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A Christmas Cheer for Holt Village

Tues 21st December
6.30PM – 8PM

Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen invites Holt Village to an evening of Christmas cheer.

Come along to kick off the seasonal festivities and enjoy a hot toddy or glass of mulled wine and mince pie on the house. This is an opportunity for the team at Wild Herb to thank Holt Village for the very warm welcome to the community this year.

The Christmas tree will be twinkling, fire pits ablaze and, of course, there’ll be music including a Christmas carol or two!

All ages welcome, so bring along the whole family for some festive fun.

Andrew Eberlin

Rooster Talks: Be Curious, Be Creative – with Andrew Eberlin

Friday 3rd December
9am – 10am

Admission is Free
Book via Eventbrite

Steve Jobs once said (to paraphrase) that new ideas are merely a new combination of old concepts. Our ability to see connections between them – to join the disparate dots – is what fuels creativity. To be creative, we have to be curious.

We have to go beyond the confines of what we do and hunt out a diverse range of ideas, designs, words and images. To collect as many different dots, so that one day in the future connections are made and something new emerges.

In December’s Rooster Talk, Andrew Eberlin will offer an explanation of creativity and why we all have the potential to be creative. He will show you examples of where to go when you want to be inspired. How to borrow ideas, mix them up and make something new. He’ll be including pearls of wisdom from advertising, comedy, science, fashion, music, photography and a nun.

As fashion designer, Paul Smith, said:

Inspiration is everywhere. It could be taking photographs through a viewfinder, which teaches you to look. It could be finding inspiration in texture, such as a rough wall next to a shiny door. It could be a Matisse painting, a movie, often it’s an artist. It’s all there if you want it.

Or, as the nuclear scientist, Ernest Rutherford said, “we have no money, we shall have to think”.

Andrew Eberlin started Brighter Side in 2006 and doubts the business would still be going if he hadn’t maintained his curiosity in new ideas and technology. Brighter Side designs websites for independent businesses which balance creativity with results.

Join us in the Club Room for December’s Rooster Talk. Free admission plus coffee and pastries on the house from Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen.

Artisan Food and Craft Market

Artisan Food and Craft Market

Sunday 28th November
10am to 3.30pm

Come along to a new artisan food and craft market at Glove Factory Studios where you’ll be able to browse, sample and buy fresh quality produce from farmers and food producers as well as contemporary craft, jewellery and one-off items from heritage makers.

Discover foodie gifts for Christmas from cheese and charcuterie to truffles and gin. Or find something absolutely unique for the house or garden from a designer-maker. All on offer from the many talented makers and producers in the South West.

Wild Herb will curate the market and, of course, they will be open all day tempt you with delicious street food to enjoy as you mooch your way around the stalls.

We hope this will be the first of a regular quarterly artisan food and craft market at Glove Factory Studios.  Free onsite parking, but please do walk or cycle if you’re local!

Entry is free! Stall pitch fees will be donated to Wilts Air Ambulance Service and Holt Pre-School Building Fund.

Fire & Feast Autumn at Wild Herb

From 7PM

£35 per person
Book Tickets

Join us for Fire & Feast Autumn and shake off those winter blues!

The chefs at Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen are planning a sumptuous 3-course feast cooked over the coals and under the stars. Come along with family or friends to savour the very best seasonal hero ingredients.

You’ll eat your fill of a selection of starters, mains and puddings showcasing autumn’s hero ingredients, venison and blackberries, and the imagination of Wild Herb’s chefs.

Start your evening from 7pm with a welcome drink while the firepits burn brightly.

Feasting begins at 8pm, served to guests gathered under the newly enclosed shelter at Wild Herb and overlooking fields and lakes.

You can book up to 8 places. If you’d like to order separately, but be seated with friends or family, let us know when you order.

If you’re vegetarian/vegan or have any dietary requirements, we’ll rustle up something perfect for you – just let us know the details in the order form.

Rooster Talks Sales Skills with Simon Hares at Glove Factory Studios

Rooster Talks: Selling in the post-pandemic world – with Simon Hares

Friday 5th November
9am to 10am

Admission is free
Book via Eventbrite

Selling has shifted in our post-pandemic world. We are using tools and techniques we never used before. And we like them!

In his latest sales session, Simon Hares will be bringing a huge dose of confidence when selling in 2021.

We will look at what has changed and how we can bring even more value to those clients who are truly in need of our products and yet want to keep as much money in their business as possible.

When you leave this session you will feel inspired to sell and bring value and heart to every sales call you make.

It’s time to be excited for sales again!

Simon Hares is a leading sales trainer with over 25 years of experience selling everything from luxury retail, trade goods and advertising. He has presented at Rooster Talks many times before, and you are guaranteed an inspirational, interactive and caffeine-fuelled session.

Join us for November’s Rooster Talk. Free admission with coffee and pastries from Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Family Fun

9.30AM – 4.30PM –


Tickets £5
Book on Eventbrite

Come along for a family pumpkin carving extravaganza just in time for Halloween.

Tickets include a ready-to-carve pumpkin plus a glass of spooky squash and a creepy cookie. Bring the whole family and see who takes the witches hat for carving the funniest or most fiendish face.

We’ll provide everything you need including expert guidance from local makers who will be on hand throughout to offer carving tips and inspiration. You’ll leave with your pumpkin masterpiece ready to light up the Halloween fright night!

When you arrive, head towards Wild Herb cafe to collect your pumpkins, and we’ll take you to your table in the Club Room to get you started.

Wild Herb cafe will be open all day for drinks and tasty snacks, and we’ll have other Halloween surprises to help fire your imagination. Come along in fancy dress if you like – the more witches, skeletons and ghouls the better!

Tickets are £5* and all monies will be donated to the Holt Pre-School Building Fund.

Booking is essential and there are 4 time slots to choose from throughout the day.

*Please buy a ticket for each pumpkin required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nick Hussey Rooster Talks Oct 2021

Rooster Talks: How business failure & mental breakdown made me happier (eventually) – With Nick Hussey

Friday 8th October
9am to 10am

Admission is free
Book via Eventbrite

Running your own business can be an intense and scary experience. Most businesses go bust – fact. That’s what happened to apparel designer Nick Hussey’s first business, Vulpine.

What happens when you’ve thrown everything: physically, emotionally, monetarily into your business, only to watch it all slide away from you?

Now running his second venture out of Glove Factory Studios – FRAHM Jacket, Nick Hussey talks with total honesty, humour and passion about what it’s like to stake everything and lose. Then, how failure and mental collapse eventually has made his life and new business so much better. 

Nick will find a route out of obsession, fear, pressure, workaholism, debt, burnout, shame, collapse and more, with a surprisingly light touch.

October’s Rooster Talk will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful, with practical ways to make your business and home life happier and more efficient.

Join us in the Club Room (formerly The Field Kitchen cafe) at Glove Factory Studios on 8th October at 9am. Free admission plus coffee and croissants from Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen.

Crescent Mortgages

Crescent Mortgages

Crescent Mortgages is a fee-free, UK based mortgage brokerage, established by Daniel Pitman and Kye Collier during the pandemic, after 17 years combined experience working at the biggest broker in the UK.

Specialising in residential and buy-to-let mortgages, as well as life & illness insurance, their ethos is exceptional customer service combined with clear and honest advice to help remove the stress that comes with mortgaging a property. Crescent Mortgages is not tied to any specific lenders.

With access to a huge range of mortgage schemes, including those from high street banks and building societies, as well as smaller lenders specialising in more complex mortgage lending, the Crescent team are confident that they can find you the best scheme for your needs. Unlike most mortgage brokers, their service is completely free. No broker fees!

Whether you’re ready to start your mortgage journey, or if you just have a couple of questions, Crescent Mortgages are ready to help.
01225 690120

Join us – workspaces available soon

We have workspaces available soon! Come and join a thriving work hub with all the benefits of rural working.

Choose from a ground floor workspace ideal for a small business of 1-2 people and opening onto a beautifully landscaped courtyard, or a bright first-floor studio for 2-4 people with a high ceiling and large windows.

Services include superfast internet, free private car parking, a managed reception open from 9am to 6pm and meeting rooms for hire. You’ll also find an onsite cafe, Wild Herb at The Field Kitchen, and the Club Room, our studio members breakout space.

Become part of a thriving creative business community that includes design agencies, sports tech and software brains, hospitality and events, filmmakers, architects, sports massage therapists, PR, media and marketing companies.

With the launch of an additional 40 plus workspaces at neighbouring Leather Factory in 2021/22, the campus here is growing, bringing further exciting opportunities for collaboration and an extended programme of business and social events for studio members.

Only 9 miles from Bath and 10 minutes from Bradford on Avon, Glove Factory Studios has easy access to mainline trains and the M4.