- take the form of rolling workshops
- are taught in a spacious, well-equipped studio
- with all essential tools provided
- and materials required available to purchase at cost

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tea or coffee & light lunches (for day/weekend students) are included in the course fee

those from further away can stay at Ball Hill Farm itself where we have

- "rough" camping in the orchard
- self-catering in our gypsy bow-top caravan

- click on for further details -

or see for other accommodation, including local B&B

Locally, there are an abundance of good pubs to eat in, and Taunton just 6 miles away for shopping


all standards & levels welcomed!

in small groups of two to five*

Daytime classes on Tuedays & Wednesdays
Evening classes on Mondays & Tuesdays

- in half-term/5 week slots
- for as small or big a project as you like

day/weekend classes
- flexible duration (Saturday, Sunday or whole weekend)
- for small projects
- or to get you started on a longer project
- or just to complete an existing project

as all standards can be catered for in any class,
many students mix & match according to their needs:
- for example local students on the evening class might attend a weekend course to push a project along
- or you might attend a weekend course & then book just one day of a later course to complete your project

See the panel on the left for project ideas, but always telephone or email for a chat to help sort out what's best for you, and what to bring!

LINKS . . .

Want to try a one-day introductory course with Nicky at another venue? Visit the website of Bath's exciting new venue, The Makery.

Want to resource your own materials? For local students we'd recommend:

Can't find something suitable? TravelQuest's Upholstery Courses & Workshops offers a wide range of locations and courses.

For other useful links try Directory which covers businesses related to upholstery as well as other arts and crafts

Learn Upholstery!

*individual tuition available by arrangement

For lots more photos of course projects, to add your own pics, to find useful technical tips and for special offers on our courses, join our facebook group



Upholstery at Ball Hill Farm is taught by

Nicky trained in soft-furnishing in the early 80s with the growing Laura Ashley company, and then ran her own business while bringing up her family.

In the 1990s she took City & Guilds' Creative Studies in Upholstery, passing with the rare Certificate of Excellence

Nicky's been teaching Upholstery to students of all ages in private, commercial & county courses for nine years, while still maintaining her own upholstery business


Day/Weekend courses:


20-21 Jan, 10-11 Feb
10-11 Mar, 7-8 & 28-29 Apr
19-20 May, 16-17 Jun
7-8 Jul, 4-5 Aug
1-2 & 29-30 Sep, 27-28 Oct
10-11 Nov, 8-9 Dec

Plenty of spaces but please email to check on availability. Thankyou

for Nicky's courses in Bath clickselect to see details of Nicky's workshops in Bath

Weekly classes:

pm Monday 4.45-6.45
pm Monday 7.0-9.0
am Tuesday 9.30-11.30
pm Tuesday 11.45-1.45
pm Tuesday 2.0-4.0

pm Tuesday 7.0-9.0
am Wednesday 9.30-11.30
pm Wednesday 11.45-1.45
pm Wednesday 2.00-4.00
pm Wednesday 7.0-9.0

rolling workshops - so, join anytime for a half-term/5-week course -
SPACES available for Autumn Term

Autumn Term - commences Monday 11th September

For Course & Class fees, please scroll down our page

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Booking . . . Accommodation at Ball Hill Farm, an Upholstery Class with Nicky Gane, a Garden Design consultation with Tim Gane . . . is easy! . . .

Telephone 01823 490460 OR 07900 023912
Write to Ball Hill Farm, Wrantage, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6DN

Map link: click on Ball Hill Farm

We are 6 miles from Taunton, Langport & Ilminster (bus route 54), close to Junction 25 of the M5, the A303 and A30. Taunton Station, for trains to London, is about a quarter of an hour away. The Levels, Blackdown Hills, Quantocks, Mendips & Exmoor are in view!

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Ball Hill Farm