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'.
The Beans Coffee Shop in Bolsover has put together a season of spring and summer workshops covering all sorts of crafts and arts techniques.
Straightcurves in Chesterfield have a packed programme of arty and crafty workshops 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:
On 23 April, join Junky Monkey in Cromford for an Easter Family Arts workshop
There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:
Do a bit of Craft Bombing in Ilkeston! Weekly meets at Wash Arts in Ilkeston
Join Kaleidoscope Community Choir from 18 February until a performance in July in Buxton
The Belper Arts Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month
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
Try Natural Perfume Making at these regular sessions at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton
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
Try some of the following and dig deeper into one of the interests you have in your life:
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
There's a Weekly Watercolour Painting Class in Belper to improve your skills
Make/Music is a regular an evening meet to make and play musical instruments in Matlock.
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 .
Reading, libraries and literature
The new Book Chat list for 2014 has now also 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.
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.
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.At the bottom of this page you will also be able to find the latest Spring brochure for the Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, a venue that is stuffed full of heritage crafts, arts and carfty workshops and courses.
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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