Classes & Events

Introduction To Watercolour Saturday 14th March 2-5pm £35

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolours?

This workshop will show you how to start. Including laying a flat wash, a graduated wash, how to work with negative space and how to merge and layer your paints. Lots of demonstrations and practise time, images provided for you to work from.

You will be sent a list of basic equipment you need to bring to the class (brushes, paints and paper, costing roughly £20) but a selection of used brushes will be available to borrow in the class.

Tickets £35 available on Eventbrite

Authentic Indian Home Cookery – Sunday 22nd March 10am-4pm £60

Get to grips with how to use Indian herbs and spices before cooking a variety of authentic Indian dishes.

This class is for you if you love Indian food and want to know how to create delicious authentic meals at home from scratch. Bhanu will explain the use of different spices before demonstrating how to make a vegetarian dish, a lamb curry (using organic Cotesbach-reared lamb from Jason’s Organic Butchers), a rice dish, chapatis and a chutney. Then it is your turn!

Tickets £60 available on Eventbrite

Indian Block Printing – Thursday 26th March 6.30-8.30pm £25

An assortment of blocks used for printing

Join Hannah from Stitching Kitchen to experiment with Indian Block Printing and learn a new skill that you can apply to clothing, home decor and so much more!

At the end of the evening you will have some beautiful printed fabric to take home, including a tea towel and a tote bag! No stitching or special skills are required for this workshop.

All materials are included, including plain fabric to experiment on, a variety of fabric paints and a couple of projects to take away (tote bag, tea towel). If you would like to make more you can buy extra blank items to decorate on the night.

This will be a lovely relaxed session. You will find you can create some lovely designs using the Indian carved blocks and let your imagination run riot with the fabric paints. Work at your own pace, with no pressure but we will help you complete the piece during the class time.

Suitable for ages 14+.

Bring an apron and wear old clothes – we will be working with Fabric paints which don’t wash out!!!

Tickets £25 available on Eventbrite

Easter Basket Weaving – Saturday 28th March 10am – 4pm £50

Make a basket in a day using natural materials.

Using traditional basket making techniques to create a frame basket. Ideal for holding Easter Eggs! A variety of natural materials will be available to create colour and texture. Expert tutor Maggie Cooper will demonstrate and guide you through all stages of the process.

Tickets £50 available on Eventbrite

Talk Tuesday – Tuesday 7th April 7.30-8.30pm (Doors 7pm)

Talk Tuesdays return with a talk about ‘The Carrifran Wildwood Project’, how a treeless windswept valley in the Scottish Borders was re-wilded and restored. Talk by John and Stephanie Goodacre.

Carrifran Wildwood – Before

This is the story of the re-wilding of a typical high valley in the Scottish Borders ‒ treeless, windswept and closely grazed by generations of sheep and also feral goats.

By 2020 it has been transformed into an inspiring example of what can be done in a short time towards recreating a native forest landscape. This has taken years of dreaming, research, planning, appeals for funds, applying for grants and building communities of supporters and volunteers both local and from afar.

The first decade of the project, and the preparation for it, has been documented in the book The Carrifran Wildwood Story by Myrtle and Philip Ashmole. The new volume they have edited for publication in May, A Journey into Landscape Restoration: Carrifran Wildwood and Beyond, deals with the effect this pioneering project has had on policy and practice in the region.

Myrtle was brought up on the Goodacre family estate in Ashby parva, where her brother, the 9th John Goodacre, supports traditional family farms.

What can the Carrifran experience teach us when considering conservation and re-wilding in the Midlands, faced here with urbanisation and increasingly industrial farming?

Tickets £7.50 via Eventbrite (plus booking fee) or reserve a place by calling 01455 558 373 or email hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk

Wild Food Foraging  – Sunday 19th April 10am-1pm £30 

Free food is all around – if you know where to look for it! The ultimate in zero waste and low food miles. Learn where, what, and when!

Join expert forager John as he guides you through hedgerows and meadows, in search of nature’s free food. Learn how to identify edible plants (and what to avoid) and find out what’s available seasonally. After the foraging walk you will bring back your harvest and cook up a feast. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Suitable for all ages but under 16s must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Tickets £30 available on Eventbrite

Wild Food Foraging  – Sunday 26th April 10am-1pm £30 

Free food is all around – if you know where to look for it! The ultimate in zero waste and low food miles. Learn where, what, and when!

Join expert forager John as he guides you through hedgerows and meadows, in search of nature’s free food. Learn how to identify edible plants (and what to avoid) and find out what’s available seasonally. After the foraging walk you will bring back your harvest and cook up a feast. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Suitable for all ages but under 16s must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Tickets £30 available on Eventbrite

Dawn Chorus Walk  – Saturday 2nd  May 5.30-8.30am  £20

Get up bright and early, listen to the birds sing and learn how to identify different bird song.

Ornithology expert Gavin Bennett will teach you to identify different bird song in this annual ritual of the natural world. The walk takes place in the grounds and organic gardens of historic Cotesbach Hall which are teeming with birds and wildlife. At the end of the walk you will be treated to a bacon butty (or vegetarian alternative) and a hot drink.

Tickets £20 available on Eventbrite

Garden Obelisks, Sculpture and Plant-climbers. Saturday 2nd May 10am-4pm £50

Learn how to make a variety of useful and decorative garden structures from natural materials.

Learn how to use traditional weaving techniques to make garden obelisks, sculpture or plant-climbers using a variety of natural materials. Expert guidance will be given by Maggie Cooper who has a lifetime of experience making baskets and sculptures. Come with your own project in mind or make a standard obelisk or plant-climber. All materials provided but please bring your own secateurs.

Tickets £50 available on Eventbrite

Wild Food Foraging  – Sunday 3rd May 10am-1pm £30 

Wild man: John Noble

Join expert forager John as he guides you through hedgerows and meadows, in search of nature’s free food. Learn how to identify edible plants (and what to avoid) and find out what’s available seasonally. After the foraging walk you will bring back your harvest and cook up a feast. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Suitable for all ages but under 16s must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Tickets £30 available on Eventbrite

Talk Tuesday 5th May – Lutterworth and its Railway Stations by Martin Bloxsom 7.30pm

Local railway expert Martin Bloxsom talks about the heyday of the rail network around Lutterworth

Local railway expert Martin Bloxsom talks about the heyday of the local rail network and the stories of the people who worked it and travelled on it. The talk will feature slides showing the old stations in Lutterworth and surrounding villages and there will be a display of local railway memorabilia.

Doors open at 7pm, talk at 7.30pm tickets £7.50 via Eventbrite (plus booking fee) or reserve a place by calling 01455 558 373 or email hello@cotesbachschoolhouse.org.uk

Railway Heritage Day – Saturday 16th May 10.00-4.30pm

All aboard!

Building on the success of last year’s event, we once again celebrate the transport heritage of the area in conjunction with Lutterworth Railway Society. Ride a vintage bus from Lutterworth to Cotesbach (or vice versa) to see the exhibition at Lutterworth Sports Centre. Vintage railway films showing in our Schoolhouse all day. More details to follow nearer the time.

Spoon Carving Workshop – Saturday 20th June 10am-5pm £60

Make a spoon in a day

This course offers an introduction to woodcarving. You will be guided step by step through the entire process of crafting your own beautiful eating spoon. It is a traditional skill that you can continue to use throughout your life as a creative and therapeutic art form.

Tickets £60 available on Eventbrite

Home Cooking EssentialsSunday 21st June 10am-1pm £35

A few basics to build upon.

Learn a few essentials that form the basis of so many meals and dishes. This class will give you the confidence to cook simple sauces and meals from scratch. Save money and eat healthily – ideal for students or those with little confidence in cooking.
All ingredients will be provided but you will need to bring utensils and some basic equipment.

Tickets £35 available on Eventbrite