This year has seen a boom in the popularity of handmade wreaths, whether padded with moss and decorated with woodland materials and foliage or, more unusually, woven with succulents, baubles, felt or rags.
Eagerly anticipated workshops at the likes of Petersham Nurseries, Daylesford and The Royal Academy have already sold out, but fear not - there are plenty of other delightful venues where you can craft your very own decoration.
On Dec 16, Asthall Manor head gardener Jenny Barnes will lead a foraging expedition through the gardens and grounds, followed by a guided wreath-making workshop and a light lunch – all for £50 per person. The childhood home of the Mitford sisters, the Jacobean manor is now also home to an impressive summer sculpture exhibition.
Asthall Manor, Burford OX18 4HW; visit onformsculpture.co.uk or call 01993 824 319
You can craft your wreath in the Servants Hall at Powderham Castle with Sarah Pepper, a florist renowned for her books on period flower arranging. Workshops on Dec 13 and 14 run from 10am-12.30pm and from 2pm-4.30pm (£35, includes materials, coffee and mince pies).
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ; visit powderham.co.uk or call 01626 890243
If you’re going to make your wreath in London after a long day’s shopping, you may as well do so somewhere stylish. Allow us to suggest Corrigan’s in Mayfair, which is hosting a class complete with eggnog and champagne at 3pm on Saturday Dec 9 (£75).
Corrigan’s, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 7EH; visit corrigansmayfair.co.uk or call 020 7499 9943
Make a day of it and gorge on a two-course lunch at the five-star Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa on Monday Dec 18. After lunch at 12.30pm, you can learn how to make a door wreath and a table arrangement from 2pm until 5.45pm, guided by in-house florists Sarah Wilkins and Selina Marsden. Flowers and decorations will be supplied by Corbins Florist (£120).
Chewton Glen, New Milton BH25 6QS; visit chewtonglen.com or call 01425 275341
Florists Petal and Feast are collaborating with Wild Sussex to host workshops using locally gathered greenery. The event is held in an oak-framed barn (wrap up warm) in its working wood yard in the South Downs National Park. Opt for either 11am or 2pm on Sat Dec 9 (£48).
Wild Sussex, The Wood Yard, Stopham Road, Pulborough RH20 1EB; visit wildsussex.co.uk
The Flower Hive is a florist famed for using locally grown flowers near Pencoed, close to Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea in Wales. Founder Eva Krasenska will teach you how to make a natural base and decorate it using spruce, holly, ivy and dried flowers. There also promises to be plenty of mulled wine (sessions throughout December - enquire to book).
Ewenny Community Village Hall, Corntown, Vale of Glamorgan CF35 5BG; call 07539 326700 or visit theflowerhive.co.uk
Art gallery and events space A Curious Hall this year presents wreath-making by candlelight with acoustic music, drinks and nibbles. Cornish florist Fen Featherston will show you how to make a wreath replete with dried fruits, dried chillies and cinnamon bundles (£45, Dec 8 or 9 from 6pm-9pm).
A Curious Hall, 14 Webber Street, Falmouth TR11 3AU; visit nellyscornwall.co.uk or call 01326 318 810
Head to The Great British Florist flower school to prepare a splendid wreath with both flowers and foliage. Materials, tools, tuition, tea and cake are provided. Sessions are available on Dec 7 from 6pm-9pm, and Dec 9 or Dec 12 from 10.30am-12.30pm (£35).
The Great British Florist School, Lower Blakemere Farm, Blakemere, Hereford HR2 9PX; visit greatbritishflorist.co.uk or call 01981 500930
As well as shopping, lunching and meandering, this year you can take part in Christmas wreath-making at The Trug Christmas Shop at Chenies Manor. The day-long workshops run from 10.30am to 1pm on Wednesday 6 December and Saturday 9 December; groups are limited to 10. You’ll be able to create personal, individual wreath or table decoration using a range of foraged and bought materials including hips, berries, ivy, pine, eucalyptus, and feathers. Price £45, incl. all materials, plus coffee, tea and homemade biscuits.
Chenies Manor, Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER; visit trugdesign.co.uk or call Charlotte on 07889 912337
At the The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum you can expect plenty of materials and greenery, as well as help from an artist to find the perfect balance of ribbon to cinnamon sticks or dried orange to berries. Book for Saturday 9 December from either 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm (£25).