Workshops & Events

So much waste comes from a lack of skills to repair or ideas to creatively upcycle. 

Upcycling is about creating something new and useful out of what is around us rather than always taking new resources through fast consumption. 

It’s about conscious living and respect but also innovation and imagination. It’s about challenging ourselves to see the limitless potential in every object.

We believe reuse can be beautiful, imaginative and sophisticated.


Making a bicycle wheel chandelier - come to the Shrub to see the final result!
Making a bicycle wheel chandelier – come to the Shrub to see the final result!
Workshop making hula hoops out of old piping
Workshop making hula hoops out of old piping

We host workshops teaching skills like how to make:

  • Wallets out of bicycle inner tubes or tetra pacs
  • Hula hoops out of water piping
  • Chandeliers out of bicycle wheels
  • Jewellery out of bicycle inner tubes or paper
  • Backyard wind turbines out of aluminium printing sheets
  • Mudguards out of plastic bottles

… and much more!



More than just a place to revolutionise our relationship to resources, the Shrub is a hub for sustainable living more widely. 

That means nurturing creativity and imagination but also fostering wellness, community and providing a space for discussion.

We aim to offer a wide range of workshops and events that reflect a holistic approach to sustainable living, giving us the tools we need to be active makers of change. 




Creating a space for discussion
Creating a space for discussion

As well as practical workshops we host inspiring discussions and talks about environmental and social issues related to climate change, activism, waste, permaculture, social justice, and much more.

We’re always looking for new facilitators and people with skills to share. If that’s you then get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you.

Host a workshop or talk in our community:



Recurring Workshops: 

Wool Wednesday

This is a monthly event; it runs on a Wednesday 18:30–20:30.
Check Facebook events for the date.
Bring you own wool-related projects or ideas for potential projects to our awesome new drop-in session! We have a lovely facilitator on hand to teach the basics and give advice.

It’s not just knitting, but all things woolly such as spinning, felting, weaving and crochet! Get together with other wool enthusiasts to work on projects, share ideas and advice and plan potential collaborative pieces (and have a nice cuppa and cake!)

Everyone welcome.

The Wool Circle sessions are free, but there is a suggested £1 donation for any materials used.

Transformation Tuesday

This is a monthly event; it  runs on a Tuesday 18:00–20:00.
Check Facebook events for the date.

A workshop on turning rags into riches, sows’ ears into silk purses and your tired old clothes into something you’ll be excited to wear.

Bring an unloved piece of clothing and learn how to use material and imagination to turn it into something completely different: your baggy shirt could be a crop top, pyjama shorts or even just a slightly more fitted shirt. We’ll provide the sewing machines, a basic haberdashery, advice and ideas.

Basic sewing experience required. Bring an item of clothing you don’t mind being hacked apart.

Every third session is an open session for you to bring your own project along to. Otherwise there is a theme for the transformations! Check our facebook page for event-specific info!

If you would be interested in joining the team of facilitators for this workshop to help keep it running regularly please get in touch! Email