Has always been considered a cornerstone of the WI, and Surrey is no exception. These are delivered by an experienced team of WI demonstrators and teachers. Workshops have included bread making, pastry, cakes, biscuits, jams, marmalades, chutneys and pickles. Themed days are also offered: recent ones have covered vegetarian cooking, popular puddings, salads and dressings and even a proper afternoon tea! Members not only get hands-on experience, but gain an understanding of the principles behind the processes they learn and address issues of nutrition – how to adapt recipes to meet dietary requirements, for example. All workshops are conducted in an informal setting – coffee, cake and conversation are a must.


Craft workshops are held on a regular basis by local experts in their field. Recent workshops have included willow basket making, art techniques for beginners, tailoring, know your sewing machine, goldwork, wet felting, knitting, jewellery making, machine and ribbon embroidery. The choice is endless. At Craft Activity Days members can try a variety of new skills in a more informal setting, and always with a freshly made lunch.


A variety of approaches have been taken to offering differing experiences in Gardening and Floral Art. These have ranged from planting hanging baskets and plant propagation at a garden centre, to making a Christmas door wreath and table decorations. The Summer Celebration Events, held in an ancient barn, have centred on a flower arranging demonstration accompanied by a cream tea or with canapés and bubbles.

Forthcoming Workshops



19 October
Saturday 19 October –
9:00am - 1:00pm

Make & Bake Bread

Would you like to make your own bread?

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1 November
Friday 1 November –
10:30am - 3:30pm

Christmas Craft Day

Christmas is coming and to prepare for it we are holding another Craft Day, with 11 tutors offering a variety of activities for you to choose from.

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23 November
Saturday 23 November –
9:00am - 1:00pm

Edible Gifts

What do you give to the person who has everything?

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4 December
Wednesday 4 December –
9:30am - 3:30pm

Christmas Decorations Workshop

Why not make your own Christmas decorations this year — a three piece hanging folded Christmas ornament, using a kit prepared by tutor Christine Dalley.

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18 January
Saturday 18 January –
9:15am - 1:00pm

Make Seville Orange Marmalade

Come and Make Marmalade! OUR award-winning preserves tutor Hazel Will is holding what promises to be a great morning of marmalade making (and all you ever wanted to…

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1 February
Saturday 1 February –
9:00am - 12:00pm

What to do with minced meats

Discover what you can do with Mince.

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