10am to 5pm

Corn dollies (Small)

The course

The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.

During the day participants will learn:
about the materials used
how to prepare the materials
a range of weaving techniques
several different designs

The tutor

Verna Bailey is a regular demonstrator at the Museum and has been making corn dollies for many years. She shares her skills with younger visitors on special event days and adults on these workshops.

Participant information

This workshop will be limited to 8 participants to ensure that everyone has sufficient individual attention. It is suitable for both beginners and for the more experienced corn dolly enthusiast.

It will be helpful if participants can bring their own tea-towel and pair of sharp craft scissors. All other materials are provided.


£50 per person, to include all tuition, courses materials, tea and coffee. The Museum café will be open or you can bring your own packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

To book, download a form here. Alternatively, fill in the booking request below. Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Make a Booking Request

This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.