Whelk Shed studio

Come and spend creative time with me at my studio and be inspired by the ever-changing coastal landscape of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

Debbie has 10 years’ experience teaching art and textiles and her aim is to provide a stimulating environment that will encourage, develop and inspire.


COASTAL EXPLORATIONS – a 2-day workshop

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 May 2019  FULL

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June 2019  FULL

Come and be inspired by the ever-changing coastal landscape of Wells-next-the-Sea and take the time to walk, explore, observe, document and create in these beautiful surroundings.

Part of this workshop will be spent outside by the saltmarsh and on the beach paying attention and recording observations with drawing, collecting objects and writing.

Back in the studio your collections will form a starting point for experiments with paper, cloth, stitch, mark-making, collage and printing to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of place.

During this workshop you will:

  • NOTICE: what do you see and what do you hear?
  • DOCUMENT: draw and write what you notice and experience using a ‘stream of consciousness’.
  • COLLECT: small objects from the environment – leaves, plant material, twigs, thorns, feathers, shells, pebbles, seaweed, driftwood
  • MAKE: simple drawings, containers and books to ‘Hold Place’

There are 5 places available for each workshop.

Booking If you would like to book a workshop please email me on: debbie@debbielyddon.co.uk  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


The Whelk Shed studio

About the Studio

Debbie’s studio is in Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers stunning views, wonderful wildlife and beautiful beaches, tidal creeks and salt marshes.

The studio is a former fisherman’s whelk shed and has an enviable position overlooking the sea and the salt marshes and is a stunning place to be inspired and to work creatively.

The studio is a large, fully-equipped working space (approx. 10 x 5 m), with water, electricity and a wood-burning stove for chillier days. NB. There is no toilet, but a ‘nice’ Portaloo will be available just outside on workshop days.

The view through the window is wonderful and looks over the water and the marshes.

Outside the Whelk Shed studio


Dates and times

2-day workshop – Coastal Explorations

11-12 May 2019

29-30 June 2019

The studio will be open from 9am and the workshop will run from 9.30 am – 4.30

Cost and what’s included

The cost for the workshop is £200 and includes basic materials and a simple lunch. There will be coffee and tea available all day with biscuits and homemade cake.

Booking a Place

If you would like to book a workshop please email me on: debbie@debbielyddon.co.uk. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A 30% non-refundable deposit of is required to secure your place. The balance will be payable four weeks before the start of the course and you will receive an invoice for that in good time.


If the course or workshop does not run due to lack of numbers, it will be cancelled, and deposits or fees already paid will be refunded in full. Deposits are not refundable under any other circumstances.

If you wish to cancel your booking more than four weeks before the start of the workshop, you may do so, but the 30% deposit will not be refunded.


Wells-next-the-Sea is in a remote part of Norfolk and the easiest way to get there is by car. If you are travelling on public transport, the nearest station is at Kings Lynn (approx. 45 minutes’ drive by taxi or 1 hour 15 mins by bus).

There is no parking at the studio but everywhere in Wells is a short walk away. If you need to park there are carparks 5 minutes walk away. Arrangements can be made for dropping off materials and equipment at the studio before the workshop.


Accommodation is not provided, but there are numerous choices in Wells. https://www.wells-guide.co.uk/Pages/accommodation

Wells beach