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.
On 8 August in Bonsal, you can make a lovely organic willow form for the garden
Learn how to create a spring wreath using burlap, festooning with foliage, spring flowers and greenery from the Haddon Estate to make tasteful decoration for your home. At Haddon Hall on 14 August
Join the West Studios Sewing Bee and pick up key tips and techniques to develop your creative and sewing skills for at home projects. Chesterfield, starting 7 September
Make a bling brooch at this workshop, held monthly in Dronfield
Make a rag rug cushion using rag rug techniques at one of these regular workshops running weekly until the end of October in Dronfield
There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:
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
Try Woolly Wednesdays on Wednesday evenings in Chesterfield
Or try Woolly Wednesdays on Wednesday evenings in Long Eaton instead!
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Eaton, try this card making craft group
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
Reading, libraries and literature
The Summer Reading Challenge at Derbyshire Libraries this summer is on the theme of Record Breakers. There is lots to do at libraries across the County, so keep a look out for what is on your patch. Here are some events highlights, just drop in to take part:
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.
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?
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Check out these courses and workshops
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