Staying at Hendersyde – thinking creatively!?

Being inspired by the wonderfully talented creative community in The Borders, I’m delighted to highlight opportunities to take part in their courses.

Whether you are already staying at Hendersyde or might like to make a special trip! You can see much more inspiration through the links in blue below. (Thanks to the makers for their photos.)


Leathercraft courses with Roslyn Whiting



Needlework and Quilting in Kelso

Louise’s courses in The Wonky Giraffe – come very highly recommended!  

Wonky Giraffe Courses



Maggie Read Jewellery School, just over the border in Cornhill.

Maggie has opened a fully equipped jewellery teaching studio (& shop) in the new Cornhill on Tweed Centre. Offering a variety of classes including silversmithing, enamelling and beading (from beginners upward)

Maggie Read's Jewellery courses in Cornhill



Create quirky and cute Beastie Brooches, Necklaces, Bangles and Assemblages in Jedburgh

Linda at Beastie Assemblage says just bring your imagination!

Beastie Assemblage Creative courses in Jedburgh

Big Tree Society – Rustic Green Wood Working Courses near Jedburgh  

Eoin organises the courses in a delightful setting at Harestanes – you are spoiled for choice – as long as you book early! Courses include … Rustic Stool Making, Hedge Chair Making, Shave Horse Making, Pole Lathe Turning, Sitooterie Bench, Timber Tokens, Wood Carvings, Spoon Making, Big Tree Artworks, Bark Paintings, Tree Rings, Old Wood Cave Wall 

Rustic Green Wood Working Courses near Jedburgh




The Glass Studio is also at Harestanes in The Craft Courtyard

Rachel and Georgia run workshops throughout the year, in both ​fusing and stained glass. 

Courses in glass making at Harestanes



Leather work at Birkhill House near Earlston

You are sure to feel relaxed and creative with Roslyn! Learn how to hand-stitch a belt, wallet or card holder and hand-tool designs onto leather. 

Leathercraft courses with Roslyn Whiting

Glass Making Experiences in Selkirk

Peter and Andrew run glass making experiences, with one-to-one tuition, taking about 1½ hours to make a paperweight and a small bowl, using whichever colour you like! 

Glass making experiences at Holmes Glass - Selkirk



Knitting day retreats 

With Alice at Whistlebare on their small family farm in North Northumberland, where they sensitively care for their flocks of Angora goats and Wensleydale sheep.  

Knitting at Whistlebare

Felt-making, basketry, and willow sculpture workshops.

Anna offers workshops for all ages. Based in Lowick in Northumberland, courses are also held in other venues in the area. Anna Turnbull

Basketry Courses with Anna Turnbull




Cocoa Black in Peebles – The Chocolate and Pastry School – with World Chocolate Master – Ruth Hinks.

If you are an ambitious home baker who would like learn chocolate craft skills beyond your wildest dreams!

Peebles is about an hour further up The Tweed Valley from Hendersyde

Cocoa Black Chocolate courses
April 2023 The Union Chain Bridge is open again.

What an achievement! The Union Chain Bridge, linking England and Scotland over the River Tweed has re-opened after two years of painstaking restoration work, in all weathers. 

It has been a massive effort by The Friends of Chain Bridge, with huge financial support by councils on both sides of the border, The National Lottery Heritage fund and the Spencer Group who completed the exacting work. 

When the bridge was completed in 1820 it was the longest iron suspension bridge in the world! Built by retired naval captain Samuel Brown it cost about £7,700 to construct. It really is worth a visit, make sure you take care lining up for your drive over the bridge! 

If you would like to see the bridge from a different angle Berwick Boat Trips offer a range of river and sea trips. 

Chain Bridge Honey Farm is just next door if you are fascinated by bees, their wonderful products, or in need of refreshment.

Restoration work on The Union Chain Bridge joining Scotland and England
Cycling in The Scottish Borders

The spectacular 2023 UCI World Cycling Championships, billed as the biggest cycling event ever staged, will take place from 3 – 13 August in Glasgow, with events in The Borders. Details are on our What’s On Page 

The challenging Glentress terrain, at the top end of The Tweed Valley, will really test the MTB Marathon and Cross Country riders. 

For a more leisurely pace, you can explore the local cycle routes right from your doorstep at Hendersyde. 

If you would like an injection of extra energy e-bikes can be hired from Borders E-Bike Hire based in Coldstream, 

Cycling in The Scottish Borders
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