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.
Learn to make a laser cut pendant – in either plywood or acrylic. In the Beams and Bobbins studio, Sparrowpit, near Buxton
Join a drop in drawing session with the Artist in Residence at Derby Arboretum. 14, 21 and 28 July.
Learn mixed media techniques to produce a summer picture with vibrant hot colours or cooler shades in this one-day workshop on 8 August in Barlow.
At this Folk and Blues Club Acoustic Session in Hope on 10 August you can sing, play instruments or just enjoy the music.
Set yourself a challenge to find the most unusual plant to bring along to the Art Room to illustrate in detail. Barlow, 11 August
Join this workshop in Barlow on 17 August to learn how to make a traditional rag rug made from clippings of old rags prodded into a hessian background
Make your own prints with award winning printmaker Duncan Pass who is running workshops for most of September in Derby Arboretum Park.
Why not try out a beginners art course, in blocks of 14 weeks at a time, in Littleover through the year
There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:
Try a creative laser cutting workshop in Sparrowpit near Buxton. There are a range of workshops on offer from beginner through to advanced technique workshops so just get in touch with Beams and Bobbins for more details.
The Rycote Arts Group is a recently formed group of artists and arts enthusiasts based in Derbyshire. The group meets every Saturday in Belper.
Meet monthly in Chesterfield at the StraightCurves Book Club
The Matlock Knitters meet every Monday night in Cromford.
If you struggle to make time to be creative, or you simply want to learn to use a sewing machine, the Sewing Surgery might be just what you need. Turnditch, weekly
The Art Club in Chesterfield are tutor led art sessions are aimed to be a flexible session for socialising, skill sharing and inspiration. Meets monthly.
Join this fun group in Belper on Saturdays for improver recorder players, with musical direction / tuition at some sessions
Drop in every Friday for a cuppa and share your crafting skills with this creative group in Staveley
Creations is a self led craft group for women on Monday evenings in Hadfield
Find out what there is to do at Pickford's House Museum in Derby
CREATIONS is on a Monday evening in Hadfield – open to all women, it is a self-led group where women bring their chosen art or craft project in and allow themselves the time and space to work on this.
Try a FREE ceramic taster session at The Long Eaton Art Room on Mondays
‘Sew Socials’ at Straightcurves in Cheseterfield are a social crafting session for those who can already use a sewing machine
Join sculpture artist Elaine Lim-newton for relaxed and fun ceramics workshops every Tuesday at Signal Box Studio in Long Eaton
Go along to Straightcurves in Chesterfield and conquer your UFO’s. That’s UnFinished Objects, every Friday
Go along to a Saturday Print workshop and create your own piece of art! Weekly in Wirksworth
Crochet Clinic are bookable sessions are for people who have already learnt to crochet at StraightCurves
The Write Here Write Now Group is a free creative writing group 18-40 yr olds. in Chesterfield
Go along to these Social Sewing Sessions on alternate Tuesdays and Sundays at studios in the centre of Chesterfield
Open to both young and old, in the centre of Derby, the Derbyshire Embroiderers' Guild meet every 2nd Saturday
Sign up for a hands-on photography workshop you will be taking photographs using all the key features of your camera in Buxton
Join this regular Patchwork and Quilting Workshop every Tuesday in Ednaston near Ashbourne
Learn new skills at Wirksworth Textiles Art Club on Thursday afternoons
Try Woolly Wednesdays on Wednesday evenings in Chesterfield
Or try Woolly Wednesdays on Wednesday evenings in Long Eaton instead!
Linda Kempton runs writing workshops covering prose, poetry and play-writing, Shardlow.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Eaton, try this card making craft group
There is a Writers Workshop - Poetry with David E Siddon - in Bakewell on 30 July
Christine Robinson, Chatsworth's retired Head Housekeeper gives a talk on A Derbyshire Duchess, 2 August in Cromford
Try this Untutored Life Drawing Session at StraightCurves in Chesterfield on 4 August
Get a behind the scenes tour of Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery on 18 August
In September you can sign up for Workshops in Acting for adults and young people, together with workshops in Voice and Speech and Design in Chesterfield
Start your play in a day at this playwriting workshop in Derby in October. Sign up now to secure a space.
Meeting since 1997 Derbyshire Scriptwriters write develop and offer critiques to members working on scripts for film, tv, radio and theatre
Join this Book Club in Chesterfield
Have a go at life drawing in these weekly sessions held every Sunday in Chesterfield
The Derbyshire Embroiderer's Guild meet every month in Derby
There's a weekly recorders group in Belper
Life Drawing Model only Sessions are to be had in Chesterfield weekly until the end of November to give artists of all levels the opportunity to hone their drawing skills
Why not join the White Peak Writers? Meetings twice a month in Belper
Band rehearsals - Senior band Wednesday evenings 7.30pm. Training band and novice group Monday evenings 6.50pm in Long Eaton.
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
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
Derbyshire Poem a Month
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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.
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.
Things to do with the kids this summer holiday
There are also these regular groups running throughout the year too, so maybe now is the time to give them a try?
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