Beginners Modern Calligraphy – new venue in Cumbria

It’s funny how I’ve ended up teaching so many modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester, when I moved back home to Cumbria quite a few years ago now.

So I love it when I am asked to teach calligraphy workshop is closer to home. I often get asked – but workshops don’t generally sell out up here the way they do in the big city.

However – happy news!!!

On the 19th of October I will be teaching a calligraphy workshop in Arnside for the very first time.

Lovely Leanne at Waddington Home Interiors got in touch with me over the summer to ask if I would come and host a workshop for her. I was really excited to say yes!

Time has flown so much and it’s only four weeks away now so I will be packing up my little calligraphy kits once again on the 19th of October and heading down the road to beautiful Arnside to teach another fun relaxed and friendly modern calligraphy workshop.

Calligraphy workshop Location Date Click for details
Call Leanne at Waddington Home Interiors to book on 07921 575 930

This is a great workshop. Claire is very organised and friendly, explaining how to do the calligraphy and making it all sound very easy! She was there if we needed a helping hand but ready to let us work independently, which made me feel I was actually getting somewhere! Definitely a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. My only suggestion would be to have an organised break half way through as all the concentration required is quite tiring, and it would be a good opportunity to chat to other people. – Fiona, February 2018

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How to book:

Please contact Leanne who owns to book places on this workshop!

You can call on 07921 575 930

Christmas Calligraphy Workshop in Coniston, Cumbria!

My favourite things in life and in the world are my boyfriend, my cat, my family and the Lake District – in fact the whole of Cumbria, which is where I am so lucky to say I live.

I grew up here – I remember being dragged out onto the fells with my parents when I was little and moaning all the way up and all the way down, pretty much every time.

Turns out my folks were right after all! Now I spend every weekend I possibly can with Steve exploring the Lake District mountains. We’ve set ourselves the challenge of completing all of the 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District – as I write this we’ve walked up 155 mountains with 59 left to go.

So it’s safe to say I really do love the Lake District. It feels like home. And being able to teach my modern calligraphy workshops in this beautiful part of the world is more of a treat than I even have words for.

I started teaching at Swallows & Artisans in 2018. It’s the most wonderful craft venue, set on a quiet lane above Coniston Water.

There is plenty of space for teaching and learning calligraphy – every student has their own desk space, and there is a little kitchen and a chill out area. Lovely owner Karen puts on the loveliest home-made cakes with tea and coffee available for us all day long.

I’m THRILLED to be coming back to Swallows & Artisans this November for a full day Christmas calligraphy workshop. We’ll be making lots of lovely things – gift tags, Christmas cards and beautiful personalised calligraphy baubles!

Calligraphy workshop

In this relaxed and friendly modern calligraphy workshop you’ll learn how to use a calligraphy pen and dippy ink pot.

We’ll practice alphabets then write some festive treats:-

  • gift tags
  • christmas cards
  • glitter baubles
  • gorgeous festive gift boxes

You’ll also take home your calligraphy pen and nib to practice at home. A warming soup, Christmas nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

“Spent a lovely couple of hours discovering modern calligraphy skills with Claire in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try their hand at a uniquely personal art form.” – Ara, April 2018

How to book:

Book online at

Calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft and Design Centre – ONE LAST TIME!

I’m actually a little bit sad to say that October’s modern calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design centre is going to be my last one for the forseeable future at this venue.

In 2020 almost all of my calligraphy workshops are going to be at weekends. This is to make them available to more people – so those of you who work all week can attend without having to book time off work. (And it means I get to play out on random Tuesdays, especially when it’s sunny.)

Unfortunately this means that I wasn’t able to book our lovely little classroom at the Craft & Design centre – so this October workshop is going to be my last one in one of my favourite little craft spaces.

Having said that, we might well come back in 2021 so watch this space!

For now though join me one last time at Manchester Craft & Design Centre for a beginners modern calligraphy workshop on Friday, the 11th of October. The class is half full already so please be quick if you’d like to come along.


“A super super experience, with a fab and patient teacher. I booked this as a gift for a friend and myself, which we thoroughly enjoyed. The personalised letter, the beautifully presented personalised calligraphy kit, right down to the presentation of the table, and the teaching, I wish it was a weekly workshop for me to escape to!! Thank you again Claire. x” – Zehra, October 2017

How to book:

Either email me directly at to book your place(s), or book online at

Calligraphy workshop at Smithills Hall, Bolton

Hi there! I’ve decided to start blogging a little more often, especially as this autumn I have so many events happening and I don’t want you to miss any of them!

I’m starting off with a workshop at a brand new venue: Smithills Hall, just outside of Bolton. I’ve seen it signposted from the motorway so I’m guessing it’s super easy to get to. I’ve also been told by the folks at Bolton Museums that it’s a gorgeous setting with a café and tons of history so I really can’t wait to teach there.

This brand new calligraphy workshop – which is suitable for absolute beginners – will be happening on the 6th of October. You can find all the details below. I really hope I’ll see you there!

If you’re a Most Haunted fan you might like to check out Smithills ghosts  – I told you this was a fascinating venue!

This is going to be a relaxed and enjoyable workshop in a unique setting – and I’m really looking forward to it!

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Calligraphy workshop success!

Last weekend I taught two modern calligraphy workshops at The Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire. They were so much fun!

In the morning we made cards with owls and lovely quotes to give to mothers, daughters, friends and new granddaughters! And we wrote some fantastic framed motivational quotes.

The afternoon was filled with rainbow calligraphy, making friends and learning a lot about babies and toddlers (they wee in flower pots in banks! So funny!)

Huge thanks to everyone who came and made it such a fun day. You were all FANTASTIC!! And of course thank you lovely Cara, Aga and Camilla from The Little Paper Shop. Your little world is just wonderful.

I can’t wait to come back in September for more. Join me on 7th September for modern calligraphy in the morning and brush lettering in the afternoon!

Tickets via The Little Paper Shop here 🙂 Workshops: The Little Paper Shop

Absolute beginners calligraphy workshop – weekend sale!

modern calligraphy workshops Manchester uk

As it’s June and officially summer this weekend I’m running a whirlwind kinda sale on my calligraphy workshop on July 5th.

It’s an absolute beginners modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester, and tickets are usually £55. (This includes a basic calligraphy set for you to take home)

SAVE 20% off the calligraphy workshop price – THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

For this weekend (now until Monday) you can SAVE 20% if you book directly at (while places are still available). The price still includes a basic calligraphy set for you to take home too!

If you’ve never been to a modern calligraphy workshop before, then GOOD! You’re perfect for this! We start with the funny pens and nibs – I’ll show you how to potato them before you write (yeah, that’s a thing) and how to put the nib in and how to put ink on your nib and how to use the pen to put the ink on your paper.

And then I’ll show you how to do it beautifully.

You’ll have the loveliest time – AND you’ll actually learn brand new lettering skills!

By the end of the workshop you’ll have a sound understanding of the basics of modern calligraphy.

All in the space of a couple of hours! We start at 2:30 and finish at 4:30.

You’ll also have some little goodies to take home – something you’ve written, perhaps a little piece of beautiful modern calligraphy you’re proud of and ready to frame as a reminder of the fun we had in the workshop!

There’ll be a little pop-up calligraphy shop at the end so you can buy colourful inks, spare nibs and penholders, books and more worksheets if you like.

Class sizes are limited so everyone has some personal tuition – and no matter what your skill level (we all learn at different speeds) I will help you along the way!

Click here to save 20% and book your tickets today!

Summer calligraphy workshop dates for your diary!

If you’d like to join me for a modern calligraphy workshop over the summer, here are all the dates you need!

6th June – I’ll be in Coniston (south Cumbria – 45 mins from the M6) all day for a modern calligraphy workshop at Swallows & Artisans. In the morning we’ll learn the basics of modern calligraphy. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and is loads of fun! You will learn how to write your own gorgeous script with a dip pen and nib. Stay for the afternoon session where we’ll play with brush pen lettering, colour blending and more!

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15th June – Join me in Nantwich at The Little Paper Shop for an intimate and fun modern calligraphy class. In the morning we’ll learn how to hold, load(!) and use a calligraphy pen and write our very own unique and beautiful alphabets.  The afternoon session will be all about beautiful brush pen lettering, and we’ll blend colours and create beautiful wall art in modern calligraphy!

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21st June – Beginners brush pen calligraphy workshop at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Northern Quarter. Join me to play with brush pens, colour blending and a relaxed and fun modern lettering workshop! The class starts at 2:30 and ends at 4:30 – why not take the afternoon off work and indulge in a little shopping trip while you’re there?

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5th July – Absolute beginners modern calligraphy in Manchester at the Craft & Design Centre. My lovely home from home, the classroom at Manchester Craft & Design is spacious and perfect for learning the beautiful art of modern calligraphy! Every attendee will be given a personalised calligraphy set to take home – included in the price!

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Places left for my calligraphy workshop in Coniston on 21st of March

I’m really looking forward to another modern calligraphy workshop at Swallows & Artisans next week – there are just a handful of places still available, for both the morning and afternoon sessions (or the full day).

We’re calling it “Beginners to Winners” modern calligraphy – if you’ve never tried your hand at calligraphy before it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new craft. I’ll show you how to use a modern calligraphy pen, and we’ll learn a simple alphabet first of all. The morning session includes a little quote / greeting card for you to take home.

The afternoon session will be a chance to explore what you can achieve with your new found calligraphy skills! We’ll write our names in 22 carat gold leaf; we’ll have a go at beautiful flourishing, writing with colourful inks and more.

Image credit: Zehra Photography

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Images by lovely Zehra Photography