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Event National Museum of Rural Life

Adult Workshops: Willow Crafting

28 Oct 2023

Learning Centre

10:15–12:30 Bird Feeder Workshop
14:00–16:15 Platter Making Workshop

Age 16+

Tickets £30 - £35

Advance booking required

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Join Max Johnson from Seileach Basketry for a fun, relaxed introduction to willow weaving at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Choose from two half-day workshops where you will create your own willow bird feeder or willow platter.

Both hands-on workshops are suitable for beginners, and you can choose to book one or both sessions.

Led by artist and forager Max Johnson, in each workshop you will learn basketry techniques that have been used in Scotland and throughout Europe for hundreds of years. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Willow bird feeder basket

Willow bird feeder

Willow platter

Willow platter


10:15–12:30 Bird Feeder Workshop

14:00–16:15 Platter Making Workshop


Pricing per workshop

£35 Adult

£30 Annual Pass holder, National Museums Scotland Member, National Trust for Scotland Member*

£30 Over 60s, Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot**

All tickets include museum admission on the day

*Annual Pass and Member tickets are available to existing Annual Pass holders, National Museums Scotland Members and National Trust for Scotland Members.

**Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free.

Key information

  • All materials and equipment will be provided
  • Each workshop lasts around 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Water, tea and coffee will be provided at the start of each workshop
  • Suitable for age 16+

Man standing holding willow basket

Max Johnson

About Max

“A long-time forager, foodie and crafter, I lovingly weave baskets using materials foraged in a range of landscapes, from idyllic rural riversides to derelict post-industrial sites. I try to stay true to basketry’s roots by using what materials are around me, and by weaving with the seasons.”

Getting here

National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR

Maps and directions


  • Adapted toilets are available, including baby changing and an adult changing bench.
  • There is an induction loop in the cinema
  • Paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals. A tractor and trailer, the Farm Explorer, is provided for this purpose and is suitable for wheelchair users. This service is free of charge and runs regularly throughout the day.
  • The ground floor, but not the first floor, of the farmhouse is accessible by wheelchair.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

For more information, see our Plan your visit section.

Ticketing Terms & Conditions

National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy. Please refer to our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions here.

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