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Orchard Studios is a great venue, fully equipped to offer a broad range of courses and workshops.

With hundreds of courses to choose from and more being added all the time, we aim to offer something for everyone.


Our workshops and classes are aimed at all levels, including beginners, improvers and the more advanced, and of course not forgetting the Purely for the Fun of It.


Feedback from some recent courses:


Corsets: A Foundation

'Lovely course, very constructive, good information and guidance. Highly recommended'  Erica, Chagford
'Excellent course and tutor, brilliant venue'  Nicky, Looe


Spring Into Italics (Calligraphy)

'Course and tutor were better than my expectation. Lunch was tasty and warming on a winter day' Nan, Exeter
'Exceeded expectation, excellent day' Ben, Wadebridge
'Very good and helpful. I particularly enjoyed the individual help' Jean, Beaworthy



We are fortunate to be developing a team of tutors who are experienced and passionate about their subjects, and about inspiring others.



Some courses attract a discount fee if booking two or more related courses at once. Full details and booking are available by telephoning: 01822 832262.

We offer a free place for groups booking 10 places on selected courses. Arrangements can be made by telephone. We can arrange bespoke days for groups, at a single all-in price.




What better gift to a special person, than a day (or two) out to play?  We offer gift vouchers from £10, redeemable against all or part of any of our courses during a 12–month period. Please see our booking page for more information.



We have clustered some of our courses into related event weeks. Come along and learn some of the skills necessary for planning a successful event – from floristry, cakes, spectacular bunting and planning a buffet, to beading, waistcoats, bags and ties.  Use our group booking policy to design your very own original Hen or Stag Party – a day, a weekend, have fun and at the same time learn how to save yourself money on arrangements for the Big Day.




Can’t see the course you’d like?  You can see the course, but can’t make the date?  You can see the course and have tried to book a place, but it’s full? Want your own bespoke course?
Please do get in touch.

We’ll be happy to run additional dates for the most popular courses. We’ll  try and source a tutor for a course you’d really like to  participate in. Basically, we want to deliver the things you want to come and have a go at. So pick up the ‘phone, open up the e-mail or write us a letter. We’ll do our very best for you.




We are happy to accommodate anyone with a dressmaking problem to solve, a project you need help with or bespoke tuition.   Help with:  Alterations and Repairs, Special Occasion clothes, Making New from Old, Vintage Style (we have a massive pattern stash), Costume ideas, Historical dress – we can help. Also to guide and motivate through that project you’ve got halfway through and put to one side. And don’t forget craft projects—have a go at rag rugs, decopatch, peg loom.....and more!


Open Studio time can be booked, with tuition and guidance available. Half day (10am – 1pm OR 1pm  – 4pm) £20  Half Day Family Ticket £30 (up to 4 people, big &  small) Full Day  (10am – 4pm) £38 (Lunch included in Full Day)  Evening (7pm – 9pm) £15. 

Ring 01822 832262 for availability and booking. 



We are happy to talk to companies wishing to use the facilities at Orchard Learning Studios for their own event. Please telephone to talk about your requirements and how we could help.



Orchard Studios is located at Gunnislake , nestling within the Tamar Valley which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Gunnislake sits  just on the Cornish banks of the River Tamar that provides the border between Devon and Cornwall, and the town is an ideal and central location for the two counties. Tavistock and Callington are each just five miles away, and the thriving market towns of Launceston,  Liskeard,  Saltash,  Okehampton  and Ivybridge are all within an easy 25 mile radius. The City of Plymouth also sits within that catchment.

There are regular bus services linking Gunnislake with towns in Devon and Cornwall, and there is a rail service linking Tamar Valley towns and villages with Plymouth Station. There is easy road access from both Cornwall and Devon. For more information and the latest timetables see our Orchard Studios Location page.


Orchard Studios is owned and run by Jay Hooper. Passionate about lifelong learning and an avid course-goer herself, Jay also has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering project based craft courses and workshops to a variety of audiences. Her own interests cover art, sewing and embroidery, textiles and design, crafts, cookery and creative writing.

Jay is local to Devon, and believes strongly in supporting the local economy and enriching local communities through mutual support and joint initiative.



We are always looking to make contact with tutors and subject specialists, willing to come and offer their skills and deliver workshops and courses from Orchard Studios. So if you are an established exponent in your field of cookery, craft or related activity and would like to work together with Orchard Studios to share your skills and knowledge on a one-off or regular basis, for project-based or accredited courses and workshops, please get in touch and let’s have a chat about what you can offer, and what we can offer in return.



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