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Annual Open Day 2021 - Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our July 2021 Open Day and Graduate Show is sadly cancelled, fingers crossed for 2022.

You may well be aware, the government has called on the public to stop gathering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and so it wouldn’t be responsible for us to go ahead with the event at this time. We hope you can join us at our next Open Day and Graduate Show.

We’ll keep you posted when we have a new date via our newsletter or you can check back on this page. Stay safe, and we’ll be in touch with more information soon.

Our Annual Open Day is held here at The Threshing Barn . You can meet our expert tutors, see professional demonstrations and pick up advice, tools and products along with a stunning Furniture Exhibition of the pieces designed and made on the Professional Long course, at the students’ End of Year Show.color-line

There is plenty to do and see; we have Peter Sefton’s ever popular hand skills tutorials which give visitors a flavour of the sort of skills they can learn on the professional long course and short courses at the School and for Peter’s thorough, yet relaxed teaching style.


  • Peter Sefton demonstrates Hand Tool techniques
  • Artisan Media film the Open Day - they produced the Peter Sefton DVD series which is also beavailable for sale
  • Bob Jones the School's 2 Day French Polishing Course tutor demonstrates French Polishing and traditional finishing
  • Wood Workers Workshop has plenty of deals on woodworking tools and products
  • Sean Feeney, the School's Designer and Maker in Residence talks about the School’s Professional Long Course and End of Year Show
  • At the end of the day the Long Course Student Prize Giving takes place with the School’s sponsors Hammer Felder, Whitmores Timber, Mundy Veneers, Fiddes & Son, Wood Workers Workshop and Gordon Russell Museum

You can win a £50 Gift Voucher kindly donated by Wood Workers Workshop when you enter the Prize Draw for the "Visitor's Choice Favourite Piece" prize from our Student Graduates' End of Year Show.


WELL DONE! to all our previous  Professional Long Course Graduates - our sponsors and suppliers kindly donate the following end of year prizes last year, at our July Open Day:-

Gordon Russell Museum donated a £250 Outstanding Furniture Design prize

The 2018 prize was won by Roland Smith for his "Wave" Bedside Cabinets

Mundy Veneers presented the "Complete Manual of Wood Veneering" for the Best Use of Veneers prize

The 2018 prize was won by Roland Smith for his "Wave" Bedside Cabinets

Roland Smith Wave Bedside Cabinet

Hammer Felder UK donated the "Spindle Moulder Handbook " for the Favourite Piece using Wood Machining prize

The 2018 prize was won by the Robou Cabinet Makers Workbench

Robou Cabinet Makers Workbench


Whitmores Timber donated "A Craftsman's Guide to Wood" for the Best Use of Solid Timber prize

The 2018 prize was won by Dave Taylor for his "Toro" Hallway Chairs

Toro Hallway Chairs


The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers donated the Unsung Hero prize

The 2018 prize was won by Reuben Lloyd-Thomas


Fiddes & Son donated a selection of french polishes and waxes for the Best Student Finisher prize

The 2018 prize was won by Dan Wall for his "#36" Occasional Table

36 Occasional Table



Wood Workers Workshop donated a £75 Gift Voucher for the Visitor's Choice Favourite Piece prize, where visitors entered into a Prize Draw for a chance to win

The Visitor's Choice prize was won by Tom Bradley for his "Envelope" Dining Table

Envelope Dining Table


There's always a free BBQ run by the Wood Club UK, who look forward to donations in return for their hard work flipping all those burgers for our hungry visitors!  Wood Club UK is a group of professionals and hobbyists promoting woodworking, the money raised is used to fund their forum. To join their Facebook group click here.

Don’t forget to join us next time – the next date will be announced here!