Full of the joys of Spring at Water Lane

Join us at Water Lane this spring for our new workshops and new seasonal menus in the Carnation House. Be inspired by floral stylist Graham Corbett from Bloom and Burn and delve into the art of modern calligraphy with Lucy Berridge. All courses make for lovely gifts, such as Mother’s Day on Sunday 27 March, or to join up with friends to enjoy together.

On the menu in the Carnation House, we are fully embracing the start of spring with wild garlic focaccia; watercress, pickled rhubarb, hazelnuts and salted ricotta; Chalk Stream trout, golden beetroot and sorrel, and of course lipstick pink forced rhubarb, which we just can’t get enough of. If you are lunching with us, you will also receive 10% off all purchases in the shop such as are our homemade pantry jams and preserves, potted spring bulbs and gifts. We look forward to seeing you at Water Lane.

Saturday, 26 March 2022 10:30 - 12:30 Workshop ticket £65 per person

Learn how to make a Hand Tied Bouquet with Gee from Bloom and Burn and flowers freshly cut from Water Lane's cutting garden. Following the success of last year’s workshops, we are excited to launch this new season of floristry classes with a hand tied bouquet class just in time for Mother's Day. A lovely way to either spend some time with your Mum or come on your own or with friends and make a beautiful spring bouquet.

In this workshop you'll be taught how to make a wild, garden gathered bouquet using techniques to achieve the perfect spiralled stems with floral stylist Graeme from Bloom and Burn. The workshop will start with a short and guided tour of the cutting garden to explain what flowers are in season and how we grow and cut our flowers for floristry. By the end of the workshop, you'll have created your own seasonal bouquet ready to take home.

All tools and materials will be supplied as well as coffee and cake.

And why not stay on for lunch afterward in our garden restaurant? See ticket add-ons for lunch booking info here.


Beginners course on Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:00 - 15:30

Improvers course on Friday, 1 April 2022 10:00 -15:30

Workshop ticket £125 per person including two-course lunch

Lucy is running two modern calligraphy workshops this spring, one for complete beginners and one for those wishing to improve their skills of this beautiful handwriting art.

Lucy has always loved handwriting and all things stationery, so discovering the new version of what we now call 'Modern Calligraphy' means that the basic rules of copperplate calligraphy can be transferred onto a more relaxed and contemporary use of beautiful handwriting that is no longer exclusive to a select few. It can be learnt, practiced and enjoyed by anyone.

Both workshops are an opportunity to practice in a peaceful and focused environment with lots of guidance and one-to-one teaching. Please bring your own apron, and also note, calligraphy ink doesn’t wash out of all fabrics, so please don’t wear your favourite clothes!

During the day tea and coffee will be provided and at lunchtime a fresh and seasonal two-course menu in the garden restaurant is included in the workshop ticket price.

Book the beginner day here and the improver day here

Saturday, 9 April 2022 10:30 -12:30 Workshop ticket £65 per person

Terrapy introduces you to the wonderful world of terrariums, their history, how they work and how to maintain them; after which you will create one of your own. These small leafy worlds in bottles can be little havens in times of stress and building and maintaining them also happens to be great fun and a wonderful hobby. At the end of the session, you will take home your own beautiful bioactive terrarium, hand made with your newly acquired skills and yours to keep forever. All tools, gorgeous tropical plants and materials to build the terrariums are provided in the workshop.

Participants are invited to stay on for lunch at Water Lane's restaurant. We expect to be busy for lunch on this day so book early to avoid disappointment. See add-ons for lunch booking info. Book your ticket here.

With thanks,

Nick and Ian