Salisbury Book Crafts has expanded and in additon to the Saturday classes in Harnham a second set of classes take place on Wednesdays at Hazel Bank in Beechingstoke, on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain. The format is the same as the Saturday classes in Harnham regarding objectives, timings, and costs.

These classes are run as an open studio with everyone working on their own projects at their own speed. Beginners are welcome. It is possible to start in the middle of a term, or come for a one-off, if space is available.

The price for the academic year beginning in October 2021, is £135 per term (5 sessions). There are 3 terms per year, Autumn, Winter and Spring with additional meetings over the summer (all in Salisbury) in June, July and August. The cost for these is £35 per class. The fee includes basic materials and tea/coffe. A deposit of £50 is required at the end of the previous term to secure a place for the following term. The balance for each term is due on the first date of the new term. There is a long waiting list and places will be offered to those in the queue if deposits are not paid promptly.

Please make note of the dates below for each venue. If a class is missed and space is available students are able to make up missed days at either venue. This is to be sorted out at the time and cannot be a condition of enrolment.

Bank transfer details are 401916, 71112414, please reference bookbinding. Paypal payments to (make sure to use the ‘pay a friend’ option to avoid charges) and cheques to L Sauer, Hazel Bank, Beechingstoke, Pewsey, SN9 6HJ.


HARNHAM SCOUT HUT SP2 8HB (next to the St George and All Saints Hall), Lower Street, just off the Harnham Road on the southern side of Salisbury.


Hazel Bank, BEECHINGSTOKE, SN9 6HJ halfway between Pewsey and Devizes.

Classes meet from 10 - 4 with an hour’s break for lunch (bring a sandwich). Every effort is made to schedule dates every other Saturday, or Wednesday, but sometimes this is not possible so please read the list below carelfully.

HARNHAM DATES for 2022/2023



October 8th, 22nd

November  12th, 26th

December 10th


January 7th, 21st

February 4th, 18th

March 4th


March 18th

April 1st, 15th, 29th

May 13th


June 18th  (Sunday)

July 15th

August 19th


October 21st, 28th

November 11th, 25th

December 9th




October 5th, 19th

November 9th, 23rd

December 7th


January 4th, 18th

February 1st, 15th

March 1st


March 15th, 29th

April 5th, 19th

May 3rd


October 18th

November 2nd, 15th, 29th

Decmeber 13th

Once or twice a year a trip is organised to visit an institution of interest

2010: The Wiltshire Records Office, Chippenham

            Bookbinding Exhibition at the Flow Gallery, London

            Conservation Department at the British Library, London

2011:  Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

2012: Winchester College Libraries. This was a huge success and many thanks to Geoffrey Day, the librarian, who made the tour so unforgettable.

In November we also visited Hereford Cathedral to see the chained library and the Mappa Mundi.

2013: A wonderful day out in Iwerne Minster to see the collections of Michael Crawley.

2014: A trip to the magnificent private library of the Getty family on the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire.

2014: A trip to London in November to see the annual bookbinding competion held at the St Bride Foundation. We also had a tour of the building. Afterwards we visited the wonderful Wyvern bindery in Clerkenwell. A great day out.

2016:  A visit to Libanus Press in Marlborough with a talk by the proprietor Michael Mitchell. Libanus is one of the UK’s leading printers and publishers, producing beautiful editions and specialing in fine typography and design.

2017:  A visit to the Salisbury Cathedral Library, full of treasures.

2018:  Baytun’s Bindery  and Meticulous Ink in Bath

2019: Visit to Wormsley Library in Buckinghamshire, October 31st

2020: Complete disaster

2021 : Not any better

                                                    contact Lori Sauer to enrol or for further details

                                                    01672 851638  


please visit to see the current programme for subject specific workshops at BINDING re:DEFINED