Willow Pheasant Workshop

Join us for a fun and practical willow workshop! Using traditional techniques, you’ll craft a delightful pheasant sculpture to take home - a perfect avian companion for the house or garden!

Saturday 24 September
9:30am — 5:00pm

‘we had a pheasant & hare the other day from Mr Grays of Alton. Is this to entice us to Alton, or to keep us away?’

Jane Austen, Saturday 8 October 1808

We are delighted to be working with local willow sculptor Jacqueline Rolls to deliver this exciting workshop. As part of a small group, you will be guided through the techniques needed to create a charming natural willow pheasant from willow grown on the Somerset levels.

The pheasant is one of Britain’s most colourful wild birds. Originating from Asia, it was first introduced into Europe by the Romans, although it may not have made its way to Britain until sometime later. By the Regency period, they were a popular bird both for sport and for the table.

‘When you have killed all your own birds, Mr. Bingley,” said her mother, “I beg you will come here, and shoot as many as you please on Mr. Bennet’s manor. I am sure he will be vastly happy to oblige you, and will save all the best of the covies for you.’

Pride and Prejudice

Our delightful willow pheasants are destined for a longer, happier life in the garden or the conservatory!

We will be creating our pheasant sculptures from willow grown in the Somerset levels; the pheasant will have stainless steel legs which you can fix into the ground or into a wooden base.

The birds are suitable for keeping indoors or outdoors.

All materials and tools will be provided. As part of the day you’ll also enjoy a private guided tour of Jane Austen’s House, and learn about the Austen family’s rural life.

Willow work can be tiring so we’ll also keep you going throughout the day with endless cups of tea, plenty of cake and a delicious lunch.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.


Date: Saturday 24 Sept

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Location: This event takes place at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Find us

Tickets: £130

BOOK HERE (please make sure you select the right date on the calendar!)

🫖 We’ll provide refreshments throughout the day, including a delicious light lunch, afternoon cake and of course plenty of tea throughout the day! If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know after booking.

✂️ We’ll provide everything you need for this project, although you’re welcome to bring your own tools if you wish!

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Capacity for this event will be kept very low, to allow everyone to have as much of Jacqui’s time and expertise as possible.

👐 Please note that working with willow can be hard work for the hands especially if you have any conditions such as arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. If you have any concerns, please contact us before booking.


  • All materials
  • Lunch and light refreshments throughout the day.
  • Exclusive House tour led by an expert from Jane Austen’s House.
  • The capacity for this event will be kept very low, to allow everyone to have as much of Jacquie’s time and expertise as possible.

About the tutor: Jacqueline Rolls

Jacquie is a willow sculptor and artist based in Hampshire. She works with a variety of media which over time has taken her in different directions, however in recent years her passion for experimenting  and weaving  with natural and found materials  has been her main focus and her time is divided between working on her own projects and working as a willow sculptor.

In August 2021 Jacqueline was awarded a “Developing your creative practise grant” from  Arts Council England, allowing her to take time  out form her every day practise to experiment and explore  new ways of working, and allowed her to undertake an art residency at Tudor House Museum in Southampton.