Sussex Prairies is now closed. We open again on Monday 1st June 2020 !

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Events & Courses

We have lots of fascinating and fun Workshops and Events for 2020 ! make your 2020 a creative one !

June 2020

Specialist Plant Fair with the Plantfair Roadshow

Specialist Plant Fair with the Plantfair Roadshow

Sunday 7th June | 12:00am - 5:00pm

Exciting specialist plant fair on the prairie with an engaging and exciting group of specialist plant nurseries bringing their plants and expertise for your delight. Tasty refreshments available all day !

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Milk Bottle Bird Garden Sculpture with Lucy Dean

Milk Bottle Bird Garden Sculpture with Lucy Dean

Wednesday 10th June | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Learn how to make stunning birds out of old plastic milk bottles, which we will attach to a willow and bamboo structure that you will also  make. We will use recycled materials to decorate our sculptures, which when finished can be mounted on a stake or hung from a branch in your garden. 

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Great Planting -The Easy Way with Juliet Sargeant

Great Planting -The Easy Way with Juliet Sargeant

Thursday 11th June | 10:30am - 3:30pm

Great Planting….The Easy Way
It is possible to reduce your gardening time and still have an interesting garden.

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Batik Painting using Natural Dyes with Susan D’Souza

Batik Painting using Natural Dyes with Susan D’Souza

Saturday 13th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Using cotton or silk material you will practice using a range of tools to mark a wax resist design onto cloth before exploring hand painting with natural dyes.

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Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 1 – with Amanda Duke

Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 1 – with Amanda Duke

Wednesday 17th June | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Natural Dyeing-an introduction: Natural dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals.

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Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 2 -with Amanda Duke

Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 2 -with Amanda Duke

Friday 19th June | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Natural Dyeing-an introduction: Natural dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals.

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Lino Printing workshop with Emma Taylor

Lino Printing workshop with Emma Taylor

Saturday 20th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to explore lino printing techniques for the first time or extend previous knowledge into varied colour. We will be using the gardens as inspiration looking at the beautiful flowers and foliage to design simple motifs.

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Summer Solstice Jazz Picnic

Summer Solstice Jazz Picnic

Saturday 20th June | 5:30pm - 10:30pm

The band Taylor Maid band will join us to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a mixture of vintage swing,latin,popular jazz and lively fiddle jigs and reels and lots,lots more !

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Plant Support Workshop with Hedges and Hurdles

Plant Support Workshop with Hedges and Hurdles

Sunday 21st June | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join Lorraine and Paul ,of Hedges and Hurdles, for a half-day or full-day, outdoor craft workshop and make a selection of plant supports you can be proud of! The workshop is set within the picturesque location of Sussex Prairie Gardens. We will use Willow or Hazel to create our plant supports, a large majority of these materials are coppiced and harvested locally.

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Summer Solstice Herb Workshop with Nalini

Summer Solstice Herb Workshop with Nalini

Sunday 21st June | 10:30am - 2:00pm

On this inspirational workshop, Nalini will guide you on a morning of creativity, nature and healing and teach you some ‘Practical Magic’ to take home with you. From gathering herbs and making products, to meditative moments and peacefulness, this workshop will appeal to both the practical and the mystical – open to everyone who would love to know more about healing herbs, wild plants, aromatherapy and natural remedies.

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How to share your garden with Wildlife with Juliet Sargeant

How to share your garden with Wildlife with Juliet Sargeant

Thursday 25th June | 10:30am - 3:30pm

There’s a lot you can do to improve your existing garden or to plan a new garden for wildlife. Your garden style can be formal or informal and still contribute to wildlife food and habitat.

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Tapestry Workshop with  Jackie Bennett

Tapestry Workshop with Jackie Bennett

Saturday 27th June | 10:00am - 2:00pm

more details to follow

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Open Air Gong Sound Meditation

Open Air Gong Sound Meditation

Sunday 28th June | 10:00am - 12:30am

3 gong players coming together with their 21 gongs for a 2 hour outdoor relaxation  in the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden

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Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre- SORRY THIS IS NOW CANCELLED

Rude Mechanical Theatre Company – Outdoor Theatre- SORRY THIS IS NOW CANCELLED

Sunday 28th June | 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Fabulous comédie del arte theatre in the garden  ! Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of romping hilarious entertainment in a glorious summer garden !

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Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Monday 29th June | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Pastel is a fabulous medium for working with expressive colour in a spontaneous and creative way. In this workshop, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sussex Prairie Gardens, we will explore techniques for creating rich layers of colour.

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July 2020

Milk Bottle Bird Garden Sculpture with Lucy Dean

Milk Bottle Bird Garden Sculpture with Lucy Dean

Friday 3rd July | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Learn how to make stunning birds out of old plastic milk bottles, which we will attach to a willow and bamboo structure that you will also  make. We will use recycled materials to decorate our sculptures, which when finished can be mounted on a stake or hung from a branch in your garden. 

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Herbal Products for Wellbeing with Nalini

Herbal Products for Wellbeing with Nalini

Saturday 4th July | 10:30am - 2:00pm

On this inspirational workshop, Nalini will guide you on a morning of creativity, nature and healing and teach you some ‘Practical Magic’ to take home with you. From gathering herbs and making products, to meditative moments and peacefulness, this workshop will appeal to both the practical and the mystical – open to everyone who would love to know more about healing herbs, wild plants, aromatherapy and natural remedies.

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Experimental Watercolours with Emily Jolley

Experimental Watercolours with Emily Jolley

Thursday 9th July | 10:00am - 2:00pm

more details to follow

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Watercolor Workshop with Emily Jolley

Watercolor Workshop with Emily Jolley

Thursday 9th July | 10:00am - 2:00pm

This course is for anyone who has wanted paint with watercolours in a free and loose way outside. We will explore techniques, traditional and experimental and find ways to connect these methods to the environment around us.

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Creative Mixed Media – Textile Lampshade 1. -with Hilary Philips

Creative Mixed Media – Textile Lampshade 1. -with Hilary Philips

Saturday 11th July | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Come along to Sussex Prairies and spend time creating a beautiful mixed media piece of Textile art and lampshade using pre made 'paper cloth' and fabrics, transfer printed plants,  trimmings, found images, paints, organza & stitch. 

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Creative Mixed Media – Textile Lampshade 2 with Hilary Philips

Creative Mixed Media – Textile Lampshade 2 with Hilary Philips

Sunday 12th July | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Come along to Sussex Prairies and spend time creating a beautiful mixed media piece of Textile art and lampshade using pre made 'paper cloth' and fabrics, transfer printed plants,  trimmings, found images, paints, organza & stitch. 

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A Garden Colour Workshop with Juliet Sargeant

A Garden Colour Workshop with Juliet Sargeant

Thursday 16th July | 10:30am - 3:30pm

A hands-on workshop to learn to use colour for vibrant planting combinations Colour is what brings a garden to life and in this practical, Juliet will show you how she draws inspiration from around her to create original colour-schemes and designs.

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Handmade at Sussex Prairies Craft Fair

Handmade at Sussex Prairies Craft Fair

Saturday 18th July - Sunday 19th July | 11:00am - 5:00pm

The aim of the Fair is to showcase an attractive , affordable and quality selection of work by artists and makers.Tasty refreshments teas and cakes will be available all set in a glorious prairie garden.

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Acrylic Techniques with Clare Buckle

Acrylic Techniques with Clare Buckle

Monday 20th July | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Be inspired by the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden to explore creative ways to work with acrylic paint including brush and palette knife techniques. We will look at ways to layer acrylic, applying bold expressive colour with creative mark-making.

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Plant Support Workshop with Hedges & Hurdles

Plant Support Workshop with Hedges & Hurdles

Thursday 23rd July | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join Lorraine and Paul for a half-day or full-day, outdoor craft workshop and make a selection of plant supports you can be proud of! The workshop is set within the picturesque location of Sussex Prairie Gardens. We will use Willow or Hazel to create our plant supports, a large majority of these materials are coppiced and harvested locally.

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Herbs & Nature Workshop for kids  with Nalini

Herbs & Nature Workshop for kids with Nalini

Thursday 23rd July | 10:30am - 1:30pm

Having worked with kids on these workshops, it’s always a joy to watch how they light up when immersed in nature, and start to learn the wonder of healing plants

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Paper cloth, plant & print with Hilary Philips

Paper cloth, plant & print with Hilary Philips

Saturday 25th July | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Come along to Sussex Prairies and spend time creating a beautiful mixed media piece of Textile art using pre made 'papercloth', transfer printed plants, fabric trimmings, found images, paints, organza & stitch.

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Travels in Textiles with Anne Kelly

Indian Garden Birds by Anne Kelly

Travels in Textiles with Anne Kelly

Sunday 26th July | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Working from a collection of photos or postcards, old receipts, brochures , we will create a folding book or collaged piece using these elements. The resulting piece will be a personal response to a special place or event

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Much Ado about Falstaff – Outdoor Theatre

Much Ado about Falstaff – Outdoor Theatre

Sunday 26th July | 5:30pm - 10:30pm

outdoor theatre with Giles Shenton & Kick in the Head Productions - more to follow

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Printing with Collage (Collagraph printmaking) with Emma Taylor

Printing with Collage (Collagraph printmaking) with Emma Taylor

Thursday 30th July | 9:30am - 2:00pm

We will explore the many exciting possibilities of collagraph printmaking by building up textures and marks with a variety of collage materials on a mount card plate. You will learn how to construct interesting textured printing plates using metallic card, papers and precut pattern pieces as well as tapes and found textures before cutting areas away.

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Exploring Drypoint Etching with Chine-colle with Emma Taylor

Exploring Drypoint Etching with Chine-colle with Emma Taylor

Friday 31st July | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Explore the beautiful printmaking technique of drypoint with an emphasis on texture and quality of line. We will draw directly into acetate and metallic card sheets to create varied mark-making which when printed through an etching press will create rich velvety lines.

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August 2020

For the Love of Nature – Writing for Wellbeing

For the Love of Nature – Writing for Wellbeing

Saturday 1st August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Come and experience an inspirational Writing for Wellbeing workshop to delight all your senses at Sussex Prairies Garden. Enjoy easy and fun writing exercises to stimulate your imagination and encourage flow writing , which is suitable for all levels

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Sketchbook Skills with Emma Taylor

Sketchbook Skills with Emma Taylor

Sunday 2nd August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Working in a sketchbook is a great place to experiment and try new approaches to art without the pressure of creating a masterpiece. It can be daunting starting a sketchbook but I will show you how to get started and how to gain confidence to develop your own style. We will be exploring varied media and create pages of backgrounds in a sketchbook which will follow your own theme or point of interest.

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Watercolour workshop with Emily Jolley

Watercolour workshop with Emily Jolley

Wednesday 5th August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

This course is for anyone who has wanted paint with watercolours in a free and loose way outside. We will explore techniques, traditional and experimental and find ways to connect these methods to the environment around us.

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Fabric Collage and Stitch with Amanda Duke

Fabric Collage and Stitch with Amanda Duke

Thursday 6th August | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Learn about the visual elements and make 3 or 4 cohesive abstract fabric arrangements ready for stitch

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Garden of Musical Delights Picnic with Taylor Maid

Garden of Musical Delights Picnic with Taylor Maid

Saturday 8th August | 5:30pm - 10:30pm

The band Taylor Maid band will join us to celebrate a Summer Prairie Garden with a mixture of vintage swing,latin,popular jazz and lively fiddle jigs and reels and lots,lots more !

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Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Monday 10th August | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Pastel is a fabulous medium for working with expressive colour in a spontaneous and creative way. In this workshop, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sussex Prairie Gardens, we will explore techniques for creating rich layers of colour.

Find out more

Stitching Plant surfaces and objects with Susan D’Souza

Stitching Plant surfaces and objects with Susan D’Souza

Saturday 15th August | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Pieces and fragments gathered from the garden will provide the starting point for hand stitched work to create unique and personal surfaces and objects that can be dried or photographed to record this memorable and relaxing activity. 

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Bazaar Indian Summer Market

Bazaar Indian Summer Market

Friday 21st August - Monday 31st August | 10:30am - 5:00pm

An event in Marquees in Sussex Prairie Garden. Gorgeous clothes in cottons and vintage sari silk,semi precious designer jewellery,scarves,home furnishings and gifts – all ethically traded from India. Alex’s curry “Dhaba” will be serving delicious authentic curries.

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September 2020

Drawing with Plants with Anne Kelly

Drawing with Plants with Anne Kelly

Saturday 5th September | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Plants and botanical drawings can be a rich source of inspiration for textile artists and embroiderers. Using seasonal plants as source material , we will produce a small book form with lamination, collage , stitch and colour.

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Unusual Plant and Garden Fair

Unusual Plant and Garden Fair

Sunday 6th September | 11:00am - 5:00pm

It's THE plant Fair event in the South East to come to ! Be wowed by specialist plant nurseries , artisans and and makers - all in the name of plants and gardens ! Refreshments will be provided by the Wheatsheaf Pub and Bazaar as well as delicious homemade cakes in teashops 1 and 2 !

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Acrylic and Mixed Media with Clare Buckle

Acrylic and Mixed Media with Clare Buckle

Monday 7th September | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Be inspired by the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden to explore creative ways to work with acrylic and mixed media, including collage, print and crayons. We will look at versatile ways to layer acrylic with other media to creative texture, bold expressive colour with creative mark-making.

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Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 1- with Amanda Duke

Natural Dye & Ecoprint – Day 1- with Amanda Duke

Thursday 10th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Natural Dyeing-an introduction: Natural dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals.

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Natural Dye & Ecoprint- Day 2 – with Amanda Duke

Natural Dye & Ecoprint- Day 2 – with Amanda Duke

Friday 11th September | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Natural Dyeing-an introduction: Natural dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals

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National Garden Scheme – Garden open for Charity

photograph by Marianne Majerus

National Garden Scheme – Garden open for Charity

Sunday 13th September | 11:00am - 5:00pm

Our opening for the National Garden Scheme and our supported charity this year Aegean Solidarity Network .

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Two Day Watercolour Workshop with Emily Jolley

Two Day Watercolour Workshop with Emily Jolley

Wednesday 16th September - Thursday 17th September | 10:00am - 2:00pm

This course is for anyone who has wanted to free up and explore watercolours in their practise. You will be shown and guided through a variety of techniques used in watercolour that are traditional and some introduced to ways to connect with the environment around us.

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Absolutely Autumn (Darling) Fair

Absolutely Autumn (Darling) Fair

Sunday 20th September | 11:00am - 5:00pm

a modern day harvest festival set in a beautiful autumn garden - expect a cornucopia of delights !Delicious refreshments available all day from The Wheatsheaf Pub and The Syrian Kitchen.

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October 2020

Making your Mark- a day of tool and mark making

Making your Mark- a day of tool and mark making

Thursday 8th October | 10:00am - 2:00pm

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Sketchbook skills with Emma Taylor

Sketchbook skills with Emma Taylor

Sunday 11th October | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Working in a sketchbook is a great place to experiment and try new approaches to art without the pressure of creating a masterpiece. It can be daunting starting a sketchbook but I will show you how to get started and how to gain confidence to develop your own style. We will be exploring varied media and create pages of backgrounds in a sketchbook which will follow your own theme or point of interest.

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