Activities include...

Activities will vary at each Slipper Camp according to seasons, time available, instructor availability and the weather.

  • Garden Design & Colour Workshop

  • Cupcake/Christmas Cake Decorating Workshop

  • Creative Drawing/Art Workshop

  • Make-up Masterclass (Hands-on)

  • Flower Arranging Workshop

  • Soft Furnishings Workshop

  • Scented Soap Making Workshop

  • Candle Making Workshop

  • Mosaic Making Workshop

  • Jewellery Making Workshop

  • Smartphone Photography Workshop

  • Christmas Wreath Making Workshop (Nov)

  • Visits to Historic Houses and Gardens

  • Murder Mystery Dinner/Evening

  • Country Walks

  • Fun Team Quiz

  • 'Book Club' Evening

  • Explore Tenterden and local places of interest

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop (November)

Relax in the fragrance of seasonal foliage, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks and other lovely things you may want to include in your wreath and create your own gorgeous wreath or table centrepiece entirely to your own design, whilst enjoying a delicious festive treat of mulled wine/tea/coffee plus homemade cake.

Jo Arnell will be guiding you through making a lovely wreath to take home using natural foliage from the garden of Hornbrook Manor Farm at Woodchurch.

Soft Furnishings Workshop

Ever wondered if you could make your own soft furnishings? Do you have a creative flair? This workshop will provide you with fabric of your choice and instruction to make your own lovely envelope cushion to take home with you.

This workshop will be led by Clare Langdon at Clare Langdon Interiors in Cranbrook. 

Garden Design & Colour Workshop

Jo Arnell of Hornbrook Manor Farm will provide invaluable information on how to create and keep the colour in your garden, prune shrubs, grow perennials, design a border, take cuttings, sow seed and care for your plants through the seasons. She will discuss where best to plant particular plants, what to plant along with them, and how to keep them looking good.

Jo provides a very interesting slide presentation including examples of gardens both large and small, together with 'before and after' pictures to demonstrate what's possible in a range of gardens.​ From there, the workshop moves outside into the garden of Hornbrook Manor Farm to look at what's grows best where which provides lots of handy tips. You'll also get some cuttings which you will pot up on the day, so you can take it home with you. 


Scented Candle Making

This workshop will guide you through how to make a lovely candle using fragrances of your choice.


You will have the opportunity to melt the wax, set the wick, mix the scent and pour the candle into a glass holder. When it has cooled and set, you will be able to add your own label and will be given a presentation box for your candle to take home, either for yourself or as a gift.

This workshop will be run by Louise Moyna from Half-Cut Candles, a family business based in Tenterden. 

Soap Making Workshop

In this workshop you will learn how to make your own unique glycerine soaps, and how to add scents and colours of your choice using a range of moulds to make many different designs. The various soaps you make will be yours to take away and enjoy - as well as making lovely gifts to give away. 

This workshop will be led by Barbara Cameron of Lou Lou Bella.

Christmas Cake Decorating Workshop

Ever wanted to decorate your own Christmas Cake - but never quite felt brave enough? This workshop will show you tips and shortcuts to decorating your own Christmas Cake and give you the opportunity to create your own masterpiece to take home after the workshop. A plain white iced cake (either fruit or sponge) will be provided for each guest to decorate. Impress your family with your own creation - or perhaps give to a friend or family member as a unique Christmas gift.  

Yvonne Turner of The Cake Place, will guide you through the decoration options and processes. 

Flower Arranging Workshop

Juliet Levick of the Flower Craft Workshop, will show you how to make a lovely colourful hand tied bouquet or basket design in oasis using seasonal flowers and greenery. Your arrangement will be fully portable to enable able to keep your own arrangement in your room for the remainder of the Slipper Camp and then take it home with you to impress your family and friends. 

The flower arranging tips you will pick up from this workshop will let you create lovely arrangements or gift bouquets throughout the year, using flowers grown in your own garden.

Jewellery Making Workshop

Ever wanted to make your own pendants and earrings? In this workshop you'll be making resin jewellery, using mica powders, charms, flower petals and images, creating pretty jewellery to your own designs, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else. 

This workshop will be run by Laura Wade.

Make-up Masterclass

Mark up artist, Miriam Rose will guide you though the process of getting beautifully made up for that special occasion - or just every day wear. This is one of our most popular workshops where Miriam will happily demonstrate on each guest as you progress through base make up, eyes, eyebrows, lips and so on - to end up looking a million dollars! She's happy to answer any questions informally during the morning with any individual queries or perhaps sensitive skin issues you may have. 

Bring your make-up and mirror to give yourself a memorable make-over under the instruction of Miriam.

Cupcake Decorating Workshop

Yvonne Turner of The Cake Place will be providing cakes and a range of icing options for you to create your own pretty cupcake designs in different styles -of your choice, under Yvonne's expert tuition. You'll have six to take home with you in a presentation box - if you don't eat them on the way!

Smartphone Photography Workshop

In the age of smartphones, we are now able to capture every day moment by taking amazing photos using just our smartphones. This workshop will guide you through the features and filters on your phone, to enable you to take photos and video you probably didn't know that you could!


Professional photographer, John Starns, will be leading this interactive workshop to explain some tips and tricks for taking amazing photos using your smartphone - which you will have the opportunity to do on the day.


If you don't have a smartphone, please bring along your digital camera.

Creative Drawing Workshop: 'Taking a Line for a Walk'

Get creative with this two-hour drawing workshop with local artist and art tutor Rowena McWilliams.

Learn different techniques and styles of drawing. Session includes a little bit of colour, a little bit of perspective, a little bit of music and lots of fun. All materials provided. 

This workshop will unlock your hidden drawing/art skills and inspire you to perhaps take up drawing as a more serious hobby when you return home. 

Mosaic Making Workshop

Try your hand at designing and making beautiful mosaics for your home and garden in the colours of your choice.


Aimed at beginners, you will have the chance to create a small piece of art to own by affixing small pieces of mosaic (coloured glass), to a wooden template of your choice, which will then be taken away for grouting. You will either be given your finished piece at the end of the Slipper Camp, or it will be posted to you after you go home, as sufficient time has to be allowed for full drying/setting.

Laura Wade will be leading this workshop. 

Walk to Silcocks Farm - Local Produce/Tea Shop

Most Slipper Camps include a 15 walk down country lanes to get to Silcocks Farm, with organic meat and dairy products made on the farm, together with other local produce in their shop. They also have a lovely little café/tea shop, where some of the ladies are tempted with their amazing homemade cakes and a cuppa.

Visit to Chapel Down Winery

On the full Slipper Camp there is an optional visit to Chapel Down Winery on the last day, where there's an opportunity to walk around their Tenterden vineyards, as well as browse in their shop at their own wine, plus various other locally produced food and drink items. 

The walk around the vineyards at the Tenterden Winery takes no more than 30 minutes. You may wish to peruse their shop for wine and other local produce whilst there. 

There is also a very nice bar/coffee shop up above the Barn shop, where you may wish to have a sit down and enjoy a drink before heading home.

Walks in the Kent Countryside

The 4-night Slipper Camps include an optional country walk on the first afternoon around Tenterden's country lanes and across fields (if not too wet), approx 3½ miles.  


This is a leisurely walk at your own pace and an opportunity to chat to other ladies as you go. 

All activities are optional and there is no obligation to go on the walks if you prefer not to.

After Dinner Quiz

Your general knowledge will be tested in this fun quiz evening. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. 

Visits to Historic Houses and Gardens

4-night Slipper Camps include at least one trip to a place of interest such as Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Great Dixter, Smallhythe Place or Bateman's (Home of Rudyard Kipling). These vary according to seasons and weather conditions.

These visits may not always take place at the shorter Slipper Camps - as it depends what other activities are scheduled for individual Slipper Camps.

Guests can however choose to visit anywhere they wish before lunchtime on their day of arrival and on Friday afternoon before heading home.

All schedules are available to view on the website which show the planned visits to historic houses and gardens at each Slipper Camp.

Murder Mystery Dinner

On the last evening of the 4-night Slipper Camps, there's a murder mystery themed dinner where all the ladies are allocated a part and everyone's a suspect. This is lots of fun and no acting skills are required. 

Could you be the murderer...?

More details will be provided to guests beforehand.

Explore Tenterden

Tenterden is set in the Weald of Kent and is a lovely historic and picturesque old market town with fascinating history. Explore the lovely High Street and side alley to find a range of boutique independent shops as well as quaint and quirky tea shops and old pubs.

A true gem in the 'Garden of England' - not to be missed. 

Visit to Smallhythe Place (Open March to October)

Some Slipper Camps include an optional visit to the beautiful 16th Century Smallhythe Place, a National Trust Property which was the home of Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), a Victorian actress who led an extraordinary and unconventional life.


As well as the house, there are also wonderful gardens to explore and enjoy, together with a tea room in the garden that offers a lovely 'savoury cream tea' of cheese scones, cream cheese and chutney - amongst many other things. 

The walk around the house and gardens usually takes about 30 - 40 minutes.

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