The CL Stage

At the CL Stage our visitors get the chance to attend free talks and listen to our expert speakers talk about everything from growing your own business, interior design, decorating and upcycling to health, lifestyle, fashion, going green and much more. We have an array of expert speakers who will give visitors you an insight into their field of expertise, answer visitor questions and inspire everyone to try something new and exciting.


The timetable for the CL Stage is available below... 


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11:00COUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: Meet our columnist | Sara Ward, Hen CornerInterior design: Spring trends to brighten your home | Gwendoline Alderton, stylistUsing Chalk Paint™ at home | Lynne Lambourne, Sustainable Interior Designer, Annie SloanCOUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: Meet our columnist | Sara Ward, Hen Corner
12:00Interior design: Spring trends to brighten your home | Gwendoline Alderton, stylistTurning a blog into a business | Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell, founders, Squirrel SistersTO BE ANNOUNCEDCountry Living in conversation with Sue Pryke | Sue Pryke, designer maker and judge on Channel 4's The Great British Pottery Throwdown
13:00Growing cut flower for a living | Rachel Siegfried, Green and Gorgeous Flowers in association with Gardens IllustratedMaking a spring posy for wellbeing | Ellen Mary, horticultural broadcaster, Ellen Mary GardeningTurn a old piece of furniture into a unique piece for your home | Lynne Lambourne, Sustainable Interior Designer, Annie SloanHow to use colour to transform your life | Karen Haller in conversation with Emma Merry
14:00COUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: Decorating and style ideas from 35 Years of Country Living | Ben Kendrick, home & style editor, Country LivingCOUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: Fresh styling ideas for Spring and summer entertaining | Carolyn Bailey, homes director, Good Housekeeping, Red & Prima & Daisy Bendall, homes & style assistantCOUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: De-mysterfying social media | Emma- Louise Pritchard, digital editor, Country LivingTO BE ANNOUNCED
15:00COUNTRY LIVING EXPERT: The Great CL Green Fashion Show! | Emma- Louise Pritchard, digital editor, Country LivingSpring styling | Selina Lake, author and stylistTO BE ANNOUNCEDHow to use colour to transform your life | Karen Haller in conversation with Emma Merry
16:00COUNTRY LIVING EXPERTS: Summer trend ideas for your home | Sarah Keady, style editor, House Beautiful magazineCOUNTRY LIVING EXPERTS: I wish I knew then what I know now | Lauran Elsden, CL features editor, Country Living & guests ND winner, Kate Jenkins, Gower Cottage Brownies, XXTurning A Hobby Into A Business | Sara and Andy Ward, Hen CornerShow Closed

 Lynne Lambourne

Session title: Using Chalk Paint™ at Home

Lynne Lambourne, will talk you through practical tips and techniques for decorating your home with Chalk Paint™. You will leave feeling inspired by the beautiful transformations that can be achieved with Chalk Paint™ and excited about your own ability to upgrade your furniture - and your home.


Session title: Turn an old piece of furniture into a unique piece for your home!

Lynne Lambourne will demonstrate how to turn an old piece of furniture into a unique piece for your home. Lynne is committed to saving furniture from landfill whilst also saving you time and money with her quick, easy, and beautiful upcycling hacks!

Karen Haller

Session title: How to Use Colour to Transform your Life. With Karen Haller in conversation with Emma Merry.

Join Karen Haller, author of The Little Book of Colour, to discover the power of colour and the ways it can be used to positively transform how we feel about ourselves and the spaces we live and work in.

She will be sharing insights into the science and psychology of colour, why it can have such a strong impact on our emotions, and she'll also be sharing some simple, practical ways to help anyone reconnect to their love of colour.
Karen will be doing a book signing following her talk.

Selina Lake

Session title: Spring styling

Meet renowned Author & Stylist Selina Lake as she shares her styling tips for your shed and garden as well as her inspirations behind her photoshoots for Country Living and her latest book Shed Style.

Sue Pryke

Session title: Country Living in conversation with Sue Pryke

Sue Pryke is an award-winning ceramist and tableware designer and recently made her TV debut as the new judge on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Sue works across a diverse genre of ceramics, from making bespoke ware for restaurants and hotels in her Leicestershire studio to designing for big brands such and M&S and Ikea.  The handmade ceramics produced in her studio can be found in high end retailers such as The Conran Shop, Daylesford, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and many independent retailers as well as restaurants and hotels such as the new 42 storey luxury hotel The Stratford in east London.

Some of her collections for Ikea have been in range for almost 20 years and prove to be one of the biggest selling ranges across the globe, not only working with ceramics but also designing homeware and kitchenware in glass, plastics and stainless steel, such as wine glasses, kettles and kitchen utensils. Her style has been described as pared down with an understated elegance that places them in the Super Normal design typology, but also giving warmth and familiarity to mass produced items.

Sue has taught design and ceramics for many years at various degree courses around the country and was the course leader at De Montfort University Ceramics & Glass Course for 10 years.  She frequently gives talks about ceramics and her career inspiring the next generation of young designers and makers.

Ellen Mary

Session title: Making a spring posy for well-being

As I make a colourful spring posy, we will discuss the methods of growing spring flowers and how doing so is good for our much needed connection to nature. As the flowers are used to create the posy, I will talk about how they feel to touch, the fragrance and how tuning in to the finer detail helps us to relax, breathe and understand how nature is important to our well-being. It will be relaxed and fun, as always, but with a serious message.

Squirrel Sisters 

Session title: Turn a blog into a business

Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell are 2 sisters on a mission to help you you TREAT YOUR HEALTH…
Health, wellness, food and how it makes them feel has always been a passion of theirs so they started Squirrel Sisters as a blog in 2014. Their blog gained a large following quickly; People connected with their mission and the fact that we are two normal girls with a busy lifestyle that want to enjoy life while feeling great.
With a growing following they saw an opportunity to turn our blog into a business so after much planning and preparation they launched their snack bars in November 2015, which they already had the recipes for (Gracie used to make them for Sophie due to her Gluten- intolerance).

Rachel Siegfried

Session title: Growing Cut Flowers for a Living.

The history and background of Green and Gorgeous, how a couple of rows of flowers turned into six acres.
A taster of our full day Flower Farming for Beginners.
Where to start – finding your land and the right customers.
Site layout – how to create an efficient and productive space.
Choosing what to grow – to fit your chosen market.
Floral demonstration – making and pricing a Spring bouquet with materials freshly picked from the farm.