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Heckfield Place Hook RG27 0LD United Kingdom
Time 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Price £97.50

Laura Brand's creative grown-ups event + set lunch

This Autumn Equinox, join the talented Laura Brand who returns to Heckfield to connect with the new season and the natural world following the successful publication of her book The Joy Journal for Grown-ups.

She will be joined by Lucy Jones, acclaimed author of Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild (signed copies of both books are included in the ticket). Explore the grounds of Heckfield and the science of how nature affects our bodies and minds before getting creative during an afternoon of mindful making and binding of your own Nature Journal.

Brand is an author and illustrator. She shares her crafty experiments and creative ideas for everyday play in her Sunday Times bestselling book The Joy Journal for Magical Everyday Play and on her online platform The Joy Journal. She has led workshops for children and adults at Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Festival, Port Eliot Festival and others.

Laura lives in the countryside with her husband, their two daughters, two dogs, ten cats and chickens. Home is a place of muddy boots, half-finished creative projects and DIY decorations. With chaos and calm in equal measure. Laura aspires to guide people in joyful crafting and a connection to nature that is accessible to all.

Laura has discovered that having her own creative outlet positively impacts her mental health and wellbeing and provides a welcome tonic in a busy world. Instagram @thejoyjournal

Lucy is also the co-author of The Nature Seed: How To Raise Adventurous and Nurturing Kids. Instagram @lucyfjones Twitter @lucyjones

All abilities welcome.



Please don't forget it rains (apparently) in Hampshire occasionally: please bring rain jacket and comfortable outdoor shoes.

Tickets include a two-course fixed set menu lunch at 12pm; followed by workshop 1:30pm-4pm. (Please note description below: beverages and service excluded. For any dietary requirements, please email

Bound by the rhythm of the seasons, our restaurants are fuelled by the biodynamic Market Garden and organic Home Farm. From gluts to unloved bits like beetroot tops, we hope not to waste an ounce of produce.

This set menu – echoing our Culinary Director Skye Gyngell’s ground-breaking Scratch menu at Spring in London – features elegantly simple, delicious food using ingredients that otherwise might have been overlooked.

Being inspired by what we have to hand means we cannot alter the menu on the day.

Image c. Jenny May Finn