own Terrarium with Terrapy Terrariums
13th May | 10:30am - 12.30pm