Willow Weaving and Seasonal Gifts

27th Nov 2021
Location: New Earswick Nature Reserve
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Would you like to try some willow weaving with our experienced tutor and make some seasonal gifts?


New Earswick Nature Reserve

Book your place with Rebecca on rrowan@wea.org.uk

Places very limited. Children must be supervised at all times.

If you would like to find out a little more about who we are we have provided some information below. The event is free of charge and we may ask you to complete a survey about your current activity levels as a family for our funder Sport England.

About Families Get Active and York Family Walks

This year Families Get Active, a three year project funded by WEA and Sport England have been working closely with The Rowntree Society and York Museums Trust exploring the wellbeing and sporting legacy that was set up by Joseph Rowntree for the local communities. Much of this legacy still exists today in the form of community buildings, active spaces and groups. Between now and the end of our Families Get Active Project we are going to share with you a rich resource called York Family Walks.

We are going to celebrate with our local communities and share knowledge and experience about factory days. We are really pleased to share this one hour linear walk with you. On this walk you will pass seven points of interest, from the former Rowntree Factory on Haxby Road alongside the River Foss and into New Earswick. We can't wait to share some stories with you about the local communities who were active here in the past.

Through a mixture of audio and visual content you will discover more about the people who worked and played here and the sporting and wellbeing legacy which still exists today. We even have live video footage showing sports days from the factory!

You can download a .pdf map of the walk HERE.

Schools, Nurseries, Carers, Home-School Parents and Families

If you would like to access a FREE educational resource you can ask us to introduce you to our York Family Walks Canvas; via our online interactive learning platform. Send Rebecca an Email Here

What you can receive:

Simple family friendly STEM and curriculum related content

Science experiments from our WEA Tutor

Recorded Drama workshops and creative ideas to teach about factory life

Informative and friendly videos embedding local Rowntree community history

Creative well-being exercises

Audio content from Rowntree workers

Active challenges suitable for the whole family

Just drop Rebecca and email here for more details

Live Workshops

We have a number of free family workshops available. All families are welcome. Previous workshops include


Family Photography

Beginners Running Workshops



Intergenerational IT classes



Poetry for Families

Outdoor Printmaking


If there is an active workshop you would like to see in your area, please do suggest it.


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