Wild Roots Creative
Saturday & Sunday, the Park

Wild Roots Creative from Wirksworth is based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway station Wirksworth, where they have a lovely hub on one of the carriages. Wild Roots Creative is a Derbyshire Dales based social enterprise where opportunities are provided for people to experience arts, crafts, conservation, and culture to support people from across the Derbyshire Dales and further afield for improved health and social wellbeing. On offer are creative and positive experiences for people of all ages and abilities to help build confidence, skills, and networks with the aim of supporting people to lead healthier, more fulfilling and happier lives.
Wild Roots works with traditional crafts and pride themselves in sourcing local and environmentally friendly materials. Bonsall Arts Trail is extremely pleased to be hosting the Wild Roots Creative team over the weekend of 29th & 30th June this year, it promises to be a fabulous event and a chance for all to take part and enjoy creating on the park which is the main hub of the art trail.
Any money raised through the workshops and sales at Bonsall Art Trail will go towards supporting our regular wellbeing group ‘Greenspace Community Crafts, and our regular ‘Wildlife and Wellbeing Group.’
The workshops will be available on both Saturday and Sunday and will be non-bookable – just turn up and create.
The needle felted brooches and dragonfly workshops will be advertised at set times throughout the day.

Willow Bird Feeders – £5.00
Corn Dolly hearts, snails, or glory braid bookmarks – £5.00
Origami butterflies – free
Flying Bird puppets – free
String Art – Free
Mini willow dragonflies – £10.00
Needle felted brooches – £10.00.
Further details can be found at:

Creative Workshops with Liz Wellby

Saturday & Sunday, Primary School

As part of your visit to Bonsall Arts Trail, you might like to consider developing your own creative skills and enjoy a half day workshop with award winning creative tutor, Liz Welby.

Wire Fish Workshop
Saturday 29th June 2024, 10 – 12.30pm

Fine and flexible wire is a lovely material to work with, enabling you to create characterful outcomes with a drawn-like quality and all without causing harm to your hands.
We will explore joining, wrapping, shaping and sculpting wire, to create a number of makes, with a distinctly fish shaped theme
8 places, £35 per person, including: tuition, use of equipment, materials, plus tea and coffee.

Metal Embossing Workshop
Saturday 29th June 2024, 1.30 – 4pm

Working with up cycled sheet metal and metal foil, we’ll explore cutting and embossing to create a number of unique decorative hanging outcomes.Once you’ve explored the techniques, there are sure to be lots of opportunities for further experimentation at home.8 places, £35 per person, including: tuition, use of equipment, materials, plus tea and coffee.

Create with a Gel Plate
Sunday 30th June 2024, 10 – 12.30pm

Gel plates look and feel like gelatine, but are durable and reusable, and come in a range of sizes and shapes. They are used in conjunction with acrylic paints and a soft roller and are easy to clean. Gel printing plates are a lively and instant product to create mono prints with, the advantage that they don’t require a printing press. Each print is unique and this highly adaptable process invites experimentation. They can be seen as outcomes in their own right, or as starting points for further processes, such as paintings or a lino cut, can be used to create collage, used in journals, or as gift cards and tags.

You’ll explore a range of techniques, including: layering, impressing and exploring masking with leaves and plants, leaving with numerous unique prints. 

8 places, £35 per person, including: tuition, use of most pieces of equipment*, materials, plus tea and coffee.

*Please bring along your gel plate, ideally 3 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches or 6 x 6 inches. They can be bought from:

The workshops will be run by artist, teacher and maker, Liz Wellby, a versatile and experienced fine artist and tutor, who works from The Slipper Studio in Carsington. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Loughborough University and subsequent post graduate studies, Liz returned to Derbyshire where she has worked as an artist in residence, teacher, and maker for over 30 years.

To book or find out more, please e-mail Liz Wellby:

Clay workshop by Susie Botting

Saturday 29th June 10.30 – 1pm
Sunday 30th June 10.30 -1pm
Venue Bonsall Primary School.
A drop-in session suitable for adults, children, and families.
Participants will have the opportunity to create and make up to three individual tiles using templates to make shapes with air hardening clay. A range of tools will be provided to impress textures and shapes into the clay, your tiles will be ready to take away on the same day. Acrylic paints will be available for adding colour to our individual tiles.
Drop in workshop, a couple with up to three children £16.00
Adults £3.50 per tile – Three tiles £10.00
Children £3.00 pr tile – three tiles for £8.50