House & Garden Workshop Timetable 2017

The House & Garden Workshop is relocating to a fantastic new position to the left of the Ground Level entrance.

Join in our expert-led interactive workshops. Create your very own seasonal floral decoration with Philippa Craddock, get festively inspired by Emily and Giselle Roux, and indulge in a sparkling wine tasting with Wiston Wine. Sophie Conran and friends will host the ultimate Christmas party covering everything from canapés and cocktails to decorations on Late Night Thursday. You can take your creations home with you after an enjoyable day out to get in the festive spirit. 

Please note the workshop has 56 complimentary places which are allocated on a first come, first served basis. In order to be fair to our visitors, we operate a one session per visitor per day policy..

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Monday

11:00 - 11:45 Dreaming of a Bright Christmas with Simon Lycett

Dreaming of a Bright Christmas with Simon Lycett

Simon’s decoration this year will feature a clashing combination of colours. Blending in seasonal foliage adding depth of tone, textural interest and a spectacular fullness of design, Simon will create traditions but with a twist! Decking the halls have never been so bright, bold and brilliantly bauble-tastic!

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12:30 - 13:15 English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

Owned by the Goring family since 1743, Wiston Estate is now creating some of the UK’s most highly awarded Sparkling Wines. With vineyards planted on the chalky slopes of the South Downs, and using the traditional Champagne method in their winery, the wines selected for tasting at the Spirit of Christmas Workshops will be some of the most exciting and delicious in the English market. 

Each wine will be paired with a delicious taste of Higgidy. Founded by Camilla and James (two of Richard and Kirsty’s closest friends) in 2003, Higgidy bake a whole host of different pies, quiches and sausage rolls, which are perfect for entertaining at Christmas time.

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14:00 - 14:45 Christmas in the Wild East with Olia Hercules

Christmas in the Wild East with Olia Hercules

Christmas in the Wild East is a stimulating introduction to the enormous range of spices and flavours that Olia uses to make every dish a taste sensation. Alongside tips on how to make your own dishes different and full of character she will help visitors mix their own blend of spices and share insights into traditional and family recipes in the Caucasus.
 

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15:30 - 16:15 Decorating Christmas Cakes with Eric Lanlard

Decorating Christmas Cakes with Eric Lanlard

Eric Lanlard is a Master Patissier with an international reputation for superlative baked creations. He's a seasoned TV presenter, owner of the popular Cake Boy cafe and cookery school in London, as well as author of 8 books including his most recent, Afternoon Tea. For Eric it's all about the glamour and he's ideal to show how anyone can infuse Christmas sweet treats with show stopping style. 

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Tuesday

11:00 - 11:45 Dreaming of a Bright Christmas with Simon Lycett

Dreaming of a Bright Christmas with Simon Lycett

Simon’s decoration this year will feature a clashing combination of colours. Blending in seasonal foliage adding depth of tone, textural interest and a spectacular fullness of design, Simon will create traditions but with a twist! Decking the halls have never been so bright, bold and brilliantly bauble-tastic!

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12:30 - 13:15 English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

Owned by the Goring family since 1743, Wiston Estate is now creating some of the UK’s most highly awarded Sparkling Wines. With vineyards planted on the chalky slopes of the South Downs, and using the traditional Champagne method in their winery, the wines selected for tasting at the Spirit of Christmas Workshops will be some of the most exciting and delicious in the English market. 

Each wine will be paired with a delicious taste of Higgidy. Founded by Camilla and James (two of Richard and Kirsty’s closest friends) in 2003, Higgidy bake a whole host of different pies, quiches and sausage rolls, which are perfect for entertaining at Christmas time.

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14:00 - 14:45 Feasts for Family and Friends with Sabrina Ghayour

Feasts for Family and Friends with Sabrina Ghayour

Sabrina is fascinating about the traditional methods which vary throughout the Middle East and will give lots of advice and easy instructions on how to create these dishes at home.  For example, each area has different techniques for making and folding breads and pastries and Sabrina can give practical tips for attractive results for anyone who wants to follow her techniques.

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15:30 - 16:15 Mini Gift Wrapping Masterclass with Jane Means

Mini Gift Wrapping Masterclass with Jane Means

This fun filled workshop will be packed with tips and ideas on making your festive gifts look stunning. Learn clever tricks on how to transform your gifts into eye-catching masterpieces. During the session you will learn how to wrap boxes creatively and tie the perfect bow as well as tackling more tricky shapes

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Wednesday

11:00 - 11:45 Festive Wreaths with Philippa Craddock

Festive Wreaths with Philippa Craddock

In Philippa’s signature style, learn how to create a festive wreath, using winter foliage sourced from local growers and decorations in keeping with this season's trends.  You will understand how to combine greenery to create plenty of depth and texture and how to individually wire decorations, gaining the know-how to create your own festive decorations.

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12:30 - 13:15 English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Estate & Higgidy

Owned by the Goring family since 1743, Wiston Estate is now creating some of the UK’s most highly awarded Sparkling Wines. With vineyards planted on the chalky slopes of the South Downs, and using the traditional Champagne method in their winery, the wines selected for tasting at the Spirit of Christmas Workshops will be some of the most exciting and delicious in the English market. 

Each wine will be paired with a delicious taste of Higgidy. Founded by Camilla and James (two of Richard and Kirsty’s closest friends) in 2003, Higgidy bake a whole host of different pies, quiches and sausage rolls, which are perfect for entertaining at Christmas time.

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14:00 - 14:45 Christmas at Claridge’s with Executive Chef Martyn Nail

Christmas at Claridge’s with Executive Chef Martyn Nail

An art deco jewel set in the heart of London's Mayfair, Claridge's -- one of the world's best luxury hotels -- has long been known for inspiring menus and exceptional dining and the Christmas season is no exception. Martyn Nail became Executive Chef in 2004. He will be sharing the magic that makes Claridge's special at Christmas.

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15:30 - 16:45 The Ultimate Christmas Party with Sophie Conran

The Ultimate Christmas Party with Sophie Conran

Join Sophie and friends for a workshop in planning the ultimate Christmas party. Covering everything from food to cocktails to flowers, this is a hands-on and interactive experience with plenty to make and taste for a fabulously festive celebration!

Sophie will be joined by the wonderful Archie from Black Cow for vodka/cheese pairings and christmassy cocktails, Catherine and Rosebie from the Real Flower Company who will be demonstrating the ultimate festive centrepiece for your table and the lovely Miranda Gore Browne from the Great British Bake Off for Christmas biscuit decorating. You will also be able to make Sophie’s favourite festive canapés! 

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Thursday

11:00 - 11:45 Festive Wreaths with Philippa Craddock

Festive Wreaths with Philippa Craddock

In Philippa’s signature style, learn how to create a festive wreath, using winter foliage sourced from local growers and decorations in keeping with this season's trends.  You will understand how to combine greenery to create plenty of depth and texture and how to individually wire decorations, gaining the know-how to create your own festive decorations.

Joined by Mark Winstanley, the Creative Director of The White Company, Mark and Philippa will also take you through the ultimate styled festive table and scenting your home this Christmas.

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12:30 - 13:15 Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is still family-owned and today they own 230 hectares (570 acres) of vineyards in the best villages of Champagne. During the workshop you will taste Louis Roederer’s Champagnes specially blended from some of Roederer’s best vineyards. Mark Bingley, Master of Wine, has worked with Louis Roederer Champagne in Britain for 25 years. His expert guidance through the complexities and pleasures of Champagne will be informative and entertaining.

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14:00 - 14:45 Christmas at the French Table with Emily and Giselle Roux

Christmas at the French Table with Emily and Giselle Roux

Simple family food forms the heart of French Gastronomy. In New French Table, mother-and-daughter team Emily and Giselle Roux share a fresh take on classic and contemporary recipes -- including dishes that would be ideal for relaxed yet memorable Christmas entertaining. This is simple yet sophisticated cooking interpreted by Emily and Giselle for a modern audience.

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15:30 - 16:15 Scented Entertaining and Inspirational Decorating with Jo Malone London

Scented Entertaining and Inspirational Decorating with Jo Malone London

Join Emma South, Fragrance & Lifestyle Expert at Jo Malone London, in conversation with Laura Houldsworth, Retail Editor at House & Garden, as they discuss how to bring fragrant festive style to your entertaining this Christmas. Set the scene with flickering candles and scented gifts at each place setting. Be inspired by a Crazy Colourful Christmas. Merry and bright. Playfully festive. Discover gifts, glorious gifts, for each and every one. Unexpected scents, coveted candles and sumptuous bath and body care. All wrapped up and trimmed in festive ribbon, ready for Christmas morning.

 

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16:30 - 18:00 The Ultimate Christmas Party with Sophie Conran

The Ultimate Christmas Party with Sophie Conran

Join Sophie and friends for a workshop in planning the ultimate Christmas party. Covering everything from food to cocktails to flowers, this is a hands-on and interactive experience with plenty to make and taste for a fabulously festive celebration!

Sophie will be joined by the wonderful Archie from Black Cow for vodka/cheese pairings and christmassy cocktails, Catherine and Rosebie from the Real Flower Company who will be demonstrating the ultimate festive centrepiece for your table and the lovely Miranda Gore Browne from the Great British Bake Off for Christmas biscuit decorating. You will also be able to make Sophie’s favourite festive canapés! 

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18:30 - 19:15 Icing Christmas Biscuits with Biscuiteers

Icing Christmas Biscuits with Biscuiteers

Biscuiteers, the original hand-iced biscuit company, make all kinds of biscuits for all kinds of people, new Mothers, happy couples, caring Grandparents and lovely teachers. Every biscuit is lovingly hand made the old fashioned way, one at a time, before being packed into keep-sake tins and delivered all over the world. Join their expert icer for a special workshop where you’ll learn some of the tricks and techniques used in their London icing hall. At the end of the workshop you’ll leave with a box of biscuits you’ve iced yourself, and plenty of inspiration for your home bakes.  

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Friday

11:00 - 11:45 Beautiful Seasonal Flowers with Jam Jar Flowers

Beautiful Seasonal Flowers with Jam Jar Flowers

With Melissa as your guide, you will be working with beautiful seasonal Winter flowers and berries to make a “Festive Floral Corsage”, which will be yours to take home at the end of the session. You will learn the intricate technique of wiring, which will give you the fundamental skills to enable you to go on to make far more complex pieces, such as floral crowns and buttonholes.

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12:30 - 13:15 Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is still family-owned and today they own 230 hectares (570 acres) of vineyards in the best villages of Champagne. During the workshop you will taste Louis Roederer’s Champagnes specially blended from some of Roederer’s best vineyards. Mark Bingley, Master of Wine, has worked with Louis Roederer Champagne in Britain for 25 years. His expert guidance through the complexities and pleasures of Champagne will be informative and entertaining.

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14:00 - 14:45 Make Your Own Yauatcha Buche de Noel with Chef, Daniel Pearse

Make Your Own Yauatcha Buche de Noel with Chef, Daniel Pearse

Chef Daniel Pearse, Executive Pastry Chef for Hakkasan Group in the UK, will be making a festive dessert from Yauatcha. Learn how to make a milk chocolate Bûche de Noël, made with mandarin and hazelnuts. Join us for tasters and helpful recipe tips for the festive season.

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15:30 - 16:15 Scented Entertaining & Inspirational Gift Giving with Jo Malone London

Scented Entertaining & Inspirational Gift Giving with Jo Malone London

Join Emma South, Fragrance & Lifestyle Expert at Jo Malone London, in conversation with Laura Houldsworth, Retail Editor at House & Garden, as they discuss how to bring fragrant festive style to your entertaining this Christmas. Set the scene with flickering candles and scented gifts at each place setting. Be inspired by a Crazy Colourful Christmas. Merry and bright. Playfully festive. Discover gifts, glorious gifts, for each and every one. Unexpected scents, coveted candles and sumptuous bath and body care. All wrapped up and trimmed in festive ribbon, ready for Christmas morning.

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Saturday

11:00 - 11:45 Fresh Christmas Flowers with bloomon

Fresh Christmas Flowers with bloomon

The bloomon workshops to teach you how to arrange your own piece of floral art. Our bloomon floral artisan will teach you how to arrange the perfect bouquet as well as let you in on some secrets which will help your flowers stay fresh for longer.

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12:30 - 13:15 Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is still family-owned and today they own 230 hectares (570 acres) of vineyards in the best villages of Champagne. During the workshop you will taste Louis Roederer’s Champagnes specially blended from some of Roederer’s best vineyards. Mark Bingley, Master of Wine, has worked with Louis Roederer Champagne in Britain for 25 years. His expert guidance through the complexities and pleasures of Champagne will be informative and entertaining.

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14:00 - 14:45 A Festive Jalousie with the Chefs from Hakkasan

A Festive Jalousie with the Chefs from Hakkasan

Chef Daniel Pearse,Executive Pastry Chef for Hakkasan Group in the UK, will be demonstrating how to make a dinner party favourite, Hakkasan’s pear and pistachio mulled wine Jalousie, with a ginger cream.  Join us for tasters and helpful recipe tips for the festive season.

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15:30 - 16:15 Mixing Perfect Christmas Cocktails with Fever Tree

Mixing Perfect Christmas Cocktails with Fever Tree

In rightful celebration of their new book, The Art of Mixing, the experts from Fever-Tree are bringing to you a cocktail masterclass with a festive twist. 

Learn how to make a Christmas cocktail or two with Fever-tree ambassador, Charlie Roberts and taste-test their delicious mixers for yourself. 

Fever-Tree The Art of Mixing is the first cocktail book to put the mixers centre-stage, from the brilliant Fever-Tree brand and created by leading bartenders around the world. Rather than starting with the spirits, this book focuses on key mixers - including tonic, lemonade, ginger ale, ginger beer and cola. Bartenders have created 125 classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that make the most of the botanical partnerships. The book will be available to purchase on the day. 

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Sunday

11:00 - 11:45 Fresh Christmas Flowers with bloomon

Fresh Christmas Flowers with bloomon

The bloomon workshops to teach you how to arrange your own piece of floral art. Our bloomon floral artisan will teach you how to arrange the perfect bouquet as well as let you in on some secrets which will help your flowers stay fresh for longer.

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12:30 - 13:15 Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Champagne Tasting Masterclass with Louis Roederer

Founded in 1776, Louis Roederer is still family-owned and today they own 230 hectares (570 acres) of vineyards in the best villages of Champagne. During the workshop you will taste Louis Roederer’s Champagnes specially blended from some of Roederer’s best vineyards. Mark Bingley, Master of Wine, has worked with Louis Roederer Champagne in Britain for 25 years. His expert guidance through the complexities and pleasures of Champagne will be informative and entertaining.

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14:00 - 14:45 The Best Celebration Lamb Recipe with Tam Storrar, Blanchette

The Best Celebration Lamb Recipe with Tam Storrar, Blanchette

The Best Celebration Lamb Recipe

Blanchette’s Chef Director, Tam Storrar, will be talking the audience through braised lamb shoulder with rosemary, confit garlic and soubise sauce. Expect a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and stuff the lamb, as well as how to cook it to perfection. The crowd will be shown how to reduce the cooking juices to create the perfect sauce, as well as how to make soubise (onion pureé) and prepare the garlic. 

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15:30 - 16:15 Mini Gift Wrapping Masterclass with Jane Means

Mini Gift Wrapping Masterclass with Jane Means

This fun filled workshop will be packed with tips and ideas on making your festive gifts look stunning. Learn clever tricks on how to transform your gifts into eye-catching masterpieces. During the session you will learn how to wrap boxes creatively and tie the perfect bow as well as tackling more tricky shapes

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