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.
Multimedia artist, Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp has put together a programme of workshops throughout 2014 that will take place in her studio in Earl Sterndale near Buxton. Download the PDF at the bottom of this page for the full programme 'at a glance'.
In Bolsover at the Beans Coffee Shop there are regular workshops for all sorts of tastes and interests:
The Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth has lots of arts and crafts based workshops for you to join in with as autumn gets underway:
Straightcurves in Chesterfield have a packed programme of arty and crafty workshops - and the focus over the summer in on children's entertainments! - to help you learn a new skill, whether the skill you would like to learn is arty or crafty!
Or you could take a look through this selection of arts and crafty workshops all around the rest of Derbyshire:
There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:
At Deda in Derby you can take in your sewing projects and gather with like-minded people in this regular session called Sew-cial.
The Belper Arts Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Eaton, try this card making craft group
There are also lots of regular groups to join:
Why not join the White Peak Writers? Meetings twice a month in Belper
Join the Duffield Singers at Ecclesbourne School weekly
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
One Day Photography Workshops run in Buxton on the first Sunday of every month, so check one of them out.
Make/Music is a regular an evening meet to make and play musical instruments in Matlock.
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)
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 .
Reading, libraries and literature
Autumn Poetry Events in Derbyshire Libraries in celebration of National Poetry Day Thursday 2nd October
Thursday 2nd October 2014, 10.30am to 11.30am, Alfreton Library
Celebrate National Poetry Day. Relax and share your favourite poems with tea and cake.
Free event, no need to book, just drop in.
For more information please contact Alfreton Library on 01773 833199
Poetry & Cakes with Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
Thursday 2nd October 2014, 10.30am to 11.30am, Swadlincote Library
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Helen.Relax and listen to her poems with tea and cake. Free event, no need to book, just drop in.
For more information please contact Swadlincote Library on 01629 533013
Poetry & afternoon teawith Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
Thursday 2nd October, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Shirebrook Library
Celebrate National Poetry Day with Helen. Relax and listen to her poems with tea and cake. Free event, no need to book, just drop in.
For more information please contact Shirebrook Library on 01623 742425
Friday 3rd October, 10.30 – 11.30 am, Clay Cross Library
Poetry workshop with Emma Pass and local writing group. Drop in and have a go at creating your own poem on the theme “Remember”, or relax and listen to poetry being read aloud.
This workshop is part of a Wellbeing Day at Clay Cross Library which runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm. All welcome.
Book signing with Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
Waterstones, Chesterfield, Tuesday 7th October, 11.30am to 12.30pm
Helen will be signing copies of her poetry collections including Division Street which was shortlisted for both the T.S Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Prize.
Poetry Promenade with Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate
Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, Friday 10th October 2014, 9.30am to 3pm
Join Helen as she makes her way along Chatsworth Road visiting cafés and restaurants to share her poems. Her route starts and ends at St Thomas’ Church Café and will takes in 11 cafes along the way. St Thomas’ Café will be hosting poetry readings on the hour throughout the day featuring local writing groups. There will also be a display of poems inspired by Chesterfield at St Thomas’ café and Chesterfield Library.
Visit the Chatsworth Road Festival website for full details of the route and times: http://chatsworthroadfestival.wordpress.com/
To celebrate National Poetry Day look out for poetry displays in Derbyshire Libraries including:
• Buxton Library - poetry display: Borrow a book and get one free!
• Bakewell Library – poetry display by Writers in the Peak writing group
• Holmewood Library – poetry display
Tenth Anniversary of the Hayfield Library Poetry Group
Thursday 6th November 2014: 10.45 for 11 am at Hayfield Library
New members welcome to come and join the group for their tenth anniversary meeting. Bring a poem to read or just enjoy listening to poems on the theme of “Remember”. Pick up and borrow a mystery poetry book on the day and chose a free book to take home and keep. Refreshments will also be available.
Derbyshire Poem a Month Writing Competition
Why not have a go at writing a poem for the Derbyshire Poem a Month blog?
We’re inviting anyone who lives, works or studies in Derbyshire to get creative and write a short poem to enter the competition. Twelve poems will be chosen and published on the blog – one for each month of 2015.
For full details pick up an entry form in the library or visit the Derbyshire Literature Festival website: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/Festival
To find out more and sign up to the Poem a Month blog visit:
Read more about the Derbyshire County Council library service in the PDF attached at the bottom of the page. The library service is more than just a building with books!! You can access a whole range of other services online 24 hours a day, so read on to find out more.
The Book Chat list for 2014 has been published for established Book Groups. The Book Chat List is a list of group sets that registered Book Groups can borrow from the libraries. With titles such as Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, Ned Beaumann's The Teleportation Accident, Sian Busby's A Commonplace Killing, Clare Balding's My Animals and other family, Ann Atkinson's From Matlock to Mamelodi and Khaled Hosseini's And The Mountains Echoed, there is a diverse selection from which to choose to suit most group's tastes.
If you are looking to join a Book Group then try the Reading Groups for Everyone website which is the Reading Agency’s dedicated website for readers and readers’ groups nationally. There is lots of information about current book awards and initiatives, writers, free books and competitions for book groups. You can register your reading group on the site and connect with other groups
If you’d like to receive the Derbyshire County Book Chat e-newsletter, send an email to Priscilla.Baily@derbyshire.gov.uk to request being added to the mailing list. It’s open to anyone who is interested in books, reading, and literary events in Derbyshire libraries so let your friends and family know too.
Check out the WEA brochures for Derby, Derbyshire and Chesterfield (see below) for a variety of arts and creative courses.
At the Level Centre in Rowsley, there are weekly sessions along a range of arts themes.
There's plenty going on to keep your children entertained with classes and regular group meetings to suit just about every artistic taste.
There are also these regular groups running throughout the year too, so maybe now is the time to give them a try?
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
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Check out these courses and workshops
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