Over the trail weekend, there will be lots of opportunities to engage with art and creativity, plus we can offer hands on opportunities with experienced tutors and makers. Just scroll down to see what’s on offer. There’s still a few places left on the workshops with limited numbers.

Lino Cutting for Beginners & Rusty Printmakers

Liz Wellby

Saturday 18th June, 9:45am – 4pm, Village Hall

Working from an image of your choice, this one day workshop will introduce you to one colour lino cutting and printing. This is the perfect introduction for the first time printmaker and a great reminder for anyone looking for some advice and pointers.
Please bring along: your own cutters (optional), a pencil case with pencils, sharpener, rubber, biro and ruler, a 22g Pritt stick, a pack of cheap baby wipes, an apron, an old magazine to transport wet work home, 1 mask/face covering*, A5 ideas for your design and your lunch.
The workshop will be run by artist, teacher and maker, Liz Wellby, a versatile and experienced fine artist. 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 25 years.
Join us on the first day of the Bonsall Arts Trail, in the upstairs room of our centrally placed village hall; please be aware that if you have any issues with stairs, unfortunately, there isn’t a lift available.
Details: 8 places available, £60 per person, including: tuition, use of equipment, most materials, plus tea and coffee available throughout the day. The venue is well ventilated, but masks may need to be worn for limited periods, such as when you are close to people during demonstrations or walking around the venue.
To book or find out more, please e-mail Liz Wellby:

Drop in Environmental Art Workshop

with Lor Bird and Dr Jamie Bird

Sunday 19th June 2pm – 4pm Playing Field

Lor Bird, a dreamer of pictures, uses an eclectic mix of media to create numinous paintings rich in depth and vibrancy. Lor is a qualified tutor and experienced in delivering arts-based workshops.
Dr Jamie Bird is an Art Therapist and works for the University of Derby as an arts-based researcher. Jamie is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and has written a book on Art Therapy and the climate crisis.
Lor and Jamie have run environmental workshops at a variety of settings, including the Centre for Alternative Technology, Derby University, the COP26 bike ride and Art Core.
The images shown here are from past workshops and were created using a variety of recycled and natural materials. Both types of materials celebrate the beauty of the everyday and bring attention to what is often overlooked or discarded as rubbish.
At both the collective and individual level Lor and Jamie are interested in re-evaluating what is seen as rubbish, focusing on how it can be reclaimed and treasured, whether this is through the materials, or the feelings experienced, remembering that all things and beings are of value and are interconnected. Lor’s work can be viewed at

Wild Roots Creative

Saturday: 10am – 1pm Playing Field
Eco printing tote bags and paper (£40) 9 people max.

In this workshop we will show you how to use eco printing techniques to create beautiful prints using natural dyes and leaves. We will be collecting leaves, designing a bag and making paper prints to take home. A fantastic process with really exciting results! Reserve your place:

Sunday 10am – 1pm Playing Field
Dragonfly willow sculpture (£40) 10 people max.

In this half day workshop we will be showing you the free weaving technique and guiding you through the process of creating a willow sculpture for your garden. Your tutor Sally has been creating willow sculptures for many years and will teach you how to build a framework and weave a dragonfly sculpture which can be mounted onto a fence or on a stake to hover above your flowerbed. This workshop is great for beginners and those who have worked with willow before. Reserve your place:

Saturday & Sunday Afternoons
Drop-in workshops (£4)

In these drop-in workshops we will be creating felted animal stones and willow spiral bird feeders. No need to book.