Since opening in 2001 Watershed has become firmly established as a popular and successful venue for quality art and creative courses. The Studio was created from a redundant farm building by the Bond family and it is now run by Allison Bond with help from family members and friends.
We offer a warm welcome to all our guests and are proud of our reputation for excellent hospitality, great farmhouse food and peaceful rural location.
The studio and grounds are now available for hire for meetings, and small gatherings. We also value and enjoy being part of the thriving community here in St Osyth and as such are happy to welcome local groups and organisations here at special rates on occasions.
Courses Now Available
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✓ The Studio was converted from a redundant farm building in 2001.
✓ It is deceptively spacious with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
✓ Tea and coffee, including decaf and herbal options, are on tap all day.
✓ We are wheelchair friendly
✓ There is plenty of off-road car parking
✓ The Studio looks out on to meadows and paddocks - there is always plenty of wildlife to enjoy.
✓We have a new Pantry with plenty of tables and seating where we servce lunches and enjoy views across the meadows.
✓ We provide a free complimentary lunch for students who attend our courses. We find that eating together at lunchtime makes the day a much more sociable occasion. Homemade cake is brought down in the afternoon with tea and coffee, biscuits etc on tap during the day - also complimentary.
✓ The simple farmhouse lunch is served from the Pantry and you can sit in there to eat, or outside under our covered area depending on the weather.
✓ We provide a single choice of main meal, with a vegetarian option, and try to cater for some dietary needs within that remit, provided you inform us well in advance.
However, you will need to provide your own lunch if your needs are complex, or you have severe allergies as sadly we are unable to cater for these types of diet.
✓ Our kitchen is inspected regularly and we have a 5* hygiene rating from the council.
✓ We have a wide range of one and two day courses covering all media.
✓ We employ professional, very experienced and popular tutors from all over the country, each with a different teaching style but all experts in their field
✓ There is something for everyone, from beginners to the more experienced painter or crafter who wants to try something different.
✓ We have a maximum of twelve people on each course abd in many cases it's a lot less, depending on the course.
✓ Most courses run from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated.
✓ Should an advertised tutor have to pull out of a course we will always endeavour to find an appropriate substitute. We will make every effort to contact those booked on the course so they can decide whether or not they wish to remain on that course or pull out with a full refund.
✓ Most people arrive by car and we have parking adjacent to the studio.
✓ The car park surface is loose and slightly uneven.
✓ The doors to the studio are low threshold and we have wide doorways suitable for wheelchairs. The studio is on one level.
✓ The inside toilet has a frame available for disabled users and we have another seat frame we can put in place if required so please do ask. There is a second toilet outside but it has a step up into it.
✓ Lunches are served from the Pantry - this is all on one level, close to the studio, with a small incline to it from the gravel car park.
Why not give Watershed Gift Vouchers as a present for Christmas or for a Birthday?
I will send an email voucher with an insert indicating the value of the voucher which can be for any amount. Click here for a form. https://www.watershedstudio.co.uk/our-courses/2023-courses/
We no longer take card payments over the phone.
We will email out an invoice for the non-refundable deposit once we have confirmed your place with you. This is £20/day at the moment only. The email will include all payment options and the course information at the same time. You will be sent an email receipt.
The balance of payment for a course needs to be settled a month beforehand. We will email out reminders six weeks before.
If we have to cancel we will make every effort to contact those booked on the course so you can decide whether or not you wish to transfer to another course or pull out with a full refund.
If you cancel four weeks before the course date the deposit is forfeit but any balance that has been paid will be refunded or transferred to another course
If you cancel two weeks before the course the balance will only be refunded if the place can be filled
If you cancel a week before, or even less, no refund will be given.
There is a wide range of good quality accommodation within the village and surrounding district as this is popular area with holidaymakers. Please do book early but you will need to check the standard of accommodation and prices directly with the providers. Click here for further information
Just a few of our most popular puds and cakes - I will try to post more soon!