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Floristry workshops 

THRIVE PROFESSIONAL COURSES for florists, students and the more adventurous flower lover!

SPRING BRIDAL                             17 JANUARY 2019
COST: £175.00

Bring your bridal work bang up to date for 2018 with this fabulous workshop covering the latest techniques and trends in wedding work.  We’ll cover how to make the perfect handtied posy… using both a traditional and mesh technique, deliciously delicate hairpieces, buttonholes and bridesmaids ideas.

SPRING SYMPATHY                        24 JANUARY 2019
COST: £175.00

If you’re looking to develop your sympathy portfolio then this workshop day is perfect for you.  We’ll create organically styled Spring letters, a natural styled casket spray and organic shaped based designs. We’ll look at the best materials for the job; the various bases available and the all-important construction method. We will use a variety of base forms – natural, moss and foam, so you get to try all techniques for yourself.     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HAND TIEDS                                 29 JANUARY 2019
COST: £175.00


Handtieds are such an important aspect of a florists' daily life, so why not give these bouquets a little re-style?! On this workshop, we’ll cover a fabulous array of tied designs – an all round design -traditional in style, but totally gorgeous - paying particular attention to the technique and working with totally scrumptious colour combinations. We’ll looking at adding texture and interest in your bouquets with simple, yet extremely effective ideas, then step it up a notch working with fun frameworks and structural techniques. You'll never look at a handtied in the same way again!

BRIDALS                                       22 FEBRUARY 2019
COST: £175.00

At Thrive, we love creating truly stunning wedding work for our beautiful brides – and we’d like to share the passion and skill that go into our designs. So, on this workshop, we’ll be going back to school, and I'll be demonstrating how to create an exquisite wired shower bouquet… then in complete contrast, an intricate contemporary shower design, all using simple but effective ways to give your designs real flair.

URNS AND CONTAINERS                     12 MARCH 2019
COST:  £175.00                                     

Whether it's classic or contemporary – urn designs can look amazing. So, I will demonstrate both styles and you can choose your how you add your own twist, using one of our gorgeous containers – yours to keep. Then we will cover a number of other stylish arrangements, suitable for special gifts, dinner parties and contract designs.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL                      2 APRIL 2019

Do you love creating intricate, detailed bridals?? Then this workshop is just perfect for you.  We'll start by looking at a mix of really cool and versatile techniques and use these to form base frames.  Then we'll have fun decorating them to create truly stunning and unique bridal bouquets and accessories.

WOODLAND SYMPATHY                      9 APRIL 2019
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED                           

On this workshop day we’ll cover a wonderful mix of organic, stylish designs – from sprays to a super romantic heart design, based and textural pieces – all suitable for woodland burials and for an audience that loves a more natural look… the techniques you'll master can be applied to many aspects of floristry, so you’ll become more versatile, and go back feeling inspired with an array of gorgeous designs, bursting with ideas.

BLUSHING BRIDE                                      7 MAY 2019

Creating beautiful intricate bridal work is so satisfying; that’s why we love doing it!  So what could be better than a one-day workshop where you’re shown how to create some delightfully delicate wired designs (with a difference) and adorable accessories?  This workshop is simply perfect for florists wanting to expand their portfolio, learn new techniques and to be confident to offer their brides something that little bit different.


I love creating elegant, stylish and totally wearable designs.  On this workshop we’ll cover lots of fantastic techniques to make the most gorgeous hair pieces, fascinators, necklaces and bracelets with a beautiful mix of Spring flowers.  One for all levels and abilities… perfect for weddings, parties, proms and just because!

WONDERFUL WEDDINGS                  28 MAY 2019
Would you like to add a bit of opulence to your designs but don’t know where to start?  On this workshop we’ll look at the different techniques involved in each of the designs themselves, info such as flower selection, quantities, and, of course, the all important construction of the designs from the bottom up.  You'll be shown how to create an amazing tall and elegant arrangement, take part in constructing a stunning floral arch and make your own beautiful urn design - a perfect combination to get your clients loving your works and style.  With exception of the arch the designs and containers are yours to take home (or to the shop) for you to admire and entice new customers.



Claire, Just a quick line to say a huge thank you for yesterday's workshop!  I've learnt some fab new skills and ideas, really looking forward to having a practice and being able to offer some really inspired designs to my customers.  Emma

"A truly knowledgeable person, I have done a couple of workshops and I have enjoyed each one very much thank you Claire for sharing your passion of flowers with me" Cheryl

Thank you so so much Claire for a wonderful workshop day - I enjoyed every minute of it!  Jennifer

Just a quick message to say that I really enjoyed the class yesterday and have learnt so many new ideas and techniques on the two workshops.  I have found them really inspiring and am certain to be back before too long. Claire

 I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop day and learning all the different designs and techniques.  It was also good to meet up with other florists and share their ideas. Lynn

Spring flower Wreath



get creative with thrive!

Group workshop info:
We carefully select a plethora of beautiful flower and foliages for you to work with on our workshops - only top notch, best grade materials!! We're proud to be working closely with British growers too and have a gorgeous selection coming in throughout the year.

Our workshop fees include:

  • All flower materials, sundries and containers (as necessary) to complete the demonstrated designs.
  • Refreshments through the day and a lovely slice of cake.
  • A fantastic 10% off gifts, books and sundries from our shop on the workshop day itself.

What do I need to bring?
You will require your bas
ic workbox with tools, wires and tapes, but don't worry, we will forward you an "essentials" list on booking a course.  We also stock a fabulous range of tools and sundries, so you can borrow and / or buy them while you're at the workshop, too!

table arrangements from Thrive

Why choose Thrive floristry?! 
At Thrive floristry, we love to nuture your creativity.  You will be taught by Claire Cowling, RHS Chelsea Gold Medallist, author of five floristry books (and featured in lots more!) - who has over 20 years of experience in floristry and is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge.  Claire is renowned in the floral world for her fine and intricate work, and will be sure to enthuse you!

Our stunning barn premises is a perfect, peaceful place to learn, situated in the beautiful rural Suffolk countryside, it is packed with gorgeous things to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing.

Unlike many flower schools, our classes are kept small (maximum of six students) so that you can gain as much as you can from your day and allowing Claire time to personally assist and advise you - it's almost like having a one to one!!

Our workshop area has plenty of natural light making it perfect for those intricate bits of wiring and getting your designs just right!

Refreshments are provided throughout the workshop, plus a slice of yummy cake.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Thrive workshop area

To Thrive and Flourish...
We love encouraging our students to thrive and flourish, so to help you on your way... book 5 full day workshops, get your 6th half price, book 10 full day workshops, get your 11th totally free!! Xx

Floral arch from Thrive floristry

Our full day floristry worksh
ops run from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with a break for lunch.
Half day workshops (marked HD) - am sessions run from 9.30am until 12.30pm and pm sessions from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

all wired up bouquet

We aim to if you'd love to attend a workshop day, but can't do the date shown, please get in touch - we may be able to add a date that you can make!

If you're interested in covering a specific area of floristry - please get in touch - we may be able to add a date to include it, or teach you privately in a one to one workshop day us.



THRIVE LEISURE COURSES for flower lovers, arrangers and florists wanting to take it at a more relaxed pace!

DATES: 5 & 7th December 2018    LEVEL: All       COST: £60.00
Join us and spend a fun filled afternoon with your family or friends, creating a gorgeous door wreath to decorate your door this festive season. We'll show you how - and provide an array of lush foliages, and everything you'll need to decorate them in your own special way.

WINTER TABLES WORKSHOP   7th December 2018    Afternoon Workshop     LEVEL:All      COST: £75.00

Decorate your dinner table in style this Winter… on this workshop you will learn how to create a beautiful low and textured design – a perfect centrepiece for dinner parties, plus a contemporary festive arrangement suitable for decorating your home in style. 

Mum and Me Tieds Workshop! 
HALF DAY  AM SESSION      LEVEL: ALL       RRP £100 (for two ppl)   

A perfect birthday or thank you pressie... or any other day in fact!!  Book on this fun-packed workshop with your mum to create a gorgeous seasonal tied bouquet.
First, you will watch Claire demonstrate just where to start, tips and techniques and just how to put together a stunning hand tied bouquets... then over to you.  Absolute beginners and flower lovers welcome. The price is for two people and includes all of your materials/sundries for the design and you'll be able to take it home to enjoy and admire your handiwork.  Suitable for all ages!!

Mum and Me Tieds Workshop!
HALF DAY  PM SESSION      LEVEL: ALL       RRP £130 (for two ppl)   

A perfect Mother's Day, birthday or thank you pressie... or any other day in fact!!  Book on this workshop with your mum and create a stunning hat box design...
First, you will watch Claire demonstrate just where to start, tips and techniques and just how to put together a beautifull hat box design... then over to you.  Absolute beginners and flower lovers welcome. The price is for two people and includes all of your materials/sundries for the design and you'll be able to take it home to enjoy and admire your handiwork.  Suitable for all ages!!


Spring Wedding                                                Date tbc
£85.00 or £150 for two!                             Half day workshop

Fancy trying your hand at wedding work or perhaps you’ve volunteered yourself to do a friend’s or family member’s wedding and don’t know where to start!  This course is the one for you.  We will make a pretty hand-tied bridal posy, plus a fun buttonhole design… and look at ordering, preparing your flowers, presentation, plus lots of hints and tips for the day.

Pots!                                                                         date tbc
£50.00 or two for £90.00                                    AM Session

We’re potty about pots at Thrive!! You can take the most simple, basic pot and create a totally stunning arrangement!  On this workshop you will be shown a couple of gorgeous designs, then it’s over to you to have a go.  They are perfect to decorate your dining the table, something pretty for the bedroom and great to give away as a little pressie too!


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Bridal bouquet

College & Flower Club Workshop Days
Are you from a College or a member of a Flower Club and looking for a fun creative day?!  We can help.  Claire regulary travels the country to teach her workshops - please get in touch.

If you have a group of friends who'd love to have a creative day, then please get in touch - we can design a full or half day workshop exclusively for you!

back to basics handtied

Private tuition...

Booking private tuition with Thrive is the perfect way to learn - with expert floristry tuition by Claire Cowling, in a relaxed and informal way. 

Just tell us a bit about your requirements, i.e., what experience you have (and therefore what level of skill we should base the course around), which area(s) of floristry you wish to cover and would like to achieve, and leave the rest to us!

We will devise a suitable work plan, supply a list of materials (and provide the floral materials for you), in readiness for your workshop, so you can concentrate on getting as much as possible out off your time with us.

Private tuition is perfect for groups as well as individuals.   Please get in touch for our costs and to book on 01359 231009, or email us.


Let your creativity flourish and blossom at Thrive...Love Claire Xx