Rainy Day Fillers

We’ve put together what we hope is a comprehensive list of suggestions covering a wide range of activities for people of all ages, using local guides and teachers: if the forecast is rainy and you’ll be stuck indoors – send them an email or give them a call; they’d love to hear from you.

Life Changing Activities – If you are looking for outdoor activities that are both exciting and safe then we can organise everything for your family, group, stag or hen party.  Go rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing or caving at Symonds Yat or try gorge walking or survival training just a bit further afield. If you don’t want to travel at all then we can run our exciting Team Challenge right where you are staying.

Creative workshops for all ages – Rachel Shilston is a local artist who spends much of her time working in primary schools on collaborative arts projects. She is available to run creative workshops and craft activities for children, plus more specialist skills for adults, such as mosaic, textiles and painting. For children, see her inspiring ideas in the ‘Arty Party’ section of her website  www.deedlesdesigns.com which includes making puppets, jewellery, graffiti canvas, glass painting or t-shirt design. However, if you have a particular interest, then just let her know and she will be happy to tailor make an activity to suit the needs of your group.

Also for children, she offers den-making in the woods.

For adults, a popular workshop is creating a mosaic patio stone for the garden. This can be done as a family, in pairs or individually. She also runs felt brooch making, jewellery, painting and drawing. Prices on request, but includes materials, tuition and travel. (NB: For children’s activities, an adult must supervise the group).

Email:  info@rachelshilston.co.uk

Learn how to give a relaxing Massage, or how to give pre-Sports massage
Ceinwen John ceinwenjohn@hotmail.co.uk will show you how to give a relaxing and professional neck, back and shoulder massage using oils to suit the individual’s skin. She will also show you tips on how to make the massage more stimulating for the circulation for pre-sport activities.
In Aromatherapy, Ceinwen is qualified ITEC Dipl.  She offers a basic introduction to aromatherapy, and uses 6-7 essential oils so you learn what an essential oil actually is, their beneficial properties and how they can help each person. You’ll then have some fun and make aromatherapy creams using your chosen oils for you to take home!

Ceinwen has practiced yoga for the last 5 years will take you through a 45 min yoga session.  It comprises deep breathing (relaxes the body) with poses to tone and improve core strength and standing poses (to strengthen the body).  You will feel relaxed yet invigorated afterwards.

Children – GP Healthcare assistant (… and qualified mum of 3)
Ceinwen also offers to entertain your children for 1 1/2 – 2 hours with simple cake making and biscuit decorating – and they’ll be all yours to eat!


Cookery Sessions – Create your own delicious meal and then sit down together to enjoy it. You could make traditional welsh recipes such as Cawl, Bara Brith and Welsh cakes, or you may prefer to rustle up Spaghetti Bolognese, a Tortilla, a Spicy Moroccan Stew, a Raspberry Pavlova or Banana Flapjacks, whatever you want to learn to cook.  I’d be very happy to work with a recipe that you suggested.

Suitable for all ages. I am used to teaching cooking to young children, so this would be ideal for family groups. Prices will have to depend on group size and ingredients requested. Please call to discuss ideas

Mrs Freddy Edmonds 01873 880971 or 07739 212 501  Email: freddyedmonds@gmail.com

Silk Art – Painting and drawing on silk with colour-fast dyes, using techniques for flowing colour blends and for clean separations. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Work individually or as a group to produce a lasting souvenir of your holiday in these inspiring surroundings.

Mrs Freddy Edmonds 01873 880971 or 07739 212 501  Email: freddyedmonds@gmail.com

Sugarcraft – Veronica Powell   veronicasdoll@gmail.com  is qualified with distinction in Art and Design and has been awarded several medals by the British Sugarcraft Guild.

Sugarcraft cake decoration, group activity.  If there’s a birthday coming, let’s decorate the cake!
She also teaches how to make paper Christmas trees/ decs and small gift boxes.

Dancing Lessons with Linda Anderson
– waltz, rumba, cha cha, jive, and social foxtrot.

Sewing Lessons – learn to make bags, glasses cases, table mates or learn how to make alterations your favourite clothes which no longer fit properly.  Bring any clothes you plan to alter.

Jewellery making – basic craft how to make necklace, bracelet earring or bookmarks.

Linda Anderson  –  Website:  fit4perfection.weebly.com/events   Email:  lindance@yahoo.co.uk
Topaz Tribal Bellydance lesson – A fun and funky way to learn a new skill. Bellydance is an ancient dance form but Tribal Bellydance adds a new twist. Size, age, fitness levels not important. Just a desire to give it a try and shake your booty. Group sessions or private tuition available. Why not make an evening of it and watch a performance. Topaz Tribal are also available as a troupe to hire for events, weddings, hen parties, family get togethers, corporate parties (no all male events). Qualified level 2 Instructor with Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance(TM)

Wendy Hughes,  website www.topaztribalbellydance.co.uk  email wendy@topaztribalbellydance.co.uk  mobile 07530099265

Creative Writing workshop – by Dr Elaine Atkins    Email: drelaineatkins@btinternet.com

Dr Atkins also offers Treatment for stress disorders,  unhealthy eating behaviours, phobias, lack of motivation or confidence?

Stuck at a sporting performance level?  Want to change your life but don’t know how to do it?  She uses a gentle tapping technique instead of needles to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points. This tapping is combined with modern psychological methods  and coaching interventions. EdD MSc BSc PGCE(FE) AAMET 11    Website: www.drelaineatkins.co.uk