In order to keep our event charges as low as possible, we will be unable to provide lunch, unless stated, for study days or workshops in 2017. Please bring your own. Tea/coffee will be provided as usual.
Tickets for study days and workshops (apart from Drawing Classes, Arbutus Music, Alan Cox's Lecture and Archaeology Events) are available from:
Jan Warne31 Monkhams Lane, Woodford Green IG 0NJTel: 020 8505 6008E-mail:
Cheques should be made payable to the Copped Hall Trust. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Sunday 23 April 2017Gates open at 2.30pm for 3.00pm start
Alan Cox is the co-founder of the Copped Hall Trust and its chairman and architect. He will give an illustrated overview of the achievements at Copped Hall during the last year, covering the mansion, gardens and events.
The lecture will take place in the South Room at Copped Hall.Cost 8 including tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for this event from Frances Dennett, 7 Highfield Green, Epping CM16 5HB T: 07749 397932 (answerphone) E:
Cheques should be made payable to the Copped Hall Trust. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Tuesdays: 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, Wednesdays: 9 August and 6 September 2017
9.30am to 5.00pm
You may attend any or all of the days. The course is limited to 10 people per session; all levels of experience are welcome, including beginners. Easels will be provided.
Dilys Bidewell is an artist and qualified teacher. Originally trained as an architect, Dilys has an MA in Fine Art and has taught as a regular visiting lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art Painting Courses at Wimbledon College of Art over many years.
Cost Â£25 per day which includes tea or coffee on arrival and throughout the day. Bring your own lunch and we will provide fresh fruit salad and cream at lunchtime.
Please telephone Alan Cox on 020 7267 1679 or email:
Wednesday 17 May 2017
9.00am for 9.30 start
For many years between the destruction of Copped Hall by fire in 1917 and its current restoration by the Trust, the mansion and grounds were unmanaged. Wildlife was free to move in and reclaim its old territory but many prime habitats became clogged with overgrown sycamore woodland. The gardens are now managed so that air and light can once again provide a variety of habitats which are widely exploited by our wildlife neighbours.Peter Warne will provide talks on his wildlife findings during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and lead walks through the gardens and surrounding areas. There can never be a guarantee that wildlife will be seen on the day but participants will be schooled in field-craft skills to enable them to identify the signs of birds and animals for themselves. This course will target birdsong, spring flowers and emerging amphibians. Deer sightings are likely. Numbers strictly limited to 20 participants.
Cost 25.00 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee and a selection of homemade cakes will be offered at lunchtime.
Sunday 11 June 2017
9.30 am for a 10 am start, finishing at 4.00 pm.
Interested in keeping bees, but don't know what is involved or how to get started?
This one-day workshop will give you an in-depth hive experience, an overview of the fundamentals of bee and hive management and a chance to extract honey, all of which will enable you to decide whether this is a hobby you wish to pursue. The day will begin with a demonstration of how to behave and work with bees, followed by an extensive tour inside a live hive. You will discover the workings of a honey bee colony, what the beekeeping year entails, how and where to set up an apiary, bee behaviour and swarming, and the role of the beekeeper. Choice and source of essential equipment and bee stock will be explained, and you will gain an understanding of the costs and time involved, but also of the benefits you will reap in return. The day will end with an extraction session of honey straight from the hive and you will leave not only with your first jar of honey, but with a real feeling for the craft of beekeeping. Number of attendees limited to 20.Please wear long-sleeved clothing, trousers and wellington or sturdy boots. Do not wear perfume, drink alcohol, eat a banana or work with animals prior to attending. Protective beekeeping clothing will be supplied. This event is weather dependent and in the event of postponement an alternative date will be arranged; please give your contact details.
Cost 60 per person, 30 children 10-16. Tea, coffee, and homemade cakes will be offered during the day. Bring your own picnic lunch.
For further beekeeping information please contact Eric Beaumont on 07941776798 or
Eric Beaumont is an experienced beekeeper, manages forty colonies and is current Chairman of Epping Forest Beekeepers Association; he will be assisted by an experienced Association beekeeper.
Sunday 25 June 2017
9.30am for 10.00am start
Would you like to discover what happens inside a beehive? This Study Day will engage, entertain and inform all ages as we take a tour of the astonishing world of the honeybee, negotiate a box of 50,000 wild insects and show how to take home a jar of honey straight from the hive. At this practical event you will handle bees, learn about pollination, collect an imaginary swarm and experience other curious aspects of the world of the beekeeper. We will show you how to light and use a smoker, work with a hive tool and wear that essential piece of equipment, a beesuit. After lunch stickiness will be unavoidable as we move to the South Room to extract and bottle honey. How do bees make honey? Indeed, why do bees make honey? These and many other questions will be answered in this sweet-tasting and intimate exploration of nature. Number of attendees limited to 20.
Please wear long-sleeved clothing, trousers and wellington or sturdy boots. Do not wear perfume, drink alcohol, eat a banana or work with animals prior to attending. Protective beekeeping clothing will be supplied. This event is weather dependent and in the event of postponement an alternative date will be arranged.
Cost 60 per person 30 children aged 10-16. Tea, coffee, and homemade cakes will be offered during the day. Bring your own picnic lunch.
Tuesday 4 July 2017
10.00am for 10.30am start.
The eighteenth century was a century of elegance. Nowhere was this more on display than in the Georgian Country House, with its tasteful public rooms, its art treasures, and the privileged life lived by its owners and their friends.It was designed as a setting for the beautiful life. Yet there was another side to Georgian country house living.darker side of servants staircases, and grim working and living conditions in the bowels of the house. We shall study all aspects of this fascinating story, in the setting of one such house Copped Hall itself.
Cost 25 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee and a selection of homemade cakes will be offered at lunchtime.
Tuesday 18 July, Thursday 27 July 2017
9.30am for 10.00am start, finishing at 4.00pm
A introduction to traditional hand embroidery technique used in Jacobean crewelwork; also combining beading and applique techniques.Learners will be provided with a kit containing the embroidery design on fabric, with threads, materials and needles included. The kit will also contain an information sheet with design plan and stitch instructions. Embroidery hoops and scissors will be provided for the day. Please feel free to bring your own sewing kit and hoop if desired. The day is limited to 12 people.Amy is an embroidery tutor for the Royal School of Needlework, she trained for 3 years at the RSN school in Hampton Court Palace.As well as teaching embroidery she embroiders for the London based haute couture fashion house Ralph and Russo.
Cost 50 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee and a selection of homemade cakes will be offered at lunchtime.
Wednesday 26 July 2017
10.00am to 4.00pm. Gates open at 9.00am. Registration from 9.30am.
The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid, opened October 3, 1888, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 423 performances. It is different from the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas in that it ends with a broken-hearted main character and at least two reluctant engagements, rather than the usual plethora of happy marriages. However, Gilbert finds plenty of opportunity to introduce comedy into his libretto.Many believe that the score is Sullivan finest. As always Christine Gwynn and Frances Quintrell of Arbutus Music will be the guides on our journey through the music.
Cost is 30.00 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee and a selection of homemade cakes will be offered at lunchtime.
For enrolment contact:
Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 August 2017
9.00am for 9.30am start
The third year of this popular course to provide tuition, practical demonstration and workshop time upon close-up photography of both static and moving targets. Both beginners and intermediate stage photographers are welcome but the day will most benefit those who can bring a camera of sufficient sophistication to offer manual and rear-screen focussing. A range of Canon-fit lenses and accessories will be made available on the day. Numbers will be strictly limited to 10 participants.
The course will start with a talk upon the special challenges of close-up and macro photography to include; control of; depth of field, focussing, electronic noise, artificial lighting and the avoidance of camera shake all of special importance to close-up work. The majority of the day will be dedicated to practical work both in a studio setting and in the gardens of Copped Hall. Specific targets will be somewhat weather dependent but the expectation is that they will range between the static (floral/fungal/algal) and highly mobile (dragonflies). Image capture will be augmented with computer manipulation strategies to offset the limitations put upon depth of field at such close ranges.All participants will receive a hard-copy booklet describing the content of the day and details of the computational work in both Photoshop and Elements.
Cost 50 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. At lunchtime, soup, bread, cakes with tea and coffee will be provided.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
09.00am for 9.30am start.
Peter Minter owns the family firm of Bulmer Brick and Tile. He brings his vast experience of traditional brick and tile making to our study day. The day is divided into four parts as follows :
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017
Gates open at 9.30am for 10.00am start. Ends at 5.00pm
During this practical two-day course you will learn the techniques essential for repairing and re-finishing antique furniture. Bring your own furniture to work on. You will discover what you can and should not do to preserve it in an attractive and functional condition. If you do not complete the restoration during the course, you will know how to do so and for a limited period further advice will be available by phone should you need it. Materials and some tools will be provided although it is advisable to bring any that you have or can borrow. There will be instruction on how to use, adjust and sharpen woodworking tools. Your tutor is an experienced restorer and lecturer, and is an accredited member and former chairman of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association.
Cost 140.00 per person for two-day course. Tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be served on arrival. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a selection of homemade cakes will be offered in the afternoon.
Thursday 28 September 2017
Since 1300 the owners and occupants of the three Copped Halls were armigerous i.e. they bore an heraldic coat of arms. So when did this colourful but peculiar science-cum-art of Heraldry start? And why?We explore its history, purpose and the components of the shield and its full achievement. Illustrated and described by Clive Alexander and Bernard High, members of London long-established Heraldry Society.
We envisage the day in four segments
Part One (10.00 -11.00) OriginsPart Two (11.30 - 12.30) Technical bit (components of a shield)Part Three (2.00 - 3.00) Copped Hall: blazons and armsPart Four (3.30 - 4.30) Royal Arms, family arms, Q & A
Wednesday 18 October 2017
Gates open at 9.30am for 10.00.am start. Ends at 5.00pm
Startling images will illustrate what stars are, how are they formed and what happens when they come to the end of their life? What makes our Milky Way Galaxy special? The mystery of Black Holes. How many galaxies are there in the Universe and are they all the same?There will also be a session on current space missions and what secrets are being revealed.Suitable for beginners.