Check out these courses and workshops
There are loads of courses and workshops in Derbyshire, and we’ve trawled around for the best courses for you to improve your skills or gain new ones — or just simply to feed your soul. Read on!
Have you always promised yourself some 'me time' to get to grips with a new skill? We've got all angles covered with our selection of groups, classes and workshops to get involved with. So, get wiggling your belly, tapping those feet, carving wood or stone or take to treading the boards.
The Beans Coffee Shop in Bolsover has put together a season of winter workshops covering all sorts of crafts and arts techniques.
Or you could take a look through this selection of arts and crafty workshops all around the rest of Derbyshire:
On 29 March in Alstonefield, you can go to this Needlework workshop and learn how to wrap, measure out and embroider a polystyrene ball
Make a Fabric Box at this Alstonefield workshop on 5 April 2014
There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:
Go along to this card making workshop in Long Eaton every Tuesday and learn how to make hand-crafted cards.
Try these Fused Glass Workshops weekly in Radbourne
There's a Weekly Watercolour Painting Class in Belper to improve your skills
Try Natural Perfume Making at these regular sessions at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton
Take part in one of these textiles Craft Workshops in Sparrowpit near Buxton, monthly through to the end of the year
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Eaton, try this card making craft group
Try these Adult Tap Dancing lessons in Darley Abbey
Drop into Coffee, Craft and Chat in Bolsover every last Wednesday of the month, and enjoy a coffee while you work on your latest craft project
Get moving every Thursday at the Friesland Performing Arts centre and learn simple salsa, jive and cha cha cha steps!
Matlock-based photographer Tez Marsden offers photography courses year-round
Band rehearsals - Senior band Wednesday evenings 7.30pm. Training band and novice group Monday evenings 6.50pm in Long Eaton.
Gain confidence in capturing a likeness with this tutored portraits from life course in Derby, providing experience with different materials, painting flesh and facial features from real life models.
Get An Introduction to the Film Camera at the Photo Parlour in Derby at these monthly sessions.
Join the Chesterfield Write Here group in Chesterfield for the group's monthly meetings
Or focus on writing, perform writing exercises and get feedback on your work at Derby Scribes Writing Group
Join the Newton Solney Art Group weekly in Newton Solney, every Friday between 2 and 4pm
Get a free guided tour of Sharpe's Pottery Museum in Swadlincote on the last Wednesday of each month
Join the Brampton Best Knitters every Wednesday night, in Brampton , for knitting! (well, actually for crochet and spinning too)
Take part in one of these Cameraless workshops at the Photo Parlour in Derby at these monthly sessions
Or join the Belper Community Ensemble weekly and revive your musical interests
Join in with one of these Pinhole Camera workshops at the Photo Parlour in Derby at these monthly sessions
Try Saturday Life Drawing in Cromford every Saturday morning 10am till 12 noon.
Field Breaks: Art breaks offer a range of non-residential and residential art, craft, textiles and media workshops running over two to three days or a week throughout the year in Castleton.
Forest Arts provides workshops at Rosliston Forestry Centre in various forms; watercolour painting, botanical painting, photography, drumming, singing for pleasure, drawing from the forest floor and more.
Enjoy a literary lunch break. Go along and read (or listen to), historical fiction in a period setting on the first Monday of every month. Pickford's House Museum, Derby .
Check out the WEA brochures for Derby, Derbyshire and Chesterfield (see below) for a variety of arts and creative courses.
There's plenty going on to keep your children entertained with classes and regular group meetings to suit just about every artistic taste.
ARK Youth Theatre run drama classes in Stretton where children will learn the craft of acting for theatre, acting for film, story telling and more.
Rachael Pinks leads this Children's Monthly Art Group in Cromford until the end of the year.
The Glee Club Burton on Trent runs every Monday from 6.30-7.30pm for 10-16 year olds and from 7.45pm to 8.45pm for 17+ year olds.
Parent & Toddler Movement & Dance - a great way to connect with your children through the medium of movement and music. Mondays 1.30 - 2.30pm in Matlock.
Twistin' Tots is a fun mix of songs, rhymes, actions and props to educate young children and keep them entertained. Every Monday in Duffield , Tuesday at 10am in Matlock or 2pm in Belper , Wednesday in Ripley , or Fridays at 10am or 11.15am in Belper .
Pyjama Drama work across a variety of venues in Derbyshire and provide young children with a drama programme that is fun, exciting, and which develops key social skills.
Dancebeats are dance classes around Derby for children aged 3-18 years old. Venues include Stepping Lane, Chellaston, Mickleover and Chaddesden.
Hey Diddle Diddle is an informal, relaxed and friendly music group/class for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers. Songs, actions, movement, percussion, musical development and bubbles! Every Monday,Wednesday and Thursday in Chesterfield .
Performing Arts classes for aged three to 17 years. Theatreworks in Matlock every Saturday.
Keep your professional practice skills up to date. Also check out our Artists' and Arts Organisations' Training News page for many more opportunities.
Get on course with Derbyshire Adult Community Education. New courses start running each term, and so it's never too late. For full course details, download a brochure for your area from the Derbyshire County Council website. The areas covered by each brochure are as follows:
Western : Covering Ashbourne, Bakewell, Hope Valley, Matlock, Wirksworth, Buxton and Fairfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Gamesley, Glossop and New Mills.
Eastern : Covering Bolsover, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington, Killamarsh, Shirebrook and South Normanton.
Southern : Covering Alfreton, Belper, Codnor, Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Hatton, Melbourne, Newhall and Swadlincote.
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