Events & Workshop Calendar

Sandwich Medieval Centre

The Quay

Sandwich

CT13 9EN

Jul
1
Fri
Corn dolly making – taster workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 1 all-day
Corn dolly making - taster workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

 Taster workshops learning about this endangered craft and making your own corn dolly to take away with you. Suitable for beginners.

About this event

Try a special taster workshop for Sandwich Folk and Ale weekend.

It’s official – the art of corn dolly making is at risk of extinction! So, before it’s too late, join me for an hour to find out a little about the customs and stories and learn some of the traditional techniques to make your own corn dolly to take away.

Even if you have never tried this before, patient, step-by-step tuition will ensure that even beginners are certain to create a corn dolly of which they can be proud.

All tools and materials are included in the ticket price.

Jul
2
Sat
Medieval Book Binding Workshop – half day @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Medieval Book Binding Workshop - half day @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

Make a soft leather Suffolk Book dating from the 14th century and commonly used by medieval merchants. Materials included.

About this event

An opportunity to make a soft leather covered book known as a Suffolk Book from the 14th century, commonly used by medieval merchants. All materials and equipment supplied and you will have a completed book to take home and use as a sketchbook or perhaps a notebook.

Suitable for Beginners and those over 15 years old.

The workshop takes place in the upper level of the Centre, accessed via a set of wooden stairs which are fairly steep. You can expect medieval experiences of sounds and smells as the building is a visitor centre where other crafts and skills take place on the ground floor.

Due to the character of the building there are no toilet facilities, however, there are public toilets a few strides away. There is a pay and display car park close to the building.

You may like to take advantage of the many eateries in the town including cafes and pubs. There is a good pizzeria almost opposite the building.

Jul
3
Sun
Corn dolly making – taster workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 3 all-day
Corn dolly making - taster workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

 Taster workshops learning about this endangered craft and making your own corn dolly to take away with you. Suitable for beginners.

About this event

Try a special taster workshop for Sandwich Folk and Ale weekend.

It’s official – the art of corn dolly making is at risk of extinction! So, before it’s too late, join me for an hour to find out a little about the customs and stories and learn some of the traditional techniques to make your own corn dolly to take away.

Even if you have never tried this before, patient, step-by-step tuition will ensure that even beginners are certain to create a corn dolly of which they can be proud.

All tools and materials are included in the ticket price.

Corn dolly workshop – half day (beginners) @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Corn dolly workshop - half day (beginners) @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
A half day workshop learning about this endangered craft and making your own pieces to take away with you. Suitable for beginners.

About this event

It’s official – the art of corn dolly making is at risk of extinction! So, before it’s too late, join me for a morning to find out about the customs and stories and learn some of the traditional techniques to make your own corn dollies and favours. Even if you have never tried this before, patient, step-by-step tuition will ensure that even beginners are certain to create several pieces of which they can be proud.

All tools provided and materials are included in the ticket price.

Jul
9
Sat
Illumination Workshop – full day @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Illumination Workshop - full day @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

Produce an illuminated letter with colour paint and gold leaf as in the medieval manuscripts

About this event

An opportunity to work through the process of illumination, beginning with an initial tracing, laying gold size, applying gold leaf and finally colour painting and outlining, as done by medieval illuminators. We will work on a pre-designed capital letter. Tools and materials included. Suitable for beginners.

Jul
10
Sun
Mead Making Workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mead Making Workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

An introductory workshop of making medieval mead, an alcoholic drink made with honey.

About this event

Suitable for over 18s only.

An introductory workshop in the making of mead, mans oldest alcoholic drink. You will create from simple ingredients, 7 or 8 pints of mead. You will have the opportunity to taste a few to inform your palette. The ingredients needed are included in the cost. These include a one gallon demi -john with a fermentation lock and honey.

Due to the medieval nature of the Centre’s building there are no toilet facilities, however there are some public toilets approx 50 metres walking distance away.

The building is suitable for some disabled access, however this workshop will take place outside around a fire.

There is a pay and display car park at the Quay, very near the Centre.

Refunds are made on individual considerarion but generally only if someone can be found to take your place.

Workshops are only cancelled in extreme circumstances, in which case all monies are refunded.

Jul
16
Sat
Historic Tablet-Weaving – full day beginner workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic Tablet-Weaving - full day beginner workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

You will learn the technique of this centuries-old, tablet rotation weaving skill to produce a decorative ‘threaded-in’ braid, including how to maintain warp tension and manage weft selvedges. The tablet weaving workshop introduces a low-tech way of creating narrow bands and braids which can be used to form colourful ribbons, laces, bookmarks, bracelets and much more. Bands can be sewn together to make larger pieces.
We will be working in cotton perle in order to gain understanding of the weaving techniques through a ‘user-friendly’ fibre.
This is an adult beginner’s workshop and includes materials including the tablets used during the workshop which you will be able to take home.
Subsequent workshops can be offered dependent on interest, to deal with how to read a tablet-weave pattern draft, setting up your own warp from scratch, weaving with other fibres such as wool, silk or linen, and designing your own patterns.

Jul
17
Sun
Archery Day @ The Butts, Sandwich
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Archery Day @ The Butts, Sandwich

A Day of medieval longbow demonstrations and the chance to have a go yourself

Jul
30
Sat
Corn dolly workshop – half day (beginners) @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Corn dolly workshop - half day (beginners) @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
A half day workshop learning about this endangered craft and making your own pieces to take away with you. Suitable for beginners.

About this event

It’s official – the art of corn dolly making is at risk of extinction! So, before it’s too late, join me for a morning to find out about the customs and stories and learn some of the traditional techniques to make your own corn dollies and favours. Even if you have never tried this before, patient, step-by-step tuition will ensure that even beginners are certain to create several pieces of which they can be proud.

All tools provided and materials are included in the ticket price.

Aug
6
Sat
Historic Fingerloop Braiding – full day beginner workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic Fingerloop Braiding - full day beginner workshop @ Sandwich Medieval Centre

Learn the basics of this fascinating textile weaving technique found throughout history all over the world including medieval and renaissance Europe and reaching a high point in Medieval England between 1200 and 1600. Uses for the braids included purse strings, laces for clothing, and for decoration. Nowadays braids can also be used as friendship bracelets.
You will learn loop-manipulation to create both round and flat five-loop braids plus how to split and re-join a braid with the option of adding beads for a 21stC touch.
You will try the braiding techniques in both wool and cotton perle, learning how the different threads behave, as well as different starting techniques.
In the afternoon of this this workshop, you will move on to multi-coloured braiding and learn different braid structures.
This is a beginner’s workshop suitable for adults and children over 8 years of age and includes materials.