Family courses

Learn green woodworking

For families that want to start whittling at home, or around a campfire, our courses are a great introduction for both adults and children to learn how to work safely with knives.

All our courses for kids and young people require them to be accompanied by an adult who will supervise and work with them at all times, therefore 1 course space is for 1 adult and 1 child to attend together. We recommend that parents/carers join the course so that they can keep their child safe when whittling at home and be confident in their child’s abilities to work with knives and wood.

All courses are held at our outdoor workshop at Hackney City Farm. Please dress for all weather, sturdy footwear is recommended. Warm clothes in winter, keep your feet covered in summer and waterproofs whenever. We have a tarpaulin to protect us from the worst of it and will continue to work outside in all of it.

Most of our courses (at the workshop and online) can be booked as a private session for family and friends. Our teachers are also available to teach at events and we can host kids birthday parties at our workshop, get in touch with us to discuss.

Courses at the workshop

Family whittling workshop, for 6-8yrs

1 hr course.
Cost: £35 for one adult and one child working together.

Family whittling workshop, for 9-18yr

2hr course.
Cost: £35 for one adult and one child working together.

After School Whittling

1.5hr course after school for 11-18 years.
Cost: £25 per session.

Green woodworking for Home Schooling families

Available for group bookings of 4-8 famillies.
One-off or regular sessions available, 1-4hrs.

Gift vouchers

You can buy gift cards through our booking partners, these are valid on over 2500 classes available on the Obby site, including all London Green Wood courses. Gift cards can only be redeemed through instead of the links on our website (the commission is different). Gift cards are valid for 1 year.

If you are buying a course as a gift for someone we recommend you come together, it’s more fun that way. We also recommend that you book a space on a specific course date rather than buy a gift card to avoid disappointment, as some of our courses book up several months in advance.

Our workshop

We are now longer based at Abney Park Cemetery, in April 2021 we moved to Hackney City Farm (please don’t come to the wrong place).