Starting in September I will be working with the team at Water Lane to bring you a series of flower focussed workshops.

Water Lane is a stunning walled garden set around a collection of Victorian glasshouses just outside the village of Hawkhurst on the Kent/East Sussex Borders . It’s in one of these glasshouses that the workshops will be held, the perfect setting for a few hours working with the flowers lovingly grown on site and sourced from local growers. The programme covers everything from hand tied bouquets to styling flowers at home and as we move towards the festive season we will be hosting wreath making classes.

When you arrive for your class, one of the owners Ian will take you on a short tour of the garden to show you what’s in bloom and answer any questions you might have about growing your own flowers. We will then head up to the workshop space where I will have all of our stems prepped and ready to start designing with. You will leave with your creations and lots of tips that you can use when arranging flowers at home.

Most of the classes include a hot drink and something sweet but we would love you to stay for lunch in the restaurant, serving up delicious plates using ingredients grown on site. A two course lunch can be added to your booking and the table will be ready for you as soon as the workshop is finished. You can even use your arrangement to dress the table!

Classes are available to book for groups or individuals if you would like to book for a special event or reserve a whole class for a group please email For these classes once we have finished teaching we will transform the workshop space into a private dining room, with all of your flowery creations used to dress the table.

Thursday 7th - Hand Tied Bouquet

Our current class schedule is:

September 2021

Saturday 25th - Hand Tied Bouquet

Thursday 30th - Styling Flowers at Home

October 2021

Thursday 7th - Hand Tied Bouquet

Friday 29th - Halloween Centrepiece & Table Styling

November 2021

Saturday 13th - Styling Flowers at Home

Saturday 21st - Dried Flower Centrepiece

December 2021

Thursday 2nd - Wreath Making

Saturday 11th - Wreath Making

Classes with be for a maximum of 12 people, we will have sanitiser available and mask wearing is up to the individual.

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We’ve only been at our new location for a few short months but have discovered so many places to eat, drink and do. Why not time your workshop with a stay in the local area? Here are some of my recommendations that should keep you busy for a good few days

Eat & Drink

Tillingham Wines

Stop by for a glass of wine and a cheeseboard at the bar with views over the vineyard, or check out the delicious wood fired pizzas in the open air barn during the summer season. They have rooms if you want to stay the night and a more formal dining area that can be booked for lunch or dinner. With tours, farm animals, a busy event calendar and a lifestyle store there is more than enough to keep you entertained for an afternoon or a weekend stay.

The Bell - Ticehurst

Set in the beautiful village of Ticehurst, The Bell is a must visit when in the area. The outdoor dining area is wonderful in the summer and the food comes straight from an open fire. On colder days the interior of the pub is just as welcoming, with a great sunken dining room perfect for larger groups. They also have rooms available if you want to stay the night.

The Fig - Rye

A brilliant spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With a focus on fresh ingredients and local produce, its walk ins only during the day but you can book for their evening tapas menu. Great vegetarian and vegan options available.

Snack Shack Dungeness

The place to go if you are a fan of seafood, simple food beautifully cooked to enjoy on picnic tables on the pebbled beach in Dungeness. A converted shipping container acts as the kitchen serving up fresh fish in brioche buns, scallops, prawns and the most incredible crispy potatoes. Get there early, they open at 11.30, it can get really busy most days. After lunch enjoy a stroll around the area, it is one of my favourite places on earth, filled with amazing modern architecture, many of which you can hire out for a short stay.

Three Legs Brewery

If beer is your thing check out The Three Legs Brewery Taproom. Try a beer flight where you can sample four of the beers made on site and team with a cheese and charcuterie board.

A lot of places around here have funny opening times so do check before setting off and try to make reservations where you can to avoid disappointment.


Prospect Cottage - Dungeness

You won’t be able to miss the striking garden as you drive along the main road in Dungeness. An incredible labour of love by film maker, artist and author Derek Jarman after he moved to the house in the 1980’s. The eruption of wild poppies in the early summer is truly breathtaking in the stark landscape of the area where a huge power station looms large in the background.

Dungeness Open Studios

Close to the Britannia Inn you’ll find a collection of sheds that make up the Dungeness Open Studios. I love the Lino prints of the local area and getting to wander through the gorgeous garden as you go between the different spaces. They also have plants for sale so you can take a little bit of this magical landscape home with you.

Great Dixter

If you love gardens this is the one for you. The planting is spectacular, full borders, a mass of potted plants and sections of wonderfully curated meadows. There is a good cafe and a fantastic nursery where you can buy lots of the varieties that you will have seen in the gardens. Also if you go at just the right time you might spot a water lily so beautiful it will take your breath away.

Rye Harbour

A recent discovery, you’ll spot the sign on the left hand side as you head out of Rye along the road to Winchelsea. Through the industrial estates and abandoned buildings keep going until the road runs out and park up in the free car park. From there you can walk through the nature reserve, lots of hides set up for birdwatching, all free to use and of course the obligatory cafe. Keep going and you’ll reach the beach, often completely deserted, a great spot for a longer walk or somewhere to let the dogs run wild.

Winchelsea Beach

I think this is my favourite beach in the area. There is free parking on the side of the road, as you reach the top of the steps you’ll see the beach open out on front of you, behind amazing green meadows stretching as far as the eye can see. We tend to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds, a long walk on the beach or a dip in the sea followed by a coffee and a bite to eat at the Red Pig Food Truck that you’ll find in the lay-by as you head towards Pett Level. Worth driving down this way to have a good nosy at some of the houses that line the road and open up onto the beach at the back.

Camber Sands

Probably the most popular beach, dunes open up onto a huge expanse of sand, it can sometimes feel that you’ll never reach the sea. On the approach from Rye use the first car park and stick the the right hand side of the beach if you are bringing the dogs. Drive further into camber and you’ll find another car park that gives you much quicker access to the beach.


The pretty cobbled streets of Rye are perfect for a dander, head up the side streets to discover wonderful old houses and inns, the church yard filled with scented garden roses and some familiar sights for fans of the cult BBC classic Mapp and Lucia. There are lots of vintage shops to explore and some brilliant new additions like Rae, great coffee and cinnamon buns as well as wonderful homewares and Hunter Jones for candles and creams in pretty packaging as well as ceramics from one of my favourites, studio Arhoj

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